Some know it by the name Salem-Keizer Transit, www.cherriots.org, Salem, Ore., but to most in the Salem and Keizer areas of Oregon, it is more commonly known as Cherriots. The public transportation service in Oregon is undergoing a new design and construction program and is leaning on some cutting edge Web-based project management technology to lend a hand.

The organization recently announced it will be using project management and collaboration technology from Projectmates, www.projectmates.com, Dallas, Texas, to manage its new program, starting with an $8.1 million transit center and park-and-ride, which is scheduled to open sometime next year.

Chad Fosnight, capital project manager, Salem-Keizer Transit, believes the technology will be beneficial in allowing the owner, consultant, and contractors to all have access to the same information. This will help in ensuring critical correspondence and documents are maintained and not lost.

He adds, “Having a central hub for this information and knowing which document is the most current will greatly reduce our redundancy as well as keep us more efficient. Finally, having the ability to access the system via my smartphone when I am in the field will be a huge asset during the construction process.”

Built using the latest in Web technologies, the application from Projectmates is ideally suited for pushing information out to devices like smartphones and tablets, as Fosnight mentions. Such capabilities have literally reinvented the way in which construction teams can keep track of the project metrics, therefore having tighter control over project specifics.

The technology from Projectmates includes tools for budget and financial management, scheduling, communication, and document management for improved project planning, execution, and delivery. For Salem-Keizer Transit, this will be a welcome upgrade from the proprietary methods used for tracking projects, such as spreadsheets to track project costs.

Technology provides an efficient means for tracking all the intricacies of a job. For this project in particular, the transit center and park-and-ride will feature 8-10 bus bays, approximately 70 park-and-ride spaces, and a 3,000-sq.ft. building. Salem-Keizer Transit is also looking to make the facility one that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited, which means even more detailed tracking of project specifics.