TD Talks: An Industry Blog

We offer integrated and comprehensive solutions from engineering and construction to the operations and maintenance of your facility.

Nov

09

2022

K9s For Warriors and TD – Serving Those Who Served

You’re probably already aware of K9s For Warriors — a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending veteran suicide. K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of trained service dogs to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or...

News   Blog  

Oct

25

2022

Get Ahead of Potential Problems with Our Winter Checklist

Winter is fast approaching, and freezing weather can catch building crews by surprise, even across the sunny Southwest. Don’t let an overnight cold snap put a strain on your building’s operations.

Aug

25

2022

Creating Stronger Communities: The Glen Park Bus Shelter Project

When the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Southwest Region reached out to TD's Gary Roden about the Glen Park Bus Shelter Project, Gary didn't hesitate to help. This community-driven venture is providing five modern and comfortable bus shelters along the Trinity Metro's Glen Park route,...

Aug

09

2022

7 Key Reasons to Explore Modular Construction

Dynamic economic conditions, and explosive growth in data center and semiconductor manufacturing and health care infrastructure demands, drive owners to explore and embrace modular building elements as they plan and execute today’s complex projects.

Jul

22

2022

Five Reasons 2023 Is the Year of Planned Building Maintenance

If you’ve spent much of this week staring at your 2023 building operations budget looking for inspiration, we have a tip for you: If you don’t already have a planned maintenance agreement for Service support for your commercial, school or government offices, now is the ideal time to add that line...

Jul

14

2022

George R. Brown Convention Center Scores LEED Gold with TD Support

How often does a 35-year-old building achieve LEED Gold certification? You tell us, but we’d say given the years of planning, abundance of labor hours and passion for sustainability required to achieve such a milestone, it’s something to celebrate.

Jun

06

2022

Five-Time Intern Finds Pride, Joy in Mechanical Construction

Kaitlyn Cavallin is achieving a unique milestone this summer: starting her fifth internship with TDIndustries. She’ll be working as an Assistant Project Manager with Vice President of Fort Worth Construction Brent Hawley. Kaitlyn just finished her junior year at Kansas State University studying...

Apr

21

2022

Mechanical and Plumbing Design is Central to Sustainable Building

The theme, "Invest in Our Planet," for Earth Day 2022 invites the world of business to observe April 22 as a reminder to both raise awareness and take positive action to safeguard our planet’s limited resources.

Apr

13

2022

Save on Energy Costs This Summer with Planned HVAC Maintenance

With the roller coaster ride of energy costs we’ve seen already this year, it pays to prepare your HVAC system now for rising temperatures and humidity levels. Summer commercial utility bills are often the highest all year round, especially in Sunbelt states such as Arizona and Texas where the heat...

Mar

09

2022

Celebrating #WICWeek with TD Assistant Project Manager Iris Flores

As part of TD’s ongoing recognition of Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week, we are excited to feature one of TD’s female rising stars. 

Mar

07

2022

Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week with TD Partner Tara Garcia

As part of TD’s recognition of Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week, we are excited to feature one of TD's female Partners. We asked a few questions about her time in the industry and her thoughts on women in construction.

Feb

15

2022

The Link at Uptown Spotlights TD's Design-Build Solutions

The Link at Uptown office tower is aptly named, connecting Uptown, Victory Park and Downtown Dallas with approachable sophistication and amenities that promise tenants luxurious suites, stunning views and easy commuting access.As one of TDIndustries’ largest design-build projects, with full core...

Jan

17

2022

Save on Building Costs in the New Year with Our Winter Checklist

In the Southwest, we all know that a mild start to the winter season doesn't necessarily mean smooth sailing for building operations all year. Just say "February 2021" and building managers will likely share a few unanticipated challenges!As your trusted adviser for mechanical Service and...

Nov

18

2021

Five Reasons to Build a Career in Manufacturing

Finding a career that fits your skills, interests, schedule preferences and family responsibilities can be complex. Whether you’re looking for a fresh start, re-entering the job market after a break or just starting your career, consider these five top reasons to consider a career in manufacturing.

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Oct

14

2021

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: ‘TD Will Respect You From Day One’

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated and recognized every year from September 15 – October 15. At TDIndustries, one of our core values is to celebrate the power of individual differences and how they make us stronger as a team.This year, we sat down with a few longtime employee owners...

Sep

02

2021

Then and Now: Optimize Your Fault Detection and Diagnostics Results

Fault detection is a crucial component to a facility’s building automation system (BAS) or building management system. Fault detection assists building operators in understanding issues that need to be addressed within the core systems for HVAC, electrical, security and fire systems. The role of...

Jul

29

2021

“Firefighter,” “Machine Whisperer,” and 54-Year Partner Ed Ramsey Reflects on Tenure at TD

​TDIndustries has seen many Partners retire with lengthy terms of service, but only a handful in TD's history can celebrate more than 50 years with the company. This July, TD is recognizing special Partner milestones and that includes TD's most tenured Partner, Ed Ramsey who is based in Dallas,...

May

28

2021

Save Lives with Heat Illness Prevention and Awareness

In the Southwest where TDIndustries works, checking the weather for dangerous heat and humidity forecasts are already a part of our daily routines. This year we observe National Heat Safety Awareness Day on May 28 or #NoFryDay. Yet understanding how to prevent heat-related illness and recognizing...

