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Hill & Wilkinson: Integrity, Simplicity, and iSqFt

Anyone working commercial construction in Texas probably knows the name Hill & Wilkinson. They’re a $300 million general contracting company that’s diverse enough to take on nearly any project, but they don’t seem to have lost sight of the fact that construction projects begin and end with people.

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Cre8ing Buildings that Rock

Everyone loves the look and feel of stone. On the outside of a building or on an interior wall it adds a touch of class, and you can’t beat the beauty and durability. But there are reasons it’s not used more often in construction projects, including cost of materials and installation, and it’s even worse on retrofits, when demolition adds to the hassle and price.

But what if there were a way to apply real stone over nearly any surface, without demolition?

Cre8stone, a company out of Dallas, TX, says it has the answer.

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Digital Takeoffs Deliver Surprising "Soft" Cost Savings

By Jeff Gerardi, President of ProEst Estimating Software

It’s no surprise that many companies are still doing takeoffs the old fashioned way – using a pencil, paper, and spreadsheets. After all, change is hard and there’s comfort in the status quo. But given my position, I think it’s important to remind people why making the switch to digital takeoffs is worth considering.

Time and money are hot commodities in the construction industry. What if I told you that switching to digital takeoffs will not only save you time, but save you money as well? Let me explain.

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Conversations from the Field: Targeting Success

In talking with people in the industry, I’m always surprised at how different their experiences are. One manufacturer or general contractor will say that they can’t find enough jobs to bid on, that things have all but dried up for them. Another will say he just doesn’t have time to look at all the jobs out there.

While most of the time these comments come from manufacturers or GCs who don’t use iSqFt, I’ll admit that I’ve heard comments like those from iSqFt subscribers too. In those cases, I always ask the same thing: Who’s your direct point of contact at iSqFt?

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Creating New Relationships

Over the years, I’ve talked with a number of manufacturers who have been looking to expand, or have already expanded, into new markets, but didn’t have the tools to build and strengthen relationships with distributors or manufacturer reps. Especially these days, that might sound like a high-class problem, but it’s a problem nonetheless. And it’s no coincidence that iSqFt has tools to help you solve that exact issue.

iSqFt for Manufacturers customers going into a new market know they have two things in particular that will help them create new relationships or even strengthen existing ones:

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Conversations from the Field: Manufacturer in the Middle

By Dave Conway
President and CEO, iSqFt

On a recent visit to talk with some of iSqFt’s customers, I stumbled across one of my very favorite opportunities: I got to talk with someone who knew about our company, had thought about subscribing, but wasn’t yet convinced it would be a good move for his manufacturing business. Read more

ConsensusDocs and iSqFt: Making Things Easier for You … Again

You know us. We’re always trying to add a little more efficiency to your processes. One of our latest developments does just that. And, believe us, it saves you a lot of paperwork.

We’re talking about iSqFt’s partnership with ConsensusDocs. Using this unique-to-market program, we’re offering online access to industry-standard documents that make ordering, prequalification, and multiple contract forms a one-and-done process.

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Tablets and Smart Devices in the Construction Industry

These days, we’re all looking for ways to save time and improve efficiency, which explains the explosive popularity of mobile apps. Cell phones and tablets have become the new device we won’t leave home without, and that’s why so many developers are creating apps that not only entertain, but also make life a little easier for us all.

The construction industry, while not typically on the forefront of the technology wave, is adopting the app trend, and developers are responding and creating apps that will help construction professionals on- and off-site. Here are three, in no particular order, you may want to consider.

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iSqFt Knows How to Throw a Greenbuild Party

Last week, iSqFt traveled to the 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in sunny San Francisco. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greenbuild is the world’s premier (and largest) expo and conference dedicated to green building, drawing industry leaders, dedicated sustainability professionals, and construction experts every year. They come to learn, to teach, and, of course, to network.

And since iSqFt is all about networking, we couldn’t miss Greenbuild’s 10th Anniversary conference.

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Keeping Costs Down: The Importance of the Preconstruction Process

In the construction process, saving time, money, and other resources is something that begins at the beginning. From project ideation to preliminary execution, there are numerous ways project owners and contractors can find these efficiencies to add to the project’s bottom line.

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