We recently hosted our 14th annual Constructech Vision Awards this past October. we chose Silicon Valley as the venue, as a way to demonstrate just how fast the technology and construction markets are converging.
But one company in particular seemed to have gotten that memo more than a decade ago: Clark Builders out of Arlington, Va. Those of you who have not had the pleasure of attending one of our Vision Awards ceremonies might not be aware of the fact that Peggy and I go into a narrative for each winner every year, providing attendees with a brief snapshot of the challenge faced, the technology that was used, and the results derived as a result of the implementation.
And each year before we announce Clark Builders we take a moment to share with the audience the fact that the multifamily builder is a repeat winner. Now, simply being a repeat winner might not seem all that special. But you have repeat winners, and then you have Clark Builders—which has taken home a whopping 13 Constructech Vision Awards!
Think about that for a moment: 13 technology awards in the span of 14 years. That is an impressive feat all by itself, but then when you realize Clark Builders is involved in residential construction, you begin to realize just how remarkable this accomplishment truly is. Given the volatility of the housing market throughout the past decade that has wreaked havoc on IT budgets across the board, and even claimed a few builders along the way, it is impressive to see a builder continuing to put technology at the forefront of its business. You realize all the talk about the value of continuing to invest in technology, even during down times, isn’t just hearsay—but rather a viable realization in the market today.
For those of you thinking this just isn’t feasible in this day and age—to be constantly making huge investments in technology—consider that during its impressive streak, Clark Builders has done all sorts of different things with technology.
In other words, it’s not that the company has been making large enterprise investments, but rather the necessary improvements that help it better serve customers, help employees do their job better, expand into new markets, or just make office procedures more efficient.
To give you a taste of what Clark Builders has done during this span of time, the company has won for videoconferencing in order to help streamline collaboration (and even improve its recruiting process), deploying a new bidding system to replace paper-based procedures, turning the company intranet into a useful tool beyond typical uses, a mobile punchlist application, a comprehensive data backup plan, and this year migrating its email from Exchange to the cloud.
And the list goes on and on, and encompasses many different types of technologies, all of which address particular challenges faced by the builder. To me, Clark demonstrates how to apply the right technology for the right job, time and time again.
What I am trying to get at is the fact Clark Builders has become the poster child for the role technology can play in the construction industry. Good times or bad, big implementations or small, Clark Builders continues to prove the theory that we at Constructech have been espousing for years: Investing in technology can indeed make a difference.
And for Clark Builders, let me officially say you never fail to impress the Vision Awards judges.
Let the Best Builder Grow
As 2013 comes to a close I can’t help but once again admire the resiliency of the construction industry. All of you are a true tale of grit, determination, and perseverance. Perseverance is more than maintaining. Builders are truly an inspiring breed of individuals that have persevered in good times and in bad. In this industry, it’s about creating and achieving a steady pace toward a common goal, even during the toughest of times. And we all know this industry has experienced more than its share of tough times. But regardless of what lies ahead, builders continue to look forward, staying a steady course, and in most cases use cutting-edge technology in an effort to achieve the desired results. Most of you stay in this industry because you see the impact that you have on people’s lives through families and residential communities. Many of you have shared with us that you have created more than you ever dreamed possible, and that the best is yet to come.
And it’s that passion that picks me up and helps get me excited about every fact, word, and story we write about every day. It’s this bravado that inspires the editors to help today’s builder, who continues to be tomorrow’s visionary.
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