Family Values and Dedicated Service

Tempe Mechanical
Written by Robert Hoshowsky

Arizona-based Tempe Mechanical serves a wide range of clients across the state and in the entire Southwestern United States. Since it was formed thirty years ago, Tempe Mechanical has prided itself on quality service as it has built relationships with customers and industry partners.
Tempe Mechanical’s full-time staff are skilled in trades including plumbing, HVAC, sheet metal installation, welding and sheet metal fabrication. While satisfying the needs of its existing customers, it has achieved a solid reputation and loyalty that has led to considerable business through word of mouth. The company has come a long way since it was founded by President and Chief Executive Officer Arthur W. Young.

Three decades ago, Tempe Mechanical was much smaller and had just two employees. Young’s fledgling business recognized the need for quality HVAC services in Arizona and provided highly-responsive service to its customers.

“We started as a small service company for HVAC, which then moved us forward into larger multi-family or apartment buildings,” says Josh Young, Tempe’s vice president of new construction. “From there, we moved into what we call light commercial or retail. Once in this market, we started to see a need for a plumbing division, so we started to also do plumbing to complement our well-established HVAC division around 2002.”

Josh has been with Tempe Mechanical (AWY Holding Inc. DBA Tempe Mechanical) for eleven years and took his current position just over a year ago. While maintaining its family values and a successful team approach, the company generates revenues exceeding $22 million annually. Tempe Mechanical has been ranked among the top fifteen mechanical contractors for the past decade in The Arizona Business Journal and remains one of the leading mechanical contractors in the state.

Factors behind the company’s success are straightforward: hire the right people for the job, work closely with customers, listen to them and appreciate their needs, abide by a set of core values and maintain safe work conditions and quality across every job, from start to finish.

Tempe delivers appropriate, cost-effective mechanical and plumbing systems, systems integration along with support systems and energy efficient building automation systems (BAS). Tempe Mechanical’s partnerships with trusted engineers and contractors ‘improve mechanical systems, energy efficiency and building performance,’ says the company.

The company provides an extensive range of services including heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing, process piping, sheet metal fabrication, building automation systems, design-build, building information modeling (BIM), refrigeration, HVAC controls and design engineering services. It replaces HVAC/R equipment, installs commercial plumbing, piping and underground mechanical piping, fabricates sheet metal components, retrofits HVAC systems, designs commercial HVAC systems and performs emergency HVAC repair service.

Tempe Electrical focuses on saving customers time and money. The company takes on projects in education, industrial, hospitality, office, municipal, healthcare and senior living, government, restaurant and retail buildings.

“A lot of our projects start during the design phase, which helps determine a specific system and a realistic budget the owner can live with,” says Young.

Tempe Mechanical has earned the trust of many notable clients in the state for its speed, efficiency and expertise. From the city of Phoenix and the Arizona State University to the cities of Glendale and Scottsdale and a range of schools, community centers, luxury hotels and resorts, the value Tempe brings to projects is well known.

Its commitment to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and has OSHA-qualified safety managers and dedicated quality control leaders on every project. It all comes back to the ‘team approach’ to quality, commitment to the client and staff and accountability with every job.

Tempe has a massive, 15,000-square-foot fabrication facility, one of the most advanced in the southwest of Arizona. Its state-of-the-art HVAC, plumbing, service and sheet metal fabrication division meets any challenge from design/build services and heat recovery to variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, central plants – including towers, chillers and boilers – medical gas systems, controls and energy management systems.

The company’s skilled welders and technicians have all the necessary equipment including computerized systems, a double-table plasma cutter, chilled water pipe fabricating and welding equipment, a complete coil line (including insulation) and a customized collar machine.

Sheet metal fabrication of architectural work – including fascia, gutters, downspouts and roof flashing – can be made to any size. Tempe Mechanical has all clients covered.

The company has undertaken industrial projects on a methane-powered electrical plant, educational facilities and a clinic expansion among its many projects.

One large-scale project was the Solana Generating Station, completed in 2013. When it was commissioned, the solar power plant was the largest parabolic trough plant in the world and the first in the United States with molten salt thermal energy. It has a total capacity of 280 megawatts gross and uses two steam turbine generators to produce enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes. Tempe Mechanical’s role was the installation of thermal receiver tube piping, along with HVAVC in part of the central plant and one of the variable frequency drive (VFD) rooms. Since the VFDs create a tremendous amount of heat, modified evaporative emission control system were used as cooling units in the project.

The company strives to stand apart from the competition in terms of quality, services and safety. Tempe Mechanical also has a comprehensive project coordination (CPC) plan, which was created during a brand strategy exercise. “CPC is our methodology for consistently delivering on time and on budget and enhancing the value of a project/property and is founded on our commitment to communication and responsiveness,” says Young. “It is how we translate our family values into real reliability on the job. It first starts with the estimate, continues through close out. We try to coordinate every aspect of every project for superior efficiency, flexibility, quality and safety.”

“I think this is a major part of what we do and also has an effect on our customer relationships,” he says. “Our families are raised with strong Catholic values, and our goals/values are to treat each customer and/or employee as if they were a part of our family. I believe it is our mission to provide expert mechanical services that support our clients’ needs and meet their objectives in a reliable, stress-free manner.”



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