TOTAL.

It’s not just our name. It describes our capabilities and our commitment to our customers. Since 1968, we’ve been committed to providing essential mechanical contracting services to design, construct, install and maintain efficient and safe building environments.

 

We’re your one stop shop for all mission-critical mechanical contracting systems and services—HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, industrial, building automation and fabrication services—a single-source, design/build mechanical contractor on any size building project.

TOTAL Commitment.

Our Brand Promise—Building Integrity. We approach every project with a commitment to you, our customer, to strategically plan for your investment in critical mechanical systems, designing the most effective and efficient systems for your building environment, and installing and maintaining them to operate at optimum performance.

 

Being aware of the latest in sophisticated technologies is one thing. Having the experience and knowledge to engineer, design, install and maintain such a system, with zero defect tolerance and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, requires our TOTAL commitment. At TOTAL, Building Integrity describes mechanical systems working in harmony, as well as the commitment we bring to every relationship.

TOTAL Responsibility.

The buck stops here. As a general contractor, developer, architect, facilities manager or building owner, you’re interested in a dependable relationship with a mechanical contractor to address all of your mechanical systems. We assume TOTAL responsibility as a single point-of-contact, coordinating all project details from start to finish.

 

Beginning with your first phone call, through individualized owner training on your new systems, we’re there. From our comprehensive safety program to customized billing. Our attention to detail extends from our experienced engineering staff and estimators, to designers and our skilled technicians and project managers, all collaborating to deliver the TOTAL end-to-end experience.

TOTAL Resources.

Delivering on expectations. As the largest locally-owned mechanical contractor in southeast Wisconsin, we provide a TOTAL experience—the horsepower and capability to provide complete mechanical contracting services on any size building project, small to large.

 

Our resources, as well as our 24-hour emergency services, extend to Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Walworth, Racine, Kenosha, Washington and Ozaukee Counties in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, client relationships have extended our reach across the United States.

 

Our repertoire of experience includes medical facilities (hospitals, medical care centers, nursing homes and CBRFs), commercial facilities (laboratories, plants, warehouses, factories, process facilities and office buildings), retail locations (shopping malls, restaurants and food stores), public facilities (hotels and correctional institutions), educational facilities and places of assembly (theaters, arenas and places of worship).

TOTAL Education.

Up-to-date on state-of-the-art. Your investment in mechanical systems demands our investment in education and training. At TOTAL, we created TOTAL Mechanical University—an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, in-house training program designed to keep our employees current.

 

TOTAL University supports our employees at the level required to plan, install and maintain today’s increasingly sophisticated technologies.

TOTAL Safety.

Safety from day one. The welfare and safety of our skilled craftsmen, and all partners on a building project, begins long before the work begins. TOTAL insists on strict adherence to our comprehensive safety program. At TOTAL Mechanical University, new employees attend a rigorous safety orientation before setting foot on a TOTAL job site.

 

Our commitment to safety includes two full-time safety directors and a continuous education program to ensure that all employees stay up-to-date on safety procedures and the latest protective equipment needed to keep them and the job site safe. Safety protocols are administered and supervised by our TOTAL Safety Review Board, a team consisting of union and non-union office and field personnel. TOTAL has received numerous safety awards and has been cited as a safe workplace for over 30 years.

TOTAL Peace-of-Mind.

Our service ethic comes naturally. Customer service is usually mentioned as a priority for many businesses, including mechanical contractors. At TOTAL, we’ve built our reputation on it, resulting in peace-of-mind for you, our customer.

 

As we serve our commercial and industrial customers, our preventive maintenance program enables us to analyze your mechanical systems to prevent problems before they occur. Our continuing education curriculum at TOTAL Mechanical University ensures our certified technicians are among the most knowledgeable in the industry.

 

As a result of our high standards, we warranty our service and repairs for one year—more than double the industry standard.

 

Our service leadership at TOTAL includes quick and easy online scheduling of services. Our certified technicians are available 24/7. We’re TOTAL 365 days/year.

 

For non-emergencies, please fill out our contact form here.

 

For EMERGENCY SERVICE, please call 262-523-2500 to reach our 24/7 service department.

 

Our normal business hours are M-F, 7am – 5pm.

TOTAL Heritage.

Growing to serve. TOTAL Mechanical, Inc. was established in 1968 by an engineering graduate from Marquette University.  Twenty years later, the Company was purchased by Dennis Braun, who was then a 10-year veteran of TOTAL as a union sheet metal technician.  Under Dennis’ leadership, TOTAL Mechanical has grown to be the largest locally-owned mechanical contractor in southeast Wisconsin and a company highly regarded for quality, technical expertise and absolute customer commitment.  Dennis’ dedication to overall excellence continues to define the Company’s processes and beliefs.

 

Our 36,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters, offering the latest in fabrication and information technology, was built in 1996.  Unique to the industry, this state-of-the-art facility provides a more “employee-centered” workplace, with comfortable work spaces, a fitness center, dining facility and locker rooms. 1996 also saw the start of our Industrial Division. We’ve expanded our facility numerous times to accommodate our steady growth.

