The South Bay Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art cancer research center located in Los Gatos, California. An existing four-story building,
it required renovation to provide additional facilities to Stanford Health Care. TEECOM was recruited to design a technology refresh,
construction of which lasted a total of 2.5 years.
Gil Lopez, Senior Design Engineer and Multidiscipline PM (specializing in AV), was tasked with ensuring infrastructure was being deployed to
support the technology. He immediately noticed a need to round up the various trades, and coordinate with the electrical and architectural teams. “The teams were siloed and working without talking to each other,” Gil says.
"PlanGrid was key in conveying project progress and status to the stakeholders in a clear and concise manner."
Senior Design Engineer and Project Manager
PlanGrid made it easy to bring the teams together by allowing everyone to work from the current set of plans and collaborate on issue tracking.
PlanGrid’s issue tracking would prove to be the biggest time saver for Gil Lopez and his team—it was integral to the quality control and punchlist processes and reporting to the owner. “The builder also used PlanGrid, so we were able to work off of the same plans. In the deployment
phase, we would go into the spaces, documenting what it looked like compared to what it should have looked like.”
Before PlanGrid, creating an issues report required using a combination of Word, Excel, photo editing software, a pdf converter, and several
skilled people to assemble a customized report. “PlanGrid allows the PM to do all the work in a fraction of the time, mostly automated. And
the quality is consistent. It always looks good.” says Gil.
Senior Design Engineer, Gil Lopez reports that he saved around six to eight hours per week with PlanGrid. Additional project managers and engineers used PlanGrid on the project, with an estimated additional time savings of approximately two hours per week. Over the course of around 78 weeks, that amounted to about 780 hours saved. His paper budget for the project was $1,500, which was never required (thanks to PlanGrid). He estimates he saved 30% of his $74,000 project budget on rework—that’s $22,500.