FOUNDATION Construction Accounting Software


 

FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud.

The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and formats, as well as the ability to create custom reports. FOUNDATION is able to calculate and track multiple jobs, unions, rates, states and localities, as well as automatically job cost labor burden.

FOUNDATION offers a variety of additional modules that include Project Management, Scheduling, Service Dispatch, Document Imaging & Routing, Equipment, Inventory, Fixed Assets, Time & Material, Unit Price Billing, Consolidated General Ledger, and the Executive Dashboard. Mobile solutions are also available to extend FOUNDATION’s capabilities into the field.

FOUNDATION is used by commercial, government, prevailing wage and industrial contractors that range widely in trades and sizes. The system is developed, sold, and supported by Foundation Software, Inc., a single-owner company with over 30 years of industry experience. Foundation Software offers support with expert training and continuing education programs.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

42 Reviews of FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

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from Capital Heating & Cooling
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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This system has lots of flexibility which is great, but can also be intimidating when setting up. My advice is to take your time, and invest time to mapping out expectations, needed reports, etc. The trainers have been excellent and very quick to answer questions or concerns which has been invaluable in making the switch from QuickBooks.

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All software has limitations, and if I was to point to something we miss when moving from QuickBooks is the ability to "zoom" on on any transaction to see detail. Foundation has its own method for this, so you can get to the information, it just isn't quite as quick. Having said that, the construction reporting, controls are in a different league than QuickBooks

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As I said above, take time to map out expectations, and give yourself plenty of adjustment time when moving from another system. At first I thought the system was difficult to navigate, but now I really appreciate its layout. We are on the cloud version and some functions can be slow, such as document imaging but it is a small trade-off for being able to sign in anywhere and not having to maintain a server for accounting. It freed up our existing server which is now much faster at everything else.

 

from Bumgarner Electric Company
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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Very good support and training staff but the software is too hard to use. Seems to have alot of functionality, if you can find it.

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User interface is not good at all. Almost like working in a database.

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Make sure the everyday user gets a chance to look at it

 

from Integrated Services Group
Specialty: Real estate developer
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Foundation Construction Software

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Numerous available historical and accounting reports that are available.

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Nothing really bad to say about the product or vendor.

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Decide beforehand if you want your software to focus more on Accounting, Financial & Payroll or Job Costing.
This product is really great but you will need to decide where you want your focus to be so you can ask the proper questions in deciding on modules, reporting etc.

 

from CRC Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Making Windows 95 Look Good!

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Nothing. Sales representative sold the product really well; however, the product performed terribly and is vastly behind their competitors.

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Interface is outdated. Took over 3 months to get custom forms developed. Customer support is horrid. PM module is an afterthought (Direct Quote from Trainer). 'Online" version is a basic remote desktop-in with poor performance in the field. Document management is too slow to be useful.

With the online version. You need two separate passwords to login, which is annoying and complicated to implement with non-computer savy users.

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Look into other software options immediately. This product isn't worth your time. If you're interested in an accessible software in the field, this isn't it.

 

from Mason & Barry, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Foundations review of software,

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It seems it will take care of what we need. We have several divisions and a service department and will be able to utilize Service module to make our dispatching and scheduling more efficient.

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We were assured the information in our previous software could be imported. However, it continues to be a challenge. We were told it will be not problem and they are familiar with our old software during the sales meeting. When we started the import, the technicians were not familiar at all with Open Systems. I am unhappy about the slow progress in converting to the new software. However, I know we will get there but probably not at the target date.

Recommendations

Read up on what it will do, obtain references, basically do your homework.

 

from Western Mechancial
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Not at all happy with the software

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There are some features that are a step up from our old software. In accounts payable you can see the open balance by job. The 941 Breaks-out and summarizes much better on the report.

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Where do I start. The certified payroll reports are useless. They don't calculate the benefits correctly. The sales tax report does not work at all in our state, so Foundations had to create an excel spreadsheet that every month so far they have had to readjust because it doesn't work properly. The SUTA report lumps everything together so now I have to do an excel spreadsheet to make sure my totals are correct because our state has two different rates. I have to reenter the job number when entering PO's because the software has a glitch and won't recognize the entire job number. It takes customer service a long time to call back and many times they don't know how to fix the issue. The software is cumbersome and not at all intuitive. I could go on and on

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I would recommend spending a little more on a software that has an easier work flow and not so many programming issues.

 

from Riley Construction Company, Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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Its overall capability or reporting accounting vs estimating.

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So far no dislikes. We have only been using the software for six months.

