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.”

Compiling a Cost History Initiative for Estimating

This article was written by Greg O’Bryan, Senior Project Engineer of The Beck Group, and published in the July/August 2018 edition of DCD Magazine.

Construction estimating is a balance of art and science. When construction firms engage in the very beginning of a project, the scale seems to tip more toward the art component than the science. However, since project schedules and design fees have less room than ever for course corrections, the necessity of well-informed cost certainty at these early stages requires a scientific approach. These early efforts depend upon project cost history or robust cost models (or even both).

From my own experience and from others I’ve spoken to, curating reliable project cost history to use for conceptual estimating is a big task. As a company moves to start or improve upon a cost history initiative, there are five recommended steps to follow. Read more

The Beck Group Denver: Costs and Concepts in DESTINI Profiler

Jeff Harrington, Assistant Preconstruction Manager, and Brent Bartels, Architect-Senior Designer with The Beck Group’s Denver office shared how they leverage DESTINI Profiler to benefit the owner, the design team, and the preconstruction team. As project owners request more and more information up front so they can make decisions they are also requiring and expecting accurate estimates early on in the process. The integration between architecture and preconstruction is critical, and is highlighted by The Beck Group’s process. DESTINI Profiler fits perfectly in this early project initiation through the merging of the conceptual and schematic design phases.

For the Denver team, the process aims for continuous alignment for five very specific areas: cost, design, owner requirements, program, schedule. Brent and Jeff use Profiler for all but scheduling. The Pre-construction team specifically finds that Profiler improves efficiency and saves time. There is improved accuracy of estimates and building of the model creates knowledge. Profiler also provides a great visual aid to the project owner – showing the alignment of the architectural and pre-construction teams in front of the owner, and providing models that look fairly close to what the design team is putting together. Then, Profiler takes those models and shows the owner the cost impacts of changes right up front versus waiting for design iterations and then later presenting costs. The teams can work together to put more definition into the scope of work, shifting costs to create value where it is most beneficial.

Jeff and Brent discuss two specific projects, the 15th & Stout Hotel and the Boulder Industry and Arts Center, where they used Profiler to make a 3D model, show estimates, work through all the iterative changes needed, and ultimately win the work. Each project and client are different; however, utilizing Profiler in each instance allows for collaboration and integration, ultimately meeting the design intent, owner requirements, and the budget.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on The Beck Group’s use of DESTINI Profiler.

 

Collaboration Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Beck Technology’s CTO, Michael Boren, was honored with the opportunity to speak at this year’s Advancing Building Estimation conference. He discussed the taboo surrounding collaboration in the preconstruction technology industry, and why breaking through that barrier is beneficial for everyone, even software companies. Watch the entire speech below:

 

 

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.”

“Let’s Fix It” Workshop Recap

Trends and challenges are affecting pre-construction departments from coast to coast. Beck Technology’s pre-conference workshop at the 2018 Advancing Building Estimation conference hit on four areas that are affecting pre-construction departments. Over 250 people attended the half-day workshop and participated in conversations with peers on how the industry can begin to solve these problems.

The speakers for the workshop included Matt Hammer of Haselden Construction, Matt Verst of Messer Construction, Jeff Ratcliff of The Beck Group, and Andy Leek of PARIC Corporation.

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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.”

Honesty Pays

This article was written by Michael Boren, CTO of Beck Technology, and published April 2018 on Construction Today.

Time and time again, companies start their relationships with new clients by lying, or at least that is how it can feel. Once that first meeting is over and a company is selected for the job, the real work starts and the wizard behind the curtain is revealed. Too often, project owners realize that all of that sexy tech talk and those amazing videos that won them over were a flashy diversion from reality.

Companies don’t do this to be malicious. They don’t intend to portray themselves as fake, or attempt to deceive a potential client. They need to win that job and are doing everything they can to get it. As far as they are concerned, they are simply putting their best foot forward in an effort to meet the expectations set by the project owner.

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