We have spoken with Matthew Morck of Oakwood Contractors to learn more about how they have built an efficient estimation workflow to deliver the highest level of quality working with commercial construction clients under specific schedules and tight deadlines.
Founded in 1982, Oakwood Contractors, Inc. is a Chicago-area contractor that primarily specializes in carpentry for commercial, retail, and healthcare projects. Past projects include the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks locker room installation and a gut/remodel of the eleventh floor of Chicago’s Willis Tower.
Oakwood sets itself aside from competitors in the construction industry by their focus on building long-lasting relationships. They have achieved extremely low staff turnover, with the average employee tenure at the firm lasting 15 years and they pride themselves on maintaining a relentless attention to detail. Those attributes make their way into every aspect of the business, including the choice of third-party software used to build an efficient workflow.
Oakwood leverages Sigma for estimating because of the significant man-hours saved, features like templates and quick libraries, and the short learning curve.
“It’s so adaptable and easy to use. It pays for itself with one job.”
Why Choose Sigma?
Oakwood continues to use Sigma because it eliminates the math involved with making estimates and hereby removes the possibility of errors herein. “It does the math for you and that definitely saves a lot of man-hours,” Matt said. “You just have to put in the project numbers and then it does all the calculations for you. Hourly wages, material costs, carpentry costs, you can put whatever you have to pay along with the markup for whatever job you’re doing and it tells you the total.”
Support and Features
“I like that I can see my summary, my labors, and my materials. Sigma can break down my labor into hours per line item per category. It can separate it all,” Matt explained, highlighting some of the features he likes the most in Sigma. “I use the templates all the time. We set up a template to use for our estimating and it has all the categories already separated. We’re able to drag and drop the parts we’re doing into each category.” Additionally, he points out how he saves time by using quick libraries. “That’s super nice to have. I like that I’m able to set up a quick library where I can type something in and it’ll already be there. It can streamline the rest of your project.”
Would Oakwood Contractors Recommend Sigma?
“Of course,” Matt said. “For someone to learn it quickly to be able to do their job, it’s definitely possible. If you really want an easy and still comprehensive software to use, this is something I’d recommend.” Matt explained the value of the time he’s saved using Sigma. “For a commercial contracting business, it’s something that I think definitely is cost effective. It pays for itself with one job.”
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