Brandt is the largest mechanical services firm in Texas, so we spend a great deal of time on business process management. When we have problems of our own with workflow processes, we look for partners with the power to innovate and provide real solutions. We knew our document management for field orders needed serious work, so we worked with one of the biggest names out there—Dropbox—for reliable process change.

Brandt uses Dropbox’s services to improve our workflows and minimize costs through better business process management.

The Problem

Our headquarters had no simple way to communicate with techs in the field about work orders and service calls. Our techs were carrying binders full of forms out to job sites, taking up our time and our customer’s time on filling out paper forms. After they faxed or emailed forms back to headquarters, our office staff and supervisors often had trouble finding the right invoice. This was business process management at its worst. Dropbox Business was the solution that saved us time and money—savings we could pass on to our customers.

Dropbox Business

Now that we work with Dropbox Business, we assign jobs to our technicians by uploading service call documentation to shared folders that the techs access on a tablet in real-time. Customers sign the paperwork directly on the tablet, and completed documents are instantly synced with headquarters. Supervisors can approve invoices in hours, rather than the previous turnaround time of up to four weeks. That translates to much faster revenue recognition for our company as a whole.

300% ROI

Three years after our conversion to Dropbox business process management, we’ve had a 300% return on investment. Our Senior Vice President Steve Hayes said, “to see a 300% ROI in our third year was totally beyond our expectations and has transformed how our business works.” We estimate that we’ve shortened every service call by at least 15 minutes. At 120 techs each responding to an average of two calls each day, that’s around $400,000 saved annually.

Want to know more? Check out the Dropbox blog featuring our new workflows. You can also follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Brandt is looking for the best and brightest to join our team! We offer 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 Engineering Fair
College Station, TX
1/26/2016
9 AM – 4 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Oklahoma State University College of STEM Engineering Fair
Stillwater, OK
2/4/2016
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Texas A&M University Engineering Fair
College Station, TX
2/4/2016
8 AM – 12 PM
Recruiting:
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Prairie View A&M Spring Career Fair
Prairie View, TX
2/10/16
10 AM – 3 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Texas State University Construction Fair
San Marcos, TX
2/11/2016
12 PM – 4 PM
Recruiting:
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

University of Oklahoma CNS Construction Science
Norman, OK
2/11/2016
4 PM – 6 PM
Recruiting:
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Southern Methodist University Engineering Fair
Dallas, TX
2/16/2016
4 PM – 6 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers

University of Texas San Antonio UTSA STEM Career Fair
San Antonio, TX
2/16/2016
8 AM – 11:30 AM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Texas Tech University Construction, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Fair
Lubbock, TX
2/17/2016
10 AM – 4 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

University of Houston College of Technology Construction Management Fair
Houston, TX
2/17/2016
11 AM – 3 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Baylor University Career & Internship Fair
Waco, TX
2/18/2016
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

University Texas Dallas STEM Undergraduate Fair
Dallas, TX
2/18/2016
11 AM – 4 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

Oklahoma State University Construction Management Fair
Stillwater, OK
2/18/2016
4 PM – 6:30 PM
Recruiting:
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

University of North Texas Engineering & Computer Science Fair
Denton, TX
2/25/2015
11 AM – 3 PM
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

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

(DALLAS, TEXAS), January, 25, 2016 – The Brandt Companies, LLC won the prestigious TEXO Distinguished Building Award for its 2015 Chiller Capacity Upgrade at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas in the under $5 million category. TEXO is the largest commercial contractors association in Texas and one of the largest affiliated with the national Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

The Brandt Companies, LLC won the prestigious TEXO Distinguished Building Award for its 2015 Chiller Capacity Upgrade at Texas Woman’s University (TWU).

Brandt was the main contractor and performed all mechanical and electrical work to expand the chilled water capacity at the TWU central plant. The complex project included installation of a new 1,500-ton chiller and 1,000-ton cooling tower cell to the existing plant in such a way that did not disrupt operations and chilled water service to the TWU campus. Additionally, Brandt was responsible for the structural work that included extending the foundation and steel framing for cooling tower support and a new retaining wall adjacent to the area.

“The project was a significant undertaking,” said Steve Hayes, senior vice president at Brandt. “It involved not only expanding TWU’s chilled water system but also upgrading structural electrical systems as well. We greatly appreciate that TWU entrusted us with such an important project, and we couldn’t be prouder of our team.”

The TEXO Distinguished Building Award recognizes the skill, commitment and passion that TEXO members have for construction and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the nation.

