Ragnar Benson Construction (RBC) is a full-service General Contractor/Construction Manager that has been based in Park Ridge and Chicago, IL, for over 90 years. RBC’s clientele turn to them for professional, innovative, and collaborative approaches to their construction projects.
In the last few decades, RBC has successfully expanded their business throughout the country, and they have worked to expand the types of projects on which they work. Their portfolio of completed projects is now made up of a wide range of different types, including everything from hospitals, office buildings, zoos, sports facilities, higher education and rail, to name a few.
An increased geographic and project diversity meant that RBC had to work with many unfamiliar and dispersed vendors and subcontractors. In turn, several key challenges arose when bidding out work, including:
RBC had been using a fax-based bidding system that was not meeting these challenges as the company expanded. In 2006, they began a search for a new tool that would improve their current operations and be scalable to meet their future expansion needs.
After a review of the options they had available to them, RBC selected BidVue by StratusVue as their tool for managing the bidding process companywide.
“BidVue offered us all the functionality we were looking for in an easily accessible web-based platform,” said Debbie Eaker, Estimating Coordinator at Ragnar Benson. “It also offered great value because we didn’t need to worry about per-seat or per-project licensing issues and could maximize our use of the tool.”
Some of the specific features that led to RBC selecting BidVue included:
In addition, the services provided by StratusVue offered additional benefits. Bidders would be able to receive personalized training sessions to ensure they understood how to use the system, and the StratusVue support team would be available to help ensure document quality and proper indexing.
RBC fully implemented BidVue in the spring of 2009. They began to see improvements in their bidding process almost immediately.
“It is so much faster and simpler to distribute our bid packages using BidVue,” Eaker said. “We are able to manage what’s happening all across the country, and with the quality of the product, we consistently reach more bidders and get higher quality responses. BidVue has made a big contribution towards our growth.”
Since implementation, RBC has used BidVue to manage the bidding process on hundreds of projects across the country. They have experienced improvements such as:
Thanks to BidVue, Ragnar Benson receives better bid results in a shorter timeframe, and has the ability to continue scaling for future growth.