Co-construct Software


 

Co-construct is a robust web-based solution developed for custom builders and remodelers. With Co-construct, custom contractors have access to a solution that addresses the unique challenges faced by companies in this niche.

Co-construct is a collaborative solution that helps businesses coordinate their selections, schedules and photos while also improving client relationships with more dynamic, interactive communication. It's best suited to companies with less than $10 million in revenue seeking minimal IT involvement; the web-based deployment eliminates the need for a large hardware investment. It integrates with QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online, and Xero accounting systems.

Co-construct is accessed from a login form on the contractor's website. From here, team members, subs and clients can access their own secure portals to address tasks unique to their role - tracking change orders and project budget, update online schedules, share files and photos, enter jobsite logs, and access cross-project reporting. This data can be downloaded at any time and Co-construct offers mobile apps to update your schedule, retrieve files, review selections and more.  

This online portal is branded with the company name, colors and logo for a more professional look and any outgoing messages and handouts also include the company brand. Builders also get their own, branded mobile app for use with clients.

Co-construct brings together all client and sub communications into a single location; everyone can still use email, but Co-construct's patented communication feature captures and organizes these communications online, so finding something takes seconds. With email and text message alerts, clients, team members and subcontractors alike stay informed of project updates in real time. 

Co-construct is backed by an expert support team with free help for all customers and they actually host complimentary, twice-weekly webinars where users of the software can meet and share ideas, trade tips and get help.

 

Co-construct - Selection Sheet
 
  • Co-construct - Selection Sheet
    Selection Sheet
  • Co-construct - Change Orders & Expense Tracking
    Change Orders & Expense Tracking
  • Co-construct - Scheduling & Multi-Project Reporting
    Scheduling & Multi-Project Reporting
  • Co-construct - Communication/E-mail Management
    Communication/E-mail Management
  • Co-construct - Photos & Files
    Photos & Files
  • Co-construct - Mobile Apps
    Mobile Apps
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Web browser (OS agnostic), Unix, Solaris, Mac OS, Linux, IBM OS/400, HP-UX, AIX

278 Reviews of Co-construct

 

from DPS Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

This has been one of the best purchases of our company.

Ease-of-use

After we ran three jobs through this system, we pretty much had all of the basics down pat, and I was able to manage the jobs from the office. I feel it has a pretty easy learning curve.

Functionality

This works great for me except for the missing estimating portion.

Product Quality

I have never run into an issue with the system that was not operator error.

Customer Support

Any time I have had an issue or didn't understand something they were there on the phone, sending over an article explaining the issue I was having, as well as following up to make sure it had been resolved.

Likes Best

This keeps me in the office and still able to keep tabs on jobs as needed. Customers that work out of town love that they are able to keep tabs and see photos as progress ensues. Co-construct has always been very responsive whenever I have something I don't quite understand. They also have quite a bit of articles explaining how to do various items, as well as webinars.

Likes Least

I would prefer that it had an estimating portion, but it does not.

Recommendations

If you are just starting with a system like this and have nothing to compare it to, I would recommend trying it out, as well as others, for a job or two each to compare them. I did get mixed up a bit between this one and another I was considering on which one had what features.

 

from Lakeside Development Company
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

High-end residential design-build firm's experience with Co-construct

Ease-of-use

It's very intuitive. Everything you need to manage a custom home is right at your fingertips.

Functionality

This product appears to be designed around the needs of custom home projects.

Product Quality

Excellent. When reviewing various software packages that would allow us to effectively manage custom home projects in the field, while simultaneously enhancing our customers experience, Co-construct seemed like the best fit and has worked out wonderfully. It has allowed us to become more efficient, which means we can handle more volume without sacrificing quality. It enhances communication with the client and reduces costly errors by keeping every aspect of the project organized and readily available.

Customer Support

Very responsive. Whenever I have a suggestion or question, they always respond promptly.

Likes Best

I like its ease of use and that it is very intuitive. They are quick to respond to issues that arise, as well as requested features.

Likes Least

The file management system and the photo gallery. It would be nice if the files could be synced similar to Dropbox. The photo gallery would be much better if the photos could be scrolled through and zoomed in on.

