Case Study

Kenalex Construction

Kenalex Raises the Bar with Pype AutoSpecs and Closeout.


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Summary

Opportunity

“We wanted to be more involved in the submittal process than we were,” shared Sandy Graham, Kenalex’s President and General Manager. “We often focused on other project set-up tasks and left it up to the trades to determine what submittals they needed.” Project teams would employ the same approach at the back end of the project as well. “There was a lot of back-and-forth between the design team and the trade partners on what documents were needed for turnover. To make matters worse, most of the trades had been closed out and paid by the time we were compiling these turnover packages. All in all, it would take us another three months after substantial completion to have the package ready to deliver to owners.” Graham went on to add that he thinks this is a systemic problem across the industry. “There’s often little attention paid to the closeout process. However, neglecting to properly document closeout requirements can cause friction between the owner, their design team, and contractors, while also exposing contractors to major legal and financial risk.”

“We use Procore for the majority of our project management processes, and Bluebeam and Pype for those detailed examinations of critical project documents. They’re a great compliment to each other.”

Sandy Graham
President & General Manager, Kenalex Construction

“I initially found Pype’s listing while browsing Procore’s App Marketplace,” said Graham, who had been investigating options to standardize their workflow when they settled on Procore. “I was really impressed by their partner ecosystem, thinking that we could use some of these other solutions alongside Procore to get even more value out of the software.” In particular, Graham was drawn to Pype by the level of scrutiny AutoSpecs uses to examine specifications, adding “just like we use Bluebeam with Procore to manage our drawings, we use Pype with Procore to manage our submittals and closeout documents. It’s a level of detail that allows us to understand our projects in their entirety.”

Solution

“We want to be the go-to contractor for both building owners and trade partners in Ontario,” Graham stated. “The first step towards achieving that goal was to standardize our processes across every one of our project teams, and we did that with Procore. The next step is to continue to raise the bar on the quality of our deliverables with that standardized process, so that every client and every trade has their expectations exceeded every time they work with us,” he continued. “And that we do with Pype.”

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“Our job is to make our clients’ lives easier. We don’t want to be that difficult contractor; we want to be the solution. Adding Pype to Procore is how we do that.”

SANDY GRAHAM
PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER, KENALEX CONSTRUCTION

Case Study by Pype

Pype is the construction industry's first SaaS provider for submittal log management and project closeout. Over 40% of the ENR top 400 use AutoSpecs, Closeout, and SmartPlans to provide unprecedented insights on spec and closeout data, help teams extract actionable information from specifications and plans to close communication gaps between design, construction, and operations teams, and ensure a higher level of quality assurance, efficiency, and risk management on projects coast-to-coast.

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