Systemates Inc. Client Ensign Group Speaks on Unexpected Benefits of Implementing a Project Management Solution

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Andy Ashton of the Ensign Group discussed the challenges his Construction Department faced and how Projectmates has benefited them since implementation.

We’ve only had our system in place for four months but it has completely transformed in that four month period the way we go about our business.

Award-winning software company, Systemates Inc., announced today that Andy Ashton, Director of Construction and Renovation Services, at Ensign Services recently spoke at the Construction Owners Association of America Leadership Conference. Construction owners from around the country attended the conference at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California October 30- November 1. Ashton was part of a roundtable discussion where three different owners discussed how they implemented a construction project management solution and how those solutions are currently helping their programs.

Many of the key ideas touched on during the discussion were the unexpected benefits that came from implementing a project management solution. Ensign Group, a group of long-term and short-stay rehabilitation centers, teamed up with Projectmates construction project management software for capital improvement projects at 116 skilled nursing and rehabilitative facilities across the country. Previously, they relied on Excel spreadsheets, emails, and conference calls. “Frankly, we were very disorganized in terms of how we managed our construction renovation process,” said Ashton. Projectmates has not only structured communication and collaboration but, has allowed Ensign Group the ability “to reduce our change orders by 90% just by being more organized.”

Since implementing Projectmates, Ensign Group has also observed a reduction in time and paperwork with electronic submittal and approval processes, better document management and tracking, easier access to files for those involved in the project, accessibility from the iPad, and easy modifications and customizations. Claims Aston, “We’ve only had our system in place for four months but it has completely transformed in that four month period the way we go about our business.”

Integration of Projectmates data with their accounting software, MS Great Plains, is planned to be completed in next few weeks. This will allow the contractors to enter their invoices online in Projectmates, reviewed by the project team and automatically sent to their Accounting system for processing payments. “This is going to save so much time in double entry. This is huge for us!” says Ashton.

About COAA

COAA was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. COAA is comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America. COAA is dedicated to making a significant and lasting impact on the construction industry through its leadership by creating a unified, collective voice for owners' issues in the construction process. Owners and Developers, both public and private, have needed a forum. A meeting place to gather, share common goals, learn, discuss, survey the future and share a collective voice. These are the goals that fostered the founding of Construction Owners Association of America. To learn more about COAA, visit

About Systemates, Inc.

Founded in 1995 by leading architects and software engineers, Systemates developed Projectmates to equip owners and owners’ representatives with a secure, sophisticated project management construction software solution. Projectmates’ collaborative platform dramatically improves project execution, cuts costs and delays, increases accountability, and reduces risks. With its cutting edge technology, Projectmates creates one seamless platform for managing the complete lifecycle of a building, from planning, bidding, and building to maintaining the facilities. Over 44,000 users from organizations such as Retailers, Real Estate developers, Educational and Government agencies rely on Projectmates to manage billions of dollars in capital construction programs. Systemates is privately held and headquartered in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about Projectmates by Systemates visit or follow us on Facebook/Projectmates.

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