Robins & Morton
AutoSpecs provides actionable data from 2,000 page spec document in minutes, allowing projects to quickly identify and eliminate recycled specs.
May 17, 2019
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Founded in 1946, Robins & Morton is a privately-held construction firm based out of Alabama, with seven offices in the southeast. In the past ten years alone, they have completed nearly $10 billion in more than 1,700 successful projects in 38 states.
Robins & Morton started with a gas station and then focused on steel mills; their current projects vary from major new hospitals and complex renovations, to hospitality projects and a variety of other commercial work. Modern Healthcare ranked them third in top general contractors nationwide.
Robins & Morton frequently deals with large scale projects with large spec books to match. In fact, a typical spec book can reach more than 2,100 pages. Building a draft log from that would take a Robins & Morton Project Engineer about a month of work. As common throughout the industry, they would take a hard copy of the spec book, read through it section by section, and create an Excel sheet. They eventually moved over to using Timberline, but that process wasn’t much better. According to Jon DeHondt, Project Manager at Robins & Morton, “It was a tedious process that no one wanted to do.”
Robins & Morton knew they wanted to update their process. They tried a different submittal building tool readily available, but they still had major problems. DeHondt reported, “It didn’t spit out accurate information. We had to edit and redo the whole thing.”
Proactive, Not Reactive
The Robins & Morton team was able to use AutoSpecs to be proactive instead of reactive. The reports and actionable information produced by AutoSpecs early on helped them stay on top of the process. Instead of delaying timelines for missed mock-ups, DeHondt’s team knows exactly what meetings need to be had and when, and can include them in the project schedule.