When you’re the size of Bradley Concrete, organization and efficiency are crucial for this success. “We want to support our employees by giving them the best tools possible,” says Co-Founder Scott Bradley. That’s why Bradley Concrete upgraded its bid management system to Bid Board Pro by BuildingConnected, and it’s been a driving force in helping the company increase its revenue by 1,300%.
Like many subcontractors, Bradley Concrete previously used emails and Excel spreadsheets to manage its preconstruction process. That process was time-consuming, hard to maintain, prone to errors, and led to missed bids. Now with Bid Board Pro, Bradley Concrete can easily manage bid requests, communicate more efficiently, sustain growth, and support its employees in the fast-paced world of Bay Area construction.
“Having an Excel spreadsheet where everyone manually entered all of their bids was problematic. The spreadsheet lived on our shared server, and only one person could access it at a time. It wasn’t cloud-based, so we’d go 3 or 4 days before we’d even see new bids pop up on the spreadsheet,” says Estimator Spencer Harris.
Given the limitations of this process — such as siloes, miscalculations, and missed data entry — important information and opportunities inevitably got lost without a way to track everything online, all in one place. BuildingConnected’s Bid Board Pro eliminated all of these issues and made information sharing and collaboration between employees simple and efficient.
Bradley Concrete employees also use BuildingConnected’s historical data to plan for long-term success. Bid Board Pro’s real-time analytics, detailed reports, and leaderboards give valuable insight into employees’ performance, as well as critical client and competitor data.
“It was a struggle to find specific information on performance because we didn’t enter it into our master spreadsheet the same way. Now, we can use reporting to create year-end reports on bids, track our win rate, and get company and individual performance stats more easily,” says Estimator Raphael Mancera.
Subcontractors can’t accept every bid invitation that lands on their desk. Now with BuildingConnected, Bradley Concrete can prioritize the bids they want, and the ones that are right for their business and bottom line.
“BuildingConnected lets us stay in touch with everyone, including people we don’t do a lot of business with. Even if we don’t bid, we’re able to respond to the requests and keep the line of communication open with the GC,” says Bradley.