Safety  

May

11

2021

There's No Substitute for Skilled, Safe Electrical Service

Commercial electrical work arguably poses a significant workplace safety hazard, especially if inexperienced or untrained workers tackle an electrical challenge without knowing the risks or safety protocols.

May

05

2021

A Safety Week Conversation with Jamie Dabbs, TD Director of Safety

TD embraces the Safety Week 2021 objective to "Be Present, Be Focused, and Be Safe" on and off job sites, with messaging and trainings scheduled throughout the week. TD’s Director of Safety and 12+ year Partner, Jamie Dabbs, offers insights into what safety means at TD and how TD has grown to...

Safety  

May

03

2021

TDIndustries Enhances Safety with Mobile Medics, and Safety App SmartTagIt

DALLAS - (May 3, 2021) – TDIndustries, Inc (TD) embraces the Safety Week 2021 objective to “Be Present, Be Focused, and Be Safe" on and off job sites. TD’s safety culture is recognized industrywide for its innovative use of technology and best practices to keep Partners safe in the field and in...

Safety   Dallas  

Apr

30

2021

TD Partner’s Quick Action Highlights Safety On and Off The Job

Lyndsay Holcomb, a Dallas plumbing apprentice, was recently walking to a job site when she witnessed a serious vehicle accident. One car had flipped and was resting on its roof and another showing front-end damage. She quickly jumped into action, acting on instincts from her military training, TD...

Apr

16

2021

TD Partners Brave Extreme Winter Storm Conditions to Get the Job Done

In early February, a massive winter storm and an extensive stretch of arctic temperatures drove the entire state of Texas into a crisis that was within minutes of wiping out Texas' entire power grid. At one point, more than 4.5 million homes and businesses were without power.

Mar

31

2021

TD Celebrates Women's History Month and Lowe Family Legacy with Exclusive Julie Strong Interview

To close out Women's History Month and to celebrate the Lowe Family Legacy, TD is excited to share an exclusive interview with Jack Lowe Jr.'s daughter, Julie Strong. Julie has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, serving in a variety of roles including project manager,...

Mar

25

2021

TD Uses Virtual Reality Technology to Enhance HVAC Service Learning

At TD, personal and professional development for all of our Partners is valued and can be found in many areas of the business. To increase these opportunities and ensure the future of the construction and service industry, an enterprise-wide initiative on enhancing trades training is underway and...

Mar

12

2021

Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week with TD Partner Samantha Smith

As part of TD’s ongoing recognition of Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week, we are excited to feature some of TD's female Partners. 

Mar

11

2021

Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week with TD Partner Kaylin Leas

As part of TD’s ongoing recognition of Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week, we are excited to feature some of TD's female Partners. 

Mar

10

2021

Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week with TD Partner Randee Herrin

As part of TD’s ongoing recognition of Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week, we are excited to feature some of TD's female Partners. 

Mar

09

2021

Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week with TD Partner Ali Franklin

As part of TD’s ongoing recognition of Women's History Month and Women in Construction Week, we are excited to feature some of TD's female Partners. 

Feb

26

2021

TDIndustries Reflects on Black History Month through Partner Highlights

As the month of February concludes, it is important we continue to recognize and celebrate the meaning of Black History Month by reflecting on the many accolades and contributions African Americans have and continue to make on the fabric of our society.

Feb

08

2021

Lessons Learned: Boston Marathon Bombing & COVID-19 Facilities Protocols

Written by Brian Lillard, Vice President, Facilities Management Services

Dec

15

2020

Baseball with a Breeze

For North Texas baseball fans, the daydream of an air-conditioned afternoon watching the Texas Rangers play has become a reality. For years, Texas Rangers fans sweated through triple-digit afternoon games, hoping for a pennant and dreaming of 72-degree days.

Dec

08

2020

Inclusion: Critical to Our Past, Future

Alicia Moore, Director of Inclusion contributed to this issue of TDSpirit.I am a new TDPartner, especially compared to all the years of experience honored on TD’s Oak Wall. Before joining TD in February, I was admittedly concerned about how I would fit within the culture of a construction company....

Dec

01

2020

Boilers Secret to Healthcare Success

TDIndustries’ San Antonio-based team has 125 years of experience

Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff go through years of training guided by four words: First, Do No Harm. More than most other professions, the medical field knows that extensive training is the best way to prevent fatal mistakes.

Nov

24

2020

Staying Flexible, Dependable for Healthcare Clients

TD works with customer to adapt to ever-changing conditions

In the time of COVID-19, hospitals need all their focus on preventing the spread of this virus. Healthcare owners, therefore, are looking for flexible, communication-driven contractors who can install equipment efficiently.

Nov

17

2020

Performance Monitoring Gets Upgrade

TDIndustries’ Smart Building Services program gives owners better cost control, efficiency improvements

After months of waiting, some employees are back in the office for the first time. As they walk in, you see their bright, baby-blue masks interrupt the static views you’ve watched over the past...

Nov

10

2020

New Standard for Healthy Buildings

Global expert talks to TDIndustries about facility health recommendations, WELL Building Standard

With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic firmly entrenched in our minds, many employees and customers are a little more wary about entering a place of business. Does the company practice social...