Recommendations

If you are looking for software that will help you to become more productive and efficient, as well as enhance your customer's experience, this is it.

 

from Arches Construction Corp
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Very Satisfied

Ease-of-use

I picked up on the software in about a week without any help.

Functionality

It does everything I need and then some. I'm very satisfied.

Product Quality

It's user-friendly and very functional. I don't have any complaints at this time.

Customer Support

I haven't need any help to date. The ease of use has eliminated my need for support so far.

Likes Best

I like the ability to communicate internally with clients and subcontractors.

Likes Least

I have no complaints at this time. I am very satisfied.

Recommendations

I would definitely recommend Co-construct to any company looking for a better way to manage projects.

 

from Trim Crafters Custom Homes
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great tool for organizing!

Ease-of-use

It is well-thought-out. Being a unique type of software, it takes a little time to figure everything out.

Functionality

It does everything very well. I have been slowly introducing the different functions into my project, and everything has worked well.

Product Quality

Once in a while, things hang a little because it's web-based, but that may be my local internet connection.

Customer Support

They are always looking for input from users to improve, and they help to get the software up and running.

Likes Best

It is simple to use and very user friendly. Co-construct is readily available to answer questions and help out whenever I need it.

Likes Least

Everything is good. I do receive emails too frequently for my liking, but that's a minor issue, and I can unsubscribe to the help if I would like.

Recommendations

Read the reviews. Co-construct has a stellar record.

 

from David Acton Building Corp.
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Great Product! User and Client-Friendly. Win-Win!

Ease-of-use

It's very intuitive. Everything can be reached from the Home Screen. Spend a few hours playing and/or watching the tutorials, and you will be set to go.

Functionality

It does all we want it to do and all we need it to do. Some in-depth report generating would be a nice addition, but it's not really necessary for what we were looking for.

Product Quality

No hiccups so far. The web and mobile apps have both been very stable for us. Everything looks crisp and clean and operates the same way.

Customer Support

Very quick response times from the tech support side. We have not had to reach out often, but when we have, the responses have been prompt.

Likes Best

The product has really helped simplify our selection processes. Customers can see the specs, other options, and the costs associated with changes. Once a selection is made, everyone is aware of the choice and the related cost, if any. There are no more tough conversations about change orders.

Likes Least

At this point, there has not been much not to like. We are still learning all of the tricks with the software, but are pretty sure it will do all that we ask of it. Improvements are sure to come, but it's working fine for us as is.

Recommendations

This is a very client-friendly software. The accounting end is enough for us, but if generating tons of reports is your goal, this may not be your solution. If creating an environment to collaborate with customers is your goal, this is the software to use.

 

from Boulder Creek Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Co-construct makes it easy!

Ease-of-use

It's easy to follow and user-friendly. If you can send an email, you can use Co-construct.

Functionality

It's good now, and the updates are making it better and better.

Product Quality

This makes it a lot easier to follow than our old paper method.

Customer Support

All of my questions have been followed up on and solved to date.

Likes Best

I like the transparency of project progress for all involved parties. Everyone involved can see where the project is and how we're doing on the budget.

Likes Least

Support is not instantaneous. It can some times take minutes!

Recommendations

Take the time to learn and understand how this software can work for you.

 

from Woodharbor Kitchen & Bath
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Amazing product - brings everything together in one place!

Ease-of-use

The screens and menus are easy to read. Their tutorials make learning the program easy as well; plus, you are assigned someone from their staff to be able to call if you can't figure something out.

Functionality

Our field employees were a big part of our decision to go with Co-construct. They can access it from their phone to communicate with our office staff or the client. They can send photos of something they have completed and want to show off, or if there is an issue with something onsite, our production manager doesn't have to drive to the project.

Product Quality

It's easy to use for all involved: field staff, office staff, and clients.

Customer Support

They called me to make sure I understood the program or had any questions on a regular basis as I was getting things up and running. Who does that? We love it!

Likes Best

It has everything in one place. I have never worked with a vendor who is more responsive to any needs we have had. I like that I can communicate with client through the program and don't have to worry about emails in one place and other things in another place; it's all right there.

