TP Mechanical Prepared for the Opportunities and Challenges of 2018

In 2018, TP Mechanical is looking forward to many exciting opportunities and challenges. Our continued dedication to being an industry and community leader positions us for success throughout the New Year.

We are fortunate to work in a peak time for our industry’s market, in which many project opportunities for the commercial and service divisions exist. While, these upcoming opportunities could present us with challenges, we will utilize our knowledge, experience and resources to achieve our goals and provide the service our customers deserve and have grown to expect from TP Mechanical.

As a company, we must continue to focus on training, innovation and making use of new technologies and techniques. Keeping our facilities, services and employees up-to-date with industry trends, standards and training allows us to deliver comprehensive mechanical services to our clients while helping our employees achieve their professional and personal goals.

During 2017, we have had great success working in our communities to support their needs. In November, through our gala fundraising efforts, we were able to raise $18,000 for A Kid Again. This organization provides resources for families of children with special needs. We must continue to support and invest in our communities as we can only be as successful as the communities we live and do business in.

I am looking forward to what 2018, and the future, holds for TP Mechanical.

For more information

To learn how TP Mechanical can provide you with innovative, comprehensive mechanical services and solutions, visit our website.

City of Columbus Implements Alternative Self-Certification Process as New Ohio Plumbing Code Takes Effect

City of Columbus Implements Alternative Self-Certification Process as New Ohio Plumbing Code Takes Effect

Notable changes were made to Section 312 Tests and Inspections of the Ohio Plumbing Code (OPC), specifically addressing the testing of systems using compressed air. November 1, 2017, was the official adoption date for the updated OPC, based on the 2015 International Plumbing Code.

Beginning December 1, 2017, any installation tested with compressed air will be disapproved.

There were prior amendments to this OPC section in January and October 2016, which are included in the newest adoption of the code. These original revisions were driven by concerns over increasing litigation stemming from testing systems with compressed air.

Due to the OPC changes, as well as those to the Residential Code of Ohio Section 108.8, the City of Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services (BZS) decided to implement an alternative self-certification option for plumbing contractors.

The OPC does permit alternative testing methods, if approved by the manufacturer of the plumbing system materials. The Columbus BZS verified all manufacturers are accepting a vacuum test, but no companies will accept a test with compressed air or other compressed gas.

“Approved testing methods must be adhered to as over-pressurizing a system with air instead of a vacuum could result in an inspector requiring all piping to be removed and replaced,” said John McCann, TP Mechanical’s Operations Leader for the Columbus Region. “Staying up-to-date and compliant with codes not only saves our clients time and money, but also ensures their facilities are functional and safe.”

For more information

Visit https://www.columbus.gov/bzs/inspections/Plumbing/ to learn more about the code changes and alternative testing methods.

To learn how TP Mechanical can provide comprehensive, innovative solutions to ensure your plumbing meets code, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/why-choose-tp-mechanical/.

Find Training and Opportunity at TP Mechanical

At TP Mechanical, we want the success of our employees to go hand in hand with the success of the company. That’s why we offer a variety of four-year apprenticeship opportunities that blend in-class instruction and on-site job training.

All our apprentices receive 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning from experienced instructors in areas such as plumbing, pipefitting, fire protection and welding.

Our team is looking for apprenticeship candidates who have a strong work ethic, a great attitude and a willingness to learn. Many apprentices stay for long careers, due in part to our commitment of promoting from within our workforce.

“Our goal is for you to be a vital asset to TP Mechanical at the end of your four-year course,” says Chief Operating Officer Tim Hoover. “We want you to continue down a path of learning and experience to become a leader for us.”

How to apply
TP Mechanical is accepting applications for two weeks only: Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in our Columbus, Cincinnati and Lexington offices. Bring a copy of your high school diploma, your GED or a letter from your school with your expected graduation date.