Oct

23

2020

Communicating for Confidence: The Importance of Visual Signage

As you are preparing your facilities for the return of your employees and tenants, there will be many noticeable changes to the accessibility design of your workplace. While updates to cleaning procedures may be observable, the steps you are taking to upgrade mechanical and air filtration systems,...

Oct

06

2020

Morgan Leading Through Service

Servant Leader promoted to EVP of Houston operations 

Sep

17

2020

Facilities Maintenance Tips for Electrical Services

Imagine you’re walking down the office hallway. The lights suddenly flicker, then all the electricity shuts off. As you reach for your flashlight, your mind starts racing: What happened? The boss’ client is coming by in 30 minutes. How quickly can I fix this? I can’t mess this opportunity up for...

Aug

28

2020

Optimizing Your Building Automation Systems (BAS) for a Strategic Future

The onset and trajectory of COVID-19 has forced us to reconsider indoor air quality (IAQ) strategies that have, until recently, been regarded as standard practice for the smart building industryEnhanced indoor air quality is top of mind for facility managers and building owners in continuing to...

Jul

13

2020

Spark Your Maintenance Plan: Electrical System Maintenance Risks

What you don’t see, doesn’t hurt? Not in this case, it could put you at risk. Some companies tend to procrastinate - and they do so at a cost. Setting aside the budget for maintenance, because it’s not an immediate emergency and because it’s not built into their depreciation schedule.

Jul

02

2020

What Are the Benefits of an Infrared Test?

While there are obvious issues associated with HVAC or commercial refrigeration/food and beverage equipment failures, a facility’s electrical and lighting system is at the center of everything. An infrared test offers commercial facilities an opportunity to ensure their electrical systems are...

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Jun

22

2020

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Building Readiness Guidelines for Plumbing

Preventing COVID-19 spread in the commercial office is the responsibility of everyone involved: owners, facility managers, employees, and customers. The first steps are widely known: wash hands thoroughly and practice social distancing. Building operators look a little deeper at HVAC technologies...

Jun

15

2020

Building readiness: How to implement the CDC's new HVAC/plumbing guidelines

Many Texans and Arizonans will return to the office in the coming weeks, but their workspaces may not look the same as they did before COVID-19 hit in February. Offices will be redesigned, some employees may work from home full-time, and the gears that keep the building running will have to adapt...

May

15

2020

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality in times of COVID-19

As we continue to envision what the "new normal" will look like in the coming weeks, it is imperative to consider the impact that indoor air quality (IAQ) has on occupant health. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) "Transmission of...

Media   Blog   COVID19   Service   Facilities   HVAC   IAQ  

May

05

2020

Maintaining Your Healthcare Facility During COVID-19

Hospitals are bracing for the next wave of patients, maintenance is working overtime and leaders are trying to stay ahead of the curve. Healthcare facilities are currently preparing for unprecedented amounts of influx- and now is the time to make sure your critical systems are up to par.

Apr

24

2020

Benefits of Outsourcing IFM

Turning to integrated facilities management (IFM) services is not something to fear. In fact, taking an integrated approach may be in your facility's best interest to tackle the backlog of pains. Cutting out the need for managing multiple vendor contracts allows facility managers to identify their...

Apr

22

2020

Design-Build Not Just for New Construction Projects

When you hear the term "design-build, " you immediately connect to early collaborative decision making, improved owner satisfaction, higher quality and greater budget certainty comes to mind. Projects using this delivery method often see the highest success among common processes.

Apr

16

2020

Why design-build is the best delivery platform during COVID-19 crisis

Today, healthcare leaders around the world are making critical decisions to fight the spread of COVID-19. Where can they purchase ventilators? Do their frontline professionals have enough PPE? How are they going to safely care for hundreds of patients in their overcrowded rooms?

Mar

31

2020

Integrated Facilities Management & the Hidden Upside of Downtime

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the nation, more school campuses are resorting to alternative learning methods outside the classroom. Taking careful measures to defend against potential exposure has prompted an unprecedented amount of downtime within educational facilities.

Mar

23

2020

Healthy Buildings, Healthy People: Three Ways to Get Ahead on Spring Maintenance During this Unforeseen Downtime

Spring is in the air, school breaks have been extended, and more people are teleworking. While this is unforeseen downtime is a challenge for your company, it offers an opportunity for facility managers to evaluate indoor air quality and get ahead on spring maintenance and service needs.

News   Media   Safety   COVID19   Service  

Mar

23

2020

TD Offers Extra Protection Against Coronavirus Outbreak

During times of uncertainty, it is important to consider the added resources offered by your on-demand service provider. 

News   Media   Safety   Blog   COVID19  

Feb

18

2020

Arlington ISD students participate in Globe Life Field plumbing system “Superflush”

ARLINGTON – With the help of hundreds of Arlington ISD students, contractors Manhattan Construction and TDIndustries performed a plumbing systems test – colloquially known as a Superflush test – on the Texas Rangers’ new Globe Life Field.

News   Media  

Feb

07

2020

TD Takes Part in Advancing Prefabrication 2020

TD Partners helped support this week's 4th annual Advancing Prefabrication Conference by taking part in a series of events, both giving presentations on-site at the conference and hosting two all-day sessions Feb. 5 and 6 at TD's Dallas headquarters.