Likes Least

We haven't found anything we don't like yet. Co-construct support is always ready and available to walk me through anything I don't understand. It's quick and easy.

Recommendations

You will not regret taking at look at Co-Construct. It is the most user-friendly software we have ever looked at and purchased.

 

from Grove Park Fine Homes, Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Grove Park Fine Homes, Inc.

Ease-of-use

Everything is connected to each other and is in an integral loop.

Functionality

The functionality is easy once you dive into the program. Don't be scared.

Product Quality

I think they have done a great job adapting to clients' needs and developing the software.

Customer Support

They are there anytime. Without their great customer service, I am not sure I would have signed up. They make it easy.

Likes Best

I like the availability to keep everything organized and to keep the communication lines open 24/7 with a client.

Likes Least

The online experience is new to me as far as management goes.

Recommendations

Be aware of how all the items relate to each other.

 

from W.L. Moore Constuction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Co-construct is a must have for any serious construction company

Ease-of-use

The only thing keeping it from being totally perfect is the selection sheet. Some items aren't broken down far enough to make the search as quick as it could be, but other than that, it is great!

Functionality

It meets my needs through the email alerts and by documenting the conversations between the different parties, and of course, the scheduling is perfect.

Product Quality

They're a perfect 10 because they're not done and have already made improvements to the program, which tells me that it will continue to meet my needs.

Customer Support

I haven't had to use the support, but my rating is based on the improvements in the program. They know the needs of their customers.

Likes Best

My favorite feature how the task fades in the schedule once it is complete, making it quick and easy to see what has been done and what is left to do. Also, the sections collapse once they are completed.

Likes Least

It times out quickly, which cause you to have to sign in again. Also, it would be nice if the job number would follow as you scroll down the page so you don't forget which job you're looking at.

Recommendations

I have and do highly recommend Co-Construct to everybody that I talk construction to and many others. My recommendation is to make sure the software is going to do what you want it to, and, of course, that is to make your job easier and more efficient.

 

from J & R Construction Services Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

It's very user-friendly and valuable for business productivity.

Ease-of-use

The training videos give straightforward directions to help get you started.

Functionality

Keeping our clients updated and involved is a big part of our business, so this software is perfect for us.

Product Quality

I find this program's uses and quality to be very high.

Customer Support

Any questions that we may have are easily answered, whether through the training videos or through customer service.

Likes Best

I like the ease of putting in helpful information for our clients to use with their ongoing projects.

Likes Least

We have had some difficulty with the updates and the clearing of some updates, but we have been able to work through these.

Recommendations

I highly suggest using this software to jump start a closer working relationship with your clients.

 

from Patton Construction LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

My apartment scheduling project.

Ease-of-use

With the preloaded test project, you have a great template to get started.

Functionality

For the most basic scheduling, it works fine. Large projects, like apartments, can work but are very hard to manage, update, and create.

Product Quality

The interface is good and well-laid-out. The problem I had was trying to update multiple line items and save. My workaround was to edit the fields then save. If I tried to simply update, it was slow.

Customer Support

They're excellent! They really strive to help. They really do try to provide answers and respond to phone calls and emails promptly.

Likes Best

It's easy to set up. It's very affordable for small contractors to get started. The tips and suggestions in emails help to provide a real environment for the user to relate to.

Likes Least

The updates take longer as the project gets bigger. I would recommend it for commercial construction.

Recommendations

Do a trial run with a small project to be sure it fits your needs. With houses, no two are the same; the same goes for software.

 

from Freeman Built Contracting
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Co-construct for Renovatons

Ease-of-use

It's very user-friendly and easy to maneuver and use effectively the way we need it.

Functionality

It seems to be set up mainly for new construction. We had to make some modifications for renovation projects.

Product Quality

It's better than other programs we have tried recently.

Customer Support

They have always been available when we have had questions. They have great tutorials, too.

Likes Best

It's very user-friendly and easy to maneuver and use effectively the way we need it.

Likes Least

It took a while to load our particular bid and schedule formats, but now it works great.

Recommendations

Give it an honest test. Are you having product issues or operator issues? Ours were mainly operator issues.

