Hardwick General Contracting

Challenge

Verve Electric used three spreadsheets, each an independent silo of information, to manage clients, estimates, and invoices alongside a basic online calendar to share project information when away from the office. Finding a client, their associated projects and files, and then communicating detailed information from office to jobsite was difficult, time-consuming, and limited.

Solution

The unified database provided by ConstructionSuite enables Verve Electric to quickly search across their projects. They can now easily find estimates and invoices for any given client, improving their processing speed and streamlining their workflow for both new jobs and numerous repeat customers. Integration with ConstructionOnline’s powerful Mobile App made it possible for Nathan to easily view the same centralized data set in the field, making it possible to open a project’s estimate and files away from the office.

Green Building - It's about Making an Impact

Greg Hardwick P.E., President and owner of Hardwick General Contracting in Maitland, FL, has been a longtime supporter of UDA Technologies and the ConstructionSuite system. HGC has been in business in the Central Florida region since 2004 and typically completes about 12 projects each year, all while maintaining a limited staff. How does he do it? ConstructionSuite.

Greg found ConstructionSuite while he was searching for the perfect construction productivity software. "I knew that I wanted to find software to help run my business, and I'm not sure how I initially came across UDA, but I'm definitely glad I did" said Greg. Once he made the move to do custom home building, he inquired about ConstructionSuite and how it could help his business. And help his business, it has - H.G.C. is more productive, professional, and prosperous than ever before.

In his previous experiences, Greg had witnessed construction businesses working in extremely different environments. He said, "When I made the move to do custom home building, the people I initially worked with were on both ends of the spectrums - one small business who was just feeding tons of data into a program, and the other who worked strictly with paper and pen. My background in Engineering made me want to have something in between those two experiences. I wanted something that didn't take four people to input the data so that four others could use the program.

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ConstructionSuite gives Greg the capabilities of a comprehensive construction management program, making it easy to create estimates, schedules, and contracts, as well as handle company management, including insurance tracking and lead management, and integrating with QuickBooks for accounting purposes. "The entire process of estimating, contracts and QuickBooks integration was great. I got hooked to the program when I first started using contracts. Then with estimating, I just had to pick a similar project and within a matter of a few hours, I had a very professional, very detailed estimate. But the thing that really saved me the most time was the integration with Outlook - it was essential. I currently have 900+ contacts and to be able to automatically sync those into ConstructionSuite and then into QuickBooks saved us hours of time and possible mistakes."

Greg is also a dedicated supporter of the UDA TotalCare service and support program. TotalCare gives Greg unlimited Priority Support so he can get 100% of his questions answered - regardless how small or large those may be. He has also received Personalized Training for his team so they can fully utilize the benefits of ConstructionSuite. Additionally, with his TotalCare plan, Greg receives quarterly RS Means Costbooks updates, exclusive benefits like Suitelink - the direct connection to ConstructionOnline, and an upgrade to the newest ConstructionSuite product at its release. "The thing I learned the quickest is that UDA has outstanding customer support - no matter who answers the phone, they are always very helpful and friendly." Whether he calls a few days a week or just once a month for assistance, Greg realizes the support and service program is worth his time and his money.

All of these easy to use features and services make it possible for Hardwick General Contracting to employ only three people, even during the recent market collapse. "We've been able to operate this entire process ourselves and it's completely streamlined my business. ConstructionSuite kept us lean and mean in the downturn of the market, and we're doing more work now than we've ever done," said Greg.


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And while Hardwick GC's situation may be unique, he credits his ability to succeed during this market to UDA. Greg said, "Luckily the market didn't change our business. We built our business around UDA's program and we haven't had to change. I have the upper hand over other builders I'm competing against, all because of this program. No one else in Central Florida can create estimates that are as detailed and as professional as what we present to our clients. Honestly, I have kind of kept the program a secret because my competition would be better if they knew about it too."

Not only does Greg have an upper hand in Florida because of the advantages ConstructionSuite gives him, he also has an edge as the leader in Green Building in the Florida area. After a decade of learning about energy use, production, consumption, and how that affects our world while working for a Fortune 250 electric utility company, Greg decided to enter the construction industry and knew that green construction was the future.

Hardwick G.C. can build completely green or integrate any level of energy saving, durability, and indoor air quality elements into a project based on existing conditions and/or budget. In fact, HGC can do that so well, they received the Aurora Award from the Southeast Building Conference for a Whole House Green Remodel, which is the same project that earned the first ever Platinum Certification by the Florida Green Building Coalition. HGC also received a Green Building Remodel Project of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Builders.

