The Benefits of Pre-construction Services

Because Brandt offers solutions at every stage of your building’s lifecycle, we understand how the design of your project can affect everything else—including your budget. This is why we provide our customers with preconstruction services to help you achieve more productive, energy-efficient operations.

No matter what the project may be, there are many benefits that come with preconstruction services including:

A Clear Plan

Every new construction project begins with an idea. However, to make it a reality you need to have the proper plan set in place by your contractor or construction company. The pre-construction process will define the scope, scheduling, and other factors that will help create a clear and concise plan that is easy for everyone involved in the project to follow.

A Budget Estimate

Pre-construction services also include a full estimation on the cost requirements of completing the project. This allows companies to plan and budget the funds needed to ensure a successful project outcome. Identifying any potential fund shortages in the beginning stages of a project allows the team to make necessary adjustments without downtime.

Problem Reductions

When it comes to construction projects, problems are bound to occur. However, pre-construction consulting allows you to streamline the process, resulting in a more successful project execution. It also locates the potential risks and issues in the beginning by addressing concerns such as permit requirements, site evaluation, building material and equipment requirements, and scheduling.

With our reputation for providing safe and effective service to all of our customers, you can be confident that your project will have the successful outcome you’ve been waiting for when you partner with Brandt. From our pre-construction services to coordination, procurement, and logistics, we have the professional team needed to tackle even the most difficult projects. Contact us today to get started!

How Brandt Improves the Healthcare Industry

The team at Brandt has the ability to assist healthcare industry experts improve the overall quality and efficiency of facilities while optimizing productivity. No matter the size of the project, when it comes to the healthcare industry, we have the experience and expertise needed to create a successful outcome for your project.

Healthy Building Systems

Brandt knows critical care, and we understand how it translates to every area of your healthcare facility. Whether your project includes expanding, renovating, or building an entirely new facility, the efficiency and reliability of your building systems should never be compromised. Your building systems are critical to ensuring optimal patient care and a positive experience for physicians and patients alike. This is something that we take very seriously when creating the best solution for your facility. Our expert technical and engineering services are proven to help lower operating costs and increase energy efficiencies for healthcare facilities.

Our History with Healthcare Facilities

Over the last decade, Brandt has performed more than $750 million in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work for some of Texas’ leading hospitals and health care facilities. It’s this experience that allows us to minimize or eradicate down time or interruptions to current patient services for our customers. Whether it’s retrofitting suites, expanding wings, or starting from the ground up on an entirely new facility, we have the ability to provide you with the outcome you are looking for. Let us provide you with the design, pricing, and execution of your upcoming project.

Our licensed engineers and trained technicians are ready and waiting to provide you with the facility that your patients and healthcare professionals require. Are you ready to get started? Give Brandt a call today to learn more about what we can do for your healthcare facility!

How Brandt Improves the Food and Beverage Industry

At Brandt, we provide turnkey manufacturing and processing facility engineering, procurement, and construction service to the food & beverage industry. Our team of highly trained engineers, technicians, and technology experts helps clients improve quality and reliability, ensure safety, increase efficiency, and optimize productivity. No matter the size of your food and beverage facility or the complexity of your project, our proven engineering and technical expertise allows us to create the efficient solutions you need.

As an EPC contractor, Brandt applies engineering, technical solutions, and installation strategies that work best for each unique project. These solutions improve the overall function and efficiency of each facility. Our team of skilled engineers, project managers, and highly qualified trade workers has developed our reputation for safety, quality, and production. This effort is why we are able to handle complicated projects in a timely and efficient manner.

When it comes to the food and beverage industry, Brandt has you covered. From project planning and programming to scheduling, coordination, procurement, and logistics, we have the technical experience to help our customers tackle even the most difficult projects. With our reputation for providing safe and efficient service, you can be confident that your project will have a timely and successful outcome when you partner with Brandt. To learn more about all of the services we can offer your next project, contact us today!

How Technology is changing the Construction Industry

At Brandt, we support the benefits that come with incorporating technology into construction services. However, there are still many businesses that haven’t seen the value in committing their time or money to technology.

There have been proven benefits of incorporating certain technologies into construction. Here’s a look at a few of those that are changing construction as we know it.

Mobile Devices and Apps

The most popular of all new technologies in the construction industry has to be mobile devices. Workers in this industry utilize simple apps allow employees to access, document, share, and edit information while on the job. There are also heavy-duty devices that are created for field work and offer screens that are brighter for viewing in daylight or poor weather conditions.