News   Media   Blog   Dallas  

Jan

16

2020

Design-Build Market Report Survey

What’s the value of early collaboration on a project? Which market segment will design-build take hold in next? What do owners, architects, and general contractors need to have a successful construction project?

Dec

11

2019

Collaborative Planning Efforts Help With Arizona Food & Beverage Facility

From soft drinks to cold beer, aluminum cans are an essential part of most Americans’ daily life, and TD’s food & beverage project at a new manufacturing plant in Arizona is allowing TDPartners to use a recycled metal beverage container made from that facility.

Blog   Arizona  

Dec

04

2019

3 Things to Check to Make Sure Your Equipment is Up to Date

As the weather turns colder, the indoor heaters turn hotter and the kitchens busier - which means it’s time you have your facility kitchen inspected and prepared for another holiday season! You don’t want to be scrambling for a repair on the fly if something breaks during high-traffic times, so...

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Nov

25

2019

Best Practices for Ice Machine Planned Maintenance

How much ice have you consumed today? Was it crescent-shaped, or did you enjoy the legendary Sonic ice?

Blog  

Nov

20

2019

Scheduled Maintenance: What Happens When You Don't Maintain Your Commercial Refrigeration / Food and Beverage Equipment?

Commercial Refrigeration / Food and Beverage Equipment runs the nation’s restaurant industry, though if you’ve ever spent any extended time in the back of a kitchen, you understand the kind of abuse this equipment can endure on a day-to-day basis. It's more important than ever to keep your kitchen...

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Nov

12

2019

Partner Protecting All Workers on Jobsite

With today’s sprawling commercial construction projects, jobsites can spread across several acres. A safety professional cannot always be at every location. That’s one reason why TD’s Partners have a responsibility to learn the signs of safety risks and act accordingly in order to fiercely protect...

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Oct

22

2019

Design-Build Project Success: How Collaboration Paves the Way

Early collaboration between project teams has been essential in helping shape the next major office tower project in Dallas, The Link at Uptown. New collaboration efforts inside of TD are helping this unique design-build project in their own way.

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Oct

17

2019

Design-Build Delivery Method: A General Contractor's Perspective

Are you equipped to thrive in the collaborative culture of the design-build method

Blog  

Oct

16

2019

Design-Build Delivery Method: An Owner's Perspective

From the owner and architect, to engineers and general contractors: pivotal players are actively involved in design-build projects

Blog  

Oct

02

2019

7 Ways to Prevent Delivery Method Paralysis [Design-Build Advantages]

Congratulations! You have been selected for an amazing design-build project. You are also excited about the team. Both the contractor and the architect are known for collaborative practices, and the owner is known to be a good and thoughtful leader on projects. This should be a positive experience...

Blog  

Sep

25

2019

Why Early Constructability Input is Valuable in Design-Build Projects

The greatest value in the design-build method, and especially in MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) design-build, is how inherently collaborative it is.

Some may see this as a challenge, but far more often this is an opportunity to create a more effective construction project.

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Sep

17

2019

Celebrating National Tradesmen Day at TDIndustries

TD is extremely proud of all the hardworking men and women who make up our trades. From apprenticeships to the highest level of trades, their contributions to TD and to our country do not go unnoticed. These Partners are the hands that build and maintain America, and ​their recognition is...

Blog  

Sep

03

2019

Top 5 Ways General Contractors Can Improve Their Design-Build Project

It’s time for your next construction project, but this time around, you want to get more out of it. You’re looking for ways to improve teamwork between subcontractors, architects, the owner, and your organization.

Blog  

Aug

26

2019

The Ultimate Guide to Arc Flash Studies for Every Facility

It happens far too often: emergency rooms are forced to transfer arc flash victims to a burn center because they don’t have the resources to properly treat their severe injuries. Recovery could take months, even years.

Blog  

Jul

25

2019

Construction & Facilities Services Internships at TDIndustries

Across the nation, students and graduates are gaining valuable experience and insights through rewarding internships. While their resumé is getting richer and their skills are advancing through extensive hands-on training, interns can apply their fresh perspective and hard-earned knowledge in...

Blog  

Jul

22

2019

Why Proactive On-Demand Electrical Service is Always Necessary

Every industry can relate to the nail-biting stress of the most critical time of year.

Blog  

Jul

01

2019

The Ultimate Gimmie: PPE in Facility Services & Construction

A few years ago, I wrote an article about the importance of never missing the opportunity for a Gimmie. The article included a reference to my twins heading off to college. Thankfully my twins have concluded their four years of undergraduate studies, on time I might add (Great job, Allison and...

Blog  

Jun

06

2019

How Process Solutions Delivers Full Life-Cycle Services for Your Facility

Taking advantage of complete life-cycle solutions comes with many dazzling rewards: Turnkey services centered around a building’s environment, significant productivity boosts, and the ability to focus on core business while the value of your assets are sufficiently maintained are just a few...

Blog  

Jun

05

2019

What are the Differences Between Process Solutions and Commercial Pipe?

Have you ever experienced the stressful inefficiencies from having more than one point of contact? All that time wasted, financial risks accepted, and interruptions at work can cause an expensive headache. 

