Estimating Life with The Beck Group

This month’s webinar kicked off with a great conversation between Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology, and Brent Pilgrim who previously worked for Beck Technology before transitioning into his role as DESTINI Applications Director for The Beck Group. Brent talked about how new technology is something contractors should try to embrace and invest in as much as possible, but always with a good plan in place. Brent explained that onboarding DESTINI Estimator to The Beck Group was such a success because they had a solid implementation plan and kept teams accountable by holding weekly meetings for those using or training in Estimator.

Watch the full interview HERE!

Gilbane Building Company Selects the DESTINI Estimator Preconstruction Solution

Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, announced that Gilbane Building Company selected DESTINI® Estimator as its new enterprise wide preconstruction platform.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, with 46 office locations around the world, Gilbane is a privately held, family-owned 5th generation company.  Gilbane is currently ranked No. 12 among the 2018 ENR Top 400 Contractors.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will streamline Gilbane’s preconstruction technology stack and will enable Gilbane to utilize the DESTINI Suite in all of its preconstruction efforts throughout all of its offices.

“As Gilbane pursues more and more negotiated work across the firm and is involved earlier in the life of our customer’s projects, we were seeking ways of streamlining the preconstruction process, creating consistency across our offices and most importantly bringing more value to our customers. We believe DESTINI Estimator will enable us to address these issues and we are very excited to implement it across all of our offices”, said Joe McCoy, Chief Estimator at Gilbane Building Company.

“We have worked very closely with the entire Gilbane team over the last year as they evaluated DESTINI Estimator as a replacement for their current preconstruction solutions“, said Tyler Barron, Vice President of Sales at Beck Technology. “Gilbane’s culture of continuous improvement is very obvious and we are very excited to help them implement DESTINI Estimator as there new Preconstruction Platform”.

Jason Pelkey, CIO, Gilbane, added, “Moving to DESTINI Estimator is an exciting transition for Gilbane and we believe it will streamline our preconstruction processes which will  provide us significant leverage of all our companies’ cost history.  All of our global and national customers value the vast experience that we have at Gilbane. Being able to rapidly leverage all the data we have created throughout our preconstruction services across our entire organization will enhance the value we deliver to our customers.”

“We have developed an enormous level of respect for Gilbane as we have spent time with their entire team during their evaluation of DESTINI Estimator and it is clear that they are a company who always seeks ways of adding more value to their customers. Through feedback from Gilbane during the evaluation process we have already enhanced our products and I believe that working with Gilbane as a customer will enable us to add even more value to our products that will benefit not only Gilbane but all of our customers”, said Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology.

DESTINI Estimator 2018.2.0 Extends Integrated Takeoff and Estimating Functionality

Beck Technology releases a feature packed pre-construction software version that was guided by input from general contractors and focuses on more efficient estimating processes.

Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, has released a new version of its integrated estimating software: DESTINI® Estimator 2018.2.0. The release is another significant advancement for the integrated pre-construction solution. With over 50 major feature enhancements in 2018.2.0, many of which were driven by customer feedback, this release extends existing functionality in a number of key areas.

  • Parametric conceptual estimating
  • Assembly creation and use
  • Self-perform estimating
  • 2D and 3D takeoff

“The Beck Technology team continues to be an amazing partner who consistently listens to our needs and works with us on extending their product in areas that really add value to our business,” said Ray Miller, Vice President of Pre-construction for Balfour Beatty. “The parametric estimating functionality in this upcoming release is awesome and will allow us to integrate our existing cost models directly into DESTINI Estimator to drive our conceptual estimates bringing the flexibility our users love with the structure and consistency I need as a pre-construction leader at Balfour Beatty.”

“Creating world class technology to allow our customers to make better, more informed decisions through the life of their projects is why we do what we do,” said Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer of Beck Technology. “Integrating our customers throughout our development process is vital to delivering on this goal. We take a lot of pride in listening to our customers’ needs and finding innovative solutions to solve their problems. DESTINI Estimator 2018.2.0 is a feature packed release and it’s been great working with input from more than 20 of our enterprise customers on this release.”

The estimating software’s highlights are demonstrated in Beck Technology’s ‘Sneak Peek of Latest Developments: Estimator 2018 2.0’ on-demand webinar.

Level 10 Construction Selects the DESTINI Estimator Preconstruction Solution

Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, announced that Level 10 Construction selected DESTINI® Estimator as its new enterprise-wide preconstruction platform.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley), California, with additional offices in San Francisco and San Diego, Level 10 Construction is one of the fastest growing construction companies in the US. Founded in 2011, Level 10 is currently ranked No. 60 among the 2018 ENR Top 400 Contractors.