It’s widely believed that the next step in construction technology will consist of wearable mobile gear. This will allow workers to be device/hands free at all times.

Drones

Drones are being utilized to support site assessment and inspections, as well as provide the project team with an understanding of progress. Companies are also using these devices to monitor logistics, deliveries, and employees. Additionally, drone footage can be converted into 3D images which can be beneficial for architectural planning.

It is predicted that drones will continually be a popular construction tool because of their advanced cameras and lenses that can capture better images, as well as enhanced communication abilities with the software on the receiving end.

The Internet

The internet has transformed how we design and build construction projects. It has proven time and time again to be the starting point for many of today’s innovations.

By assisting with construction management software, GPS, and other helpful tools, the internet has allowed for better precision in all aspects of the construction project. This has automated the process and reduced the amount of errors saving time and money.

Want to learn more about what Brandt can do for your next construction project? Contact us today!

 

Signs Your Boiler Needs Maintenance

Boilers affect your entire facility, and it is important to keep your system in prime condition. At Brandt, we know the impact an inefficient boiler can have on your business. We have put together a list of tell-tale signs it’s time to have routine maintenance performed on your unit!

No Hot Water

The first red flag to a possible unknown boiler issue is a lack of hot water. This could be because your thermostat is set too low, or it could be a larger underlying problem such as broken parts or valves needing replacement.

Leaks

Any water escaping from your boiler is a bad sign. Leaks can cause an increase in cost and can also lead to a complete system failure or structural damage. An indication of a leak is water outside of the unit itself or puddles on the floor.

Low Water Pressure

If your hot water is working but is coming out of the faucet very slowly, your boiler’s pressure could be the cause. A decrease in pressure could be the result of a leak or blockage located somewhere in the system. This issue could affect the entire facility.

If you see any of these signs, it is best to trust a professional to handle the issue to ensure the repair addresses the root of the problem. Because your boiler system is a critical part of your business, the Brandt team has created powerful boiler system solutions based on experience and innovation. It is our dedication to customer satisfaction that has earned us a reputation for care and precision. If you think your boiler is due for maintenance, contact to professionals at Brandt today!

The Importance of Maintaining Your HVAC System

During the hottest months of the year, is it critical that your HVAC system in running at peak performance.  Regular maintenance ensures your system is working efficiently, and there is no better time than now to begin scheduling your inspections with Brandt! A few of the benefits that come with maintaining your HVAC unit include the following:

Healthy Air

An HVAC unit that is well-maintained will not only keep your business a comfortable temperature, but it will also prevent any issues with air quality. Clean filters and coils provide easier breathing conditions for everyone in your facility. Neglected HVAC units become a breeding ground for dirt, mold, and bacteria, which can cause respiratory problems for all of those inside.

Lower Utility Bills

Tired of that high utility bill? Faulty parts in your HVAC units could be the cause! Efficient HVAC systems allow you to spend less on electricity and heating and cooling costs.

Less Emergency Repairs

Sometimes, emergency repairs are needed. However, did you know that properly maintained units are less likely to fail when you need those most? Keeping your unit up-to-date on inspections will provide you with the peace of mind knowing that your system is running efficiently.

Life of the System

The average lifespan of an efficient HVAC system is over 10 years. The system could be replaced sooner, if it is not regularly maintained – costing you more downtime and money.

A well-functioning HVAC system is crucial to the comfort of your work place. That is why Brandt has created powerful solutions based on experience and innovation that ensure the success of these systems, earning us a reputation for care and precision. To learn more about what we can do for your next project or schedule your routine maintenance and inspection, contact us today!

Stone Oak Methodist Hospital

The Stone Oak Methodist Hospital was coined the ‘hospital of the future’ during initial construction in 2009. Designed to evolve with the community’s needs, the hospital is undergoing its third phase of planned expansions.

From the start of the project, Brandt offered design improvements and suggested ways to save money without sacrificing quality or technology. Prefabrication is one way we offer a cost savings to our clients.

Prefabrication is not a new concept. However, thanks to increased Building Information Model (BIM) proficiency and the growth of green construction, this practice has become a critical trend in our industry. Prefabrication is responsible for improved project schedules, reduced costs and budgets, increased site safety, and limited site waste.

“We like to prefabricate what we can, because there is less exposure to the elements in the shop compared to the job site,” Bill Forehand, General Superintendent, said. “These factors enable us to stay on schedule and save money.”

In the shop’s controlled environment, our San Antonio team prefabricated approximately 7,000 hangers for the hospital’s plumbing and mechanical systems. Our team’s improved productivity and efficiency resulted in a huge savings.

