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.

 

5 Signs It’s Time to Update an Electrical System

Industrial growth and increased energy demands often go hand in hand. Businesses may come to rely on heavy machinery or large-scale computer systems to handle their consumer needs. While technology advances, the buildings used to house the new technology may be left behind. Older buildings may not be optimized to handle massive energy demands. This mismatch in advancement between technology and buildings often puts a major strain on electrical systems. Although updating electrical systems can seem like one more expense, electrical components must always be considered seriously. A lagging electrical system can cause increased operational cost and endanger employee safety. Here are five signs that an electrical system is overdue for an overhaul.

Lights Flickering

Regularly flickering or dimming lights are a sure sign of an overworked electrical system. Flickering and dimming may be most prominent when heavy equipment or HVAC systems are turned off and on. In this scenario, the electrical system can’t generate the power required to keep both the lights and equipment functioning optimally. The common culprits of this problem can be anything from bad circuits and faulty wiring to degrading light fixtures and burn fuses.

Overloaded Breakers

If a company has added new machinery or industrial additions to an older building, the current electrical system may not be able to handle new electrical load. This will cause blown breakers on a regular basis. Profits and productivity will be lost during the downtime it takes to get electrical systems back in order. Ideally, large power tools and large systems should have dedicated circuits to keep them from overloading. Strategically increasing the electrical system’s power capacity can solve this complication.

Evidence of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires caused by compromised wiring can lurk inside walls long before detection. Aluminum wiring, arc faults, and overloaded breakers can all causes wires to spark. Sparks may ignite insulation or other building materials. Although the fire may not be noticeable at first, it will continue to build if left unchecked. If you notice any discolored marks or an acrid smell from your circuit breakers, this can be the first warning of electrical fire. While the culprit could just be a malfunctioning switch or outlet, it can be difficult to tell if the problem is much larger. Generally, the safest bet is to evaluate and replace the entire system.

An Old Fuse Box

Fuse boxes can be decades old and very outdated. Besides degradation or malfunctions that occur over years, a fuse box may never have been built to handle a large wattage. As a result, it’s rare for a fuse box to supply enough power to a modern commercial building. Old fuse boxes often have another potential problem. Fuses are all the same size, no matter what amperage they’re able to draw. A 15-watt fuse can fit into the same socket as a 30-watt fuse. Sometimes, small fuses can be replaced with larger fuses as a stop-gap measure. This results in a fuse box drawing far more power than it should be. Finally, an outdated electrical system may not have all the appropriate safety features or be up to current building codes.

Recent Safety Inspection

Finally, if an electrical safety inspection was performed in a building, and recommendations were given for updates, then it’s important to take this advice seriously to help ensure that your building’s wiring works properly, safely, and efficiently.

Conclusion 

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs are more, it is time to update and move your electrical system into the future. This will ensure safety, protect your investments, and increase productivity. Ultimately, an optimized electrical system will increase profits over time. Brandt’s electrical engineers have the experience and tools to retrofit your existing buildings and suggest improvements that will pay you back. Reach out to us today and learn more.

 

Commercial & Industrial Plumbing Contractors

At Brandt, our plumbing services keep operations flowing year-round. Your building’s plumbing infrastructure often goes unnoticed until something goes wrong, so it’s important that your organization is taking a proactive approach to keep everything running smoothly.

It’s also important that you’re choosing the best  Plumbing Contractor that will get the job done right the first time.  We’ve put together some key attributes to look for, so your organization receives the plumbing care it needs.  At Brandt, we encourage all our customers to ask us about the following:

  • Track Record

A great service plumber should have plenty of experience specifically in the industrial and commercial facilities that we serve.  The plumbing needs of individual buildings can be unique when compared to other similar buildings, so is the company prepared to take on the specific requirements of that building? At Brandt, we bring over 60 years of industry expertise to service plumbing and are dedicated to the sustainability, efficiency, safety and long-term success of your plumbing system.