Blog  

Jun

04

2019

Why Trust is Essential in Process Solutions

Have you ever counted on high-purity piping to eliminate the risk of contaminants, only to experience leaks or bacteria growth?

Blog  

May

08

2019

How Neuroscience Impacts Safety in Construction & Other Industries

The haunting terrors of guilt that distract you from daily tasks, the gut-wrenching knots that twist tighter with each “what if” thought, the never-ending ripple effect that constantly reminds you of the past or fills you with fear of the future… Can you relate to any of these experiences?

Blog  

Apr

25

2019

Game Changing Facility Management Tips from the NFL Draft

This weekend, football fans will gather around their televisions to see which new players will be joining their team for the upcoming season. Many of these rising stars will be household names in a few months, and others will have their one moment of fame with a one-handed touchdown catch or a key...

Blog  

Apr

24

2019

The Indirect Cost Savings of Integrated Facilities Management (IFM)

From healthcare and commercial, to education and entertainment: companies are increasingly outsourcing facility services by hiring an Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) team. 

Blog  

Apr

09

2019

How Visual Intelligence Can Help Maintain Customers’ Trust in You

Picture this: You’ve worked for weeks, getting your unoccupied premium office space on the third floor ready to lease. It overlooks the park, has easy access to the elevator, and has garage parking next to the highway. Several potential tenants have been shown the space and everything has been...

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Apr

09

2019

Why the Construction Industry is Celebrating National Welding Month

When you realize the impact welders have had on the history of the United States, you'll understand why TDIndustries is celebrating National Welding Month

Blog  

Apr

05

2019

TDPartners Expanding Construction Thought Leadership Through PlanGrid

Construction productivity software is essential for any TD jobsite. For Houston, the ideal product came from PlanGrid, because it uniquely met their value proposition which was to provide an easy-to-use platform for document management and viewing to increase field productivity and reduce rework.

News   Media   Blog  

Mar

18

2019

How FARS Impacts Building Systems & Contractors

How can general contractors master budget optimization and ensure the best safety and quality, while also meeting materials and manpower requirements throughout a compressed construction schedule?

Blog  

Mar

11

2019

Celebrating World Plumbing Day in Construction, Service & Maintenance

How many plumbing amenities have you experienced so far today? 

Blog  

Mar

08

2019

Here's Why Women in Construction Week Helps Build Career Paths

The first full week in March marks National Women in Construction Week, which highlights the important work women do in our industry and raises awareness for their accomplishments and growing roles. TD is committed to supporting women in the trades.

Blog  

Mar

04

2019

Why the Construction Industry Needs FARS in the Bidding Process

Picture this: You’re a general contractor whose preconstruction team has buttoned up the bid for a 15-story tower. It’s a skyline-changing project that stays within budget and adheres to the schedule – providing valuable benefits to the owner and a good margin on the contract.

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Mar

01

2019

National Day of Unplugging: The Ultimate Guide for All Industries

The luxuries of modern technology are visibly remarkable: We can binge watch our favorite guilty pleasures on-demand from a tiny phone screen, we can catch up with loved ones we miss over the holidays on FaceTime.

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Feb

20

2019

National Engineers Week: 3 Inspirational Career Paths

What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Blog  

Feb

01

2019

Hot Dogs & Servant Leadership: Inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

This Sunday, millions of Americans will sit down to watch the closing chapter on the 2018-19 NFL season. Some will watch for the contest, others for the halftime show, and plenty more just to see the commercials.

Blog  

Jan

29

2019

How Prefabrication Impacts the Construction Industry & Business Models

TDIndustries and developer KDC have worked closely on many projects, including Liberty Mutual, JP Morgan-Chase’s Legacy West campus, and Frost Bank in San Antonio, among others. Both companies share many values, including the importance of prefabrication in current and future construction.

Blog  

Jan

21

2019

MLK Jr.: An Example of Persistent Servant Leadership

At 28 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. already had turned the Montgomery bus boycott into a national campaign for desegregation. He had been elected to lead the inaugural Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and had become an international figure in the civil rights movement.

Blog  

Dec

05

2018

4 Reasons Why Visual Intelligence is Essential to Maintenance

Between asset management, personnel management, and equipment repair, facility maintenance is filled with moving parts that requires time to analyze. There is often no rest for the weary as facility managers work to keep facility operations running smoothly and prevent key equipment failure.

Blog  

Dec

03

2018

Protect Property and Save Lives with Fire and Life Safety (FLS) Systems

How can facility managers provide the best safety, while also helping make cost-effective purchases? 

Blog  

Nov

30

2018

Facility Management Cost-Savings with Video Maintenance Reporting

The newly launched Visual Intelligence platform is changing the way TD reports its maintenance activity to facility managers, giving them a more convenient way to brief themselves on the status of their equipment.

Blog  

Nov

26

2018

Visual Intelligence: Looking to the Future of Facilities Maintenance

There are multiple reasons opting for a visual form of maintenance reporting, especially through video, was an important step for us and our customers.

Blog  

Nov

20

2018

Why Visual Maintenance Reporting Changes the Game for Facility Managers

Facility managers are busy people no matter the size of their enterprise. Not only must the facility manager take into account yearly planned maintenance tasks, but also prepare to put out emergency maintenance fires as they happen. This isn’t easy to do, especially without the right tools to get...

