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Company Profile.

In 1972, T.F. Harper Construction was established with a small team and a big commitment. After nearly 50 years in the Texas construction industry, we have proven our commitment and perfected our processes.

Our principal corporate objective has always been to provide the highest quality for the dollar to every client and vendor. And we have earned the reputation to support that objective.

Our firm began contracting government buildings and renovating existing city buildings. Our client base now includes entities such as educational facilities, government and city facilities, commercial shopping centers, and various other commercial organizations. Today we specialize in the following services near Austin: Job Order Contracting (JOC), Commercial & General Contracting, Construction Management, Master Plumbing, New Building Construction, Design-Build, and CM@Risk (Construction Manager at Risk).

Parks & Playgrounds.

T.F. Harper & Associates LP is a full-service Recreational Equipment representative with a long history in the park-recreation, playground and general construction markets near Austin, TX. We have been in business for almost 50 years with a combined focus in park and play for over 30 of those years. We pride ourselves on offering high quality recreational products at amazing prices and we back that with the best warranty available in the industry! Coupled with our exceptional product offerings and general construction background, we are able to offer our customers a complete turn-key job including: sales, design, installation, and maintenance. Our passion for parks and recreation fuels our desire to offer the best for our customers and that’s what we strive for each and every day.

Whatever your outdoor recreational need, our expert team can help provide the solution and make your job easier in the process. Whether you require products and installation or if you simply need site preparation, maintenance, or safety surfacing we are here to assist you every step of the way.

T. F. Harper & Associates LP welcomes you to contact us anytime by phone, fax or email to assist you in your outdoor recreational needs.

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Meet Our Founder Tommy Harper

In 1972, Tommy Harper began his business as a General Contractor servicing the central Texas area. He quickly grew reputation and popularity in the area and the business began to grow. In the 80’s, Tommy had an opportunity to install a playground unit at his children’s elementary school. He felt his crews were more than capable and through this first project found a niche that had not been touched. Tommy then began installing playgrounds all over the state and growing a specific business with the Parks Departments of Cities, and then with Maintenance Departments of School Districts.

50 years later, T.F. Harper & Associates has grown to what it is today – now servicing school district and municipalities on any park, playground, field or facility related needs. Many of the same crew members that began with Tommy, are now crew leaders and training the next generation. Tommy retired in 2022 to spend time with his wife, kids, and grandchildren.

Meet Our Owner / President Ariel Smith-Susan

In 2020, Ariel acquired the business from Tommy Harper. Ariel’s role is somewhat unique, as she worked alongside Mr. Harper for many years as VP of Construction. Ariel is now Owner & Operator, managing nine in office staff, twenty four field staff, and two office locations. Ariel is very familiar with the ends and outs of city and school district programs. The T.F. Harper team focuses on playgrounds, parks, sports, and auxiliary building construction. Ariel’s background is in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Texas.

Ariel’s goal is to provide excellent service, while maintaining transparency in what is known to be the dated world of construction. She is proud to be one of the few young women in a leadership role in the construction field. Ariel hopes to build on the companies 50 year reputation and grow future relationships for years to come. Ariel spends most of her personal time with her family, husband – Josh, and son – Grant.

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Purchasing Cooperatives

Our Cooperative Purchasing memberships are government-to-government procurement services that help local government entities obtain competitively priced goods and services. Our memberships with the following organizations allow our customers to make purchases conveniently, without the bother of lengthy bid processes. All you have to do is become a member as well, it’s that simple!

My company has utilized the services of T. F. Harper for over 15 years now. We manage many apartment and commercial building, some of which are 40 to 50 years old.

We have found that the personnel of T. F. Harper have always responded to our needs and has always been able to find a way to solve our problems, even those that deal with very old equipment.

We have also found ourselves in a position of an emergency during very late night hours and week-ends. T. F. Harper has never failed to respond to our emergency calls and has been able to solve the problems upon arrival. Even with overtime billings, we always found their billings to be fair and reasonable.

We would recommend their services to anyone that requires a company that is reliable, dependable and trustworthy.