 

from I & J Home Builders, LLC.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Operations Coordinator

Ease-of-use

From the pictures to uploading all files in the web-based system, it's very easy to use.

Functionality

It works great. I love it. It's easy to use after you get used to it.

Product Quality

It's very good. I would recommend it to anyone. It makes work a lot easier than 100 emails from everyone all over the place.

Customer Support

They have always helped through everything I've asked!

Likes Best

It saves a lot of emails to our clients and partners. I love that I can visit each job site, take pictures from my phone, and have them immediately updated to the program so that clients can see within minutes what I see.

Likes Least

There's not a lot to complain about. They have always helped when I needed it.

Recommendations

I've told four other contractors about this product, hopefully to send business their way.

 

from McPhee Associates Inc
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Super easy to use and extremely helpful in field

Ease-of-use

You can always find a link to any infomation on any page of the software. It's easy to go from area to area.

Functionality

We have not yet used all the functions, but for what I have experienced, it has been great.

Product Quality

So far, there have been no delays or glitches that I have experienced.

Customer Support

I have emailed them a handful of times and had a detailed specific response very quickly, within an hour or less.

Likes Best

The program has been very easy to use and navigate. We quickly found ourselves using more functions than we originally anticipated. The support staff was quick to respond to any question or concern and work with us to find the best solution.

Likes Least

At the moment, there's nothing we don't like. All aspects of use have been enjoyable so far.

Recommendations

Understand that you are going to spend some necessary time to get everything set up to your company's format and needs. If you take that time, using the software will be a breeze.

 

from J&R Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

New project manager using for four months

Ease-of-use

It's available on my laptop, pad, and phone. The training videos are very clear.

Functionality

This eliminates all the old paper calendars and spreadsheets.

Product Quality

Excellent. It's easy to use and understand once you set up your templates.

Customer Support

They are available by email and phone very quickly. They're knowledgeable and professional.

Likes Best

I like the ease of use, training, and tech support.

Likes Least

Teaching and getting sub and suppliers to participate can be difficult.

Recommendations

Try out Co-construct. Call references. Do it before your competitors.

 

from Elite Building Services
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

I love being super-organized with Co-construct

Ease-of-use

I find it pretty self-explanatory. Once you start clicking away and navigating through the program, you pick up how to use it really easily. If you come across anything you aren't sure about, all it takes is a simple email to the support team, and they get back to you so quickly.

Functionality

It almost meets our needs 100%. The only real issue is that we have QuickBooks in Australia and not the online version, so we can't integrate the two which is unfortunate.

Product Quality

I think it is very well-designed and that it suits all parties who will use it, from the builder to the client and each trade/contractor. It makes things clear in a concise manner.

Customer Support

They have a very quick turnaround. The only thing I really, really, really need help with is the master selection sheet, as I am just struggling to find time to do it, and it's getting crucial to have it.

Likes Best

I find it easy to use, and it clearly outlines everything not only to the builder (so we don't forget anything), but also to the contractors and the clients. I found the product very easy to use, even without watching the training videos (I have watched many). So it is a very user-friendly product, and the support provided by Co-construct is second to none.

Likes Least

I receive a lot of emails from them, and I want to read them all, but I am just very time poor. Also, I think it would be 500% better if you could access your contacts from Co-construct through your mobile device or tablet.

Recommendations

See if you can get a trial version or something like that to see what works for you. Find out what the helpdesk is like, etc.

 

from Del Casa Homes
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Money Making Software

Ease-of-use

For anybody that is interested in making their business grow by investing a little bit of time, this software is reasonably easy to set up and operate.

Functionality

As a medium-sized custom home builder, this software is perfect for us. But it would also be perfect for a business with just one client or 100 clients. We have side users, partners, and clients that range in tech ability from almost non-existent to high level, and all are impressed with the usability of this software.

Product Quality

The software layout and usability is great. Customisation is excellent. There are no issues using it in a different country (Australia). Web-based access is the only way.

Customer Support

If you think this program doesn't do something or does it wrong, it's normally user error. I haven't had to call support on the phone, as the web-based help and support are awesome and have all the answers.

Likes Best

This software is awesome. The guys and girls at Co-construct are a great bunch. The founder of this software is one of the most inspirational people I have have ever encountered.

