Having printed sets of plans readily available for review is a necessity at building sites and in many other architecture, engineering and construction situations. Plans on paper can be more easily examined by the project management team. The whole picture can be taken in at a glance and granular details can be focused on in relation to the full project scheme. While tablets and other devices are fantastic in many situations, sharp, crisp printed plans are often the preferred way to view schematics and read text.
Case studies now clearly document a single best way to print construction documents from anywhere in the world and have them delivered to anywhere in the United States within one business day. As a matter of fact, all Procore software users now have the advantage of printing and delivering construction documents on-demand, to anywhere in the country, using a seamlessly integrated app. And there’s some frosting on this cake: The cost is about one-third of what almost every conventional reprographics printer will charge for full-sized and half-sized plans. This saves a lot on printing!
GCs and subcontractors can easily get their construction documents printed and delivered right from their Procore dashboard when choosing to use the Plans4Less.com app available as their “print plans” option with flat rate pricing of $1 per sheet including full-sized (36” x 48”) plans.
FCI Constructors, Inc. of Colorado Springs, has been using Plans4Less.com with tremendous success. Upon opening his email one day, Will Kiser, FCI project engineer, got a message from one of his firm’s Colorado offices instructing everyone in the company to use Plans4Less to save money on printing plans. He notes, “Had an employee out of our grand junction Colorado office send out a company-wide email about you guys. The cheapest plan printing we have around Williston, ND is $3 a sheet, so it’s a no-brainer to order from you!”
Plans4Less prints any full sized black & white plans for a flat rate of $1 per sheet at any quantity and delivers them to any location in the United States by the next business day. Half-sized B&W plans are only 50 cents per sheet. Full color plans are also available with the same service at the lowest prices available anywhere.
FCI Constructors is extremely pleased with the service they’re getting, even at times from Plans4Less owner Brian Burke who likes to follow up with customers personally. During a recent conversation, FCI Project Engineer Will Kiser succinctly summed up this article’s main point. “Brian, what can I say? Plans4Less is amazing! You keep delivering crisp quality plans, even the big 36 x 48’s for a dollar a print and I keep thinking what a great find…! Then you get the plans on time to exactly where my guys need them at our various sites. Even the shipping costs are low! You guys get an A+ for overall value and I’ll even throw in a gold star for your can-do attitude!”
The integration of Plans4Less.com’s digital document printing service with Procore software provides Procore users a significant cost savings and an enhanced user experience. You can now find the Plans4Less app in the Procore App Marketplace.
It’s only natural for Procore customers to want and expect ease of use for an integrated construction document printing service as they move from their bidding phase into the project planning and management phases of the projects they win. Procore can potentially enhance their users’ experience, opening up to them the lowest costing, most efficient printing distribution system yet conceived.
Service integration innovations like Plans4Less.com keep construction technology on the cutting edge of customer experience advancements. Take it from leading construction technology leader James Benham, Founder & CEO of JBKnowledge, the creators of SmartBid.
During a 2016 discussion with Rob McKinney, the ConAppGuru, and Brian Burke, Mr. Benham describes how his company’s clients benefit with Plans4Less.com integration. “Believe it not, our users still use lots of paper and need hundreds of prints… and yeah, we have orders! We have customers using the product, saving money and getting better service.”
As long as plans are being printed, Plans4Less.com will continue to lead the way in providing cloud users with the best reprographics technology solutions available. We will always look for new and innovative ways to make the printing experience easier and more rewarding for enterprise software clients in the construction industry and beyond.
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How low fixed rate pricing on plans became available nationwide:
Brian Burke started Plans4Less on October 1, 2015 as a way to conveniently provide inexpensive plans to subcontractors who routinely have to work within tight budgets and even tighter deadlines. Since its conception, Plans4Less has added a fully functional ecommerce website and over 50 print partners nationwide to allow next day delivery anywhere in the country.
Mr. Burke has been working in the reprographics field for over 25 years. “At 17 years old I started working at a small reprographics firm straight out of high school,” Burke said “I was printing on the old, smelly ammonium machines,” he adds with a smile. His experience in the field has allowed him to learn how to adapt quickly or be left behind.
The now-seasoned entrepreneur has seen the reprographics industry evolve from pre-computer technology to where it is now. “As the technology improved, I saw a way to make the price point more accessible for all subcontractors who were paying too much,” Brian Burke goes on to explain why customers looking for large scale drawings often have to play a cost guessing game. “Essentially, the industry standard is to have an arbitrary sliding scale on which the price was determined based on the number of square feet per order.” Burke took that equation and simplified it. One dollar for one full size plan, regardless of square footage, and 50 cents per half size plan.
Burke created an innovative fixed rate pricing model and proved it works, not only locally, but nationally. His concept has been recognized by one of the worldwide industry leaders in online construction bid software, SmartBidNet, a product of JBKnowledge. They believe in the model so strongly that they have integrated Burke’s concept into their software and now offer it to their general contractors and subcontractors.
The real advantage is the consistency of using the same company for all possible job sites. “A company with a jobsite in Texas and one in New York can be using the same printer and know that their plans will be delivered next day and at a consistent price,” said Burke. The flat rate pricing allows for companies to know what they will be spending on each job before placing the order, taking any location based variables out of the question.
“The only consistent thing in this industry is change. I recognized that and with this idea I am staying ahead of the curve and keeping the companies that work with me there as well…” That’s Brian Burke’s heartfelt promise to all his current and future customers.