He is a LEED Accredited Professional through the US Green Building Council and is designated as a Certified Graduate Builder and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. Hardwick has long been an advocate for the NAHB Green program, is a Member of the Florida Green Building Coalition and USGBC. He is also an active member of the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando (HBA) and was instrumental in the establishment of the HBA's Green Building Committee, of which he currently serves as Chairman. At the upcoming Southeast Building Conference in Orlando, Florida, Greg will be a featured speaker, giving informational sessions on Green Remodeling and Energy Tax Credits, while also leading a 'Strategies for Attainable Workforce Housing' session, which includes an on-site tour of four NAHB and LEED certified homes in the Orlando area. Greg has recently begun using the Green family of ConstructionSuite programs, which offer him additional Green building specifications, standards, and guidelines.

"Where we are now in Green building, energy, water conservation, and even waste stream minimization, will eventually become the industry standard," said Greg.

He takes the lead helping others master those areas as well so they can make the biggest impact. "It's a responsibility more than anything, and I want to share as much information I can about Green Building." With his primary goal being education at the SEBC, Greg will not only share his wealth of knowledge on this area, but he'll also be featuring the program that helps him manage his business so effectively, ConstructionSuite.


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Exceptional Work. Superior Results.

Professionalism and quality are both incredibly important for TriVista USA to do exceptional work with superior results. Michael explains, "Communication is 90% non-verbal, and if you show up with a level of service that starts at a high level, and that level remains consistent as you dive into the job - if the specs look good and contract is well-presented - if everything looks good and is tight and neat - then everything, including your company, looks professional because it is. Obviously, it begins and ends with you doing what you say you're going to do, but ConstructionSuite helps people do that and get stuff to clients on time, stay on budget, and that's the beginning and end to me."

sauri4_300x300A few of TriVista USA's current jobs get Michael really excited, especially one extremely unique home in the D.C. area. "We're working on some very cool things right now - specifically this amazing home that is set into the side of an extremely steep hill. So steep in fact, that a parking deck had to be built to give the family parking access from the street. From this parking deck, there is an architecturally beautiful bridge they walk across to get into the house but the space beneath the bridge and parking area has gone completely unused so far," said Michael. He continued, "TriVista is recreating this area to make a gorgeous flagstone patio and the family will finally start enjoying this amazing space."

Excitement, passion, and love for what you do is extremely important, especially when you have the hectic schedule that Michael Sauri has. His passion truly shines every day when he has the chance to develop creative solutions. He says "I love the design part of what I get to do - the first few meetings are always the best. I meet with my clients and they've got something in their home that just isn't working for them. I have the privilege to come in and transform that space, usually with a solution they never thought possible."

Another thing that keeps Michael excited and challenged is the fact that everything TriVista works on is custom made. "It's easy to just do something you did in a previous project because you know it works, but we don't do that. Everything we do is custom made and by making yourself come about something with a brand new approach each time, it ensures that your end results will be even better," said Michael. The end results are extremely important to Michael, as he explains "in my industry, I am constantly building things that outlive me - every single day. I am very aware of that in everything I'm doing, because in ten years, I may not be here, but my work still is, and honestly, I don't want that to suck."

It may be that mindset that contributes to TriVista USA's exceptional work which continues to earn notice. Michael was just recently selected to be the Green Building Technology and Strategies on-camera spokesperson for the online component of Remodeling Magazine, Remodeling TV. He is featured on Remodeling TV to discuss the ins and outs of Green Building. TriVista USA was also recently selected to be featured on BobVila.com for their recent work on a home in Washington, D.C.

While these adventures just add to Michael's busy schedule, he's extremely excited to be a part of it. He said, "What I hope comes from these opportunities with Remodeling TV and Bob Vila is that I'm going to help other business owners who are in similar situations by giving them insight into what's been working for us. Hopefully those who see my ideas will reach out to me, either by giving me constructive criticism or just telling me their different opinions. That alone will help TriVista USA and myself grow and improve because really, bouncing ideas off of each other is going to make us better and also the industry as a whole."

Media attention isn't the only attention that TriVista USA has been receiving. The solid results they've produced have resulted in the 2009 Arlington County's Green Home Choice Award as well as multiple National Association of the Remodeling Industry's Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards. TriVista USA was recognized in 2008 with COTY Awards for their work on a commercial interior at the Robert Shields Interiors office space, and for an entire house renovation for a home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Additionally, they were awarded COTY Awards in 2007 for their commercial interior work in the Washington D.C. restaurant, D'Acqua, and for their residential exterior renovation of a home in McLean, Virginia.

Location Website Industry Years in Business
Maitland, FL USA www.hardwickgc.com Residential & Green Building 15

 

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