Blog  

Nov

16

2018

How to Maximize Facility Output with a Skilled Building Operator

I’ve spent thousands of hours in airplanes either as a passenger or as a pilot. As a passenger, I’ve experienced good pilots and some … not so good.

Blog  

Nov

15

2018

Why Partner with a Vendor That Leverages Video Maintenance Reporting?

As you might already know, TD Visual Intelligence is a new cloud-based tool that gives facility managers a convenient way to access and view maintenance reports in video or photo format.

Blog  

Nov

14

2018

How to Leverage Vested Outsourcing with Facility Maintenance Companies

After more than a decade of award-winning research, the business model behind some of the most successful outsourcing strategies (including those at Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, and more) has been identified.

Blog  

Nov

12

2018

What, Exactly, Is TD Visual Intelligence?

TD Visual Intelligence is live!

Blog  

Nov

08

2018

Providing STEM Career Paths: Robotic Navigation Systems and More

Science, technology, engineering,and math play pivotal roles at TDIndustries. With the future of our company and the industry depending on current students who will one day be our fellow Partners, celebrating National STEM Day is essential. 

Blog  

Nov

08

2018

World Quality Day 2018: Celebrating Trust and Excellence

Did you know that tomorrow, November 8th, is World Quality Day?

Blog  

Nov

07

2018

Winter is Coming: Electrical System Maintenance Risks

When it comes to winter maintenance, “it doesn’t get cold here” becomes a convenient excuse for many companies in the Southwest region. Why? Mostly because they don’t want to set aside the budget for maintenance, and/or don’t require day-to-day facility staff to ensure electrical systems are...

Blog  

Nov

02

2018

Skilled Trades Warning Signs: How to Adapt to Industry Changes

What was the last major issue you faced? How did you solve it? Looking back, you can probably identify a few warning signs that you failed to notice – because you didn’t want to see it or you just didn’t know what to look for.

Blog  

Sep

25

2018

3 Reasons Why Companies are Outsourcing Facility Services

Companies are increasingly pursuing outsourcing strategies, but some have yet to reap the benefits of outsourcing facility services – and your competitor could be one of them. 

News  

Sep

24

2018

Arizona Continues Career Paths with TD's Women in Trades Program

In May, TDIndustries’ Houston branch completed a pilot program to assist women in starting their trades careers. In August, Arizona took the next step, welcoming six new women as full-time Partners with their own program.

Sep

19

2018

What are Maintenance KPIs Telling You? Why Context Matters

One of the supreme benefits of key performance indicators (KPIs) for facility maintenance is their ability to show where, when, and sometimes how equipment issues arise. Unfortunately, the answer to why a piece of equipment breaks down is not always cut and dry, even if some of the primary KPIs are...

Blog  

Sep

11

2018

Why You Shouldn't Skimp on Your Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

How can facility managers track the most important facility key performance indicators (KPIs), while also keeping up with all of the moving parts (literally) involved in a facility maintenance plan?

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Sep

07

2018

KPIs with High ROIs: How to Achieve Facility Maintenance Goals

As a maintenance or facility manager, you know how badly you need key performance indicators (KPIs) to keep your facility operating smoothly. You can’t improve your maintenance processes in the dark, and you absolutely need accurate, up-to-date information to ensure your equipment runs correctly.

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Sep

05

2018

4 Ways Integrated Facilities Management Can Increase Your Bottom Line

You’ve heard hundreds of examples of how streamlined companies are more efficient, save money, and deliver higher returns.

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Aug

31

2018

Randee Herrin Speaks About TD’s Success With THRIVE at UWGH Conference

Randee Herrin, Houston Vice President of Construction, is no stranger to speaking about TDIndustries’ Women in Trades program. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, she spoke on a United Way of Greater Houston (UWGH) panel to motivate others to perform similar, community- and industry-focused projects.

Aug

21

2018

The Unearthed Gems of Unplanned Equipment Downtime

There are few KPIs for facility maintenance as crucial as unplanned equipment downtime. While other KPIs are helpful to view the full context of equipment performance, this measurement is of particular interest to facility managers for many reasons. Importantly, this KPI prompts facility managers...

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Aug

17

2018

Job Search Struggles? Here's a Stable and Profitable Career Path

In 2018, job searches involve plenty of rejection. You might apply to 100 or more jobs, receive a “thanks, but no thanks” email from 30, and receive preliminary interviews from five. Two might progress, and if you’re lucky, one will offer you a position.

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Aug

08

2018

3 Slightly Deceptive Facility Maintenance KPIs

You might have already read our guide on the essential facility maintenance KPIs you should be tracking to ensure your facility is running in tip-top shape. Depending on the KPIs you choose to track, the picture you paint of how well you’re performing can change. Some KPIs might even give you a ...

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Jul

31

2018

4 Reasons Why Facility Management Software (FMS) is Essential

For those that take advantage of the technology, facility management software (FMS) is among the most useful tools, along with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), at a facility manager’s disposal. We highly encourage customers to not only use facility management software (we do...

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Jul

31

2018

A Career in Construction: 5 Ways to Not Become a Broke College Grad

For Americans in the workforce for more than 15 years, college graduation meant a new chapter in life. Finding a new job was stressful, but most had manageable debt that was paid off within 5-10 years.

