BuildingConnected Software


 

BuildingConnected is a bid management solution with a secure network that connects hundreds of thousands of construction professionals across the U.S.

With the basic free version of BuildingConnected, users can manage the entire pre-construction process, from vendor prequalification to setting up and and inviting vendors to bid packages. The program’s dashboards make it easy to track projects, bid packages and bidders.

BuildingConnected also provides detailed history tracking of bidder actions and allows project teams to collaborate through bidder notes.

In addition to the free version, users can pay to upgrade to BC Pro, which gives users access to historical cost data, vendor relationship tracking, and performance analytics.

BC Pro also includes the ability to integrate with other cloud storage providers, including Box and Egnyte. Users also get the option to upload and require vendors to sign NDA's as well as an electronic sealed bid function.

 

BuildingConnected - Analytics
 
  • BuildingConnected - Analytics
    Analytics
  • BuildingConnected - Messages
    Messages
  • BuildingConnected - Projects
    Projects
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

13 Reviews of BuildingConnected

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from The Austin Company
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Amazingly User-Friendly

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What I like best about this software is that it helps keep us organized as far as documents, messages and bidding status of subcontractors. It's easy to maintain and track all of these without need to do a lot of extra steps. It's also wonderful because we can keep notes right in the system and everyone in our company who needs access to this can stay up to speed on what is going on within our bidding process.

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It would be great if the bidder search feature were more detailed as sometimes bidders are selected who don't necessarily perform the type of work we're looking for or they don't do work in a certain area despite coming up as a match.

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We set up a few test projects as a way to try out all of the different options. It is also helpful to send a test invite to a secondary email so you can see what it looks like from the subcontractor's point of view.

 

from Grove Construction LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great Construction Tool

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User friendly, subcontractors quickly adapted to it.

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Cannot send links to files directly and be downloaded from a link, the user must sign into the program. We often use Hightail to get unique links that do not require the end user to sign in.

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How quickly can someone unfamiliar with technology adapt and successfully use the software.

 

from The Harlan Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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The system is easy to use and is a great way to get large amount of information out to a large number of people quickly and efficiently.

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There is nothing in particular that comes to mind that I dislike about this site.

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I recommend looking at the product as a whole, and what it brings to you or your company.

 

from Lithko
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

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The timely information available to me. To be able to see when a vendor views the ITB and/or responds.

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The fact that most email servers recognize the ITB as spam and it kicks to their spam folder.

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Follow up with a phone call to see if the vendor received your ITB.

 

from CDI Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Building Connected Is Great.

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The rapid bid set up is what has really sold us on this product. Being able to drag and drop files, set up bid packages, invite bidders, and type in standard information at such a quick pace has been amazing.

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So far, we have had no issues with this product. The tech team and our business development manager have helped us above and beyond,in so many ways.

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Try it! The easy flow of the program, the ability to be so organized, and get reports such as the ones that they have integrated have been a total game changer for our company.

 

from MIDWEST CONSTRUCTORS LLC
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Pre bid activities made so much easier!

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The interface is so user friendly- in one click all your documents are uploaded and sent out to your vendors! The BuildingConnected team is always there for any doubts or concerns.

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It probably requires some kind of a browser upgrade or a particular setting- some of our subcontractors have not been able to use it for the same reasons

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I like how organized this software is- unlike others which I've used previously, where you have to scroll all over the screen to find the item you're looking for- here, all sections are organized in a very user friendly manner.

 

from Restaurant Specialties, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great site and even better service

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It makes posting jobs and finding sub-contractors extremely easy. The support team is quick with replying and help should you need it. They reach out for suggestions and feedback as well which is nice.

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Some minor kinks in the software but most have been eradicated. Anything beyond that would just be nitpicking.

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I highly recommend using this site. You won't find another service that offers more for less.

 

from Hanlin Rainaldi Construction Corp
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Less calls, More bids

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I can contact all of my potential bidders at the beginning of the project and get plans in their hands early. Then I just have to make a few follow up calls and when I make those calls most of this bidders have already seen the plans so when I call them I get a solid response instead of them saying "I don't know send me something and I will think about it". Then when bid day approaches I can send an email reminding everyone it is coming. It is easy to send out addendums and changes as well with just one email instead of several.

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The only thing that could make this software better is a mobile version.

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This is probably the best product on the market for the price.

 

from ICI Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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BuildingConnected's ease of use makes even the computer illiterate able to master (no more excuses Grampa!)

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I have to "look" busy at work now due to all the time BuildingConnected saves me.

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Examine why you want your company to waste money on other needlessly expensive sites.

 

from P. Agnes
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Super Easy to Use, and Outstanding Support

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Setting up and sending out projects to bid is SO much easier than any other system I've used- we're talking minutes to setup and publish bid packages, as opposed to hours in some other tools. Uploading files to this system is blazing fast. Ability to create templates for bid packages and contacts to create your bidders lists. Copying info from other projects, and predictive text entry in most fields. Searchability for vendors within our own templates, and across the network. Also, BC support is probably the best I've ever worked with- very fast response time, and good direct follow-ups with the end users.

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Only a minor item- need to be able to provide a link within email messages directly to files posted in the system (rather than attaching to message), so it will track the view/download history of contract documents... but I know the development team is working on this already.

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When evaluating, look at the cost benefit for speed of setup and sending out project info, as well as ease of use for the end users. Less time spent with phone calls or email questions with 'technical difficulties' leads to a much more streamlined operation! And if your users do have troubles, as i said above their support team is top notch. If evaluating this product, definitely try the pre-qualification feature too- this adds a ton of value right within the same system, rather than having separate tools and contact lists to maintain.

 

from Plant Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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It would create bid tabs and export to excel, this is very time consuming to do yourself

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Nothing I thought it was the best software, I didn't see anything I disliked

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Review the subcontractor interaction and the different areas subs are pulled from.

 

from RJS
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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As a user of a competitive system I can vouch for Building Connected's ease of use. Very slick interface and even those in the company with limited experience were up and running after just a few minutes. Their data base of vendors/subcontractors is pretty extensive. We do work in some remote locations around the country and there is always someone in the radius search we can use.

Customer support is awesome! Very responsive and people actually answer the phone! Who does that?

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No Outlook integration. We have a shared calendar for all our site visits, proposal turn in, etc and this requires manually updating that calendar. If the system had it's own calendar on the opening dash board, that would be handy as well.

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It's free, what have you got to lose!? We gave it a shot for a couple of months and are now looking at the Pro version but even the Pro is cheaper than other platforms I've used.

 

from Fortis Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Very happy with our decision to try BuildingConnected

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The thing I like best about BuildingConnected is the fact that our SUBCONTRACTORS like BuildingConnected. They find it to be straight forward and easy to understand and navigate. Everyone at BuildingConnected has been very friendly and responsive to our requests.

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We have contacted BuildingConnected regarding any concerns we have had and they have been addressed in a timely way.

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Give it a try. It has improved our subcontractor response dramatically.

 
 
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