OPN Architects Receives Vision Award for Use of Submittal Exchange System to Reduce Construction Paperwork

Cedar Rapids, Ia. (August 28, 2008) – OPN Architects, with offices in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, received the gold from Constructech magazine’s annual Vision Awards program for their use of the Submittal Exchange™ system to reduce construction paperwork.

Sponsored by Constructech magazine and presented at a dinner and gala in the Chicago area on August 21, the 9th annual Vision Awards recognized companies that apply innovative technologies to improve the services provided to their clients.

OPN Architects began use of Submittal Exchange on construction projects in 2006 to exchange and review submittals and other post-bid construction correspondence electronically, in lieu of the traditional paper-based industry process.

“Use of Submittal Exchange has allowed us to reduce costs for our clients along with making our projects more sustainable and environmentally friendly, both important goals for our work,” said Brian Gunning, Director of Marketing for OPN.

“The 2008 Vision Awards winners exemplify the drive and innovation necessary to be successful in the construction industry,” said Mike Carrozzo, editor of Constructech magazine. “As the impressive group of previous Vision Award winners have done, these companies have chosen to improve their businesses by implementing leading-edge technology solutions, serving their customers more efficiently.”

OPN Architects ( www.opnarchitects.com), located in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, is a design-oriented service firm practicing nation-wide, with experience including corporate, commercial, civic, community higher education, K-12 schools, public libraries, health care, public, and the occasional residential project.

Submittal Exchange ( www.submittalexchange.com), headquartered in Des Moines, is a comprehensive, secure web-based system that allows architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, and facility owners to save time, reduce costs, and decrease paperwork by managing submittals and other construction correspondence electronically. Examples include:

Time savings – On a typical $3-5 million construction project, both the architect and general contractor can each save 100+ hours of staff time by working with electronic copies of correspondence on Submittal Exchange instead of the eight or more paper copies used in the traditional industry process.

Cost reduction – Use of Submittal Exchange on a project eliminates thousands of dollars in shipping and postage costs to send paper documents back-and-forth, along with reducing time delays.

Environmental impact – Submittal Exchange is a “green” product that helps projects be more sustainable through reduced paperwork and emissions. For example, one OPN Architects project at the University of Iowa is estimated to be saving 86.6 trees worth of paper and eliminating 98,136.5 lbs of CO2 emissions (the equivalent of 125,173 soda cans being recycled) as a result of using the Submittal Exchange system to manage construction correspondence electronically.

Brian Gunning
Marketing Director
OPN Architects, Inc.
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Matt Ostanik
Submittal Exchange
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Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Ramwob'
    It is good to see a construction organisation using electronic document sharing, and no doubt the system from "Submittal Exchange" works well, however their is a distinct lack of standards in this area which needs addressing urgently.
    The number of systems such as that from Submittal Exchange grows every day, all with different methods of operation, system structures, formats, etc. Large contractors and professional practices can adopt one such solution and make significant operational and overhead savings as a result.
    This however is not the case for the poor subcontractor or specialist supplier who has to deal with a growing number of such systems with only marginal benefits. Each time a new one materialises they have to go through a new learning curve - or not get the business!
    Please can the US construction software industry get together and define system and document interchange standards in this area. In the UK an organisation called NCCTP has been established tyo address this issue
    We must learn from the lessons of history - I remember when the organisation I worked for had to deal with 28 (yes 28) different word processing formats. At least in word processing MS Word has become the dominant format and anyway we can always fall back on RTF!
    Praise for increasing the use of electronic document exchange in construction, but was yet another system really necessary ? It brings to mind Bowmar's First Law - "All problems are caused by solutions".

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