Pepper Construction companies across the United States faced a series of challenges regarding distributing and managing plans and specs for construction projects. With offices in 5 major markets, PCC needed to keep an eye on costs while ensuring that all project documentation could be distributed in a cost effective, yet accountable process. With construction processes based on issuing and managing paper on a large scale, Pepper needed to utilize the modern technologies available to reduce their environmental footprint while effectively managing the required dissemination of directives and information.
Initiate a sustainability program that would maintain a reputation as a pioneer in the area of social responsibility with the introduction of a green document policy
Facilitate ease of use & implementation with trades resistant to incorporate technology into their manual processes (any solution would have to be accessible by the simplest of technology user)
Control costs while updating traditional distribution methods of documentation, accounting for up to .002 of a projects total cost, deriving a cost benefit that suits Ownership as well as all project members.
Using PlansandSpecs as a method of information management helped to reduce the carbon footprint of design and construction. It provided a Technology Evaluation that was broad-stroked in its approach to being inclusive of all team members and roles by requesting the requirements of simplicity and ease of use; and it reduced Project Costs by organizing, training and managing the education of complete teams on utilizing modern technology to replace antiquated methods of print and distribute.
PCC has realized the benefit of being proactive in their approach to adopting technologies. With more than 200,000 documents accessed monthly via the web by all project teams, PCC can easily quantify the cost reduction in combination with the carbon reduction realized through reduced shipping and freight.
Long term digital asset management involving the production of a project and the turnover/closeout of the project has given Pepper Construction a unique advantage of playing a more direct role with facilities support and management, ensuring ownership quick and complete access to their project documents.
“People think that going green on a construction project means Solar Panels or specialized glass. There are so many more places to look when reducing your footprint from low emission finishes to sustainable materials. Every attempt to reduce the impact of construction on the environment is worth the effort.”