Likes Least

I live in Australia; Co-construct is in the US. I wish they were closer so I could meet the founder in person and shake his hand. But being in a different country doesn't affect usability or functionality of this program.

Recommendations

This program will win you clients! If you want to make more money, make clients happy, and have less headaches, then this software is for you. If you're happy with your business plodding along as it is with lost communication, grumpy clients, and diminishing profits, then don't bother.

 

from First Choice Builders LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great software

Ease-of-use

Most of it is easy to use. It takes a lot of time to set up the selections, and the budgeting is kind of involved.

Functionality

This meets our business needs because it's an easy way to visualize our job's progress. We're also able to schedule change orders. I really like how everything is in one place.

Product Quality

The app is slow. When I hit the back button, the screen turns black. Sometimes, it may take a few minutes for it to actually go back. Often, I will just close the program because i don't want to wait.

Customer Support

They called me to make sure everything is going good and asked if I needed help.

Likes Best

I like how Co-construct has everything I need. It's organized and easy to use.

Likes Least

The only thing I have a hard time with is remembering to use it every day, but I'm new to it, and it will be getting easier the more I do it.

Recommendations

Do thorough research and see what other people say. Check out ratings and make sure it does everything you want it to do.

 

from Harris McClain Kitchen and Bath
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Co-construct review

Ease-of-use

It's too complex to learn. There are no step-by-step instructions. The videos are all over the place. Talk about confusing.

Functionality

We have two guys in the field and one designer in the showroom. Communication by email, text, or phone is the best between us, our clients, and our coworkers.

Product Quality

It's a great idea, but it's just too much. It really could use a large business version and a small business version that cut out half the stuff and made it easier to use.

Customer Support

They never helped us create a logo. They wanted us to do all the work, and they started to look into it but never followed up to make sure it was completed.

Likes Best

It's a great idea for the right size business. They just need to work on the instruction skills. A one-on-one with a real live breathing person would be the best way.

Likes Least

The program is too large and confusing. Make it simple. Less is best!

Recommendations

If you have a small business, just ask yourself if your staff is big enough that you need this or if how you're doing business right now is working pretty smoothly. Do you have the time it will take to watch all the videos and then actually use the program enough to understand it before you go live with it with homeowners?

  Response: Donny, Co-construct, LLC

Date: July 2014

July 2014

 

Hi Nicole,

Obviously, I'm very sorry to hear both that the software wasn't what you expected and that you weren't happy with the training and support from our team.

This may be an unfortunate case of bad contact information, since our team made multiple attempts to schedule a 1-on-1 call with one of our implementation team members, since we do provide unlimited phone, web, and email support, in addition to the "Getting Started Checklist" that is at the top of the main menu and in the initial email to our new users.

You are correct that our team does not create logos for businesses that do not have one. However, our custom branding package does take your logo and website and makes our system look like it. We also provide a PDF and other marketing materials. That does require a few pieces of information (logo, verification of phone number, etc.) so we can produce the high-res files and make sure the information is accurate.

We made eight attempts to get that information from your team between March 7th and April 21st. We were trying to contact Rodney, since he was the one listed as the primary contact, so if you were the person handling that, and the emails and voicemails were not forwarded to you, it could explain how it appeared that we were not reaching out to you.

I'm sorry it unfolded this way. If you have any interest in revisiting the system, we're happy help get you going, this time with you as the primary contact.

Sincerely,

Donny

 

from Foreman Builders, INC
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Custom homes

Ease-of-use

I have to teach this to my builder and supers, and it tends to be hard to explain at times. Especially when they are not very tech savvy.

Functionality

Yes and no. I still feel the need to revert to my old way to make sure I am on task.

Product Quality

The quality is great, and it's very nice that you can personalize it.

Customer Support

I would say that the customer support has always been quick to respond and has had great answers.

Likes Best

I like the fact that everything is in one central location and essentially at our fingertips.

Likes Least

A lot of our clients and partners still like having hard copies of things, and when making selections, it would be good to have an itinerary to follow.

Recommendations

Make sure you watch all of the videos and be proactive in joining in on the webinars.

 
 
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