Excellence and Vision Awards Given at Customer Appreciation Event

Beck Technology announced today the honorees receiving the company’s Excellence and Vision Awards, based on their involvement and advancement in the future of preconstruction technology.

The Excellence award is presented to an individual in the construction industry who embodies the innovator’s spirit – someone who has sought out new ways of tackling preconstruction problems, provided solutions to challenges, and continues to bring fresh ideas to the industry. This year, Beck Technology has honored Andy Gerlach with the award.

Gerlach is a preconstruction professional based in Newport Beach, California, and has collaborated with Beck Technology since 2012. He is involved with Beck Technology’s Industry Advisory Board, which has been the hub for generating new ideas and features for the company’s technology offerings. Gerlach’s expert insight has helped Beck Technology develop key features such as 3D takeoff, reporting, bid leveling, historical costing, team estimating, comparison, and dashboards within DESTINI Estimator.

“I was very fortunate to be introduced to Beck Technology at the start of my preconstruction career,” said Gerlach. “That initial experience opened my eyes to the future of the industry and Beck Technology has been a true partner on the march towards that future. Kudos to the Beck Technology team for their continued success in raising the bar for the preconstruction industry one software release at a time. I can’t wait to see what’s next!”

The Vision award is presented to a company that sought out innovation and acted upon its ideas to help make the connection between today’s construction industry and future ideals. These companies see areas in which the industry is lacking and actively search for solutions to issues, rather than waiting on someone else to provide answers. Vision award recipients are pioneers within the preconstruction industry. The Vision award recipient for 2019 is Balfour Beatty.

Balfour Beatty has been a customer of Beck Technology since 2008, and was one of the first enterprise-wide implementers of DESTINI Estimator. Its core group of preconstruction professionals have been instrumental in rolling out the software across their company. Balfour Beatty has consistently provided feedback on DESTINI Estimator and how it can be improved for the industry, as well as working closely with Beck Technology’s development team to test out new features.

“We deployed DESTINI Estimator to help support our company’s growth by standardizing to one estimating platform across our seven divisions nationwide,” said Kasey Bevans, Chief Information Officer for Balfour Beatty in the United States. “Since going live in 2017, Beck Technology has been a good partner and the platform has provided our teams tighter risk management controls, efficient data sharing, uniform reporting and workflows, advanced model-based estimating and standardized estimating procedures. Having all of these capabilities rolled into one solution has improved our operational efficiency and reduced cost by eliminating other technology investments.”

“Presenting the Excellence and Vision awards reiterates how much Beck Technology values collaboration from our customers and the industry,” said Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology. “I know our honorees have a multitude of responsibilities and the fact that they take the time to share ideas and test out new features is a testament to all of us working together to revolutionize the construction industry.”

Integrated Preconstruction Technology on the Rise in First Quarter of 2019

There is an uptick in construction firms implementing integrated preconstruction technology. Commercial contractors in the United States and Canada are facing greater project complexities with an increased emphasis on collaboration. This combination has led firms to seek out technology that solves these needs in one unified platform.

The increase in demand for integrated preconstruction technology is coming from companies who are seeking greater productivity, clarity in their cost data, and standards for their estimating processes. Beck Technology sealed nine DESTINI Estimator enterprise agreements in the first quarter, including clients such as Broccolini, Donley’s, Haskell, Hawaiian Dredging, Life Time Construction, PC Construction, Project Planning Strategies, and W.E. O’Neil.

“PC Construction is constantly evolving and we wanted a tool that could grow with us while streamlining our processes and creating greater efficiency,” said Randy Lessor, Director of Information Technology at PC Construction.

“We were very impressed with DESTINI Estimator’s capabilities, especially its 2D and 3D takeoff features,” said Joel Peterson, Director of Preconstruction at Life Time. “We foresee a more streamlined workflow and improved communication between departments as a result of adopting Estimator as our new estimating platform.”

