Brandt Moves Up in ENR’s Top 600 Listing

Brandt was recently named the 39th largest specialty contractor in the U.S. in ENR Magazine’s 2018 Top 600 listing. The magazine ranks the top 600 contractors by annual revenue for all projects. In addition to moving up seven spots from 2017, the Company also ranked 15th in the Top 50 Mechanical Contractors, as well as 7th in the Top 20 Firm in Sheet Metal.

Firms throughout the nation are experiencing substantial growth and a surplus of work, including Brandt.  Barry Moore, President and CEO, said this recognition reinforces the caliber and dedication of Brandt’s employees during this competitive market.

“Since the vast majority of our revenues come from repeat clients, Brandt’s growth is a testament to our team’s commitment to the success of each project,” Moore said. “Particularly our field leaders, who create the environments our men and women on-site need to safely and effectively create value for our clients.”

Brandt continues to create value for clients by meeting the demand for combined MEP services. The Company is structured to meet MEP needs all with the convenience of one company.

“Brandt’s ability to self-perform Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing design and construction services, for both new construction and existing building projects, is very attractive to clients because they get a single point of responsibility for the performance and cost of the entire system,” Moore said.

As systems become increasingly complex, the new and existing building market is rapidly changing. For example, major subcontractors are being brought on early in the design phase to reduce costs, meet specific performance and sustainability goals, and shorten the project schedule.

“The outlook is bright for 2019 and beyond,” Moore said. “We’re fortunate to have high quality, successful clients whose businesses are growing; requiring them to renovate, expand, or build new facilities.”

Brandt is a MEP contractor specializing in HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, for construction and service projects. Founded in 1952, the Company has more than 2,500 employees servicing commercial and industrial customers throughout Texas. To keep up with the latest company news and events, visit brandt.us or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

ENR Article: https://www.enr.com/articles/45599-enr-2018-top-600-specialty-contractors-dealing-with-a-hot-market

Laser Scanning in Construction

What is Laser Scanning?

Laser scanning is a highly accurate method of capturing real-time conditions of a job site or object. This process is also known as 3D imaging and 3D laser scanning. Laser scanning can capture very small objects to full size buildings.  This is Brandt’s preferred solution wherever there are issues of complexity, speed, safety, or reduced access and visibility.

 

How Does 3D Laser Scanning Work?

To measure an object, the scanner emits millions of lasers and uses the reflections to calculate 3D locations. When objects or existing site conditions are scanned, millions of data points are recorded. The result is an accurate depiction of the object called a point cloud.

Point cloud data goes into a system where it’s quickly merged into a complete 3D CAD model. This process is called alignment or registration.

 

Why Would You Need It?

The technology has a wide array of jobsite applications, including:

  • Preconstruction
  • Renovation
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) & Virtual Design Construction (VDC)
  • Quality control
  • Comparing design intent to as-built conditions
  • Architecture / 3D Documentation
  • Facility Management

 

With the ability to capture data at one million points per second, this technology is quickly gaining traction within the construction industry. Below are six benefits you can realize on your next project using laser scanning.

  1. Renovation and New Construction

For detailed MEP installations, you need a high level of accuracy. If your project is complex, involves retrofits, or requires refurbishment, Brandt can capture precise data with laser scanning.

  1. Valuable Data for Design

Datasets are dimensionally accurate, measurable, and shareable. 3D documentation can provide engineers with detailed 3D models that accurately document entire facilities and their assets, such as power components, machinery, and pipe work.

  1. Speed

One scan takes less than three minutes to set up and produce.  Each scan is no more than nine feet apart, so our team can cover a large space rather quickly.

  1. Cost Savings

Reduced time, labor and materials result in significant savings compared to traditional measurement methods.

  1. Accuracy

Existing field conditions are turned into a 3D model with intelligence ready to be used for coordination and fabrication. The model produces as-built shop drawings with systems, material sizes, elevations, and dimensions depicted to scale.

  1. Safety

Safety risks are eliminated by spending less time onsite with exposure to working conditions.

 

Considering laser scanning technology on your next project? Give us a call at (972) 395-6000 or send us a message with more information about your project needs.

Reference: [https://www.faro.com/products/construction-bim-cim/faro-focus/]

Benefits of Solar Panel Electric Power Systems

How effective is your current energy source?

If you’re looking into more sustainable ways to generate electricity for your facility, it’s time to look into solar panel technology. Solar power systems are among the most popular sources of renewable energy. Derived from the sun’s radiation, they can provide you with optimal levels of energy while keeping your ongoing operation costs fairly low. We’ve highlighted some of the key benefits that you need to consider when looking into other energy sources for your commercial facility or home.