Level 10 Construction made the switch to DESTINI Estimator from a legacy estimating solution after a rigorous 12-month evaluation of the solutions in the market. Level 10 does a lot of work for leading high-tech companies who expect rapid response time with high degrees of predictability and transparency. Selection of DESTINI Estimator will allow Level 10 to streamline their preconstruction processes and to provide more clarity and transparency in their preconstruction deliverables.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable the company to utilize DESTINI Estimator in all of its preconstruction efforts across the Level 10 organization.

“We have grown significantly year over year since our inception, and this success has led to preconstruction bandwidth challenges that are directly related to our current preconstruction processes and technologies,” said Level 10’s Chief Estimator Andrew Gaylor. We are very excited that DESTINI Estimator integrates many of the aspects of what we do today into a single, simple-to-use application. We believe DESTINI Estimator will allow us to continue to deliver best-in-class preconstruction services in less time and with a higher level of predictability.”

“We have worked closely with Andrew and his team at Level 10 as they evaluated DESTINI Estimator, and we anticipate a smooth and successful transition of their processes to DESTINI Estimator”, said Stewart Carroll, president of Beck Technology. “The Level 10 team is an extremely talented group and does amazing things with the resources available to them. The firm has estimated an built an impressive number of projects of varying types. Our goal is to make Level 10 even more successful through the use of DESTINI Estimator.”

Big-D Construction Selects DESTINI Estimator to Support the Construction Firm’s Rapid Growth

Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, announced that Big-D Construction has chosen DESTINI® Estimator as its new enterprise-wide preconstruction platform.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Big-D Construction is a 51-year-old construction company ranked No. 61 among the 2018 ENR Top 400 Contractors in the nation. The construction firm was seeking a new preconstruction platform for over a year to align with its mission of being the most sought-after construction company in the business. After researching and testing several solutions, Big-D’s team did an exploration of Estimator and determined that the estimating software was the ideal solution for the company’s current and future needs.

Big-D Construction made the switch to Estimator from its legacy estimating solution in July to support the company’s rapid growth, a desire to have a unified platform across all offices, and a way for the company to capture and utilize company cost history.  The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable the company and all its subsidiaries to utilize DESTINI Estimator in all of its preconstruction efforts.

“Very early in our engagement with Michael Sant, Vice President at Big-D, and the Big-D team we felt like our company cultures aligned and hoped that we would ultimately have the opportunity to implement DESTINI Estimator at Big-D,” said Tyler Barron, Vice President of Sales for Beck Technology. “We know that Big-D’s switch to Estimator is a significant one, and one that we are excited to help implement.”

Sneak Peek of Latest Developments: Estimator 2018 2.0

The R&D team at Beck Technology is constantly improving the performance of DESTINI Estimator, and the latest version about to be released is no exception. Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, gives a sneak peek of the most recent developments for Estimator 2018.2.0 in this webinar.

Michael kicks off the webinar by noting that there are so many features and updates to Estimator 2018.2.0 it is impossible to cover them all in the short amount of time given. Additionally, he focuses on the fact that some of the more critical features were pushed out early in order to better understand what clients wanted to see the most in this update. Developing features with the customer’s feedback at the forefront has always been at the center of Beck Technology’s software creation.

Though there are a multitude of changes and updates to Estimator, some of the key areas highlighted include modifying line items, moving costs from one estimate to another, and simplified logic in assembly takeoff.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about these exciting new features!

Denark Construction Chooses DESTINI Estimator Pre-construction Solution

Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, announced Denark Construction has selected DESTINI® Estimator as its new enterprise wide pre-construction platform.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Denark is a privately held Construction Manager/General Contractor/Design-Builder with over 30 years of experience serving commercial and industrial customers. The company is recognized by Occupational Hazards Magazine as one of America’s Safest Companies and was a recipient of the Grand Award for Construction Safety Excellence from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

 

The multi-year enterprise agreement will replace Denark’s legacy solutions currently utilized in its pre-construction services across the organization.

 

“We were referred to Beck Technology by an industry peer whose firm implemented DESTINI Estimator in 2017,” said Steve Lucas, Chief Operating Officer at Denark Construction. “Our firm is proud to deliver detailed and comprehensive pre-construction services to our clients and we believe DESTINI Estimator’s integration of takeoff and estimating will bring a new level of transparency, accuracy, and efficiency to our process. This platform will help us more effectively engage a variety of stakeholders to evaluate constructability, analyze systems, and estimate potential costs of a project very early in the design process.”

 

“I took it as a personal compliment when we were introduced to Steve and Denark by one of our existing customers,” said Cheyanne Hampton, Account Executive at Beck Technology. “We instantly felt a great chemistry with the Denark team in aligning what they were looking for in a pre-construction platform and what we have developed with DESTINI Estimator. We believe that increased transparency throughout the life of a construction project leads to better decision-making, ultimately resulting in more predictable outcomes and safer projects.”

Beckenhauer Construction Selects DESTINI Estimator Pre-construction Solution

Beckenhauer Construction selects DESTINI Estimator as their pre-construction solution.