“I consistently hear from prospects and customers their traditional way of estimating projects is cumbersome as project owners need greater clarity on their project numbers in less time,” said Tyler Barron, Vice President of Sales at Beck Technology. “The speed of preconstruction continues to increase and integrated preconstruction technology allows users to keep up with the pace as well as surpass expectations. Our customers are able to pursue more work because DESTINI Estimator is the platform that has taken into account what the construction industry needs. And one of those needs is a true integration of processes, systems, and the expert driving the software.”

An Overview of Historical Costing

You’re definitely going to want to press play on this month’s webinar. Jonathan Bowser, Product Manager at Beck Technology, walked through a high-level overview of the historical costing feature within DESTINI Estimator. He also fielded some questions from the audience regarding how to utilize historical costing in projects, whether or not you can control the projects you want to include in your cost history, and how flexible the PowerBI dashboards are.

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Broccolini Chooses DESTINI Estimator to Enhance Preconstruction Offerings

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

Headquartered in Quebec, Canada, Broccolini has been in the commercial construction industry for over 70 years, working on a variety of projects spanning across a variety of markets, including office, industrial, retail, residential, and entertainment. The company wanted to capitalize on its existing history of success by investing in technology that could help them streamline and consolidate their preconstruction efforts. After doing an extensive exploration of Estimator, Broccolini’s team concluded that the estimating software was the ideal solution for their current and future needs.

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

“DESTINI Estimator offers us an effective solution for 3D estimating and a consolidated platform for all of our preconstruction tools,” said Frank DiGiovanni, Vice President of Estimation at Broccolini. “The team at Beck Technology has shown us that they are agile in their ability to adapt the software in order to create a customized solution to fit our needs.”

“We believe that the success of preconstruction technology depends on how well the vendor and the client align in their vision of the future,” said Cheyanne Hampton, Account Executive at Beck Technology. “Broccolini sees the importance of developing innovative solutions and embracing technology to keep moving their company forward. We look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Learning From the Past While Looking to the Future

This article was written by Michael Boren, CTO at Beck Technology, and published in the May/June 2019 edition of DCD Magazine.

When the telephone first became available to the public, it was difficult to get people to adopt this new way of communication. Many people were suspicious of the telephone, and even believed that it could make a person go deaf or that others could eavesdrop on your private conversations. Telegraph companies helped perpetuate these rumors because they were afraid that telephones would soon make them irrelevant. Ultimately, it would take innovative, forward-thinking people to take a chance on a rapidly evolving technology in order for telephones to start becoming a more widely-accepted avenue of communication. Before long, other consumers and businesses began following in the wake of these trailblazers, as they witnessed the efficiencies and benefits of this new tool.

Whether you’re talking about telephones or construction, the success of a new product or software in any industry always depends on the same kinds of people who took a chance on the telephone: people who are excited about change, who look back on the past for wisdom but also look forward to the future for innovation, who are willing to try different approaches to challenging problems, even if that might not be the way they would usually do it. Today, the world of construction – and especially preconstruction – is at a similar crossroads. There are more tools and systems available than ever before, all meant to streamline workflows and reduce inefficiencies. But it can be difficult to leave behind what you know, and for good reason. Adopting a new estimating software often means months of training to understand the software’s ins and outs, overhauling existing processes to better reflect where the company is at, and setting aside time to develop a comprehensive implementation plan with the software vendor. At the end of the day, a lot of companies may not even have the bandwidth to take on this kind of project.

That’s why trailblazers are so critical to the industry – in order to make the burdens of change a little lighter, there needs to be companies who are willing to take the lead and try new approaches to old problems, so that their peers can learn from their experiences and have a reference point when they’re ready to start expanding their toolkit. Revolutionizing the construction industry requires companies to question the status quo, look for areas of improvement, and then put those ideas into action. Gilbane Building Company, whose brand is based on Building More Than Buildings®, is doing just that.
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Donley’s Chooses DESTINI Estimator As Preconstruction Solution

Donley’s has chosen DESTINI Estimator as its new enterprise-wide preconstruction platform.