  • Availability

A plumbing system can be as unpredictable as the weather. One day everything is flowing and flushing appropriately, and the next day your operation could be shut down due to a plumbing emergency.  Our team of experienced plumbers is available 24/7 for maintenance and repairs on simple or complex plumbing challenges. No matter what time of day or night, our clients know Brandt works tirelessly to keep downtime to a minimum and operations running smoothly.

  • Licensed and Insured

If something goes wrong during installation or maintenance of your plumbing system, will the contractor be held accountable for doing the job efficiently and safely?  At Brandt, we work with complex, intricate plumbing systems in all stages of construction and ongoing service. The safety of everyone on our job sites is our top priority, so our safety policy is designed to protect our people and our clients’ employees while maximizing efficiency and facilitating on-time project completion.  All of our highly trained employees are certified and licensed in the required plumbing categories.

Need Industrial Plumbing Help?

Whether you need plumbing installation or maintenance, the team at Brandt is ready to help. Our comprehensive plumbing maintenance services include backflow testing, drain cleaning, hydrojetting, and medical gas piping systems. Brandt helps you resolve plumbing issues quickly without compromising the comfort and productivity of building occupants.  If you’re looking for a quote, reach out online to find our location that’s nearest to you!

Benefits of Selecting Brandt as your Mechanical Service Provider

The health of your mechanical systems directly impacts the profitability and productivity of your building. If your HVAC and building systems are running inefficiently, your organization is losing money that could be allocated to more important business endeavors.

At Brandt, we hold ourselves to a standard unmatched by any industry competitor.  Other providers may look at each individual piece of equipment as discrete parts, but because we are focused on your overall mechanical system performance, we understand the impact and interaction of how complex building systems work together.  From installation through maintenance, Brandt is always there for you to keep operations running smoothly and cost effectively.

When you choose Brandt as your Mechanical Service Provider, you’ll be able to take advantage of many benefits;

  • A single point of contact with factory-trained HVAC service technicians for all mechanical equipment needs.
  • The latest in energy-efficient technology to keep your building running at its peak performance.
  • Over 50 LEED® Accredited Professionals on our team that have the expertise to help you retro-commission an existing space for improved energy efficiency that can significantly lower monthly energy costs.
  • Customized services that are designed for your unique needs and requirements.
  • Quality services that prevent unexpected breakdowns and extend equipment life.
  • Technicians that bring experience, knowledge, and safety to every service engagement.
  • BOWS™ – our cutting-edge technology that improves your project outcomes and simplifies order workflows.
  • Dedication to our four core values which guide our professional and personal behavior.
  • Supporting a team that focuses on building a strong community foundation through direct community involvement and charitable donations.

Looking for a Mechanical Facilities Servicer?

We have company locations across the state of Texas to meet your mechanical facilities service needs. Brandt has offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, and Houston.  If you are located in Texas and interested in our services and capabilities, please email or call your local office, or fill out our online contact form and one of our representatives will be in touch directly within 48 hours at the latest.

 

 

 

Brandt wins 2018 TEXO Merit Award for work completed on One Toyota North America Headquarters.

Carrollton, Texas – April 23, 2018 – Brandt has been named Merit Winner in the TEXO Distinguished Building Awards Mechanical 3 Category. This recognition is seen as one of the most prestigious awards in the nation. They embody the skill, commitment and passion that TEXO Members have for construction.

Adding to our corporate campus experience, Brandt concluded this momentous project in 2017. The 2.1 million square-foot campus consolidated Toyota’s four separate North American entities.  Our scope of work included installation of the mechanical, plumbing and piping systems throughout the headquarters.

Aside from installation work, our design team assisted heavily with mapping the mechanical and plumbing systems. This proved to be the largest challenge, due to the size of the campus and complexity of the systems.

“We have worked on large corporate buildings in the past, but this was the largest corporate project Brandt has ever been involved with,” Craig Hawkins, Vice President and the Project Executive for the Toyota job, said.

