Swinerton Builders Uses Web-Based, Mobile Technology to Remain at Forefront of Sustainable Building

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One of California's oldest and most prominent general contractors, Swinerton Builders employs web-based preconstruction technology to stay at the forefront of the commercial building industry.


SmartBidNet, a construction bid software created by JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc.

Our primary driver [in adopting SmartBidNet] was ease of use for subcontractors, our clients in a bid situation. The ability to have one database for multiple offices and ease of use for our employees were other primary factors.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Swinerton Family of Companies is one of the oldest commercial contractors in California, holding state license No. 92. Celebrating 125 years in operation this year, the company has additional offices in Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Swinerton is at the forefront of sustainable design, with a third of the staff holding LEED AP certification. Part of the company’s strategy to effectively maintain their industry-leading position is to prioritize investment in construction technology.

“Swinerton has always been ahead of the curve on adoption of technology. When I first started with Swinerton 16 years ago, we were using a Swinerton-developed construction management and accounting software that was accessible to the field via modem, P3 scheduling software and Lotus 123 customized spreadsheet solutions for estimating. This evolution has continued with early adoption of web-based invitation to bid systems and web-based document distribution,” stated David Green, Vice President and Regional Estimating Manager at Swinerton, in a recent case study detailing the firm’s use of technology in preconstruction.

For the past year and a half, Swinerton has managed invitation to bid online and from mobile devices using the web-based SmartBidNet software. “Our primary driver [in adopting SmartBidNet] was ease of use for subcontractors, our clients in a bid situation. The ability to have one database for multiple offices and ease of use for our employees were other primary factors,” added Green.

“Swinerton Builders was recently awarded preconstruction of a $60 million retail project in downtown San Francisco, which we only had one week to budget. Use of SmartBidNet was essential to be able to get documents and communication out in an expeditious manner for subcontractor feedback. We are now continuing to use the system for preconstruction and value engineering efforts,” he further explained.

Along with the web-based bid management system, Swinerton is leading the charge in adopting 3D, 4D, and 5D BIM solutions and bringing technology from the office to the field seamlessly through mobile devices and applications.

To read the full case study detailing Swinerton’s preconstruction technology, visit: http://www.smartbidnet.com/case-study-swinerton

Many of the solutions Swinerton employs will be exhibiting next week at the AGC Annual Convention and Constructor Expo. For more information, visit: http://www.smartbidnet.com/agc

About Swinerton Builders
Established in 1888, the Swinerton Family of Companies formally incorporated in the State of California in 1908 and now provides commercial construction services throughout the United States. Swinerton is a 100% employee-owned company and is recognized as one of the top general contractors in the U.S. in a wide range of markets, including renewable energy, healthcare, federal, education, corporate interiors services, mission critical/data centers, and hospitality. Learn more at http://www.swinerton.com

About SmartBidNet
SmartBidNet is a web-based construction bid invitation software that helps commercials builders manage subcontractor data, prequalification, project documents, and invitation to bid. The paperless, online platform is available 24/7 to general contractor users and their subcontractors with authorized access. The latest Version 12, released in December 2012, flaunts a redesigned user interface, extensive customization features, and French, Spanish, and English language capabilities. Learn more at http://www.smartbidnet.com/version12

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