“I think it was a good move,” Bill said. “They got it all done for one-third of the budget. The team did a great job.”

 

To learn more about all of the services we have to offer, contact us today!

New Texas Building Code

As buildings are expected to perform at higher levels of efficiency, our building codes are changing. It is no longer good enough to simply buy “energy efficient” equipment, install it, and assume that it will provide the intended results. The process of commissioning assures buildings actually operate as they are designed.

Commissioning Background

Brandt has always operated with this in mind, but in 2000 our leadership recognized the value that comes from following a standard process. Jim Bell was brought on board to develop the commissioning team based on NEBB’s Building Systems Commissioning Procedures. Some benefits of commissioning mechanical projects are:

Early identification and resolution of project issues

Projects completed on time

Projects functioning as intended

Reduction in cost during warranty period

It separates us from the pack – as an elite contractor that only does the best

Doing it right the first time means happy customers and repeat business

Around the same time Brandt adopted standards to provide better buildings, the International Code Council created The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This was created as a model code for the establishment of minimum design and construction requirements for energy efficiency. While there have been several editions, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was recently adopted by the State of Texas and placed into effect as of November 1, 2016.

The Main Impact

Commissioning is required for all buildings where the total mechanical equipment cooling capacity is greater than or equal to 480,000 Btu/Hr (40 tons), or the combined service water and space heating capacity is greater than 600,000 Btu/Hr.  It also requires us to test the functionality of all lighting control systems.

What Does This Mean for Brandt?

As with all new code requirements, a learning curve and a transition period are associated with the implementation of how they work within a project. The good news is our in-house process already encompasses a majority of the mechanical portion of the new code, and we are in a great position to handle the new requirements.

Brandt’s commissioning team will help ensure each project meets the new requirements. This includes leading the commissioning process on MEP design build projects and providing support to the general contractor and third-party commissioning agents.

 

To learn more about how we can help on your next project, contact us today!

Employees’ Child Participates in Local Event

Brandt offers many Special Olympics of Texas volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Our employees often refer to the experience as rewarding and inspiring.

Our Training Manager, Dawn Rogers, often volunteers with Brandt at the Special Olympics competition, but she recently experienced the competitions in a different way.

Her seventeen-year-old son, Joe, has special needs. He is a sophomore at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, and recently joined the Spirit of Flower Mound Area 10 Special Olympics team.

“When Joe was born, he was what is referred to in our special community as neuro-typical, which means he met all of the developmental milestones and didn’t exhibit any disabilities at birth,” Dawn said.

When Joe was 10 months old, he contracted a form of bacterial meningitis. Dawn explained the infection caused brain impairment, hearing loss, and an alphabet soup of diagnoses. As Joe grew up, he watched his sisters participate in sports, and he began asking Dawn why he could not play too.

“It broke my heart,” Dawn said. “I wasn’t familiar with all of the amazing services available to kids like Joe, until we moved from East Texas to the Dallas area in 2011.”

Sporting opportunities expanded for Joe when he moved to the Dallas area. He played basketball with the Miracle League for a few years until they found the Special Olympics in 2016.

“Finding his team and watching him participate in the Area 10 games was an absolute blast,” Dawn said. “During the Area 10 basketball games, a large group of volunteers showed up and cheered on all of the teams.”

Dawn said experiencing the Special Olympics from the family perspective and watching the huge impact volunteers made was more rewarding than she could have imagined.

“I want the volunteers to know how much my heart was filled seeing them cheer on our team. Being able to see my son’s face light up when a crowd of people was cheering him on, absolutely priceless.”

Employee Appreciation Day 2017

Dear Brandt Employees,

I appreciate what each of you contributes to Brandt and how your contributions positively impact the lives of so many people in our community. Life would be very different without air-conditioning, electrical systems and plumbing. The hospitals, data centers, research labs, and other facilities people count on every day would not exist. The work you do building and maintaining the MEP systems in these facilities makes life better for our community.

While MEP systems have advanced and changed over the years, the skill, coordination, and plain hard work that’s required by our field leaders, crews, and our office employees to successfully install and service them has not. You regularly overcome bad weather, schedule changes, job site congestion, and other obstacles in order to complete your work.  You are a diverse group of men and women with varied experience, education, and skills. I appreciate the enormous strength that’s generated from everyone coming together and sharing their talents to make the things we do possible.

Brandt is a terrific place to work because you make it that way.

Thank you,

Barry Moore
President/CEO­­­­