 

High-Quality Renewable Energy

The chief benefit of installing solar panels? They offer one of the best sources of renewable energy available. Unlike other energy alternatives, like fossil fuels or conventional electricity systems, there isn’t a limit on how much energy the sun can produce. That is until the sun burns out; but fear not, because scientists don’t expect that to happen for at least five billion years.

Manageable Electric Bills

Initial installation costs can be minimized through project financing and utility rebates to reduce the cost that you are paying for each kilowatt-hour. Paybacks typically range from 3-5 years for each installation. You’ll be able to meet all of your electricity needs and sell back surplus energy to the grid you’re connected to. You can save even more if you sell electricity at a higher rate during the day, before buying back electricity from the same grid during the evening when prices drop a little.

Diverse Usage

With solar panels, you won’t have to worry about what specific applications work with your energy source. You’ll be able to generate electricity (photovoltaics) or heat (solar thermal), meaning that any application you want to use will be covered. It can be integrated into the materials used for buildings, power satellites in space, and distilling water in regions with minimal clean water supplies.

Low Maintenance Costs

One of the most frustrating aspects of working with an outdated energy source is frequent maintenance. If your energy solution isn’t built to last, you will have to bear the cost more often than not. Solar panels represent a more reliable option; several manufacturers offer 20-25 year warranties, and the panels themselves incur minimal wear and tear. Beyond the inverter (the part that works to convert solar energy into electricity and heat) and the cabling, there generally isn’t much that needs to be continually repaired.

Technology Development

Solar panels are the way of the future—they’re only going to become more efficient and save you more money on your energy bill. Innovations in several fields, including quantum physics and nanotechnology, can further increase how effective your solar panels will be. Invest in a solution with a high floor and an even higher ceiling; you won’t ever have to worry about whether or not you made the right decision.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Brandt is looking for the best and brightest to join our team! We offer the opportunity for advancement at every level, and our multi-discipline approach means there’s a place for anyone with the drive to learn and the determination to succeed. Find out when we will be at a career fair near you:

 

Texas A&M University SEC Engineering Career Fair
College Station, TX
9/13/2018

 

Texas A&M University Construction Science Career Fair
College Station, TX
9/13/2018

 

Southern Methodist University Engineering Career Fair
Dallas, TX
9/19/2018

 

Texas Tech University Engineering Job Fair
Lubbock, TX
9/19/2018

 

 

University of Oklahoma Construction Science Career Fair
Norman, OK
9/20/2018

 

 

Colorado State University Construction Management Career Fair
Fort Collins, CO
9/25/2018

 

Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
9/27/2018

 

Texas Christian University Career & Intern Expo
Fort Worth, TX
10/3/2018

 

Louisiana State University CIAC Career Fair
Baton Rouge, LA
10/10/2018

 

Keep up-to-date with our recruiting team and events by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

Safer Battery Storage with Tesla

It’s safe to compare Elon Musk to a wizard. Over time, he has redefined the automotive industry on countless occasions since he founded Tesla Inc. in 2003. As a leading luxury automotive brand, Tesla continues to make noise for its unique and energy efficient vehicles. Tesla doesn’t make your average plug-in hybrid cars.

The company made a significant splash on the world when the Tesla Model S was launched on the market in 2015. Shortly after, the Model S quickly became the best-selling electric vehicle across the world. Following the success of the Model S, Elon Musk and company released the Model X SUV and the Model 3 Sedan.

Fast forward three years later, Tesla continues to draw headlines for the company’s contribution to electric energy and solar power. By June of 2018, Tesla made new waves when they released a highly efficient battery pack solution, called the Powerwall. Tesla partnered with energy powerhouse Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to tackle this new venture. Many experts believe that this is going to be the company’s most prominent contribution yet. You can trust that this innovative battery system will change the world as we know it.

This new battery system will be a safe source of renewable clean energy. Tesla claims that this is much more than new battery power. The electric car juggernaut describes this solution as a full-service “energy storage system.” It’s intended to perform a variety of functions that will help people preserve multiple energy sources. Here’s what you can expect from this impressive, new energy system:

Safer Battery Power:

With the Powerwall, Tesla is able to isolate damages that are triggered by faulty battery cells. This will preserve working cells in the full battery pack. It’s a durable system constructed out of powerful ion material. You can trust that battery system to withstand multiple disruptions and energy threats.