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Jul

31

2018

How Innovation is Shaking Up Construction, Facility Maintenance & More

What do Blockbuster, Nokia, and Kodak have in common? All three failed to adapt to disruptive technology. 

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Jul

24

2018

5 Facility Maintenance KPIs You Didn't Know to Measure

Facility maintenance strategies are all about reducing unplanned equipment downtime in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible, and there are multiple KPIs you could be tracking to help you achieve your goals. We’ve written a guide that covers the most essential of those KPIs, but we...

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Jul

24

2018

The Planned Maintenance Movement: Commercial HVAC Risks & Tips

If a company doesn’t set aside the budget for regular HVAC maintenance, they will often spend more money replacing equipment that breaks down prematurely. Small companies that keep their budgets too tight are often the most vulnerable – but that’s not even the most intimidating part.

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Jul

18

2018

Too Many Fire Drills? How to Prevent Constant Reactionary Maintenance

The upfront benefits of reactive maintenance are straightforward, as short-sighted and “planning for the now” as they might be. Planned maintenance takes time to well… plan, as well as a predefined amount of time and resources to execute, which is money out of pocket for something that isn’t yet...

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Jul

16

2018

Facilities Management Disasters: The Burdens of Maintenance Neglect

When a facility’s equipment or system fails, the consequences can be catastrophic. From jeopardizing the safety and health of patrons to losing critical information – the results from basic maintenance neglect can quickly turn into a nightmare if facility managers or owners aren’t careful.

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Jul

06

2018

A Career Path For Women In Trades: How Deisy Gonzalez Is Paving The Way

For as long as Deisy Gonzalez can remember, she has enjoyed working with her hands. It’s a rewarding feeling to look at a famous structure and say, “I built that.”

Jun

29

2018

Seconds Matter: The Benefits of Firefighter Air-Replenishment Systems

We all recognize the strenuous situations that firefighters face when suppressing fires. Thankfully, many cities around the nation are updating codes to require FARS, Firefighter Air-Replenishment Systems.

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Jun

19

2018

The Investment You'll Never Regret: Neglecting It Could Cost A Fortune

No matter what industry you're in, learning and applying the best practices for this investment could save you time and money. 

 

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Jun

14

2018

HVAC Risks to Keep in Mind as Summer Heat Begins

According to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, students don't learn as well when classrooms get hot. Although school's out for summer, this research shines light on the importance of HVAC maintenance and the negative impact a hot facility can manifest. 

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Jun

13

2018

Reduce Risks with These Steps to Your Facility Maintenance Program

Before a facility manager makes headway with planned maintenance, they need to lay the groundwork for their maintenance program to do what it does best — reduce the risk of equipment and facility downtime. If that person is you, there are some fundamental steps to ensure your program hits its goals.

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Jun

05

2018

How To Start A Career In Construction, Even If You Don’t Have Experience

Think back to your last job interview.  If you’re like most Americans, everything was going well until you heard one terrifying phrase:

May

29

2018

Here’s Why Millennials Aren't Joining The Construction Industry

You’ve heard this story before: millennials, just like every other generation before them, are bombarded with messages why they’re ruining everything previous generations have created. It’s such a common expression that it has almost become a joke in itself.

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May

22

2018

A Cure For The Skilled Craftworker Shortage: How THRIVE Could Rescue The Industry

For countless graduates walking the stage this month, their diploma will represent a tangible achievement that marks a major change in their lives. It’s the end of that portion of their educational career, and they can begin a new stage – in higher education, a career, or a calling.

May

15

2018

TDIndustries Increases Its Access To Talented Craftworkers With THRIVE

From a military member and a dance instructor, to a retail worker and a single mother, the graduates of THRIVE come from all walks of life. Now, they look forward to the financial freedom and stability their new careers in construction will bring. 

May

08

2018

5 Alarming Health Risks: The Aftermath of Office Jobs

With their soft chairs and climate control, office environments appear to be safe havens in comparison to other workplaces. Like anywhere else though, the office environment comes with significant health and safety risks.

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May

04

2018

The Most Common Office Accident: Not Preventing It Could Make You Disabled

As you sit there typing away at your desk and sipping your coffee, chances are you’re not concerned about getting an injury. Although office environments may not seem as hazardous as the inherent dangers of construction sites, tens of thousands of office workers suffer injuries or work-related...

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May

02

2018

The Secret To Success For All Industry Leaders, Especially In Construction

The construction industry is changing, and the key to success is waking up leaders everywhere. 

May

02

2018

The Costs of Liability: How Poor Maintenance Could Land You in Major Trouble

Accidents happen, sometimes through the carelessness of facility occupants, but also through negligence by a facility owner or employer (they might be one in the same). When a facility owner, manager, or employer is at fault, this is likely a result of a failure to maintain safe and healthy...

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Apr

16

2018

Here's What Happens When You Don't Maintain Your Commercial Electrical Systems

While there are obvious issues associated with HVAC or refrigeration equipment failures, a facility’s electrical and lighting system is the center of everything. So, of course, if your facility’s electrical system succumbs to a breakdown, all electricity-dependent equipment is affected. This risks...

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Apr

16

2018

Victoria Yates Starts A Career In Construction

Victoria Yates has the drive to be successful. A business degree, IT certification, and her own side business would appear to point her toward financial success.