TEXO received over 70 submissions competing for 27 building and specialty categories. The winning submissions were featured at the annual Association gala on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.

Brandt, the largest mechanical electrical and plumbing services provider in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Waco, Houston and Austin, designs, builds, services and retrofits energy-efficient building systems. For more than 55 years, the company has helped forward-thinking business leaders design and build facilities that are energy efficient, environmentally sensitive and cost effective. Brandt brings together more than 1,000 highly-trained technicians, top caliber craftsmen, engineers and renowned technology experts to help clients develop strategic solutions for buildings and campuses with minimal facility downtime and maximum productivity.

With an 18,000-seat capacity and over 200 scheduled events a year, the AT&T Center is San Antonio’s hub for some of its most important sporting and cultural events, from San Antonio Spurs games to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. So when it came time to renovate the center, a contractor with years of experience in mechanical and plumbing installations was needed to take on the large-scope project.

Brandt shares highlights of its mechanical and plumbing installation at San Antonio's popular AT&T Center.

Brandt was awarded the major renovation contract, which included:

  • An overhaul of the VIP Charter level, including new concessions, restrooms, bars and seating areas
  • A new home team locker room and training area, including hydro therapy spas and restrooms
  • New bars and concession areas on the plaza level
  • An overhaul of the Spurs’ coach area

The 750,000 sq. ft. project broke ground on June 15, 2015 and was completed by October of the same year, thanks to a solid effort by a crew of almost 70 workers.

As part of the project’s scope, Brandt installed a number of mechanical and plumbing fixtures and equipment that would bring the AT&T Center up to today’s standards. and ready for the future. Some of the state-of-the-art equipment included an updated BAS system, and a highly efficient new cooling system. In addition, everything from standard plumbing fixtures to kitchen exhaust fans and new air conditioning units were added to the renovated structure.

Brandt is proud to be a part of mechanical and plumbing installations such as the AT&T Center project. To learn more about Brandt, visit us on our website and join our online communities today.

Brandt provided mechanical services, plumbing and building automation for the five-year Love Field Airport modernization project. Our industry-leading plumbing service offerings and design capabilities helped Love Field drastically improve existing facilities. The new design radically improved flying experiences for Love Field customers while helping the facility itself save money through efficiencies in both space and energy consumption.

The Love Field Modernization Project showcases some of Brandt’s best and most powerful service offerings.

Modern, Efficient Facilities

Love Field is currently home to three small concourses. These original facilities were demolished and replaced with a single, more efficient terminal that actually decreases size by approximately 25 percent thanks to a complete redesign. Unused, outdated space was replaced with more efficient space-saving designs. The convenient, centrally located concourse now services all airlines at Love Field.

In addition to the concourse, the baggage claim and check-in areas are to be fully redesigned. The current main lobby – the heart of Love Field – maintained its current size and structure but underwent extensive updates and renovation. Its current utility as the center of passenger processing was improved and enhanced. Airport concessions spaces more than doubled in the new renovation. Our mechanical services and world-class plumbing service made many of these improvements possible.

An Innovative Team

The internal and external Love Field facelift was made possible by partnerships between parties across multiple fields of expertise. Key stakeholders included the City of Dallas Department of Aviation, as well as cooperative input from Southwest, Continental and American Airlines.

Ownership of the project team goes to Southwest Airlines, with Corgan and Associates providing architectural expertise. IEG Consulting Engineers were lead engineers on the team, with Hensel Phelps acting as construction manager. Brandt provided mechanical services and plumbing service throughout the reconstruction and renovation.

A Cutting-Edge Project

Completed in 2014, this massive undertaking had a mechanical/plumbing volume of more than $26 million and a construction volume of $519 million. The mechanical services and plumbing work included an all-new HVAC and piping system. The unique nature of the team and the extensive upgrade needs of the improved facility proved a challenging and rewarding project for Brandt.

For more information on our mechanical services offerings, check our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

We are proud of the commitment Brandt’s employees show to families, friends, neighbors and communities.  Never is it more apparent than in a time of need.  This weekend’s tornadoes and flooding in North Texas have caused many employees to ask “How can I help?”
Brandt-Cares-FBlinkFirst, and most importantly, we are in the process of confirming that all of our people are safe, and we are working to meet the immediate needs of anyone affected by the storms.

