TDIndustries Wins Three Excellence in Construction Awards from ABC

Sept. 1, 2008
TDIndustries has won three national excellence in construction awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors, presented to the firm at the 18th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Washington in June.

Dallas - TDIndustries has won three national excellence in construction awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors, presented to the firm at the 18th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Washington in June.

Westway Park, a LEED-certified project, in Houston earned a first place Eagle Award. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and the Joule Hotel (Hotel Elan) in Dallas earned a Pyramid Award for second place.

“We are honored to be recognized for some of our best projects,” said Harold MacDowell, CEO of TDIndustries Inc. “More importantly, because this competition requires recommendations from our customers as part of the submission, these awards reflect outstanding customer satisfaction for TDIndustries' projects. To win these awards, our projects had to be driven by good customer relationships and results.”

Satterfield & Pontikes and TDIndustries used Building Information Modeling as an alternative delivery method on the Westway Park Project, Houston, a LEED- certified 65,000-sq.ft. class “A” office building. The goal of the project team was to complete Westway Park on time and on budget with no rework and minimal punch lists items. To accomplish this goal it was necessary to fully coordinate all trade's work on paper before any product was installed in the field.

One example of how the BIM process worked on Westway Park was the resolution of issues with exposed spiral ductwork. The software enabled the project team to see in 3-D how the exposed double wall spiral ductwork was going to interface with the structure and the light coves. As a result, decisions regarding the location of the ductwork were made before the duct was installed. By having the information available to make this decision before the duct was installed, future change orders to move the duct in the field were avoided.

According to TD Project Manager Jason Kopke, “What sets this project apart from other projects was TD's early involvement in it. The owner brought us on board from the start, and we worked hand-in-hand with the mechanical engineer. The result is that we had zero mechanical and plumbing RFIs.”

TDIndustries was chosen as the mechanical construction contractor to furnish and install the HVAC and plumbing systems of the Joule Hotel project, Dallas, a mixed 12-story new construction and 20-story high-rise renovation. Upon completion, the historic Dallas National Bank Building, circa 1927, would be restored and converted into a five-star boutique hotel.

Located in downtown Dallas, the $9.4M mechanical system installation involved TD's value engineering expertise, including using vertical water-source heat pumps in the guest rooms, using boilers with heat exchangers over gas-fired water heaters, and deleting condensate drain risers and drain to lavatory tailpiece

Value-added decisions on the project resulted in savings of $350,000. TDIndustries self-performed more than 90% of its work.

In Plano, Texas, the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is a new, 197,000-sq.ft., four-story specialty hospital dedicated solely to providing inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular care. The facility, a partnership of 86 cardiovascular physicians and surgeons with the Baylor Healthcare System, houses an eight-room Emergency Department; a diagnostic imaging suite that includes general radiology, nuclear medicine computed tomography and a shell space for future magnetic resonance imaging; three cardiac catheterization labs; four operating rooms; and three electrophysiology labs with shell space to grow to four catheterization labs and four electrophysiology labs; 68 patient rooms, a pharmacy and a dining facility that provides 24-hour on-line service to patients or their family members in the comfort of their rooms.

The National ABC Excellence in Construction Awards competition recognizes outstanding quality and innovations in merit shop construction projects and honors all members of the team: contractor, owner, architect and engineer.

TDIndustries is an employee-owned company with corporate offices in Dallas. The firm has annual revenues of approximately $300 million, more than 1,600 TDPartners, and offices in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and Phoenix. TDIndustries has been recognized by Fortune magazine every year as being one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the past 11 years. Additional information is available

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