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.”

Harper Corporation Chooses DESTINI Estimator as Integrated Estimating Platform

Harper Corporation – General Contractors has chosen DESTINI Estimator as its new enterprise wide preconstruction platform.

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Harper Corporation is a 60+ year old full-service construction management firm serving the healthcare, industrial, commercial, institutional, and environmental systems markets throughout the southeastern United States. The need for an integrated estimating system came from the company’s desire to reduce software platforms, streamline processes, and create efficiencies between their general and environmental systems markets.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will provide licenses to all of Harper’s preconstruction teams on projects throughout the southeastern United States.

“DESTINI Estimator will allow us to better respond to customer demands and add additional value to our projects,” said Rob Major, Director of Estimating for Harper Corporation. “The platform will allow us to be more flexible, more forward-thinking, and deliver better products. Beck Technology took the time to make sure Estimator was the right fit for Harper and that thorough process is what will get the implementation effort off the ground and running.”

“Harper Corporation has been ideal to work with as they vetted estimating systems,” said Stewart Carroll, President at Beck Technology. “The team came to the conversation with collaboration in mind and a vision for where they wanted their preconstruction efforts to go. Estimator fits their needs and the alignment between our companies set the stage for a great partnership.”

Marriott International, Inc. Selects DESTINI Estimator as Preconstruction Solution

Marriott International, Inc. selected DESTINI Estimator as its new enterprise-wide estimating solution.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Marriott International, Inc. is the world’s largest hotel chain. With its continually increasing portfolio of properties, Marriott International, Inc. sought a new estimating platform to support its in-house estimating needs. After evaluating several solutions, the hotel chain was introduced to Beck Technology by one of its cost consulting firms, who is also a customer of Beck Technology. 

 

After several months of discussions, a proof of concept, and a detailed implementation planning meeting, the Marriott team made the decision to move forward with DESTINI Estimator. The multi-year enterprise agreement enables all estimators at Marriott to utilize the DESTINI Estimator platform.

 

“I talked to Beck Technology’s existing customers and they couldn’t stop saying enough good things about the DESTINI software and the team,” said Mike Pozdol, Vice President of Estimating for Marriott International, Inc. “Since going through the process of exploring DESTINI Estimator I have witnessed firsthand why companies are fans of the Beck Technology team and their products. Not only will Estimator be a huge benefit to Marriott’s construction processes but I look forward to working with Beck Technology to enhance estimating technology for the industry.”

 

“It has been great working with Mike and the team at Marriott during the due diligence phase of their search for a new estimating platform,” said Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology. “It was particularly helpful being able to do a proof of concept to ensure that Estimator solved Marriott’s estimating needs. It’s always very rewarding when a customer tells us we have solved one of their business challenges, but it’s even more rewarding when one of our customers refers us to another company who in turn becomes a customer. The alignment we have with our customers is important as it encourages collaboration and improvement. I am excited to add Marriott to our growing customer base and be side-by-side with them as they deploy DESTINI Estimator.”

Michigan’s Clark Construction Company Moves to DESTINI Estimator Preconstruction Solution

Clark Construction Company has selected DESTINI® Estimator as its new enterprise-wide preconstruction platform.

Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Clark Construction Company is a 70+ year old contractor firm recognized as one of Michigan’s leading construction companies and ranked No. 333 among the 2017 ENR Top 400 Contractors. The company was first introduced to Beck Technology in 2006 and has been a user of Beck Technology’s DESTINI Profiler solution since then.

Clark Construction Company made the switch to DESTINI Estimator, from its legacy estimating solution which they had in place for more than two decades, to further enhance their preconstruction capabilities.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable the company to utilize the DESTINI suite of products in all of its preconstruction efforts.

“Over the years we have developed a great friendship and working relationship with the team at Beck Technology,” said Garry Myers, Director of Preconstruction for Clark Construction Company. “I am very excited to enhance our preconstruction offerings with the integrated solution provided by DESTINI Estimator. We have been keeping our eyes on this software for some time and felt that it adds a ton of value to our preconstruction process. As our business continues to grow, Estimator will enable us to do takeoffs and estimates more efficiently, communicate our analysis to our owners in a more visual way, and be able to easily use our cost history to enhance our customers’ decision making processes.”

“Beck Technology has worked with Garry and the Clark Construction Company team for many years and I am thrilled to continue our efforts as they are added to our growing Estimator customer base,” said Stewart Carroll, President at Beck Technology. “Garry has been instrumental in providing feedback and enhancement suggestions on DESTINI Profiler for many years. We know it’s a significant decision to change preconstruction solutions and we are honored that Clark Construction Company made the decision to switch from their legacy platform to Estimator.”

Hoffman Construction Selects DESTINI Estimator for Enterprise Preconstruction Solution

Hoffman Construction Company, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has selected DESTINI Estimator as its enterprise estimating software.

Founded in 1922 by Lee Hawley Hoffman, Hoffman Construction has consistently ranked in the ENR 400 list of top national contractors, and in 2017 was ranked #49 with over $2 billion of construction. The multi-year enterprise agreement will provide licenses to all of Hoffman’s preconstruction teams on projects throughout the United States.

“We are very excited to implement DESTINI Estimator in all of our preconstruction teams,” said David Drinkward, Executive Vice President of Hoffman Construction Company. “Changing estimating tools and workflows is not easy but our preconstruction team sees tremendous value in the technology and drove the desire to change platforms to deliver the value we seek for our clients. Over the last year of working with Beck Technology in the selection of DESTINI Estimator we have built tremendous trust in the Beck team and we believe that the estimating platform will deliver additional value we are seeking for our customers.”

“Hoffman has been offering the highest quality construction services to their customer base for almost a century, and we are excited to have the opportunity to work with them as they implement DESTINI Estimator,” said Tyler Barron, Vice President of Sales at Beck Technology. “Their team is incredibly talented and forward-thinking. With the addition of DESTINI Estimator as part of their process I foresee they will continue to be a construction company who sets the standard for others to follow.”

Software Exploration is the First Step in Major Commitment at Haselden and Layton

Making a major commitment should include plenty of research prior to jumping in with both feet. Asking plenty of questions, feeling comfortable with leaving behind the “way I’ve always done it” and embracing new possibilities, and having a plan for the future all go into discovering if your new commitment is right. As any general contractor knows, moving to a new estimating platform is a big decision.

Blindly making the decision based on functions and features is not the way to embrace a technology that plays a major role in winning work and winning over clients. Additionally, being stagnant with an archaic estimating system is just as detrimental because it limits growth, innovation, and collaboration to build a better future for the company.

Haselden Construction and Layton Construction Company have both completed Beck Technology’s DESTINI Estimator exploration as part of their research in finding a preconstruction solution for their companies. Randy Gunn, Senior Estimator for Layton Construction, stated, “We wanted to look out there and see everything that was involved, and, really, I think Beck Technology was the only one that provided that opportunity for that kind of an exploration. This was very hands-on, very personal, and very tailored to us.”

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