What is a planroom? A planroom is a full service center which warehouses construction plans and specifications for the construction industry to review. Typically, as the exposure of a project increases, so does the number of competitive bids an owner receives.
Who benefits from a planroom?
Owners A planroom provides increased competition in the marketplace, which helps owners achieve better pricing. Planrooms give specialty contractors, subcontractors and suppliers an opportunity to learn about bid opportunities and a place to price their work.
Architects and Engineers While a planroom serves as a location to attract interested bidders, it also helps an architect or engineer by posting important information such as bid dates, mandatory pre-bid conferences, addendums and other bidding requirements for those reviewing the plans and specs. ECA works carefully with architects and engineers to make sure we have the most up-to-date and accurate information on their projects. The planroom gives maximum notice and exposure to projects. This helps architects obtain competitive bids for the owners.
General Contractors General Contractors work with hundreds if not thousands of specialty contractors and supplier firms. General Contractors use planrooms as a means to send these construction firms to a central location instead of the General Contractor’s office. This often eliminates excess traffic and disruption at their office and in many cases is more convenient to the subcontractor and suppliers.
Subcontractors & Suppliers Subcontractors and suppliers rely on the service of a planroom to receive notice of bid opportunities and to learn of important information, such as bid dates, pre-bid conferences and keeping track of addendums. This information is critical for them to be able to provide competitive pricing. Additionally, the central location of multiple projects provides a convenient and inexpensive way to review a large amount of bid opportunities at one time.
Do you want to send us plans/specs?
If you would like to upload plans and/or specs for the ECA electronic planroom system, please click on the link below. Please note that it will take you to an external website capable of allowing large files to be transferred.