Massive Energy Capacity:

If there’s one thing that Tesla is known for, it’s a significant power supply. The company is responsible for generating much of the world’s energy. Expect the power wall to carry tremendous amounts of power. Its battery grid alone is powerful enough to support more than 100 households at once. This storage solution will be able to operate with up to 1.1 GWh of power.

Major Consolidations:

The power wall can support many things all at once. Users will be able to generate enough power to back up their homes, refrigeration systems, wi-fi systems, and more. This can all be bundled together under this massive, unified power source.

Long-Term Efficiency:

Tesla and PG&E’s Powerwall is a very strong energy grid. It’s built to withstand dangerous weather conditions and other disasters. It has enough power to support people for years. Tesla continues to contribute to the decline of energy price, so you can expect the Powerwall to be an affordable resource for a very long time.

Cost Effective Design Build Projects

Design-build projects (D-B) are project delivery systems that determine the type of contract that designers and construction builders fulfill. Similar to a blueprint agreement, a D-B outlines the entire layout of the design phase.

A traditional project delivery system is a complicated structure that delegates project assignments through architects, design engineers, and contractors.  Unlike traditional project delivery, a design-build delivery system is a simple structure that assigns project demands through a single entity comprising designers, contractors, and consultants.

Design build construction projects are more efficient delivery methods and they typically develop at a quicker pace. Project costs often can be determined early in the process and can help eliminate expensive change orders and schedule delays.

Brandt is a leading provider in construction services and design-build delivery solutions. We establish an effective D-B plan that will help the property owner save time and money on their construction venture. As a full-service construction provider, we help clients achieve turnkey solutions on a very fast track.

Some of our notable design-build delivery initiatives have led to the speedy development of some of the United States most impressive construction projections, including:

Healthcare Facilities:

In the past decade, Brandt has delivered solutions worth more than $750 million in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects for some of Texas’ largest hospitals and healthcare centers.

Educational Institutions:

Educational facilities are built for the long-term and are always being updated to meet the ever-changing needs of faculties and students. Brandt’s innovative pre-construction teams help institutions develop cost-effective solutions.

Corporate Towers:

Corporate campuses are quick-paced and demanding projects that normally require multiple construction teams and separate contracts. We’ve helped some of Texas’ corporate juggernauts consolidate their D-B plan with one centralized contract.

Public Assemblies and Places of Worship:

Brandt provides design-build services for new and existing facilities to create venues that deliver premium comfort and acoustics.

Brandt’s team has a full range of services that assure that important projects are able to meet demanding schedules without exceeding budgets.  You can count us to provide creative solutions that will save money and increase your satisfaction with your building’s performance.

Need help with your next design-build project? Contact Brandt for expert advice from our experienced design-build team. Give us a call at (972) 395-6000 or send us a message with more information about your next project.

 

Delivering Turnkey Projects & Solutions

Brandt Companies is an award-winning construction project management and turnkey solutions company. With areas of expertise in mechanical and electrical services, we help deliver turn key results to a variety of business owners.

Since 2008, Brandt has helped all sized businesses throughout Texas obtain sustainability, efficiency, safety, and long-term success. We are deeply committed to the development of the communities where our customers live and serve. From project design to 24/7 support service, we make sure that job is always fulfilled correctly.

An Optimal Turnkey Business

Brandt strives to help companies create long-term success. Our team members are versatile leaders that embody the core values of care, integrity, perseverance, and agility. Our goal is to execute a construction project that leads to remarkable business opportunities.

With more than 65 years of industry expertise and over 2,500certified employees, we aim to enhance the user experience of employees, to help businesses achieve optimal growth.

Brandt’s exceptional property management project team is filled with the experience from top to bottom. Our experienced engineers are some of the finest EPC contractors across Texas.

For years, Brandt has helped companies flourish within Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, and many other surrounding territories.

Our project management team provides a full range of services including project management, scheduling, procurement, and logistics. As an experienced EPC contractor, we will apply engineering and technical solutions, as well as an installation strategy that works best for each project.

Our team’s engineers, project managers, and qualified traders complement our exceptional reputation for safety, quality, and production. This unique blend allows us to deliver solutions that will improve a challenging environment.

Whether it’s a small or large project, Brandt’s team of engineers, project managers, and skilled craftsmen collaborate to create the best solution. We’ll put together a budget-conscious solution that matches your project requirements.  We work together to deliver the results that you expect along with the excellence that your clients demand.

Interested in a turnkey project solution? Give us a call at (972) 395-6000 or send us a note with more information about your project.

Brandt Boiler Repair

Laundromats, chemical plants, hotels, paper mills, and breweries all have one thing in common: a steady flow of hot water is critical to operations. Many industries rely on boiler and pressure vessel systems for day-to-day functions. Of course, like all industry workhorses, boilers are prone to common problems.