Headquartered in Headquartered in Norfolk, Nebraska, with additional offices in South Dakota and Iowa, Beckenhauer Construction is one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished construction companies.  Since 1878, the company has been a major builder throughout the region and multiple time recipient of the AGC of Nebraska’s Build Nebraska Award.

LEAN thinking is engrained within Beckenhauer Construction’s culture. As the firm has seen significant growth in recent years, finding improved and more efficient methods of delivering value to its customers has been top of mind. Beckenhauer Construction made the decision to move forward with DESTINI Estimator with the goal to significantly streamline their pre-construction processes, resulting in their staff being able to deliver additional value-added activities to their customers.

“Traditional industry workflows inherently have waste built into them,” said Bill Barritt, Director of Pre-construction at Beckenhauer. “When we saw DESTINI Estimator, we immediately saw the opportunity to create a more efficient workflow that would allow our estimators to spend more time on value-added project analysis and less time moving data from one application to the next.  We are excited to work with Beck Technology as we implement DESTINI Estimator in all of our pre-construction efforts.”

“I have been working with Bill, Jan Beran, and their team at Beckenhauer Construction as they evaluated DESTINI Estimator and I am excited to continue the partnership,” said Cheyanne Hampton, Account Executive for Beck Technology. “They have a long and storied history of delivering first class construction services to their customers. We are very excited to help Bill and his team implement DESTINI Estimator. It’s exciting to find a partner who is already delivering high quality solutions to their customers, but has a culture to always find better ways.”

“We are very happy that Beckenhauer Construction has decided to join our growing community of partner companies,” said Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology. “I believe a key ingredient in a successful partnership is culture alignment and feel strongly that we have this between us and them. I have been impressed with their culture of continuous improvement and really look forward to working with Bill Barritt and his team as we make our built communities better places.”

Haselden’s Approach to Successful Implementation

Haselden Construction is a family-owned regional General Contractor out of Denver, Colorado that has been in business for 45 years. Matt Hammer, Chief Estimator, led his team in transitioning from their legacy product (MC2) to DESTINI Estimator, and shares the challenges and the process that he and the Haselden team used to make the change. Developing a matrix system they called “Choosing By Advantages”, Matt and his team were able to narrow down their selection process and determine the best fit for them by ranking features and benefits of each software solution. Once Haselden decided to move forward with DESTINI Estimator, the next step was implementation. Matt stresses the value of the cultural alignment between your company and your chosen software vendor.  With a long-term and close working relationship that will take you from implementation through support and updates, it is important that your teams align.

How did Haselden ensure a successful implementation? They created an internal job description and sought out people to be the implementation leads. As most new software will not operate like a legacy system, there’s a learning curve to get through.  It is important that at the end of the implementation, there’s a firm foundation to what’s been set up within the software that fits the needs of the whole team. One key piece of advice Matt gives is having open and honest discussions and getting feedback from all involved – the user group, the field team, management, IT, accounting.  Do not work in a vacuum. Anyone who may be impacted by the change should be involved in the discussion to ensure the product and implementation is useful and usable for everyone. Matt recommends working with the end in mind as it relates to both the timeline for implementation completion and “Go Live” to begin, as well as what you want the product to look like as you “Go Live”. Know your needs as much as possible by working with downstream departments and be creative.Transition is difficult, so approach it systematically, with an open mind to keep it as pain-free as possible.

 

Guido Construction Selects DESTINI Estimator to Enhance Pre-Construction Offerings

Guido Construction has selected DESTINI Estimator as its new enterprise wide pre-construction platform.

 

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Guido has been a leading construction company in Texas for 90+ years. Many of San Antonio’s iconic structures have been built by Guido Construction and the company has been recognized as the AGC Contractor of the year numerous times.

 

Guido Construction’s Director of Preconstruction Ted Zimmerhanzel worked with Beck Technology at his former employer and believed that DESTINI Estimator and DESTINI Profiler were the ideal solution to support Guido’s rapid growth. The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable Guido Construction to utilize both DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator in all of their pre-construction efforts.

 

“Based on my prior working experience with Beck Technology, I am very excited to implement the DESTINI suite at Guido,” said Ted Zimmerhanzel, Director of Pre-construction for Guido Construction. “I know firsthand how well Beck Technology does at implementing their technology and I am confident that our new pre-construction platform will differentiate us in our markets and significantly streamline our pre-construction processes.”

 

“We have known and worked with Ted for several years and we are very excited to continue to work with him in his new role at Guido Construction,” said Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology. “When Ted first introduced us to Tom Guido, Tom described his vision for pre-construction services at Guido and it was amazing how his desire to provide his customers more insight into their projects lined up with our vision of enabling our customers to make better, more informed decisions throughout the life of their projects. Guido Construction is a well-known and heavily respected Texas contractor and we are delighted to have the opportunity to help them implement our software and deliver the value they wish to bring to their customers.”