Donley’s is a fourth-generation, nationally recognized leader in construction management, concrete, and restoration services. The firm has been headquartered in Cleveland since its founding in 1941. The company has a regional presence with offices in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. With annual revenues over $300 million, Donley’s engages genuine people to provide construction services that deliver and sustain its clients’ vision.

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

“We are looking forward to utilizing the DESTINI Estimator software and teaming with Beck Technology,” said Pete Dorio, Senior Estimator at Donley’s. “Its capabilities will enable us to bring more value to our clients during preconstruction.”

“We’re excited to partner with Donley’s to create innovative solutions to the challenges they have now and the opportunities they will experience in the future,” said Connor Ward, Account Executive at Beck Technology. “It’s been clear through working with them that they share our vision for the future, and we look forward to continue our collaboration with them.”

Sneak Peek at DESTINI Estimator 2019.1.0

You aren’t going to want to hit “pause” on this month’s webinar. Mike Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, and Jon Bowser, Head of Development at Beck Technology, walked through a high-level overview of some of the most exciting features coming out in the Estimator 2019.1.0 release. They also responded to some insightful questions from attendees regarding 3D takeoff, linking GSF 2D takeoff to project metadata, and PowerBI integration.

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PC Construction Selects DESTINI Estimator Platform

Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, announced that PC Construction has chosen DESTINI® Estimator as its new estimating platform.

Founded in 1958, PC Construction is a 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Vermont, with five offices along the east coast. From specialized buildings in the northeast to complex water and wastewater treatment plants in the southeast, PC is ranked annually as one of the top contractors in the country.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable the company to utilize DESTINI Estimator for its estimating efforts.

“PC Construction is constantly evolving and we wanted a tool that could grow with us while streamlining our processes and creating greater efficiency,” said Randy Lessor, Director of Information Technology at PC Construction. “Beck Technology worked with us to adapt the software to our needs, and we are looking forward to putting the tool into practice across the company.”

“We really enjoyed getting the opportunity to work with PC Construction and develop a solution that addresses not only their current needs, but also their plans for future growth and development,” said Chris Torbert, Account Executive at Beck Technology. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with them as we develop innovative solutions to estimating challenges.”

Life Time Construction Chooses DESTINI Estimator as a Preconstruction Solution

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

Life Time Construction is the real estate development, construction, and architecture arm of Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. Located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Life Time Construction’s primary market is athletic resorts, with recent expansions into premium co-working spaces and luxury residential apartments as well. The company also offers preconstruction, planning, and project management services to Life Time, Inc.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable Life Time Construction to utilize DESTINI Estimator in all of its preconstruction efforts.

“We were very impressed with DESTINI Estimator’s capabilities, especially its 2D and 3D takeoff features,” said Joel Peterson, Director of Preconstruction at Life Time. “We foresee a more streamlined workflow and improved communication between departments as a result of adopting Estimator as our new estimating platform.”

“Working with the Life Time construction team has been a wonderful experience,” said Bijan Paroo, Account Executive at Beck Technology. “Through an in-depth exploration process, we were able to get to know Life Time’s unique needs and challenges, and collaborated to create an implementation plan that would best fit within their situation and time frame. We look forward to the innovation that we expect this partnership to bring.”

Takeoff with DESTINI Estimator

If you weren’t able to attend this exclusive webinar, and you want to learn more about streamlining your preconstruction process, you will definitely want to click below to watch. Mike Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, walked through a high-level demonstration of DESTINI Estimator’s 2D and 3D takeoff capabilities. He also responded to some insightful questions from attendees regarding Revit integration and CSI codes, as well as giving a brief preview of what’s going to be coming up in Estimator 2019.1.0.

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