Though the goal of most construction services providers these days is to bring builders into the paperless age – the reality is that paper is still a necessity on many projects.
Subcontractors still rely on fax, personal email, and sometimes no corporate website to accomplish millions of dollars of work every year. So it’s no surprise that paper is still a core component of their business strategy and plan management. We’ve learned this the hard way as technology providers – and as we fight this stigma and work to provide paperless solutions that can replace the old ways, we also work to support the processes our builders depend on to help them build new, innovative processes.
For this reason, SmartBid integrates leading plan printing and distribution services from Plans4Less to deliver documents to anywhere within the U.S. within one business day. Because if we have to provide paper, we might as well provide the best.
Having printed sets of plans readily available for review is a common necessity on many job sites and in many other architecture, engineering and construction related situations. General contractors and subcontractors alike need to compete for the projects that fit their capabilities. During the all-important bidding process, reviewing and submitting documents both electronically and in print, is often required. Hard copy plans and other submittal documents can be the preferred medium for reviewing bid specs and are also provided as backups to digital proposals in many bid situations.
A few short years ago, reprographics expert and business owner Brian Burke conceived an idea that has become, at least rhetorically, a “no brainer” choice for getting construction documents printed. His idea led to the founding of Plans4Less.com in 2015.
In less than two years, Mr. Burke has proven that leveraging both technology and a strategically located national network of reprographics partners provides a more valuable printing service to the construction industry. He knows that everyone from architects and engineers to general contractors and subcontractors could benefit from an online, on-demand plans and document printing service with unbeatably low, flat rate pricing.
With fixed-rate pricing of 1 dollar per FULL-SIZED black & white plan, contractors can now print the quantities of plans they really need, right from their smartphones or desktops. They will know the exact low price they’re paying and send them to any location around the United States by the next business day. In some cases, with special arrangements, same day service is available. Half-sized black & white plans are only 50 cents per plan and full color plans are also available at very low prices. No matter where else you look in the commercial printing industry, these flat rate prices are unbeatable.
According to Customers
Soon after Plans4Less.com became fully integrated with SmartBid software, one of its users, FCI Constructors, Inc. of Colorado Springs began to use the printing app with great success. FCI first heard about Plans4Less.com at the 2016 SmartBid User Conference in Austin, TX. Upon opening his email one day, Will Kiser, FCI project engineer, got a message from one of the Colorado offices instructing everyone in the company to use Plans4Less to save money on printing plans.
He notes, “Had an employee out of our Grand Junction, Colorado office send out a company-wide email about you guys. The cheapest plan printing we have around Williston, ND is $3 a sheet, so it’s a no brainer to order from you!”
FCI’s Williston, ND office has used Plans4Less for all of their printing needs since the SmartBid User Conference-inspired email went out in the summer of 2016. They are extremely pleased with the service they’re getting, even at times from Plans4Less owner Brian Burke, who likes to follow up with customers personally.
During a recent conversation, FCI Project Engineer Will Kiser succinctly summed up what this article is out to prove…
“Brian, what can I say? Plans4Less is amazing! You keep delivering crisp quality plans, even the big 36 x 48’s for a dollar a print and I keep thinking what a great find you are! Then you get the plans on time to exactly where my guys need them at our various sites. Even the shipping costs are low! You guys get an A+ for overall value and I’ll even throw in a gold star for your can-do attitude!”
The integration of Plans4Less.com digital document printing service with SmartBid software has provided SmartBid users, like FCI Constructors, Inc. with significant cost savings and an enhanced user experience.