We are excited to provide the following apprenticeship programs:

Cincinnati and Columbus           Lexington
Plumbing/Pipefitting                 Plumbing/Pipefitting (Auditors)
Fire Protection
Sheet Metal

We look forward to meeting you and starting the application process – click on the links above for our office addresses.

For more information
Visit the TP Mechanical apprenticeship program page on our website or call our Training Manager Tracy Urti with any questions at 513-851-8881.

How We Expect to Build on a Successful 2017

TP Mechanical has been a leader in providing contractor services for large-scale construction projects ranging from factories to schools to hospitals since 1953.

We’ve built on this successful tradition in 2016, and we expect an even more successful future because of our safety programs, innovative thinking and technology capabilities for plumbing, HVAC and fire protection service.

Safety First, Always First

TP Mechanical has performed, as of early August, more than 2 million man-hours of work without a lost-time accident – nearly one-third the industry average. We work closely with OSHA, participating in its safety training programs and Voluntary Protection Program to reduce accidents on the jobsite.

President and CEO Bill Riddle says safety drives the TP Mechanical culture, and due to all these efforts, our 2016 safety awards include:

  • ABC | Step Platinum Award
  • ABC Employer of the Year Safety Award
  • ABC Award of Excellence for The Christ Hospital Orthopedic & Spine Mechanical Commercial $2 to $10 million
  • ABC Award of Merit for the Summit Country Day Mechanical Commercial $2 to $10 million

Innovative Thinking

TP Mechanical’s innovation and forward-thinking problem-solving are major drivers for success. “I think we’re on the cutting edge with technology and processes,” Riddle says.

One of our biggest innovations is completing almost 30 percent of our project in the regulated environment of our fabrication shop before starting work on-site. More than 60 employees staff the shop for around-the-clock operations, incorporating advanced automation technology such as automated welding machines and tracking software to ensure workflow is managed smoothly.

A Bright Future

TP Mechanical will continue implementing technologies, such as BIM for rendering projects in a 3-D model. Riddle believes TP Mechanical will continue to find success with a focus on innovation and a dedication to safety, “I believe that over the next couple of years we should experience continuous growth in our industry.”

We look forward to sharing that success with you in 2017 and beyond; please Contact Us for your next project.

Industry Spotlight: Healthcare

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TP Mechanical has spent years refining and perfecting the art of large-scale projects. Working with the healthcare sector since 1953, we have the experience and capabilities to lead new construction, expansion, remodeling and retrofitting projects for hospitals as well as assisted living and ambulatory facilities.

When you choose TP Mechanical for your healthcare construction needs, you’ll receive these benefits and more:

  • Enhanced infectious control due to construction in a controlled environment, clean and free of pollutants
  • Faster construction schedule for speed to market
  • Lower cost using lean manufacturing techniques
  • LEED principles for less waste, recycling of packaging and less scrap
  • Code conformity and strict quality control inspections

a1000768-christ-hospital-low-res-dsc_9701TP Mechanical has both the engineering expertise and innovative approach needed for the complex building processes necessary for inpatient, diagnostic, treatment research and food service functions. We work regularly with the region’s leading general contractors for hospital construction – Danis, Turner, Messer and Skanska – and our résumé includes some of the largest, most advanced healthcare facilities in the area.

Recent healthcare projects include:

  • Christ Hospital Orthopedic & Spine Center
  • Genesis Cancer Center
  • Jewish Hospital Heart Tower
  • Christ Hospital Medical Center
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

As a multifaceted construction contractor, TP Mechanical houses multiple construction capabilities under one roof. We offer end-to-end design/build services, including mechanical systems, plumbing, HVAC/R, fire protection and pre-fabrication for each of those areas. Our teams have the specialized knowledge necessary to ensure you get the best service and results.

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Interested in seeing all that we at TP Mechanical can do for you? Download a copy of our healthcare information sheet to get a complete look at our services.

