OpenSpace’s Best of 2022: Specialty Contractors

By Ali Jensen

OpenSpace's best specialty contractors stories of 2022

At OpenSpace, we’re dedicated to listening closely to our customers to better understand the scope of their work, their needs, and how to better support them. As we reflect at the end of the year, we’re looking back on our clients’ most innovative work in 2022 with support from OpenSpace. From mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering to insulation, acoustical ceilings, and renovations, these specialty contractors are at the leading edge of digital transformation in the construction field.

U.S. Engineering’s system of risk mitigation

Established in Kansas City near the turn of the 19th century, U.S. Engineering is an MEP contractor with offices across the Rocky Mountains and Midwest.

U.S. Engineering has completed projects in 48 states and regularly tops ENR’s list of top U.S. specialty contractors. With this vast, high-profile national reach, the company needed a reliable and consistent solution to systematize site documentation. And with teams spread across the country, enhancing access and communication while reducing travel time would be a major plus.

The company enlisted OpenSpace and never looked back. U.S. Engineering expanded its use of the software to move beyond documentation and leverage features such as Field Notes and 3D Scanning.

The company now has better communication with general contractors. Risk mitigation and issue resolution have also improved, saving the company money through reduced rework. Chad Lucks, U.S. Engineering’s Colorado-based Quality Control Manager, is also pleased to report that touring sites digitally is saving him as much as 10 hours per week. U.S. Engineering is now deploying OpenSpace on every project.

Read about U.S. Engineering’s approach to time savings and risk mitigation here.

Saving time and money at Commodore Construction

Commodore Construction—a multi-trade contractor in the greater New York City area—was on a mission to modernize its operations to keep up with demand. With a 20-year record for top-tier interior retrofitting and renovation and new building and shell work in healthcare and hospitality, the business saw increasing demands for its services and wanted to maximize efficiency.

After piloting OpenSpace, the company decided to deploy the technology on all projects with budgets of $1 million or more to document sites in real time, track progress, compare as-built conditions to BIM models, and more.

Commodore Construction quickly saw impressive results. The company reaped savings on rework and trimmed 10 to 15 hours from progress tracking. OpenSpace became popular with leadership for its ease of use in the field. OpenSpace Track, which measures work progress, improved the efficiency of schedule management. Since implementing OpenSpace, Commodore Construction estimates that it is saving the equivalent of two full-time employee salaries.

To find out more about how Commodore Construction is upleveling efficiency, download the case study here.

Enhanced progress tracking at Western Partitions

Western Partitions is an Oregon-based specialty contractor working across the western United States. When it won a bid to work on a massive 35-story luxury hotel in Portland, it was contractually obligated to take photos and provide documentation of the mixed-use building before any closeouts.

The forward-looking company wanted to leverage a tech solution that would fulfill its contractual obligations and provide robust documentation without slowing down teams. During its initial OpenSpace pilot, it found the software to be fast and intuitive.

The hotel is now on schedule to open in 2023. On this single project, the company saved more than $10,000 on rework and backcharges and sped up its documentation processes seven times over while fulfilling the requirements of its contract.

To learn more about Western Partitions’ use of OpenSpace on this large-scale project, read the complete case study.

Future-proofing operations at Power Design

Power Design, based in St. Petersburg in Florida, delivers electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and systems technologies to building sites across the United States. One of its core tenets is innovation, which inspired the company to seek a sophisticated documentation solution that could eliminate tedious manual processes and create standardization across every project.

The company first tested OpenSpace in 2018 to document conditions at job sites while keeping leadership up to date on the latest developments. It soon found that OpenSpace accelerated and standardized documentation and increased collaboration among distributed teams, enhancing productivity.

Four years later, OpenSpace is mandatory on every Power Design project. OpenSpace has helped Power Design reduce project managers’ travel time to job sites by 50% and save as much as $15,000 on individual projects. Power Design has also found that despite pandemic and economic uncertainty, its teams are moving forward with confidence. Leaning into tech solutions like OpenSpace has made the company more efficient, dynamic, and resilient.

Read more about Power Design and how it is using OpenSpace here.

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