SEATTLE, May 19, 2016: Flagstaff, Ariz.-based Loven Contracting has steadily grown its business for more than 30 years now. As its business continued to grow, the company found itself spending too much of its time doing double, sometimes triple data entry between three different software programs in order to keep its projects going. Realizing it needed to replace its outdated software, Loven Contracting turned to Dexter + Chaney’s Spectrum® Construction Software. Dexter + Chaney, the leader in cloud-based construction ERP software, presented Loven Contracting with a single system to streamline its accounting and operations processes.
“When it came time for billing, our project managers would have to sit down with our accounting staff and go over things line by line, reconciling data from three different software systems. It was an obscene amount of double and triple data entry each period, just to get things to line up correctly,” said Loven Contracting Project Manager Jed Westover. “We spent about six months looking at software and narrowed it down to two choices, Spectrum and another company. We got feedback from everyone in our offices and throughout much of the rest of the company and Spectrum won—largely due to its interface. Spectrum was much more user-friendly than the other system we were looking at, and the fact that it’s truly web-based was a huge selling point for us.”
Since 1985, Loven Contracting has built a reputation as a construction leader among Northern Arizona communities. As a privately-held general contracting and construction management firm, they specialize in new construction, tenant improvements and renovations across many sectors including city, county, state, federal, retail, hospitality, healthcare and privately commissioned buildings. In addition to their extensive resume of healthcare projects, they also have the pleasure of partnering with the National Park Service. “We’ve completed projects where we’re rebuilding trails along lakes where everything has to be barged in and barged out. We do some really fun, involved projects,” Westover said.
“Being a Northern Arizona general contractor means that we get to work in some of the most beautiful areas in the Southwest, but this also means coordinating projects in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas as well.” Getting data from one place to the next via traditional means can take time. But since Spectrum is web-based, it opens access to everyone we need—and doing it in a way that is secure—not utilizing remote desktops or VPNs,” Westover said. “Spectrum will allow us to take a lot of the burden of data and documentation off our project managers and let them get back to managing their jobs—but now in real time. Before, we worked one to three weeks behind on projects in terms of understanding the project’s financial data and where it stood. It’s managing the project from the caboose of the train. Now we can see the data we need as it comes in and understand how it’s affecting our jobs right now. It’s going to save us both time and money.”
In addition to reducing duplicate project data entry, Westover said Loven Contracting will be using Spectrum’s Document Imaging functionality to effectively store and access documentation and better track emails, and it will utilize Spectrum’s Subcontractor Kiosk and Job Compliance Tracking functionality, which streamlines subcontractor data and allows them to enter their own progress billings. Westover said this will significantly help the company’s contract administrator, who was buried in work.
“It is her job to track all of the subcontracts on our jobs, to stay on top of the subcontractors for things like compliance issues, insurance, billing and more. She was currently working from about 15 different spreadsheets,” Westover said. “Now, with Spectrum, we can consolidate that all into one system and really streamline and automate these processes. We’re taking advantage a lot of these great features in Spectrum to cut workloads in half…or more.”
Since its inception, Loven Contracting has developed a proven track record of completing complicated work with minimal impact on employees and customers in every phase of its projects. Their team completes a lot of new-building work, but also has developed long-lasting relationships with clients to maintain, renovate and improve existing buildings and projects.
“The motto that our President Mike Loven stresses is to continually take care of all of our clients and in doing so, these relationships will continue to contribute to the success of the business. And we have over the years, helping us grow into one of the leading diverse general contractors in our area,” Westover said.
He added that he was impressed with Dexter + Chaney’s relationships with its clients and prospective clients as well, noting that sales engineers took their time to explain and show in demos exactly how the software could work for them—something Westover said competing software companies could not effectively do.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide Loven Contracting with the tools they need to continue to grow their business, while reducing the burden on its staff,” said Dexter + Chaney President Norbert Orth. “Loven is a diverse company that has gone out of its way to please its clients over the years and we’re excited to work with them into the future to maintain that high level of excellence.”
About Loven Contracting:
Founded in 1985, Loven Contracting provides contracting services throughout the entire state of Arizona and parts of the remaining Southwest U.S. Located in Flagstaff, Ariz., Loven is an industry leader in construction services for healthcare facilities, historic preservation, commercial renovations, tenant improvements and more for Flagstaff, all of Arizona, and the Southwest U.S. Loven Contracting has developed a proven track record of completing complicated work with minimal impact on employees and customers in every phase of our projects. Job sites are located in hospitals, national parks, observatories, school campuses and other settings where rigorous safety measures, attention to detail, and minimal disruption to daily operations are the standard. For more information, visit: www.lovencontracting.com.
About Dexter + Chaney:
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.