To see some of our recent healthcare work, check out the Christ Hospital expansion project in our Portfolio.

Carve your path to success at TP Mechanical

DSC_4427 ApprenticeAt TP Mechanical, we recognize that the future of our industry depends on the training of skilled workers. That’s why we’re committed to training the next generation of skilled craft workers. TP Mechanical’s apprenticeship program and ongoing education initiatives offer employees the chance to advance their knowledge and expertise.

The Apprenticeship Program’s success with employees is due in part to the combination of in-class and on-site job training. The in-class portion of our program is enhanced by quality instructors who have years of experience and were selected by TP Mechanical personnel. The on-site training takes place in the field where you will get the chance to acquire knowledge alongside their classmates.

Our current group of apprentices will attend a recognition event on June 19, and those who have reached the end of the four-year program will officially graduate. TP Mechanical will advertise for applicants to the next class of apprentices in June. Be on the lookout and you could be a part of the program next year.

What is your path to Success?

TP MechanicalBuck,Daniel_apprentice banquet cincy LOW RES DSC_6746 seeks out apprentice candidates based on their commitment to the work, attitude and their desire to learn. Many of the people seeking to become apprentices are new to the skilled trade. Therefore, we provide the skills and training to make them successful. Our company leadership believes in developing our culture by promoting within and coordinates learning plans to build individual capabilities and our workforce.

Which Trade?

Three trade options are offered for extended training during the four-year Apprenticeship Program.

Courses offered include:

Fire Protection

  • Processes that go into a fire protection project
  • Studying the design and fabrication aspects of fire protection systems
  • Preparation for State of Ohio or Kentucky fire protection licensing tests

Plumbing

  • Processes that go into plumbing and piping systems, fixtures, and welding
  • Studying state and international plumbing codes
  • Preparation for the Journeyman tests

Sheet Metal

  • Processes that go into HVAC systems design and construction
  • Indoor Air Quality and Commissioning
  • Fuel gas code and mechanical code

 

By The Numbers
Our apprenticeship program consists of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of 4 years.

Contact Us for more information on the apprenticeship program. Start now on your path to success with TP Mechanical.

Fabricating for the Future

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by Dan Holland

Over the years, I have been blessed to be a part of a growing trend within our industry and I am very passionate about it. I’m talking about Fabrication.

Fabrication was around long before my time. TP Mechanical has done fabrication of sorts for many years, and I remember my first experience with it when I was working in the field. In 1998, I was working on a school with a lot of plumbing piping located in masonry walls. I was still learning about different material types and installations at the time, but we fabricated all of the piping on the job-site before installing it in the block walls.

There were different masonry crews scattered across the job site, and they were laying up different wall sections every day. We had to work hard to stay right with them to make sure all of our piping made it within the walls.

Our job superintendent devised a plan to make it easier for us to stay ahead. He worked late every day and made hand sketches of the piping that was located within the walls and provided the drawings and material necessary to make it happen. He split our job site into two crews: one crew was in charge of fabricating the piping sections and the other was in charge of installing them. I was selected for the fabrication team. We set up our shop within a material trailer located on site. By doing this we could work rain or shine to stay ahead of the install team and the masonry contractor.

DSC_5063 fab shop product catalog 10-23-13We continued this process throughout the job and the project was very successful. That was 16 years ago this June. That project has always been part of me throughout my career. I have been fortunate enough to be on many job-sites and facilities across the country and even traveled to Europe to evaluate and learn fabrication techniques. I can honestly say that no one does it better than TP Mechanical.

TP Mechanical’s leadership saw the growing need for fabrication in our industry early on. They went full steam ahead to make the investment in a state-of-the-art fabrication facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Out of this facility, TP Mechanical provides all fabrication needed for its job-sites as well as for outside customers. We build Plumbing, HVAC, Fire Protection and Medical Gas systems of all sorts. We have even established remote fabrication facilities near construction sites to improve speed and efficiency.