Second, officials in the affected cities have requested that donations be made to Red Cross or The Salvation Army.  This morning, Brandt donated to the local Red Cross, directed toward those affected by this event. We invite you to contribute to the local Red Cross or Salvation Army this week, and Brandt will match all employees’ contributions dollar for dollar. If you choose to donate online, simply provide HR with a copy of your donation receipt to initiate your matching gift.  If you prefer, you can give cash or a check made out to the Red Cross or The Salvation Army directly to HR.  At the end of this week, we will total the contributions and donate a second matching donation to the Red Cross.

  • American Red Cross Disaster Relief: Donate online through the Red Cross website, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
  • The Salvation Army: Donate online through the Salvation Army website, or by texting STORM to 51555.

Other ways to help include:

  • The city of Garland has created a clearing house for volunteers. Individuals or groups who want to volunteer in the recovery effort, register online at Recovers.org.
  • Donations can also be made at Recovers.org.
  • VFW 5076 at 2180 Meridian Way in Garland is collecting donations for storm victims. For more information, contact Ed Clinebell at edclinebell@yahoo.com.
  • City animal shelters are providing safe homes for pets separated from their families, and will gladly accept donations of money, pet food, towels and crates.
  • Donations are being accepted at Burke’s Outlet, 2731 Market Center Dr., Garland, TX 75032.

Please keep those affected by these storms in your thoughts.

Our Brandt Cares initiatives are aimed at supporting the communities we live and work in every day. We make it part of the job at Brandt to reach out into the world around us and make a positive difference.

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Community service is a year-round commitment to us, but Brandt participates in a range of service projects throughout the holidays. At this time of year, when the world is colder and hard times feel harder, we encourage our employees—and our readers—to serve in whatever capacity you can. As a service-minded company, we’re proud to showcase a few of our activities this holiday season:

  • Dallas: North Texas Food Bank Food Drive. In Dallas, we raised a total of 326 lbs. of food—that’s 272 meals for chronically hungry families, seniors and children in the North Texas area.
  • Dallas: Carter Blood Care Blood Drive. Our sponsored blood drive drew 19 units of blood or 57 pints (1 unit of blood is roughly the equivalent of 3 pints). According to Carter Blood Care’s calculations, that blood could help save 57 lives.
  • Dallas: Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive. We donated more than 120 toys to the Last Stop Holiday Shop initiative with the Community Partners of Dallas, bringing holiday cheer to kids in need.
  • Houston: Shriners Burn Hospital of Galveston Toy Drive. Our Houston team donated more than 80 toys to the Shriners’ local toy drive.
  • San Antonio: Texas Diaper Bank Diaper Drive. This season, we collected and donated 3,895 diapers to the Diaper Bank’s drive, helping needy families get through the holiday season with one less worry.
  • San Antonio: Battered Women and Children’s Shelter Toy Drive. Brandt Cares efforts helped secure presents for kids in difficult situations this season. We hope those gestures bring happiness to the children—but also some hope to their moms that these families are not struggling alone.
  • San Antonio: South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. We donated six units of blood, or about three pints, saving as many as 9 lives.

We thank our employees for their participation in these Brandt Cares initiatives, and we encourage our readers to consider giving back to their communities in the spirit of the season.

At Brandt, we pride ourselves on working with our local communities to build a sustainable future. That means the best in energy and water efficiency, mechanical innovation, sustainability and building information modeling. Our headquarters in Dallas, Texas, exemplifies these values and stands as a testament to the work we do for all our clients.

Brandt’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas exemplify the kind of care we take in all our construction projects.

The Project

Brandt renovated an existing structure as its new headquarters, with emphasis on the inclusion of sustainable features and whole-project engineering to maximize cost savings during construction and energy savings over the life of the facility.

The building exemplifies Brandt’s commitment to and experience with:

  • Energy Efficiency. Brandt used energy-efficient lighting throughout the facility, as well as targeted building envelope technologies to protect against moisture and mold while still allowing the building to breathe and provide its occupants with healthy air flow. The high-tech, water-cooled HVAC system is highly efficient and the building’s energy management system makes use of geothermal heat exchange and a cutting-edge economizer.
  • Mechanical Innovation. Our systems make best-practice use of some of the newest advances in mechanical innovation, including displacement ventilation and condensate recovery, using every aspect of heating, cooling and ventilation to improve occupants’ comfort while saving energy and reducing pollution.
  • Water Efficiency. Our solar water heating and powerful plumbing improvements save money and protect the environment, while improving occupant experience. Even our responsible landscaping choices are a living example of Brandt’s commitments to sustainability. We use local plant varieties that have limited water needs and use reclaimed water where possible to provide moisture for our live landscaping elements.
  • Site Sustainability. At Brandt, we design our projects to include sustainable living options throughout the use of the facility. The Brandt headquarters includes green parking areas, urban heat island reduction techniques, and even special attention to indoor air quality using sustainable techniques.
  • Reuse/Recycling. We use rainwater harvesting and siphonic roof drainage to reuse water. We also make a commitment to recycle construction site waste, so that we drastically reduce the amount of waste our projects produce. The Brandt headquarters building received the same care and determination in both design and execution.
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM). Brandt’s BIM techniques set us apart in the construction industry, and we used them to full advantage in the design of our headquarters. Our BIM room is a best-in-class practical facility for everything from shop drawings to in-depth computer modeling techniques.