 

Our growth can be attributed, in part, to the acquisitions that we’ve successfully implemented. In 2002, TOTAL purchased Hampton Plumbing, a third-generation commercial plumbing contractor, expanding our plumbing capabilities. In 2004, TOTAL purchased Wenninger Mechanical Services, significantly enhancing our building automation capabilities. TOTAL purchased Downey Mechanical in 2006, resulting in the introduction of our Fire Protection Division. In 2008, TOTAL acquired Lombard Electric, expanding our electrical capabilities.

 

Today, we employ over 300 people, and we continue to grow. Not through any inherent desire to be the biggest, but to provide the depth and breadth of talent and services that will provide the most complete and “satisfying” level of service to our customers.

Case Studies

Bradley School of Technology & Trade

Bradley School of Technology & Trade

Job Name: Lynde and Harry Bradley School of Technology and Trade
Scope of Work: Design-Assist Mechanical Contractor responsible for HVAC installation
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205
General Contractor: Hunzinger Construction Company
Project hours: 37,000 hours
The following is a summary of HVAC equipment installed at this facility:
  • Baltimore Air Cooling Tower, 400 Ton Capacity
  • Two Carrier Centrifugal Chillers, 200 Ton Capacity each
  • Ten Carrier Air Handling Units, Located in Three Mechanical Rooms
  • One Rankin Custom Built Air Handling Unit
  • Five Carrier Heat Recovery Units
  • One Carrier Energy Recovery Ventilator
  • Two Hundred Supply and Exhaust VAV Boxes
  • Twenty Four Exhaust Fans
  • One Leibert Computer Room Unit
  • One AAF Self-Contained Dust Collector, 2,300 ACFM @ 7.5 W.G. External Pressure
Project summary:
The Lynde and Harry Bradley School of Technology and Trade is a progressive facility designed to promote Milwaukee Public Schools’ science and technology high school curriculum. In October of 2002 faculty and students moved into the new facility; the new building has been designed to provide flexibility for future technologies and curriculum updates. A significant portion of the facility’s flexibility comes from the exposed ductwork system running through the technology labs, and the HVAC equipment supporting these areas.
As a design-assist construction partner TOTAL Mechanical of Wisconsin volunteered to take the lead role in the coordination for the Lynde and Harry Bradley School of Technology and Trade. The design-assist process helped to identify building questions and installation conflicts prior to work crews beginning installation, and before the project schedule was negatively impacted.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley School of Technology and Trade is a fully air conditioned facility, with process and domestic hot water generated using City of Milwaukee distributed high pressure steam.
TOTAL Mechanical’s responsibilities for this project included coordinating over $1,500,000 worth of owner purchased equipment, materials, and services in addition to the HVAC contract work. From start to finish over 37,000 hours of labor were invested in fabrication and installation.
St. Joseph Outpatient Center

St. Joseph Outpatient Center

Job Name: St. Joseph Outpatient Center
Scope of Work: Plan & Specification
Location: 201 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
General Contractor: Hunzinger Construction Company
Project hours: Over 35,000 hours

The following is a summary of equipment installed at this facility:
  • Five (5) Mammoth Heating/Cooling Roof Top Units
  • One (1) York Air Handling Unit and Air Cooled Condensing Unit
  • Two (2) Leibert Equipment Room Cooling Units and Drycooler
  • Five (5) Patterson Kelley Process Hot Water Boilers
  • Three (3) Fulton Humidification and Sterilization Steam Boilers
  • 194 Price Variable Air Volume Boxes
  • 21 Power Roof Ventilators, Exhaust Fans & Ceiling Exhaust Fans
  • Rittling Convectors, Unit Heaters & Fin Tube
Project Summary:
St. Joseph’s Outpatient Center is a 210,000 square foot, state-of-the-art ambulatory care center.  The five-story building includes 60 office spaces for physicians along with a 5-story parking structure.  In addition, four acres of land have been purchased north of the building in anticipation of future expansion.
TOTAL Mechanical acted as the primary coordinator for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing throughout the entire duration of the project.  They successfully managed to stay on track with the challenging construction schedule.  The on-site project management staff coordinated all equipment and material deliveries to ensure that heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems were operating for the finishing trades.  TOTAL Mechanical also coordinated temperature control installation and had the entire building commissioned and owner training completed prior to owner occupancy.
TOTAL Mechanical installed 5.35 miles of piping, 700 valves, 3000 hangers, 20,000 pipe fittings and 170 tons of sheet metal ductwork.  The crew size peaked at 50 mechanics.  Cooperation among all involved resulted in the on-time completion for the ten month project.
The St. Joseph Outpatient Center is featured in the 2004 May issue of Wisconsin Builder as one of the Top 20 projects completed in Wisconsin for 2003.  Hunzinger Construction also received Midwest Construction Magazine’s Award for 2003 Project of the Year in the Health Care Category for this project!
GE Fitness Center

GE Fitness Center

Job Name: GE Fitness Center – Solar Water Heater
Scope of Work: Design-Build
Location: Pewaukee, WI

The following is a summary of equipment installed at this facility:

