CDCNews doubles sales of online commercial construction plans, adds new markets
(Vero Beach, Fla. – January 8, 2013) CDCNews Total Access Plans Online™ now serves clients in 19 states, plus Washington, D.C., with comprehensive, up-to-the-minute, verified bid information on commercial construction projects in their area. Total Access Plans Online is designed to save contractors time and money in the pre-bid and bid-prep stages by enabling users to download plans immediately, to stop paying for individual plans and to avoid shipping costs.
“In the last year, we doubled sales of Total Access Plans Online to customers in our service areas,” said CDCNews President Bill Black. “In our view, this proves the real need for timely, low-cost access to commercial construction plans and specifications. We employ teams in each of the states we serve to be able to provide the most specialized attention, in-depth knowledge and expertise to our local site users.”
According to Black, CDCNews’ strategic growth plan includes service in new markets. “The momentum we’ve gained over the past year has everything to do with demand from our contractor subscribers. As they expand into new markets themselves, they are asking us to help research new business opportunities in different local communities.”
Boasting as much as six weeks lead time on project bids and a comprehensive collection of public sector bids, CDCNews also says it has the largest repository of projects up for bid in the private sector. According to Black, Total Access Plans Online provides access to 40 percent more private projects than similar services.
“Finding project plans is a very lengthy and difficult process,” said James Nemec, president of Absolute Power Systems, Inc., of Marlton, N.J., a value-added re-seller of generators and battery backup systems in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. “Total Access Plans Online is a great resource for a company like ours because it offers in-depth information on projects going on in our area. And, our subscription to Total Access Plans Online gives us instant access to project plans and specifications so we don’t miss opportunities or deadlines.”
Plans in the Total Access Plans Online database are immediately available to site users. When searching on the site, users can see plan previews on screen and then click to download a digital copy of the full plan directly to their computer desktops. Total Access Plans Online is optimized for mobile viewing, as well.
Users who subscribe to the site can set up alerts to receive updates on current project plans, as well as to be notified when new projects that fit their specific search criteria are posted. Site subscribers can also save searches on Total Access Plans Online to reference back to at their convenience.
“Our online database helps customers avoid high fees associated with non-refundable plan deposits,” said Black, “as well as windshield time from having to send staff to pick up a hard copy plans from the project superintendent’s office. Getting their hands on a project’s full set of plans can cost a contractor up to $500, potentially more, when you calculate transportation costs and employee time. And, if the plans indicate an off-target job or outline a project the contractor no longer wants to bid, that money can’t be recuperated. Our Total Access Plans Online team handles all of those tasks on our customers’ behalf, saving them time and money.”
CDCNews’ local teams acquire plans on local projects, as well as to ensure the availability and accuracy of plans in the database. These teams are in continuous contact with project owners in their regions to make sure the most current project plans are available to site users. Also, site subscribers can contact CDCNews’ local teams to request plans on projects not already in the system. Each project report that plans are attached to includes verified cost estimates, quantitative project descriptions, pre-bid meeting notification and complete plan holder information.
“CDCNews’ plan service saves our firm a great amount of time and expense in obtaining, reviewing and distributing documents,” said Mark Williams, general counsel for JH Williams Enterprises, Inc. of Moorestown, N.J. “CDCNews has become an integral part of our estimating process.”
CDCNews currently offers Total Access Plans Online in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. Total Access Plans Online is also available to contractors in Washington, D.C. Black predicts several new markets will become available to subscribers in 2013.
CDCNews is the industry’s leading regional provider of public and private commercial construction leads. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, CDCNews has provided timely, accurate, and detailed commercial construction leads to general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, and manufacturer representatives for more than 35 years. For more information, visit www.cdcnews.com.