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Definitely give Foundation a look. It has the greatest capability for the cost.

 

from HVAC/Sheetmetal
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Recommended Softoware

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The product was easy to set up and get started. The vendor was very good with implementation.

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I wish they had more reports to write my own from their data genie report writer.

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I would recommend going with foundation. They worked very well with getting the product up and running. If i have issues they are on top of them and get them solved quickly.

 

from HIG Services
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Fantastic Job Costing and Accounting Software

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This product fits exactly what we're trying to accomplish with the goals and future of our company.

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All programs have bugs, this one is no different. So far the "bugs" have had very little impact.

Recommendations

When researching and reviewing products make sure you know what you want and where you're planning to go in the future so you can compare apples to apples.
There are only a few products like this one in the market that combines accounting, job costing and project management.

 

from Big Sky Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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With Foundation Software, you can easily maneuver between windows and even modules. Our previous software was Sage Timberline, and this was not something that could be easily done. Foundation has great graphics, and the Executive Dashboard is wonderful for our company officers that want a quick and easy-to-understand overview.

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It is always difficult to lean an entirely new software program. There is a learning curve that has to be dealt with.

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Go in knowing what reports you want to be able to generate. If you have specific needs like Union, Certified Payroll, or specific financial statement requirements make sure to ask if they are available. I have found Foundation to be very extensive for the price, and it meets all of our needs. We are a union electrical contractor and have a lot of different payroll requirements. I have been able to handle everything I need through the Foundation Software.

 

from M Bar C Construction
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

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Month to month pricing allows you to test the software, without spending a lot. The payroll corrections and options for information are great.

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I dislike the inability to have "sub jobs" (cannot print CPR by phase/site). I cannot track labor to change orders.

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It requires a discussion with the software developers. The salesmen know the product and it's capabilities, but the software developers know its restrictions.

 

from Renegade Sports Surfacing, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Transition was very difficult!

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There isn't much! Trial balances weren't separated out into enough accounts. We lost two months of records and have no way to account for them. Our controller can't get the answers we need from customer service. It had to escalate to a manager who then didn't have time to completely answer all of the Controllers questions.

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We got five different answers to the same question from Customer Service. We had customer service actually purge information, but didn't know how to get the information back into the system correctly. The trainer didn't complete the training on certain modules. We didn't finish the training on how to record payment for an AIA contract, because we ran out of time with the trainer. We were not given an opportunity to "buy" more time with trainer.

Recommendations

Have a CPA or a CFO do the installation/transition with the trainer.

 

from CSI 3000
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

CSI 3000 Foundation Review

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The ability to combine project management and accounting departments into a seamless operation.

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Implementation is a bit tough. While we began to transition to this product, it became very difficult to do in our busy season.

Recommendations

Be ready for a full office implementation. Develop a systematic plan with project management staff, accounting personnel, and field staff.

 

from Qualified Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Electrical Contractor very happy with Foundation.

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This product matches our business model and accounting practices perfectly. The interface is very easy to learn and use. We are extremely happy with Foundation Software.

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We haven't found anything we don't like about this product.

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Don't hesitate to give this one a try. The online tutorial and free demo really helped us arrive at our final decision to go with Foundation.

 

from Common Links Construction
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Software - Where to Start

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We needed a starting point to find new software. We were directed to several vendors.

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The transition was not what we were expecting. But then, I guess we didn't ask the right questions.

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I suggest you give them your data and have them show you how it will be transferred to their software and what the finished product will look like. Support and Training can't be understated. It's what matters most.

 

from Adams-Bickel Associates, LLC

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In early 2013 we made the decision to transition our company from the traditional server-based construction accounting software that we had used for over 20 years, to a cloud-based system. We were looking for a solid, reliable software solution that would run on the cloud without sacrificing accuracy, functionality, or speed of entry.

After looking at demos of several different products we decided to implement Foundation for several key reasons. First, their reliability - after checking with existing users and some CPA firms that were familiar with the Foundation system, we were confident that we were choosing a product that we could depend on to consistently deliver what we require from an accounting system. Their scalability - we are currently a fairly small company, so the ability to easily add users as we grow was key to our decision. They have great features - of the products that we reviewed, Foundation had the richest set of features that we wanted in a construction software package. Although we were looking for an accounting solution, we were excited to see the range of capabilities in the project management and scheduling modules that Foundation offers. Their affordability - the initial implementation was very affordable, and the scalability of the product allows us to tailor the cost of the product to our budget as our business grows. They have a great reputation - Foundation has an excellent reputation for quality and service in the construction community, which is demonstrated with every interaction that we have had with their staff.