  • 16 Solar Skies SS-40 panels with a total area of 637.22 ft2
  • 2 260-gal storage tanks
  • HTP drain-back tank
  • Solar controls made by IMC Instruments
Project Summary:GE Healthcare is one of the most environmentally conscious employers in southeast Wisconsin. Through the “ecomagination” initiative, GE is actively pursuing innovative and profitable solutions to environmental problems. Since 2004, the program has resulted in a greater than 22% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of a 25% decrease by 2015. GE has also reduced water usage by over 30% since 2006, surpassing the original goal of a 20% reduction by 2012.[1]

In order to reduce energy usage at their US headquarters in Waukesha, Wisconsin, GE Healthcare’s Global Facilities Manager, Mark Colannanni, initiated a program to augment the employee fitness center’s gas-fired water heaters with a solar hot water system. GE Healthcare’s Project Engineer, Chris Jurik, contracted with Jim Leuzinger of Pewaukee-based TOTAL Mechanical and Aaron Adler of Milwaukee-based Hot Water Products to design and install the system.

Engineers from TOTAL Mechanical designed the system and determined the best location for the solar panels, hot water piping, controls, and related equipment. Representatives from Hot Water Products assisted with the site evaluation, RetScreen software simulation, conceptual design, product procurement and delivery. Mike Westfahl, a Journeyman plumber from TOTAL Mechanical, then installed the system and filled it with Dowfrost, a propylene glycol-based heat transfer fluid that contains food-grade corrosion inhibitors. The system was leak-tested, insulated, valve-tagged, and labeled prior to bringing it on-line.

The system consists of 16 Solar Skies SS-40 panels with a total area of 637.22 ft2, two 260-gal storage tanks, an HTP drain-back tank, and solar controls made by IMC Instruments. It is capable of generating up to 39 kilowatts of energy, which is equal to 116,100 BTU – enough to provide hot water to as many as three homes.

 

Key opportunities/challenges:

It may seem that a solar water heater would not be as effective in Wisconsin as it would be in a warmer, sunnier climate. However, Wisconsin has as many sunny days as southern Texas, and the efficiency of a solar water heater is not significantly affected by the ambient air temperature. GE’s solar array faces south, at an angle of 43 degrees from horizontal. This maximizes the amount of direct sunlight captured during the winter, when the sun is at its lowest in the sky. In the summer, the energy lost to indirect sun exposure is made up for by the longer periods of daylight.

 

Benefit to GE Healthcare:

The system is expected to contribute between 20% and 100% of the fitness center’s hot water, with an annual average of 48%. By reducing GE’s dependence on non-renewable energy, the system also insulates GE against rising fossil fuel costs. With an anticipated lifespan of at least 30 years, the system will ultimately save GE nearly $180,000. Over that period, it will have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 281 tons, which is the equivalent of 648 barrels of crude oil. In addition to the savings realized by reducing natural gas consumption, the solar hot water system also reduces the maintenance requirements of the existing natural gas water heaters. Since the solar system is able to reduce demand on the gas burners, the burners will require less frequent maintenance, and should last longer than if they were to continue as the only source of hot water for the facility.

U.S. Gypsum Mineral Wool Production Facility

U.S. Gypsum Mineral Wool Production Facility

Job Name: United States Gypsum Mineral Wool Production Facility
Scope of Work
:  Dust Collection Installation
Location
:  Red Wing, Minnesota 
General
 Contractor:  TOTAL Mechanical of Wisconsin, Inc.
Project Hours: Over 12,000 Man Hours; Over 3,500 Sheet Metal and Project Management Hours

The following is a summary of equipment installed at this facility:
  • (4) 60,000 CFM Drum Filters
  • 1/4 inch Abrasive Resistant 400 Ductwork
Project summary:
United States Gypsum Company was incorporated in 1901 to become the first gypsum company with a national scope.  They are a subsidiary of USG Corporation which has numerous locations worldwide.  United States Gypsum Company partnered with TOTAL Mechanical of Wisconsin, Inc. to upgrade their equipment to conform with DNR standards and regulations.
Although TOTAL Mechanical and USG had a previous working relationship in Wisconsin, this Minnesota Mineral Wool Production Facility was the first out-of-state project for the two companies.  Projections called for a three week shutdown, but TOTAL Mechanical was able to pool its resources and propose a plan to complete the project in only eleven days.  This careful planning saved the company ten days of material storage and kept downtime at the plant to a minimum.
Safety was the number one priority of the project and a full time Safety Director was on site during all working hours.  Daily safety meetings were held to ensure proper lifting procedures and to review many additional safety issues for that days’ activities.
The project began with the demolition of USG’s existing four-story dust collection building.  Crews worked around the clock with over twenty-four people per shift.  The next phase of the project included 40, 100 and 265 ton cranes which were brought in on semis and took several days to assemble.  Over 12,000 manhours were spent on the project from start to finish including project management, sheet metal hours, set-up and clean-up.
TOTAL Mechanical overcame the challenge of time and saved money for USG in storage costs and plant shutdown time.  The USG Mineral Wool Production Facility Project was completed on schedule and TOTAL Mechanical hopes to complete many USG projects throughout the country in the future!