Construction One: Navigating Growth with Deltek ComputerEase

June 03, 2024
Customer Story Construction One

Construction One stands as a testament to the power of family and innovation in the construction industry. Founded in 1980, Construction One has grown into a national construction management and general contractor firm with a presence across all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Specializing in commercial building projects, this innovative business has become the cornerstone of reliability and excellence, managing around 100 projects annually.

The company's lineage is rich with entrepreneurial spirit, with the Moberger family playing integral roles in its growth and success. This familial foundation has fostered a strong company culture and instilled a sense of unity and purpose that resonates through every project they undertake. At the heart of Construction One's operations is a robust network of nearly 2,000 subcontractors annually. This extensive network is managed with precision, ensuring that every trade is subcontracted and every project is overseen with meticulous attention to budget and schedule. As the hub of this extensive construction network, Construction One prides itself on being the main point of contact for customers, holding the project together from inception to completion.

Streamlined Operations

Transitioning from an accounting software that no longer fit their needs, Construction One discovered Deltek ComputerEase through a meticulous internet search. They sought a user-friendly, cost-effective solution that would require minimal training for field workers and project managers. Deltek ComputerEase emerged as the clear choice, offering ease of use that Sage could not match, thereby streamlining operations and enhancing efficiency.

The most significant impacts of implementing Deltek ComputerEase over ten years ago have been on job costing, revenue management and subcontractor management. With ComputerEase, project managers at Construction One have access to real-time data remotely, eliminating the need for constant coordination with the accounting team. This streamlined workflow has not only enhanced their day-to-day operations but also fostered better collaboration and communication within the team.

Being able to report accurate financials is essential to Construction One's success. Chris Moberger, Controller at Construction One noted:

“We get audited every year and haven’t had to make any changes. We are not way off on profit or sales, as jobs are accurately reported and project managers are able to understand the financial stability of jobs.” 

This stability in financial reporting has not only saved time and resources but has also contributed to a deeper understanding of the financial health of each job among project managers, ensuring better financial strength and informed decision-making across the organization.

Cloud-Powered Success

The Deltek ComputerEase Cloud has revolutionized the way Construction One approaches construction accounting, catering to the unique needs of their clients in the construction sector. Data backup is seamlessly managed on behalf of users, eliminating the need for personal data backup efforts. The software's remote work capabilities have been particularly transformative, enabling employees to work from anywhere, ensuring that assignments are completed with the same quality and dedication as they were in the office and having the capability of hiring different people across the country.

Having already adopted a remote work model, the company was able to seamlessly continue their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing their efforts on managing current projects, competitively bidding on future opportunities, winning more work and successfully hiring and retaining employees without the disruption of transitioning to a remote workforce.

Embracing Technological Solutions and Human Innovation for Growth

Construction One's commitment to financial excellence is deeply rooted in their operational philosophy, ensuring that every aspect of their financial management is held to the highest standard. This dedication emphasizes the importance of accessibility and user-friendliness in specialized software, particularly for those less comfortable with technology.

Chris’s advice to other construction firms looking to make a switch is, "If you’re a company experiencing growth when picking specialized software like construction accounting software, you will want to find something that is easy to understand and user-friendly for the least tech-savvy person in the company. It’s best to see it from someone who is not comfortable with a computer—if not everyone can use it easily, then it’s useless. You must ask yourself; will this be easy for them to use and train them on? If not, you’ll be spending a lot of time giving support, or they won’t use it.” This pragmatic approach ensures that Construction One's use of Deltek ComputerEase is not only robust and comprehensive but also accessible and efficient, minimizing the need for extensive support and maximizing usability across the company.

As Construction One continues to grow, it stands as a beacon of adaptability and innovation, setting a benchmark for the industry and paving the way for a future where technology and human ingenuity work hand in hand to overcome challenges and seize opportunities.


 

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