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Innovating Construction: Choate Construction and cmBuilder's Innovative Partnership
Discover how Choate Construction's innovative partnership with cmBuilder is revolutionizing construction through technology, enhancing efficiency, and fostering collaboration.
Innovating Construction: Choate Construction and cmBuilder's Innovative Partnership
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A Legacy of Building Excellence

Since its inception in 1989, Choate Construction Company has stood as a beacon of construction excellence, emerging from the humble beginnings of a basement in Atlanta to serving as a leading Southeast general contractor. With a purpose statement emphasizing enriching the world through people, places, and relationships, Choate has cultivated a diverse project portfolio across more than 16 market sectors, driven by a commitment to serving clients with unparalleled dedication and expertise.

"We've had a vision that we want to find new ways to continue empowering our project teams. That's what really drove us to cmBuilder initially, it was the fact that we want to put easy-to-use tools in the hands of the project teams that allow them to do these visualizations themselves."

- Todd Barrett - Director of Virtual Design & Construction at Choate Construction

Cotswold Renovation Project by Choate Construction using
Cotswold Renovation Project by Choate Construction

Embracing Technology for Future-Ready Construction

Under the leadership of Todd Barrett, Director of Virtual Design & Construction, and Oscar Chica, VDC Manager, Choate has embarked on a strategic embrace of new technology, particularly through the adoption of cmBuilder, a platform transforming site logistics planning. The company's goals and aspirations around technology deployment revolve around enhancing efficiency, improving collaboration, and embedding Building Information Modeling (BIM) into daily operations beyond its VDC teams. This technological pivot is not just about adopting new tools but about fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptation.

Charleston Place Hotel by Choate Construction using
Charleston Place Hotel by Choate Construction

Navigating Complexities with Innovative Solutions

The construction landscape has evolved dramatically, with projects growing in complexity and requiring sophisticated solutions to meet tight schedules and high-quality standards. Choate's proactive approach to leveraging cutting-edge technologies, including drones and 3D scanning, has been instrumental in navigating these changes. The adoption of cmBuilder, in particular, has revolutionized how Choate approaches site logistics planning and 4D modeling, offering a seamless, user-friendly platform that empowers their team in the field.

"The logistics plan is often the first conversation that you have with the stakeholders. You always want to put your best foot forward and the days of the 2D marked plans, I mean it's got to be over right? So the the ease of use of the cmBuilder software is really something that's paramount to accomplishing that great first impression."

- Oscar Chica - VDC Manager at Choate Construction

Charleston Place Hotel by Choate Construction using
Charleston Place Hotel by Choate Construction

The cmBuilder Impact: Empowering Teams and Enhancing Collaboration

Choate's partnership with cmBuilder has significantly impacted their digital project execution workflows. This collaboration has enabled Choate to put simple, yet powerful visualization tools into the hands of their project teams, allowing them to execute jobs with greater precision and efficiency. Oscar Chica's extensive experience in 3D site logistics modeling, combined with cmBuilder's ease of use, has revolutionized Choate's approach to project planning and execution. The platform's intuitive interface and comprehensive features have democratized access to advanced logistics planning, enabling broader team engagement and fostering a more collaborative project environment. Even the most complex projects, including their recent mass timber / cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects, can be planned and simulated in 4D with ease.

Charleston Place Hotel by Choate Construction using
Charleston Place Hotel by Choate Construction

Looking Ahead: A Future Shaped by Innovation

As Choate Construction and cmBuilder continue to push the boundaries of what's possible in construction technology, their partnership stands as a testament to the power of innovation in driving industry transformation. By prioritizing training, adopting new technologies, and leveraging platforms like cmBuilder, Choate is not only enhancing its operational efficiencies but also setting new standards for excellence in the construction industry. This collaborative journey underscores a shared commitment to embracing change, empowering teams, and building a future where technology and human ingenuity converge to create spaces that enrich lives and communities.

Continuing to build on its impressive legacy, Choate’s partnership with cmBuilder ensures that they remain at the cutting edge of the industry, ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Belmont Stowe YMCA Project by Choate Construction using
Belmont Stowe YMCA Project by Choate Construction

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