Apr

12

2018

Bree Adams Breaks Social Media Records For TDIndustries

Forget what you know about women in construction: Bree Adams’ story is changing everything.

Apr

09

2018

How an Energy Audit Works (And Why You Need One)

So What’s the Big Deal?

Every year, new equipment and facility development best practices are updated for more efficient energy usage. Still, it can be difficult for facility management to keep up with every stream or source of energy, when/how those streams are used, and how efficient each of...

Apr

04

2018

Best Practices for Commercial Planned Maintenance

Reliability Centered Maintenance and Planned Maintenance: So What’s the Big Deal?

While the idea of planned maintenance service isn’t too complex in itself, the value gets lost when most facility maintenance issues aren’t detected by occupants until it’s too late. If the aesthetics of a building...

Mar

28

2018

Here's What Happens When You Don't Maintain Your Commercial Plumbing System

While HVAC and refrigeration equipment are important to maintain in their own right, electrical and plumbing system malfunctions become increasingly more serious if left unaddressed because a facility’s central functions hinge on those systems working correctly.

Mar

05

2018

2017 in Review

From helping people recover from Hurricane Harvey to finishing the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, TD had many memorable moments in 2017. Did you know TD is leading the industry in silica protection? Did you see TD on Fox Business News last March?

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Feb

26

2018

Here's What Happens When You Don't Maintain Your Commercial HVAC System

When it comes to commercial HVAC systems, the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” becomes a convenient excuse for companies that either, a) don’t want to set aside the budget for maintenance, and/or b) don’t require day-to-day facility staff to ensure systems are running smoothly.

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Dec

13

2017

What is a Quality System?

Say what you do. Do what you say. Prove it. Improve it.

Those of you familiar with the Deming Cycle of Improvement will see Plan-Do-Check-Adjust in the above statement. It’s a great refresher on how each TDPartner can work toward continuous aggressive improvement and further our strategic goals...

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Nov

27

2017

What Does “Quality” Mean To You?

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) defines quality as:

A subjective term for which each person or sector has its own definition. In technical usage, quality can have two meanings: 1. the characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs; 2. a...

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Jun

16

2017

The Fast and Fierce: A True Safety Success Story

[Author’s Note: this story highlights the importance of safety training in a real world scenario. To protect the identity of our TDPartners, fellow tradespeople, partner companies, clients, and project, all names and identifying information have been omitted.]

May

05

2017

Man vs. Wild: Snakes on a Jobsite

As temperatures warm up in Texas and Arizona, our TDPartners must contend with a new type of hazard not normally present during the fall and winter months: snakes. Since April of this year, TDPartners have encountered snakes on their jobsites. No safety incident has occurred, but it’s a great...

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May

04

2017

Is It Time to Get a New Hard Hat?

The tough conditions of the field will affect your protective gear. And one of our most frequently asked questions from TDPartners is “when does my hard hat expire”?

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Apr

18

2017

Essential Qualities for Any Skilled Trades Job

You might have heard, when writing your CV, make sure you include _____. Or heard this advice, if you’re in an interview, talk a lot about your experience with ______. Filling in the blanks is hard, especially since a lot of career advice is geared toward office workers – not those working in...

Mar

30

2017

Cyber Security: Is Your Building Control System Safe?

Hacking. Corporate espionage. Buildings on lockdown. No, this is isn’t the latest spy movie. Unfortunately, they are very real threats that can affect building owners and their facilities.

Mar

09

2017

The Importance of Maintaining Your Rooftop Units

With a TDIndustries Planned Maintenance program, you get the benefits of assigned primary and secondary technicians who really get to know your systems and an account manager who assists with capital asset planning, equipment management, regular inspections, and keeping your building up to code. We...

Mar

01

2017

Witte Museum Expansion & Renovation: A Flue System and a Fossil

Science and history exhibits require well-ventilated, cool spaces to preserve each precious piece of a collection. At the Witte Museum, which houses more than 300,000 pieces, a rapid expansion is underway; the original building and administration spaces are being renovated while in April 2016, the...

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Feb

24

2017

Why I Became An Engineer - Getsemani's Story

During National Engineers Week, we shared Brandon’s and Alexander’s inspirations for becoming engineers. They spoke of family encouragement and insatiable curiosities. Today’s story comes from Getsemani, also an EIT and Mechanical Designer at TDIndustries. For her, the path to engineering was...

Feb

23

2017

Why I Became An Engineer - Alexander's Story

In honor of National Engineers Week, TDIndustries is sharing the stories of some of our young engineers and what inspired them to enter the industry. In a rapidly changing world, technology and society have redefined some aspects of the engineering profession. Earlier, Brandon shared how his family...

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Feb

22

2017

Why I Became An Engineer - Brandon's Story

Engineering is a technical, creative profession, and the contributions of engineers around the world are celebrated annually during National Engineers Week. The road to becoming a Professional Engineer—complete with the letters “P.E.” appended to your name—is rigorous.

Oct

27

2016

Setting the Standard: Water Container Cleaning on the Jobsite

When the summer temps started inching up to the three-digit mark, some of the Partners at TDIndustries (TD) started thinking about water. More specifically, drinking water. On project job sites, in manufacturing shops and in service vehicles, the large water containers our crews use were being...

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