Boiler and pressure equipment can leak. Control systems can malfunction. Burners can misfire. Left unresolved, these complications can affect product or service quality. Worse yet, several culprits can cause breakdowns. If your boiler struggles to function, reach out to Brandt’s National Board of Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBI) certified repair technicians.

In order to complete boiler and vessel repairs, Brandt holds an AMSE R stamp. Organizations seeking a National Board R Certificate of Authorization must complete the NB-12, an Application for the National Board R Certificate of Authorization, as well as:

  • Have and maintain an inspection agreement with an authorized inspection agency.
  • Have a written quality system that complies with the requirements of the current edition of the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) and includes the expected scope of activities.
  • Have the current edition of all parts of the NBIC. Organizations have the option of using either a printed version or an electronic version, including a subscription from a National Board licensed reseller, to fulfill this requirement.
  • Have available a copy of the code of construction appropriate for the intended scope of work.

We are also well-studied in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes of product quality management. We understand the science and practice of effective boiler maintenance and know what corrective actions to take if your boiler shuts down when you need it most. We can service standard, modular, and custom boiler designs. Whether you need an emergency repair or regular maintenance, trust Brandt to get the job done with minimal stress and downtime.

Brandt’s boiler repair technicians combine cutting-edge technology, experience, and can-do attitude to handle any boiler problem, big or small. From standard to specially manufactured products, our technicians possess a wide-range of experience. Our expertise, certifications, and service offerings include:

  • Complete 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Experienced Boilermaker Technicians
  • National Board R Stamp Certified Welders
  • Qualified Service Mechanics
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs
  • New Boiler Installations

From one-time emergency boiler service to system-wide maintenance, Brandt can meet any challenge. Our award-winning teams collaborate with owners, developers, architects and general contractors to create turnkey solutions for our customers that come in on time and on budget. With areas of expertise in Mechanical and Electrical services, design/build/assist projects and overall building services, Brandt works with our clients to build trust and confidence in our ability to keep your building operating at its peak. At the first sign of trouble, call Brandt and let us do the rest.

Too Hot to Handle: How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Heat Exhaustion

National Safety Month is observed annually in June. Sponsored by the National Safety Council, this campaign focuses on preventing injury, illness, and death in homes, communities, and workplaces. The council eliminates preventable deaths through research, education, and advocacy. In the construction industry, technicians, skilled trades and contractors face hazards on a regular basis. The importance of worksite safety and awareness can’t be overstated, especially during summer months. As temperatures rise, workers become more and more at risk for exertional heat stroke. It can affect anyone working out in the heat, but endurance athletes, football players, and field laborers face the highest risk. During any kind of exercise, the body produces a great amount of heat. Sweat can cool the body, but during a heat stroke, the nervous system is not able to cool. This causes body temperatures to rise to dangerous temperatures. After a certain point, organ damage and failure can occur. Fortunately, heat stroke can be recognized, treated, and prevented with a few steps. Read more to find out you can keep yourself and coworkers safe.

Common Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Profuse Sweating. The first most common and visible sign of heat stroke is profuse sweating. To cool down as fast as possible, the body will produce a great amount of sweat. Even though this is the body’s natural cooling mechanism, it may not be enough to reverse the onset of heat stroke. A person may not immediately show other signs of heat stroke, but they’re body temperature could be steadily rising to dangerous levels.
  • High Body Temperature. The next sign of heat stroke is high body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F means danger and emergency services should be called immediately. Also, if you think someone might be suffering from heat stroke, even though an initial oral thermometer reading was low, continue to monitor them for other symptoms. Sometimes, initial thermometer readings can be inaccurate.
  • Loss of Coordination. Another sign of exertional heat stroke is confusion or loss of coordination, similar to how a person may react after receiving a concussion. Heat stroke fries the central nervous system, causing motor skills to short circuit. Losing the ability to walk and even uncharacteristic aggression are huge red flags.
  • Throbbing Headache. After quickly losing a large amount of sweat, dehydration sets in. Dehydration can cause the brain to temporarily shrink from fluid loss and pull away from the skull. This may cause a throbbing, painful headache that can be as intense as a migraine.
  • Dizziness, Fainting, Nausea. If left unchecked, the heat will start to affect various organs, all of which can exacerbate any of the symptoms previously mentioned. Organ damage can also lead to can lead to dizziness, fainting, nausea, or vomiting. 

Now that you know the most common signs of heat stroke, read on and consider what steps you can take next.

