With 35 years of experience and $2 billion in combined construction project experience, Chris Curran and Bruce Young began their General Contractor firm, Curran Young Construction, located in southwest Florida, offering services including general contracting, owner representation, pre-design and design build.
The firm plans to capitalize on Florida’s construction boom where industrial vacancy rates hover at just 1 percent, and where healthcare firms of all types are building freestanding emergency rooms, urgent-care centers, and new hospitals to support growing and aging populations.
Curran Young’s goal is to build a modern, innovative company, one that allows them to quickly scale and support operations without needing constant upgrades or huge investments in technology infrastructure, and to provide excellent customer service, says Chris Curran, Chief Executive Officer.
As they began to look at the core business systems and software that construction firms typically use, Curran and Young recognized the industry was quick to invest in new technologies that aim to reduce the cost or time of their projects – like BIM, virtual reality, thermal imaging, 3D printing, engineered living materials, and remote surveillance. Often this technology becomes more of a marketing and sales strategy with limited return on investment for the client. They discovered that most of the industry was not making investments to drive efficiencies or modernize back office systems.
“For the most part, it’s still a bricks and sticks industry run on Excel,” says Young, President and Co-Founder. “Instead of examining fundamentals to create greater efficiencies, most firms still get through with grit. There hasn’t been a perceived need to make any advancement in back office technology.”
With the advent of smart phones, the need to access information quickly, and a requirement to serve customers and support vendors at the project site, Curran and Young wanted modern and mobile tools that could give them a competitive edge.
They considered Sage and other construction financial software that they had used at other firms. They also considered a suite of software packages that traditional construction firms used, such as Textura Payment Management software for subcontractor payments.
Whatever financial package they chose, it needed to integrate well with Procore Construction Management Software and other specialized applications, said Young. “It also needed to have customized reporting, to distribute information to different levels of the organization and it needed to be intuitive, because we’re not accountants.”
The Curran Young team met with Andy Rashid and Colette Bashir at Alliance Solutions Group, LLC, whose management has served the construction accounting & management software industry for more than three decades and explained their desire to build a highly-efficient and innovative company. Alliance Solutions Group suggested they build a foundation on Acumatica Construction Edition, a modern, flexible construction accounting solution.