SEATTLE, June 28, 2016: When heavy highway and civil contractor Evans & Associates learned the construction software it had relied on daily since the mid-1990s would no longer be supported, the company knew the replacement challenge also presented an opportunity to improve its operations.
“We wanted the functionality to bring a lot of the consistency into our operations and into our back offices,” said Lee Evans, president and CEO of the Ponca City, Okla. contractor. “We wanted to streamline a lot of the processes that were not tied together well before—from our operations in the field to our accounting to our compliance. When we looked at Spectrum, we knew we could do just that.”
Evans & Associates has steadily grown over the years. The company began in 1960 when Evans’ father and a partner purchased a single asphalt operation in Ponca City. Fifty-six years later, the company has grown and diversified to 17 independent business units throughout Oklahoma, employing more than 300 people.
“Evans & Associates has shown over the years that it is committed to smart growth and building strong relationships with its clients and we’re very happy to welcome them as a client of ours,” said Dexter + Chaney President and CEO Norbert Orth. “We look forward to helping Evans & Associates streamline their operations and take their business to the next level.”
Evans said when his company learned that its Maxwell Systems’ StreetSmarts software would no longer be supported, it was important to keep their operations smoothly running during a software transition. In demos with Dexter + Chaney and its business partner, OnPoint Construction Software, Evans and his team were able to see how Spectrum worked with live data and were especially impressed by the software’s navigation and its Document Imaging and Plan Room functionality.
“Spectrum’s Plan Room functionality was huge for us,” Evans said. “We have a big heavy civil group that does a lot of work on military bases and after looking at the functionality in Plan Room, we feel it will be quite helpful for that group in providing real-time collaboration with the multiple subcontractors on those types of projects.”
Evans added that Dexter + Chaney sales engineers listened to, and put the needs of Evans & Associates first during demos, including working with the company to fit the software to meet those needs. “It was a pretty unanimous decision for everyone on our team; once we looked at all of our options on the market, Dexter + Chaney’s Spectrum product stood out.”
One of the most impressive features for Evans though, was not necessarily software related.
“The thing that really stood out to me was Dexter + Chaney’s approach to customer service,” Evans said. “It’s hands-on. You’re talking to a person rather than a help desk where you send an email and wait for a reply. We’re old school and like talking to people. When we do have an issue or something we want to talk through, we like the fact that we can pick up the phone and get it resolved quickly.”
About Evans & Associates:
Evans & Associates Construction Co., Inc. was founded in 1960 by Lloyd I. “Jerry” Evans. Beginning as a small asphalt company located in Ponca City, Oklahoma, today under the banner of the parent company Evans & Associates Enterprises, Inc., the company employs 300 associates statewide. While the Company continues to provide hot mix asphalt and construction services to its customers in North Central Oklahoma, the Company also manufactures ready mixed concrete, quarries sand and aggregates, installs underground utilities, and markets Type “C” fly ash. With operations located in Ponca City, Red Rock, Alva, Enid, Perry, Bartlesville, Miami, Grove, Skiatook, Altus, Lawton, Ft. Sill, Snyder and Oklahoma City, Evans & Associates continues the proud tradition of its founder with a reputation for quality and integrity. For more information, visit www.evans-assoc.com.
Dexter&+&Chaney is the leader in cloud-based construction ERP software and developer of Spectrum® Construction Software. The company has been providing complete construction management software for more than 35 years. From the office to the field, from accounting to project management, Dexter + Chaney software is used by more than 1,100 companies. Their clients come from all segments of the industry—heavy/highway and utility, general contractors, electrical, mechanical, and specialty subcontractors—and are companies of all sizes, from locally owned subcontractors to some of the world’s largest construction firms. Dexter + Chaney’s web-based software applications allow customers to get work done anywhere using any device with a web browser and without the need to download any software. For more information, visit: www.dexterchaney.com.