We have only been using the system for about 2 months now, and have been able to manage our business operations without any issues. I attribute this to the excellent (and friendly, and patient) training that we received, as well as the quality of the product itself.

I have had no reservations about our choice - Foundation is perfect for our organization!

 

from J. P. Rainey & Company, Inc.

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J. P. Rainey Company is an electrical contractor in Philadelphia. We wanted a software unique to electrical contractors, so we looked into Foundation. Before that we were doing the books by hand, so you can imagine how long we have been with the company. When we started with Foundation, it was a DOS program and then as time went along it went to the Windows format. We have been a long ways together. They continued to update the system to make it more user friendly and give you the most up to date technology. We couldn't be more pleased.

 

from P & S Paving, Inc.

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We are a Heavy Highway Construction Company that went from an annual sales of $20M (using Quickbooks) to $80M within a few years with the help of FOUNDATION Software.

We would not have been able to handle the increased workload had it not been for the implementation of this software.

The transition was almost flawless with the training and support from the FOUNDATION Staff. Within a week after implementation we were up and running and since that time have been able to train new staff with ease.

They continue to upgrade the software as the needs of their customers change.

Anytime we have a question or an issue we generally receive assistance from Foundation within the hour. I have never worked with a company with such a quick response time and they have always been able to resolve our problems.

I would highly recommend FOUNDATION to any company in the construction industry.

 

from P.J. Albert, Inc.

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My family owns a complete Road Construction business. We have been in business for over 32 years and have tried many accounting programs. They all were lacking something. Most were just not construction specific or were more geared towards buildings and had very few vague options for Road Work. The other down side was the cost increased every year for support and maintenance, and the programs were just not user friendly!

We read an article about Foundation Software in a construction magazine, which in part listed Foundation Software as America’s #1 construction accounting software. We decided to look into it and get a demo cd. We could tell right away this program made sense. It was like the staff at Foundation was running a Road Construction business and knew exactly where everything needed to flow and offered all the options we had been longing for. A few months later, we purchased Foundation Software for windows and could not be happier!!!!

The implementation went very smoothly and only took a couple of months. The training was very easy and the support staff is extremely knowledgeable.

With Foundation, we have saved time and money. We used to have 4 people in the office inputting different information into our accounting program. We were able to cut down to 2, comfortably. The modules are integrated perfectly and therefore double entry of items is no longer necessary. Foundation Software is extremely user friendly and is setup to fit your specific needs – customized for the way you run your business!

Just a few of our favorite things about Foundation Accounting Software - the Date Genie easily creates and customizes just about any report to fit your needs, cutting back almost entirely on manual spreadsheets. You can add notes to a vendor’s record, a job, or a customer, and then view that note in reports. There are no updates or software versions to pay for – just continuous enhancing of the program and the annual fee stays at 18% of the purchase price. The reports offer a wide range of filtering and sorting options – allowing for very specific reporting. Certified payroll reports cover all required forms with a wide variety of options– no need for a manual weekly hours and minority spreadsheet. Import bid’s from estimating software to create estimates and AIA forms– no need to manually type them. Also, we have found answers to most questions/issues by clicking on the help button whereas with previous programs we had to wait to receive a call back. Sometimes it took a day or more! Finally, you can set up each module to prevent errors like double entry, paying a vendor who has an outdated certificate of insurance, posting to a closed gl period, and much much more!

 

from Trans Continental Installation Company

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Our company is an installation company prividing intense labor for a warehouse type of environment, working nationwide. We started using the Foundation DOS system in 1999. We were very happy with the DOS system, however, keeping up with the times, we decided to update and go with the Foundation windows system. As always with something new, you can be a little reluctant, but after a week of going live we were extremely happy with the results.

The windows system is pretty straight forward, I found it very easy to make the transition. We have been using the Foundation window system for just over one year. We are currently on version 12.13. We took the time to go into the all the different modules and find out how they worked. When a mistake is made it is very easy to correct for payables, receivables, and payroll.

The customer support is excellent. Most of the time we receive a call back the same day from support, or early the next morning. It is extremely easy to log a call for support while you are actually working in Foundation. The instructors are very knowledgeable and quick to let you in on a the short cuts. Last fall, our server crashed and the Foundation support team came to our rescue until a new server was up and running.

At first we did have one small prolem when looking for a specific report for our job costing needs. That was easily remedied by support, and we have every thing we need to follow our job progress from inception to completion now. Foundation made my work life run like a well oiled machine!

 
 
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