Scott Construction Group is entering the Ontario market with a new build in Milton, Ont. and using Procore as the construction project management platform for the project.
“It really starts from the beginning of a project,” explained Darin Hughes, president of Scott Construction.
“When we started working on this project, the co-ordination amongst the architects, engineers, the owner and ourselves was all done through Procore. It was a way we could all communicate. We kicked it off with the communication piece and then we went into the tendering which we are currently in right now. We use it for site monitoring, we’ve got full site photos that are updated daily, we’ve got our RFIs (request for information), submittals and communication being tracked through the system. It centralizes the information and organizes for you.”
Scott is the construction manager for the Milton Medical Office, a four-storey commercial project located at 6 Bronte St. S. in Milton. The joint venture project with Element Project Services will deliver approximately 23,000 square feet, with three floors of office space over one floor of retail. Parking will be below grade as well as surface parking at grade. The superstructure is structural steel and the parkade is cast-in-place concrete. The architect on the project is Green Propeller Design.
It’s allowed us to grow and to scale in a way that we couldn’t before
— Darin Hughes
Scott Construction Group
Three existing buildings have been demolished on the site and excavation is underway. Completion of the base building is slated for summer 2020. The overall budget is about $9 million.
This will be Scott’s first project in Ontario. The company now has an office in Markham, Ont.
Scott Construction Group, a subsidiary of JV Driver Group, served B.C. and Alberta before deciding to expand into the Ontario market. They specialize in commercial, multi-family residential, institutional and light industrial and plan to target the growing long-term care and hospitality market in the province.
The partnership between Procore and Scott began about six years ago. Before Procore, the company was using manual processes which did not allow for collaboration and left room for error, said Hughes, adding now all teams can access a single source for drawings and other project information from a phone or tablet and can communicate with each other.
“It’s allowed us to grow and to scale in a way that we couldn’t before with a traditional system,” he said “We were looking at how we were going to move our business forward…one of the things we looked as is how are we going to transition the business into something that is more forward thinking and taking advantage of the technology side of it.”
“We’re at the forefront of a big shift in the construction industry,” Hughes added. “This is a great example of where we want to be in terms of the way technology is pushing construction to do things better.”
Scott was one of the first companies in Canada to use the technology.
“Procore was our best option and the main reason for that was the ease of use,” said Hughes. “It came down to a simple interface and something we found we could easily implement into our business. It allowed us to centralize all of our operations into one platform and that allowed us eventually to standardize a lot of things we were doing across our offices.”
Because of the unlimited user agreement, the entire project team can use the software to access information.
“From a client perspective it’s an important feature because they get to stay in touch with everything that’s going on with the project, everything from a documentation standpoint, budget standpoint and schedule standpoint,” explained Andrew Hill, director of business development Ontario, Scott Construction Group.
Blair Robertson, site superintendent on the Milton project, said he was first introduced to the system three months ago.
“I’m communicating with people across the country and it’s like they’re in the office next door to me,” said Blair. “On my cell phone I can pull up drawings, details, information and RFIs standing out there in the middle of the site. I can send information from there and it’s instant.”