The national design-build firm The Korte Company has selected DESTINI Estimator software to provide intelligent estimating technology for its estimators and team members through a three-year enterprise licensing agreement.
The Korte Company is an industry leader and advocate of design-build project delivery, a project environment proven to require a more collaborative toolset when working with both the owner and the design team. As The Korte Company moved to this model, workflow challenges emerged that the firm’s legacy estimating technology was unable to address. Workflow bottlenecks occurred when moving from the conceptual phase to a more detailed phase of estimating, and Korte’s estimating team was under pressure to respond more quickly to design changes from owners. Although The Korte Company had been using its existing system for the past decade, the firm recognized the value in moving to a more collaborative toolset that will allow the company to enhance its growth.
“We believe that Beck Technology will provide the service and the product we need to be successful,” says Jason Mantle, chief operating officer of The Korte Company. “One of our business requirements was to gain a support system that would listen, change, and grow with us, providing the product that will make us the most efficient we can be as technologies and systems change. As a truly integrated design-build firm, we also need to take advantage of the 3D modeling that our design department gives us. With DESTINI Estimator, I think we will see increased utilization of the information that we have today in our design department, as well as a more efficient takeoff and estimate setup method.”
Based in St. Louis, The Korte Company has been a “power user” of Beck Technology’s companion software for 5D modeling and estimating, DESTINI Profiler, since 2015. Using DESTINI Profiler on a daily basis to conceptualize and estimate projects in the early preconstruction phase, The Korte Company has been able to improve communication with owners and win work.
“With both DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator on board, Korte can now significantly reduce the number of steps and time taken to align a project vision with the project cost,” noted Stewart Carroll, chief operating officer for Beck Technology. “The world is moving to more LEAN methods, and Korte’s use of the DESTINI suite supports both the target value design approach and more traditional preconstruction methods in a single platform. Because DESTINI products are designed to work seamlessly together, Korte will have a much more integrated design and bid process. That’s a win for their preconstruction team, as well as Korte’s clients, who will get more value out of the preconstruction process at every stage.”
When The Korte Company began its software exploration process to replace its outdated estimating software, DESTINI Estimator was one of several products the firm wanted to investigate. The company sent a team to Beck Technology’s Dallas office for a hands-on, intensive exploration, which included a demonstration of Estimator along with hands-on training that helped build consensus for an enterprisewide implementation.
“The success that Korte has had with Profiler provided a high level of trust with the Korte executive team, and they agreed to move forward into the implementation planning phase,” says Tyler Barron, account executive with Beck Technology. “During this phase, Doug Maiden, our manager of professional services, introduced an innovative, collaborative approach to implementation planning to help Korte ensure a seamless rollout and take full advantage of Estimator’s extensive capabilities. We were also happy to coordinate client-specific terms in the agreement to better meet Korte’s needs.”
Developed with crowd-sourced input from estimators, features of the DESTINI Estimator platform include:
- Full featured, yet easy-to-use estimating functionality
- Integrated 2D and 3D takeoff
- Highly customizable, dashboard-based reporting
- Estimate comparison views and Microsoft Excel imports
The Korte Company is a national design-build construction company that manages more than $250 million of construction volume every year. Founded in 1958, the firm has offices in Missouri, Illinois, Nevada, and Oklahoma, and has completed projects in 43 states and counting.