BuildTools is an integrated, web-based construction project management software focused on the unique needs of home builders and remodelers. It is an ideal application for people with PM duties and responsibilities to accomplish their daily work. There are many PM software that are designed with other sectors and industries in mind, such as digital studios and IT firms. This system is built for the construction industry, so it uses processes, interface and terminology that construction professionals are familiar with.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Modular Project Management Platform – BuildTools‘ modular platform is designed to address specific needs and allows different users to utilize the modules that are critical to their business. It has scheduling features that covers all phases of construction projects. It is simple to use and displays updates quickly. It also has that important budgeting function for cost management. Costs are tracked and can be seen by clients and contractors by accessing a central online location.
- Construction-specific Features – This construction project management software has a Selections feature that is specific to the custom builder industry. It brings together the client, designer and contractor to manage selections easily. The online system eliminates paperwork and duplication, facilitates client approval, and enables the team to have a room-by-room reporting that integrates with change orders. It is the repository of all project-related documents. It also streamlines change order approval or rejection.
- Integrated, End-to-end Solution – BuildTools web-based system includes the all-important aspect of communication in every module, page and interface. All conversations related to a project are historically kept for easy reference. It integrates with a user’s current email system so adoption is quick with little training required. Notifications are sent to all involved and weekly reports are generated automatically. It covers all stages of the project, from sending out project bids, communicating service work to closing out by integrating with QuickBooks accounting software. It is also available for the iPhone and iPad.
BuildTools offers a simple flat fee monthly rate that includes for unlimited use, projects, storage and users. All modules are available once users subscribe. People can contact the company for free pricing information by giving their name, industry, and number of employees. They also offer a free demo.
Social Network Presence
BuildTools is for custom home builders and remodelers. It is a tool for construction project managers, general contractors and design/build firms.
Some of their Clients
Clients include Regency Builders, Platinum Series Homes, and Stonewood LLC.
Jon from Regency Builders stated that access to information by the clients increased trust in, as well as sales for, the company. They also realized savings, especially with the integration of change orders with the budget and selections, promoting efficiency in the team.
Mark Molthan of Platinum Series described the software as very intuitive. The setup was quicker than what they expected, and the very little training required for the clients and subcontractors was a pleasant surprise.
Although early PM was modeled from the construction industry, the advancement of technology now provide productivity applications and efficient tools that construction project managers can avail of. BuildTools is the online connecting point for the entire project team, organizing everything, displaying important information,and establishing the all important communication line for the success of every project.
BuildTools, Inc is a privately held construction software company based in Minneapolis, MN, USA. It was founded in 2010 by J. Sven Gustafson, who has background with software development, to help his construction companies have a connection point for everyone in the building process. Their software is conceived by builders for builders. CEO Chad Mayes, who has a career in the construction industry, leads a group of project managers and custom home builders in designing the software to have the features that is aligned with the best practices of the industry.