Previous tools: Primavera P6
The Lemoine Company, based in Louisiana, is one of the leading and most respected full-service general contractors in the Southeast United States. Throughout Lemoine’s history, their purpose has remained consistent: Achieve excellence in construction while enhancing the lives of everyone involved. Lemoine started from humble beginnings, but has taken pride in growing their business by building authentic, long lasting relationships with their clients and team members.
Lemoine has three full-service offices across Louisiana: Their headquarters in Lafayette, and offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans respectively. Their expertise ranges from minor interior renovations to increasingly complex educational, commercial, healthcare, public and industrial landmarks in the Gulf Region.
In 2018, Lemoine decided to put a strategic focus on infrastructure, which falls under their self-perform work, and disaster work as a result of severe flooding to the area in 2016. With their philosophy of building lasting relationships and taking a people-first approach to their projects, Lemoine knew that by better leveraging their people data they could create an even more effective workforce strategy. The question they needed to answer then became “how can we get better data surrounding our workforce?”
As Lemoine continued to grow their organization, it became increasingly difficult for their Chief Performance Officer, Leon Foster, to track relevant workforce and project changes in Primavera P6. “It was hard to keep updated, and tough to get our team to really look at it and keep it up to date,” said Foster of their experience with P6, “Not only was it a silo, it was stale information. In an area faced with hurricanes, we need to know who’s on the bench at all times.”
With a people-first approach in mind, Lemoine was looking for a solution that would not only help them capture relevant workforce data, but also help leverage that data to build stronger project teams and increase visibility of resources across the entire project pipeline.
Looking to move away from Primavera P6, Foster and Lemoine recently signed with Bridgit to help manage their resources and leverage their workforce data more effectively. With innovation as one of their core values, Lemoine regularly evaluates and seeks out ways to improve upon current practices. This drive for continuous improvement led Lemoine to the first workforce intelligence solution built exclusively for construction – Bridgit Bench.
Lemoine first introduced Bridgit Bench to the senior leadership team and immediately started seeing the value during their weekly operations meetings. “When we meet, Bridgit Bench is up on the screen and it’s real-time information,” explains Foster, “We’re able to see across the organization and really organize our projects by the people managing the work. We’d never been able to do that with relevant information. It’s been so successful on the construction side that our preconstruction team has started using it as well.”
“Bridgit Bench is very user-friendly, which helps transfer the ownership of managing information to the people that really need to manage it. Everything is updated to the T, our group knows where everyone’s at, and where they’re going next. It’s impressive to watch.”
On top of increasing visibility across the organization and better organizing their workforce strategy, Foster is also quick to point out two key benefits of Bridgit Bench that allowed their team to hit the ground running.
Ease of implementation
Knowing that software implementation can often take months of data collection, onboarding, and training, Foster was impressed with how efficiently and effectively the team at Bridgit was able to get them up and running in Bridgit Bench. “We actually implemented it between two hurricanes, if you can imagine,” explains Foster, “implementation timeline is the first question we ask with new technology. Bridgit Bench is very easy to stand up.”
Ease of use
New technology adoption can be difficult across an organization when the solution requires extensive training. “Bridgit Bench is very user-friendly, which helps transfer the ownership of managing information to the people that really need to manage it,” says Foster, “It’s amazing to watch. Everything is updated to the T, our group knows where everyone’s at, and where they’re going next. It’s impressive to watch.”
“With Bridgit Bench, we can filter for individual strengths and weaknesses, so we can have total team optimization. We’re really looking to leverage that moving forward.”
Leon Foster, Chief Performance Officer at The Lemoine Company
So what’s next for The Lemoine Company?
1. Build stronger project teams
Lemoine believes in taking a people-first approach to construction projects. With Bridgit Bench, Foster and the team at Lemoine are able to leverage their workforce data to determine the best-fit team members for any given project. “With Bridgit Bench, we can filter for individual strengths and weaknesses,” explains Foster, “So we can have total team optimization. We’re really looking to leverage that moving forward.”
2. Integrating their tech stack
Lemoine has built their tech stack with innovation in mind and is utilizing many best in class technologies to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness. The next step is getting their best in class solutions to speak the same language. By leveraging the Bridgit API, Lemoine will be the first company to build and leverage multiple integrations, including BuildingConnected. With this integration, Lemoine will be able to track projects and project opportunities while optimizing their labor forecasts.
Sounds like The Lemoine Company is really driving innovation, and Bridgit is proud to be a part of their growth and development as a people and relationship-driven company.