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FPI Builders scales up with Bosch RefinemySite

Streamlining operations in Fort Worth, Texas

An FPI Builders superintendent uses RefinemySite on a tablet at a jobsite.

FPI Builders LLC is a mid-sized general contractor based in Fort Worth, Texas that’s been in business for nearly 36 years. Specializing in faith building construction, the FPI team takes on about eight to 10 church projects per year. With an efficient crew, the firm bids everything out to trade partners and streamlined communication is critical.

Challenge

Over the years, the team implemented several scheduling platforms to support productivity methodologies, but none were a true fit. Hard-to-navigate interfaces and insufficient value for the cost primed leadership for a digital solution designed for Lean construction. The solution: Bosch RefinemySite.

Solution

This Lean collaboration platform digitizes the Last Planner System® process and allows team members to plan, communicate and document project information in real time. Talking with Steve Turner, a superintendent at FPI Builders and Kevin Drake, the firm’s owner, they share more on how RefinemySite has become essential for their work across the religious, retail and industrial sectors.

In the next five years, if you’re a small to mid-sized construction company and have not adopted Lean principles, you’ll get left behind. Platforms like RefinemySite allow us to operate as Lean as possible and that is passed on to our clients and trade partners.

Kevin Drake, Owner, FPI Builders

Results

Easy navigation
“We’ve used RefinemySite for three months and have four different jobs logged into the system. From the daily updates, to the ease of navigation, our trade partners have been really receptive to the program. It’s very straightforward with a boots-on-the-ground perspective so our crews don’t get bogged down in the minutiae,” says superintendent Steve Turner.

Lean implementation
“In the next five years, if you’re a small to mid-sized construction company and have not adopted Lean principles, you’ll get left behind. Platforms like RefinemySite allow us to operate as Lean as possible and that is passed on to our clients and trade partners,” explains FPI Builders’ owner, Kevin Drake.

Cost savings and quality
“Time is money in the construction business. We have daily huddles every morning and we’re moving very quickly to a completely digital scheduling format; RefinemySite is the cornerstone of that. We’re able to communicate and discuss any potential constraints or obstacles immediately and take care of it. The lag time has almost been taken away,” adds Turner.

About Bosch RefinemySite

Bosch RefinemySite is a cloud-based construction collaboration platform that applies Lean principles to enable your entire team — from owners to trade contractors — to plan accurately, communicate clearly, and execute work efficiently. The easy-to-use digital platform empowers your team, builds trust, creates a culture of responsibility, and enhances communication.

At Bosch, we have over 100 years of experience empowering teams on the construction site. But our expertise isn’t limited to power tools. We’re global leaders in technology with an emphasis on digital solutions, and our vision is to build a connected ecosystem for Lean, BIM, and IoT.