CASE STORY

Prufen LLC.

Owner and Founder of Prufen LLC. Discusses the Speed and Confidence his Business Will Now Have Using Sigma for Estimating

Brandon Rosenthal, owner and lead consultant for Prufen LLC, has over 17 years of experience working in the construction industry. Prufen LLC operates out of California as a cost estimating and owner’s representative consulting firm capable of providing services for diverse clients ranging from public agencies, designers, insurance companies, contractors, and developers.

Owner and Founder of Prufen LLC. Discusses the Speed and Confidence his Business Will Now Have Using Sigma for Estimating

Brandon Rosenthal, owner and lead consultant for Prufen LLC, has over 17 years of experience working in the construction industry. Prufen LLC operates out of California as a cost estimating and owner’s representative consulting firm capable of providing services for diverse clients ranging from public agencies, designers, insurance companies, contractors, and developers.

Brandon’s experience in the construction industry is rooted in his start as a laborer in the masonry industry. He has climbed through the ranks in the field, eventually becoming a journeyman level mason. Today, he leverages this field experience and formal training in estimating to assist businesses and owners with cost management for their projects. Brandon recently completed his first estimating project utilizing Sigma Estimating Software. He discussed his experience with us and the benefits that he realized from using Sigma.

Sigma Helped Increase the Speed and Confidence Prufen LLC Had in its Estimate for the California State Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Project

Brandon is an established expert in the field of construction estimating and he regularly advises owners and project teams on the cost management plans for construction projects. He is confident in the service that his company provides to clients and describes his company as a value-added asset to any construction project.

What we do is help support businesses or people with the cost of things. That is usually focused on the cost of construction and it could be preconstruction, execution, or post-construction. In preconstruction, we work alongside architects and designers when they are designing the building to ensure that they don’t overdesign or break the budget of the owner.

During the execution of a project, I’m supporting the owner or the project team in assessing things like change orders. Construction projects often have change orders that alter the contract for the project. My business serves as an owner’s advocate to come up with the owner’s side of the price estimate for what the change will cost.

Finally, there is also post-construction estimating, which was the first type of job that I did with Sigma. As I’m sure many people remember, there were large wildfires in California, and one of them burned down a state youth rehabilitation center. The center was offered the opportunity to receive FEMA funding to rebuild, and I was asked to come up with an estimated cost to replace the burned down structures.

“Sigma gave me the peace of mind to focus on the content of the estimate, versus the mechanics of excel formulas”, says Brandon Rosenthal.

Sigma Made it Possible to Make Focused Adjustments and Increased the Accuracy of the Estimate

The California State Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Project was a unique opportunity for Brandon to test out the speed, reliability, and interface of Sigma software on a project that would eventually benefit the rehabilitation of youth throughout the state. On previous projects, Prufen LLC relied on Excel estimating templates to document takeoff and estimate calculations. Sigma gave Prufen LLC a flexible framework to complete this unique project.

What was great about Sigma for this project was that I was able to very quickly escalate the different elements within a unit rate to respond to the unique needs of the project. One of the more unusually expensive aspects of this project was the cost of concrete and delivery of heavy materials to the site.

With Sigma, I was able to extract all of the concrete and heavy material delivery costs out of the estimate by using a custom category keyword. Once extracted, I could selectively escalate these costs within a few clicks of my mouse. This was much more accurate than escalating the entire unit rate, which would have included labor, materials, & equipment. Sigma gave me the ability to really slice the unit rate quickly into its independent elements to focus on what I needed to change.

Sigma Gives Users the Full Flexibility to Manage Their Estimate Work Breakdown Structure and maintain a Clear Overview all the time

Prufen LLC expertly managed to document the remodeling and rebuilding needs of the California State Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Project and provided the project team with a report that met their needs. Brandon’s extensive experience in estimating and the construction industry, in general, drove the success of this project, and the Sigma software provided him with an added edge that he did not have before when using Excel.

I really liked the ability to quickly reorganize the work breakdown structure in Sigma. My workflows also benefited from the accessibility of the database and the functionality that allowed me to swiftly drag and drop data into the estimate. That was really useful.

Through my experience with Sigma I realized that the software’s built-in formulas are very robust. You cannot corrupt them like you can in Excel. It felt very advanced and it gave me a level of confidence that I was not making a simple mistake that could have invalidated the entire estimate. Usually, that is my biggest fear when estimating in Excel, that a formula will get corrupted and I will not catch it.

Prufen LLC’s Future as a Construction Estimating and Advisory Company Will Likely Include Sigma for a long time

Prufen LLC continues to expand its market share in the California construction industry and hopes to capitalize on the speed and accuracy that Sigma Software will bring to its estimating capabilities.

Sigma allowed me to focus better on the content of the estimate, and not on ensuring that my excel template was free of calculation errors. In the past, I would tediously go through every Excel template and look for formula mistakes.

With Sigma, I did not have to invest that amount of time on these small, but very important, details. Sigma gave me the peace of mind to focus on the content of the estimate, versus the mechanics of excel formulas.

The Sigma estimating platform helps Prufen LLC better deliver on its core mission, which is “To exceed expectations through excellence in service.” The firm will continue to dedicate its services to the needs of its clients and set itself apart from competitors by delivering comprehensive analytics, estimates, and advisory to clients.

About Prufen LLC.

Prufen LLC operates out of California as a cost estimating and owner’s representative consulting firm capable of providing services for diverse clients ranging from public agencies, designers, insurance companies, contractors, and developers.

More information:

Prufen LLC.
Brandon Rosenthal, Owner
[email protected]

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