The North America Headquarters is located on 100 acres near the Dallas North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway. Six buildings house conveniences outside of office spaces and communal meeting rooms. Toyota employees are within walking distance to the onsite fitness center, pharmacy, doctor’s office, juice bar, and convenience store. To top it off, employees also have access to a vehicle service center located on the campus.

The headquarters meets the U.S. Green Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) highest certification, platinum. The new facility has many environmentally friendly features to meet these requirements. Brandt installed four 10,000-gallon reservoirs located in the middle of every parking garage. The tanks can collect up to 400,000 gallons of water annually, which irrigate the entire campus.

Reinforcing Toyota’s water conservation efforts, Brandt installed greywater systems to clean and recycle water from the lavatories and sinks. This method treats and reuses large volumes of gently used water with pumps and filtration systems.

This project presented many unique challenges, including the U.S. skilled-labor shortage. Following the recession, the U.S. construction continues to face a major deficiency of skilled workers. At the height of Toyota’s construction, Brandt had 300 skilled-workers onsite.

“Anytime you have to produce the man power for such a large project, it will be difficult,” said Hattie Morse, Trades Recruiting Specialist. “But adding the shortage of skilled workers on top of that increased the pressure.”

This issue is not unique to Brandt. According to the Association of General Contractors, two-thirds of construction firms report difficulty in filling skilled positions.

Despite the tight hiring conditions, this project was a major safety success for Brandt. We finished the 27-month-long project with a total case incident rate (TCIR) of 0.6.

Kerry Roney, Project Safety Director, lead the charge in keeping our employees safe by utilizing Predictive Solutions.

Predictive Solutions utilizes software to identify common pain points, correct at-risk behaviors, and improve hazardous working conditions. As a result, organizations reduce their incident rates, while increasing quality, productivity, and business effectiveness.

“All levels of supervision, foremen, superintendents, and project management went above and beyond industry safety standards,” Kerry said. “This resource, along with our supervision being active in our safety culture really helped our incident numbers stay down,” Kerry said, “and resulted in our team reaching 300,000 man-hours without recordable injury.”

This massive project solidified Brandt’s status as the market leader in MEP construction, and we continue to set the bar safety and quality in the industry.

 

Important News! Massive Tax Deductions are Available for HVAC Equipment!

Brandt is qualified to administer changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that can save business property owners up to $1 million in expenses in 2018!

Under Section 179 of the tax code, “deductions can be applied to both new and used HVAC equipment purchases of up to $2.5 million dollars, with a $1 million deduction limit.”

Section 179 Changes in Laymen’s Terms

Section 179 is designed to incentivize businesses to improve energy-efficiency by allowing them to expense the purchase of assets that aren’t real property. Essentially, the tax incentive is allowing business property owners to expense their HVAC equipment as a deduction to greatly reduce the initial investment cost. Previously, HVAC equipment was considered a capital improvement to the building which was excluded from the Section 179 deduction. It only applied to commercial assets such as business vehicles or non-fixture equipment like computers, warehouse machinery, and various office equipment.

Before this year, if you wanted to renovate your HVAC equipment because it was old or not energy-efficient, you could only expense a portion of your costs over the lifespan of the building (traditionally 39 years). So, if you spent $1 million on HVAC equipment, you could only expense around $40,000 of it per year.  Now, Section 179 of the Tax Code allows you to expense up to $1 million all in one year!

Take Advantage While It Lasts!

Now is the time to upgrade or renovate your HVAC equipment before the tax registration expires! With any tax incentive, the expiration date is uncertain, changes are frequent, and there are no guarantees that the tax code will be as generous in subsequent years.

With the help of Brandt, you can expense the HVAC equipment you buy rather than depreciating it over time! The tax code is applicable to any HVAC equipment that you purchase from Brandt, so if you’re looking for new rooftop units, an upgraded boiler, or a brand new chiller, contact our professionals today! Our experienced team is here to explain the tax code changes and estimate exactly how much money you can save.