Two companies have joined forces to help building trades professionals integrate and streamline their estimating, bidding and document creation processes.
The industry is abuzz about the partnership between STACK Construction Technologies of Cincinnati, Ohio, provider of cloud-based construction takeoff and estimating software, and Plans4Less.com of Prospect, Conn., a source for fixed-rate reprographics services.
President of Plans4Less.com, Brian Burke, says, “This duo will deliver services to mutual contractor customers.”
Takeoff is industry jargon for an estimate of how much of any given material is needed to complete a job to project specifications, and how much it will cost. Takeoff also gives project managers an estimate of what labor will cost to get the material installed and functioning, including anything from studs, light fixtures and loam to drywall, cable, and roofing shingles.
STACK Construction Technologies founder and CEO Phillip Ogilby explains, “I know from experience that projects can mature to a point where the full-size drawings or blueprints are necessary and helpful. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to delivering additional value to contractors.”
STACK takeoff and estimating software streamlines the bid process for contractors of all sizes and empowers users to measure digital plans, collaborate with team members, customize materials and pricing, and finalize project estimates. Now, with this partnership, users who need printed copies of their project documents can send their digital plan files to Plans4Less.com who will deliver the full-size printed docs to the job site or the contractor’s office the very next day.
Ogilby says, “Construction takeoffs can be time-consuming and inaccurate when completed manually. With STACK software, contractors can bid more work. Because it’s cloud-based, it also allows estimators to work on projects anytime, anywhere from Mac or PC.”
Plans4Less.com has built a reputation for providing a tool for construction industry pros who use software/printing applications. Brian Burke says any designer, architect, engineer, construction manager or sub can order sets of full or half size plans right from his site.
“We print your plans in black and white or full color and ship directly to your office and/or job site. We take the guesswork out of plan costs and delivery time, and customers appreciate our fixed rate and next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S.”
Burke adds, “Owners, architects, engineers, general contractors and subs can turn digital project specification documents into large format prints more efficiently, which allows their team to make changes, review and complete RFPs, create quotes, and submit bids in a timely manner. This partnership helps our clients meet deadlines, enabling them to submit and win more bids.”