Lyra Research’s Industry Findings Have Lead Universal Reprographics To Encourage Color Printing For Their Construction Industry Clients To Reduce Overall Costs

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Universal Reprogaphics Incorporated promote color printing solutions in light of Lyra Research’s findings that wasted activities, change-orders, and re-dos attribute to 10-30 percent of all building project costs

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For every $1 invested in color printing, it can yield $4 in savings for a given project.

Lyra Research, an expert in custom research and consulting in the imaging industry, indicates that inefficiencies can lead to 10-30% of building project costs, which has encouraged Universal Reprographics to move their construction clients towards color printing services.

Construction workflows that leverage color design , construction documentation and printing provide an important means for reducing costs for traditional design-bid-build projects. It has been determined that color documents are read more frequently, are better understood, and are becoming more affordable. Additionally color provides a clearer means of communication between contractors and their sub-contractors.

Relative to the cost of color printing, the improvements in collaboration gained through reduced estimation needs, requests for information and changed orders can easily exceed a 4:1 ratio. This means that for every $1 invested in color printing, it can yield $4 in savings for a given project. These savings are derived through the use of higher-quality color construction documentation during the estimation, bidding, and construction phases of the project. Throughout this process, the collaboration with specialty subcontractors, fabricators, and suppliers is crucial to the project's success.

In Europe 80-90% of all construction prints are done in color, because it reduces mistakes and results in projects being completed more rapidly. Reprinting costs aside, the need to redo the plumbing pipes or electrical wiring because someone didn’t read the plans correctly could be devastating to a project. Document Management becomes critical in the arena as well and even though color printing has come down in price over recent years, it still needs to be managed appropriately.

With over 50 years in the construction printing business, Universal Reprographics Incorporated offers simple, fast turn-a-round print jobs, complex document management and distribution solutions, to Southern California businesses. With three locations in the Los Angeles area, and delivery services throughout Southern California, URI can produce your color or black & white documents in perfect order and deliver to their destination on time.

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