Green building is catching on around the country, and contractors are looking for solutions to ease the process. By using technology to track and monitor a building’s progress, construction professionals are able to efficiently create environmentally friendly structures.

When Rudolph and Sletten, www.rsconstruction.com, Redwood City, Calif., a general contracting firm, needed a solution for a green building project, the company turned to LATISTA, www.latista.com, Reston, Va., a field management solutions company. Rudolph and Sletten had been hired to build a new science building at San Diego City Community College. The four-story building cost $57.2 million and will house the college’s astronomy, life sciences, and physical sciences programs.

The building was designed to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification. As part of the project, Rudolph and Sletten selected a field management solution from LATISTA. The cloud-based system offers Web and mobile office software that allows workers to exchange information from nearly anywhere.

The solution can be used via computers, tablets, and smartphones and includes functionality such as the ability to markup documents in the field. Users can also receive automated notifications and workflows.

In addition to Rudolph and Sletten, other parties also used the LATISTA solution for communications. Owner representatives, project inspectors, and subcontractors all accessed the system to relay status updates and information. Automating processes saved everyone time and eliminated extra communications.

Overall, the contractor says the use of LATISTA reduced redundancy on the project by us much as 25%, and the team saved up 10 hours per employee per week. Jonathan Waltz, project manager, Rudolph and Sletten, says, “I’d say we saved about one-two hours a day and caught 99% of errors and corrected them before the punch.”

The company was able to cut down on paper use through the use of the electronic solution, which also supported green building ideals. By promoting efficiency in both the building process and in the finished structure, this project helped to conserve resources while also promoting lean operating procedures.