The culture at TP Mechanical has grown to welcome fabrication at all levels because our teams see the benefits for the projects, our customers and the industry alike.

With fabrication TP Mechanical can provide products just-in-time to the projects. We utilize a safe work environment andDSC_2266 OSU NRDT-Tep #B1000303 shave days, weeks or even months off of construction schedules. Everyone benefits from Fabrication. Properly planned fabrication can reduce safety hazard exposure on the job-site, keep unwanted materials off of the job-site, reduce waste from construction landfills, improve construction logistics and reduce installation time, therefore enhancing construction schedules.

I am proud to be a part of the Fabrication workforce at TP Mechanical because we care about our customers and we are making a difference in our industry. Fabrication has been around for a while, but it is quickly evolving into a bright future. What are you fabricating?

 

 

Question and Answer with TP Mechanical’s Plumbing Estimator

Jerry KellerJerry Keller is a plumbing estimator in our Cincinnati office. He has been with TP Mechanical for 30 years. We recently sat down with Jerry to find out more about what his typical day is like.

Q: What is one of the first things you do when you obtain new specs for a project we are bidding?

A: First, I read through the specs and write down the front-end information that I will need to successfully bid the project. I find out what type of pipes, valves and fittings are required for the project. Then, I break down the drawings by counting and coloring all of the fixtures, drains, carriers, cleanouts and equipment. I repeat this procedure for each plumbing system, sanitary waste and vent, storm, acid waste, natural gas, domestic water, compressed air, medical gases, or whatever type of plumbing system is associated with the particular project.

Q: How do you record all of this information once obtained?

A: Once all of that is complete, I take all of the information and enter it into our computer system. Our system will figure the cost for the labor and material to properly bid the project. After the numbers are properly configured, they are entered in separate spreadsheets to send to our vendors for their pricing. Once the spreadsheets are complete, one of the leadership team will review the materials and send our final number to the General Contractor.

Q: Why is this important to the customer?

A: Accuracy in estimating is critical for our customers because it provides them with the most accurate information to make their bid award decision. We strive to deliver the best value to our customers, including innovative construction techniques like value engineering or prefabrication. Quality estimating ensures we can be competitive and efficient in the bid process.

Custom Prefabrication. Your Job. Your Specifications.

We are excited to announce the launch of our TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop website, www.TPFabricationShop.com, which will offer customers and potential customers, custom fabricated construction materials shipped directly to their job site.

The new website makes it easy for customers to create an account, describe their project and details about the products they need and upload their drawings and schematics. The TP Mechanical team will deliver a quote to customers promptly. The website also offers a comprehensive catalog of prefabricated building products, each can be customized to meet the specifications of a particular job.

The TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop is a one-stop-shop for the building materials a contractor needs to complete a job efficiently and cost effectively.

TPMechanical_MiamiValleyHospitalSouthTowerAdditionOur fabrication shop is a 45,000-square-foot ISO-registered facility, staffed by skilled tradesmen, using state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The shop fabricates a variety of products used in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection construction, including corridor system mechanical racks; CPVC, PVC and copper pipe assemblies; pipe hangers and supports; equipment skids and carrier groups.

Contractors and construction companies can utilize prefabrication to help shorten their time schedule, reduce material waste at the job site and ultimately provide cost savings.

For more information about the fabrication shop and our capabilities, visit our website today or call Jef Schachleiter, Internal Operations Manager for TP Mechanical, at 513-842-5910.

Mentoring relationship growth article featuring TP Mechanical and Sure Mechanical

TP Mechanical and SURE Mechanical leverage mentoring relationship for growth

TP Mechanical, a regional leader in mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection contracting, service and fabrication, recently announced it has entered into a mentoring relationship with SURE Mechanical, of Cincinnati.

via TP Mechanical and SURE Mechanical leverage mentoring relationship for growth | Business Development content from Contractor Magazine.