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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Customization, Enhancements, and the Wizard in DESTINI Profiler

Messer Construction’s Matt Buddenberg and Tony McDaniel reviewed how their organization utilizes DESTINI Profiler and the Wizard that is available in the software, as well as how they’ve customized it for their specific needs.

Initially becoming Profiler users in 2013, Messer chose to partner with Beck Technology because of a similar mindset: construction-focused and innovative technology that keeps up with the current needs of the industry.  This forged a relationship between Beck Technology and Messer in which collaboration is key.

Messer Construction continues to utilize Profiler because it truly allows for real-time estimating in the preconstruction phase, with on-the-fly changes in front of owners who can see the impact in dollars then and there.  Watch Matt’s demonstration of the Wizard that was developed with Beck Technology for Messer’s healthcare projects – giving them the ability to change systems by answering just a few questions, and have an estimate to present immediately.

When time is money for both the owner and contractor, Messer Construction agrees that it is great to have a tool that enables quicker, more informed decisions – and one that enhances the collaboration amongst the design team and owners.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on Messer Construction’s utilization of the custom wizard in Profiler.

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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