At Brandt, these six areas of expertise combine to provide real-world problem solving for our clients that’s truly worthy of world-class professional and industrial facilities in the 21st century. From design and procurement, through construction to commissioning and long-term maintenance, Brandt offers the full suite of construction tools and services to make your project a success. Our own facilities are proof of that commitment.

At Brandt, we are proud to do commercial construction work that supports communities. In San Antonio, Texas, we assisted in major upgrades to the Brooke Army Medical Center’s Central Plant. The 2.1 million-dollar project involved removing five 1,000-ton chillers and replacing them with five 1,200-ton chillers and associated infrastructure to help the hospital keep up with expanding needs.

The complex and time-intensive Brook Army Medical Center Project involved major commercial construction during regular hospital operations.

A Complex Operation

We replaced the hospital’s aging chillers, and then replaced existing cooling towers, pumps, specialties, piping and even boilers. Our full-service MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) functionality was put to the test during the Brooke Army Medical Center project; our teams worked together like a well-oiled machine, and the project was a sound success.

Keeping Services Online

Already a complex commercial construction operation, the project’s challenges were compounded by the fact that the hospital’s services meant that it must remain 100% open and operational throughout the course of the undertaking. Thanks to our talented teams here at Brandt, we did our job without negatively impacting the hospital’s functionality or efficiency.

Project Details

The team was comprised entirely of Brandt commercial construction professionals and teams providing MEP services, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the facility owner. We started in April of 2009, and wrapped up our services at the Army Medical Center in April of 2011, right on time. The mechanical/plumbing volume of the project totaled $2,150,000.

Thanks to the employees who made this project a success through hard work, dedication and preparation. Our teams are the reason we at Brandt have been successful in the commercial construction services industry for more than 60 years. We continue to aspire to produce work that exceeds project expectation, and our case studies prove that we have the capability and experience to do so, time after time.

At Brandt Construction, we pride ourselves on implementing projects like this one that make a difference to the larger community. To learn more about our projects and processes, check out our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Brandt is a strong supporter of our U.S. troops and veterans; we are privileged to have many employees who have served our country. On Veterans Day, we want to take a moment to honor those who have risked their lives to protect our freedom. Thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do for the United States of America.Brandt supports our troops and our veterans – here, abroad and missing in action. Thanks to you all!

Hire Our Heroes

The nonprofit Hire Our Heroes program was funded by veterans, for veterans, to support the transition for homebound vets from military service into the workplace. There are over 1 million unemployed veterans currently in the United States, and another 1 million slated to leave the armed forces over the next five years, according to Hire Our Heroes. This nonprofit offers training, mentoring and coaching services to veterans leaving active service and re-entering civilian life.

Brandt attends Hiring Our Heroes events on a regular basis. We are proud to have employees who volunteer with Hire Our Heroes, as well as active internal programs for our current veteran employees.

The Backpack Drive

This year, Brandt undertook a backpack drive during the back-to-school season. Our employees with backgrounds in military service organized teams based on each branch of the U.S. military to facilitate a healthy sense of competition and fun during the drive. We gave a total of 534 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Community Partners of Dallas – over 20% of their total goal for the drive!

Veterans Day Breakfast

Every year, we host Veterans Day breakfasts to thank our Brandt employees who have served. We include the POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony at these annual events:

We set a table for one to symbolize the frailty of a prisoner alone, with a white tablecloth to represent their purity of intention in responding to their country’s call to arms. On the table, a single red rose symbolizes the love of families who “keep the faith,” awaiting the return of loved ones. A red ribbon is tied to the vase, similar to the red ribbons worn by those who demand a proper account of the missing. A lit candle represents the upward reach of an unfailing spirit and determination to bring our missing home. On the bread plate, a slice of lemon represents a prisoner’s bitter fate, while salt represents the tears of the family. Since our prisoners cannot toast with us, the glass is inverted and the chair sits empty.

Until the day they come home, we remember.