Client: John Gomez

Company: GARCO Construction

Title: Estimator & Owner

Trade(s): Acoustic Ceilings, Metal Stud Framing, Insulation, Drywall Hanging, Finishing & Painting


John Gomez leverages On Center Software solutions in bascically all of his bids. He uses On-Screen Takeoff® and Quick Bid® to cut his estimating & bidding time by more than 50%.

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Video Transcript:

OCS: Introduce yourself & tell us about your company.

JG: My name is John Gomez and I’m from Baton Rouge, LA. I’ve been in business for 7 years. The name of my company is GARCO Construction. I specialize in all interiors: acoustic ceilings, metal stud framing, insulation, drywall, finishing & painting.

OCS: Tell us more about your background.

JG: My uncle was already working here so he was the one who introduced me to construction. I was doing it for 4 or 5 years and learned all the plans, reading them. Then I was supervising for a construction company. Then I decided to start my own business because I already had an idea of how things were working and we started kind of small but things have worked out.

OCS: How big is the company now?

JG: I have like 30 people working for me. Believe me; at the beginning it was really hard because I didn’t learn what I know with someone teaching me. I had to learning the hard way.

OCS: What are your company specialties?

JG: Commercial stores. Stores in malls. Restaurant chains. We work in a lot of restaurants, basically its commercial things.

OCS: Would you talk about one of the projects in which your company uses our projects?

JG: Yeah, we have a parking lot that we’re painting. We have a Crazy 8’s store that we’re building in Baton Rouge, and Arby’s store in Baton Rouge also, and Buffalo Wild Wings. All the time I try to use the software. I was having a problem with a couple of things in the software that I wasn’t using. So with small projects, I was doing the takeoff then doing everything manually. Now that doesn’t happen, I do everything with QB & OST.

OCS: How did you hear about On Center Software?

JG: I heard about OCS from a magazine – Walls & Ceilings. To me, it was kind of expensive; I said it was a lot of money and I wasn’t sure if it was going to work for me or not, but when I bought it 4 years ago, I started watching the videos and trying to learn about it. Because for the training at that time, it was a lot of money also. I had already paid for the program, and it’s going to be some extra money for the training. So I tried to learn myself and how to work it out. And it was working pretty well. I thought it was OK until that point. The programs were great. It cut my time by more than 50%, so I was getting more projects and I was doing them in less time so I didn’t have to spend that much time bidding them with the program. I just realized yesterday and today that I was still missing a lot of stuff in the program that it already had because I didn’t know how to use them or that they were there.

OCS: What did you use before On Center Software solutions?

JG: At the beginning I had the little pen to (scale) things. That’s how I started so I was writing everything down and sending emails or making the cover sheet – the proposals.

OCS: What do you think about Digital Production Control (DPC) for your foremen?

JG: It’s a matter of showing them how to use it. How it’s going to help them to track the project & labor. For me, I think it’s a good investment. I think it will definitely help them out to take control of what they’re doing and their project and it would help me to know what they’re doing and how they’re spending their time on the day to day basis. What they’re doing; why are they finishing or why are they not? So next time I bid, I will know I made a mistake on this – because I priced it less than I am supposed to or I priced this too expensive and I can cut costs on that. It will help me take care of it.

OCS: Would DPC make your life easier?

JG: Oh, yeah, definitely! When I used to be in charge of a project. I had to show my boss at the end of the day or at the end of the week what I was doing so he would know we were working and everything. It was like, ok look, we framed this. It was walking through all the buildings showing him what has been done, problems that occurred during the week, but now I don’t even have to go to the jobsite. Now they have to report to me and I don’t even have to go there. They are just going to show me the plans, what they got done or how far they got that day or during the week and it’s a great tool. It’s going to be a really helpful tool.

OCS: What did you think about training?

JG: Driving the 5 hours over here, I was afraid it wasn’t going to be worth it but it is definitely going to help me a lot. It’s going to help me with things how I was doing them before and how I am going to do them now.

OCS: Was there anything particularly useful you learned from the training?

JG: E-Quote. It’s a really nice feature that I wasn’t taking advantage of. Quick Bid, I was only using like 20% of it, and sometimes I wasn’t addressing all of the information because I didn’t know how formulas work and how to set up things to make it work or how to send it to different vendors so they can get me quotes. I was doing all that still manually because I didn’t know how to fill those. Now I know, so that’s the first thing I’m going to do because it’s going to cut my time again. So if it was taking me 4 hours taking care of all that stuff, it will take me 1 hour now. Because they’re going to figure it out and send it to me. I’m not going to even have to write anything. I’m just going to copy/paste & send it to the right place. It’s going to work great. It’s going to cut the time I spent on doing proposals and estimates.

OCS: Have you called into our support line?

JG: At the beginning when I was using the software, yeah, I called them a lot. It was very helpful, but then I wasn’t calling anymore because I was so ready to insert the stuff the same way, and it was ok. But I’m going to start calling them now when I’m setting everything up.

OCS: Please do because we are open 24 hours a day during the business week so call anytime.

JG: That’s what I heard! I’m going to, but I don’t like to work after hours, but you never know when you’re going to need help!

Use the solutions GARCO Construction counts on - On-Screen Takeoff & Quick Bid

  • Eliminate Paper Plans
  • Visual Audit Trail of Quantity Takeoff
  • Simultaneously Highlight and Measure Item Quantities
  • Automatic Counting of Repetitive Symbols
  • Easily Separate Takeoff Quantities into Bid areas
  • Overlay Original & Revised Plans
  • Scope of Work and Change Order
  • Integrate Quantity Takeoff into the Estimate
  • Trade Specific Databases
  • Imperial & Metric Formats
  • Multiple Manufacturers and Vendor Quotes
  • Visual Indicators in the Estimate
  • Detailed Price Adjustments to Overhead and Profit Margins
  • Costs for Material, Labor, Equipment, Subcontractor, Waste, other

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