Judi SmithTeam Group Systems, Inc

The Village of Jones Creek would like to express our thanks and admiration to T. F. Harper & Associates for guiding us through the planning stages and actual installing the equipment. Everyone in your office was very courteous, knowledgeable and did everything in their power to see this project completed.

I would also like to commend your installers. They worked diligently from the time they arrived on the job site until in the evening. They worked against weather elements without hesitation. I observed them working well with each other. They did a fantastic job. I cannot praise the men enough.

Linda ShepardCity Secretary, Village of Jones Creek

As a partner in our firm and on behalf of the many school districts throughout the State of Texas, we wish to express our full confidence in T. F. Harper & Associates. T.F. Harper, specifically Tommy Harper, has continually met construction budgets, completion schedules and his attitude in working with Owners and Architects to accomplish such objectives had been unprecedented.

The commitment and performance made by T. F. Harper’s staff and resources during the design and construction phase of the Gym/Auditorium Wing Addition for Van Vleck Independent School District proved to be momentous in the savings realized for the district. T. F. Harper’s ethics, fairness, quality control, dispute resolution and ability to provide appropriate manpower is a driving force in the success of the projects they have performed for us.

Total Program Management, LLP recognizes that a General Contractor’s performance hinges on their staff and leadership capabilities. We want to express to you that you can be very proud of your accomplishments in the Van Vleck ISD and also, in Manor and Eanes ISD. We look forward to other successful projects in the future.

John HryorchukPartner, Total Program Management, LLP

It was a pleasure doing business with T. F. Harper and Child’s Play Inc. The playground equipment we purchased will provide many decades of enjoyment for our students and community.

I appreciate your constant support though this endeavor. I always felt comfortable contacting you for guidance and assistance, even when we changed the original order. By coming to Higgins and marking the site you ensured an accurate fit of our playground equipment.

The Installation was worth its weight in gold. The crew efficiently installed our play system without any difficulty. They maintained a constant level of professionalism with our staff and students.

The Higgins Board of Education, faculty, staff, students and community express their sincere appreciation for a job well done.

Hope AppelSuperintendent, Higgins Independent School District

T. F. Harper Company has engaged in construction relationships with Texas State Facilities Planning, Design and Construction numerous times over an approximate 10 year period. Mr. Harper has successfully completed numerous projects of varying scope and scale, meeting challenging deadlines as needed. Every project undertaken with was completed to the full satisfaction of Texas State OFPDC.

Allen HendersonAsst. Dir. of Special Projects Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction, Texas State University—San Marcos

The City of Houston and Spark recognizes T. F. Harper & Associates for improving the visual environment & enriching our community. November 19, 2009

Toni LawrenceDistrict Councilmember, The City of Houston & Spark

Hello! I can’t describe to you how excited the kids are about their new playground. It has been quite a hit. I hope you all get a chance to come by and see it sometime. The teachers are very pleased with the surface material. It is being used on the weekends by the general public also. Blanco has never has a playground this nice before.

Thanks for all your help during the planning and preparation stages of this project. You have been very pleasant to work with.

Susan MooreBlanco PTO

To Natalie and everyone at TF Harper and Associates:

From all of us here at the Parkside community we would like to express a generous “Thank You” to you for doing such a fantastic job with the installation! We’re so excited for all of our families to see their new playground at the start of the new school year!

Delia, Harmoni & ClaireParkside Community School

St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin, Texas, has had the privilege of working with T.F. Harper & Associates during this past year on several different projects.

We are a small school of a hundred children and we have been around for 150 years. The sales representatives took the time and worked with us and talked us through on all our projects from small to large. They even rushed orders as needed and stood behind their projects.

We have and will continue to go through T.F. Harper & Associates first with all our playground needs.
In Christ’s Service,

David BirnbaumPrincipal, St. Paul Lutheran

Mission Statement

The mission of T. F. Harper & Associates LP is to build on our reputation for integrity, excellence, experience, and leadership as Central Texas’ finest construction organization by:

  • Continuously improving the quality of our work and services;
  • Constantly striving to exceed each client’s expectations;
  • Maintaining our dedication to the highest moral principles

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