Treatment and Prevention

If you notice symptoms of heat stroke, immediately call dial 911—the situation can be life-threatening. While you wait for help to arrive, you can help by aggressively cooling the person suffering. First, move the person to a cooler place. Get them out of the sun and into the shade or indoors where there may be a fan or air conditioning.  Use ice or cool water to help lower their body temperature. Focus on cooling the hands, feet, chest, and forehead. Help the patient drink water or a sports drink. If they are extremely light-headed, confused, or irritable, you might need to wait until they cool down before they can tolerate fluids. To prevent heat stroke, coordinate with your supervisor and co-workers to keep everyone safe. Wear appropriate clothing to the worksite. Clothing should be light-colored, loose-fitting, and breathable. Drink plenty of fluids. The best strategy is to hydrate the night before and then to drink small amounts of water every 15 minutes before becoming thirsty. Avoid drinking large amounts of caffeine, energy or sugary drinks. Take breaks. Use shade and air conditioning when possible. If you notice any signs of heat stroke in yourself or others, ask for help immediately before the situation escalates.

Conclusion

At Brandt, we genuinely care about our workers and their families. This month, we will be participating in a companywide stand down to promote public awareness of industry safety concerns. The thirty minutes spent during the stand down is to bring a higher level of alertness and awareness to all workers about the importance of safety, especially in the hot, summer months ahead. It is also important to take this time to celebrate employee contributions to the project’s success and let them know that we couldn’t do it without them. Always remember: the work can’t go on without you.

Three Sustainable Design Strategies

Taking a Sustainable Engineering approach to building construction can have massive long-term benefits. By synergizing the functions of lighting, heating, cooling, and electrical systems, buildings can operate more efficiently. Efficiency translates to drastically lowered operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Increased property value is another bonus. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has set forth a rating system for the construction, operation, and maintenance of environmentally responsible buildings. While cutting-edge green design technologies can include automation and nanotechnology, there are many tested, cost-effective methods in use now. Three methods that are effective for both new and existing buildings are daylighting, high-performance insulation, and thermal storage. Read more to learn about each strategy.

Daylighting

Daylighting design techniques optimize access to natural light. Doing this minimizes the need for artificial lighting. Ideally, daylighting techniques incorporate direct sunlight into the mix of a building’s lighting. This produces a net gain in energy savings. Daylighting also lowers internal heat gain from electric lighting and lowers energy output for cooling. Skylights, skydomes, and reflective devices are one set of tools that aid daylighting. Occupancy sensors and electronic dimmers sensors are another commonly used tool. Occupancy sensors and electronic dimmers can be programmed to accommodate both changes in occupancy inside a building and the light levels outside. By themselves, occupancy sensors are ideal for low use areas. Besides net operational savings, studies have found that access to more natural light can improve productivity and health inside schools and offices.

Thermal Storage

Thermal storage techniques can work in tandem with daylighting and other building efficiency solutions. Thermal storage techniques aid the performance of HVAC and electric grid systems by introducing materials that control heat gain and heat loss. Strategic window placement, glazing, and shading is one common strategy. Painting and building with light colors to reflect light is another. Finally, appropriate landscaping utilizing trees and vegetation for shade is effective as well. Thermal storage can also be combined with passive solar heating systems in a building. This aids the slow warming of buildings without expending energy on conventional devices.

High-performance Insulation and Reusable Materials

Ineffective heating and cooling is a major cause of energy over-consumption and high operating costs. Insulation is one of the very first considerations in any green design project. New construction and retrofits both benefit from excellent insulation. Before proceeding with the project, the amount of insulation needed must be calculated. Then the insulation must be properly installed in walls, ceilings, floors, and foundational structures. These efforts make buildings more economical and comfortable. Using insulation to create a sealed, air-tight interior will allow heating and cooling machinery to operate much more effectively. This extends the life cycle of HVAC systems and reduces maintenance, repair, and replacement costs. Energy-efficient insulation materials range from advanced polymers and glass fibers to mineral wool and recycled, shredded jeans.

Conclusion

In 2006 the United States architecture industry launched a green design initiative called the 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge is a global initiative urging all new buildings and major renovations to reduce their environmental footprints by 2010. The 2030 goal is to have all buildings meet the benchmark of zero net energy consumption. While not every new or renovated commercial building may be able to meet zero net energy consumption standards in 2018, Brandt can help you meet your unique energy efficiency goals. Our team of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers has already mastered a holistic approach geared toward green design. If you’re interested in learning more about lowering your carbon footprint and energy costs, reach out to Brandt.