PROJECT SPOTLIGHT ON J.H. FINDORFF & SON INC.

Using FinishLine as an organizational tool to save time and money

Project Facts

  • 496,000-square-foot healthcare campus
  • 42-acre site in Madison, Wisconsin
Having celebrated a major milestone with a 125th company anniversary in 2015, J.H. Findorff & Son is no stranger to quality construction and accomplishing large projects. When UW Health needed to build a 496,000-square-foot healthcare campus on a 42-acre site in Madison, Wisconsin they turned to Findorff, a trusted general contractor. The construction project began in 2013 and was occupied by June of 2015. We spoke with Larry Stone, who was the Quality Lead (AIA) at Findorff on the UW Health at The American Center project.

Getting all project team members on the same page was important to Findorff. Using FinishLine allowed the owner, Findorff, Flad Architects, KJWW Engineering (Commissioning Authority) and AEI (engineer of record) and all subcontractorsto collaborate with ease. Findorff needed a technology that could integrate subcontractors into the QA/QC process to save time.
“(we used FinishLine) as a database for storing all the information, assigning responsibility and tracking the issues for close out.”
Larry mentioned that FinishLine was helpful for their quality control checklists. The team “didn’t have to use any paper copies out on the site and maintain them.” FinishLine improved how quality control checklists were used, as the checklists were “all electronic and all the subs were integrated into the checklists.”

Once inspection and observation reports started coming in from the architects, engineers, and other consultants, Findorff was able to use FinishLine “as a database for storing all the information, assigning responsibility and tracking the issues for close out.” The team also used FinishLine for their pre-punch items and quality inspection items to help insure a minimal punch list when the architect did their final walks. Performing final quality verifications and close out of all issues was streamlined with FinishLine.

FinishLine served as an organizational tool on a variety of levels such as assigning work and tasks, documenting the issues, in addition to sending the various reports to subcontractors. The team used the FinishLine Pro App on iPad, smartphones, in addition to the on-line version. The team found it was easy to use the FinishLine Pro App smartphone version, which Larry described as “versatile” in the field.
“Robert (FinishLine President) and his team were very willing to help us customize anytime we asked.”

Before using FinishLine, paper checklists and other posted checklists along with spreadsheets were commonly used. Quality logs in spreadsheets weren’t tied into subcontractors’ email, it took additional time to distribute reports. In the past, using paper checklists would be floating around and could get lost from time to time. FinishLine’s electronic checklists and reporting system solved these problems, as the team reduced errors since there was no longer missing information.

Larry mentioned that FinishLine was “very customizable.” He explained, “Robert (FinishLine President) and his team were very willing to help us customize anytime we asked.” Larry and his team were able to customize checklists and reports as needed through the duration of the project.

Time was saved in a number of ways, by storing and tracking deficiency data with ease, eliminating paper checklists, and distributing reports via email. Larry said that "it is very hard to estimate the savings a software has on a construction project, but FinishLine definitely saved the team time and dollars by having a very efficient platform for managing quality on the the project." The completed project campus included 11 operating rooms, a 56-bed hospital, a cardiology clinic, emergency and urgent care services, a training area for athletes, clinic exam rooms, in addition to a physical and occupational therapy area.

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