Architecture Firms Adopt Newforma Software to Counter Economic Pressures

MANCHESTER, NH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 28, 2009 -- Newforma®, Inc., a software company addressing the project information management (PIM) needs of the design and building industry, today announced that leading architecture firms are choosing to adopt Newforma's solution to help offset the pressures of a challenging economy. Firms such as GGLO, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) and LPA have recently made strategic investments in Newforma® Project Center to raise responsiveness to clients and project team members, improve the efficiency of project execution, and mitigate risks that would otherwise be caused by missing or incomplete project information.

Successful deployment, enthusiastic adoption

GGLO is a 90-person firm based in Seattle. Principal Alan Grainger, AIA, said his firm's rollout of Newforma Project Center has been one of the most successful technology implementations he's seen. "It deployed in record time compared to other recent implementations," Grainger said. "The training didn't take long, and everyone has taken to using the software. I have never experienced a new software deployment being met with so much enthusiasm. While we have a long way to go before we realize the full potential of the Newforma solution, we are off to a flying start."

Improving operational efficiency, deriving synergies

ZGF is a 500-person, five-office firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Director of Information Technology Andrew Hollomon said that in a challenging economic environment, ZGF wants to be as operationally efficient as possible. "Before we had Newforma software, effective management and e-discovery of project-related email was a challenge," Hollomon said. "Newforma offers us the ability to find what we need instantly, rather than digging through multiple stores of information. And I like the integration between Newforma Project Center and applications such as Deltek® Vision®, Sepialine® and Microsoft® Office® SharePoint® Server. As a CIO, I like to see synergies between technology investments."

Improving task conformance

LPA is a 220-person, multi-office firm headquartered in Irvine, California. Associate and Director of Information Technology John Robison, LEED AP, said LPA has adopted Newforma Project Center to support the firm's drive toward more efficient and effective project delivery. "We were looking for a solution to help us better monitor the progress of tasks and improve conformance to processes," Robison said. "We like the way Newforma's solution works with existing tools such as Microsoft® Office® Outlook® and Deltek® Vision® to track action items and show them within the context of our project plan. In today's highly competitive economic climate, this kind of technology is more critical than ever."

Newforma Chief Executive Officer Ian Howell said, "In order to retain existing clients, architectural firms are under greater pressure than normal to be responsive and to deliver projects on time and within budget. We are proud to offer a proven project information management solution that helps our customers do both. Testimonials such as these attest to the immediate value Newforma Project Center adds during this very challenging business cycle. Moreover, we anticipate that architectural firms using the Newforma solution will emerge stronger than ever on the other side of the current economic downturn."

About Newforma

Newforma is a software company serving architecture, engineering, construction and owner/operator (AECO) organizations worldwide. Its mission is to develop and market software solutions which significantly improve the productivity of the building project team by streamlining work processes, reducing exposure from errors and omissions, improving coordination and communication, and enabling greater repeatability of project success. Newforma® Project Center, Newforma's flagship product, creates a more productive environment for project managers and the project team by organizing project information, facilitating information sharing, and enabling more effective project process. Newforma Project Center is currently implemented on over 150,000 projects in industry-leading AECO firms. For more information about Newforma, visit or phone +1 603-625-6212.

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