eSUB Construction Software Named FrontRunner for Construction Project Management Software

eSUB Construction Software | September 17, 2020

eSUB Construction Software announced today it was named a FrontRunner for Construction Project Management software by Software Advice.  Only products that earn top user ratings make the cut as FrontRunners, and to be eligible for consideration, a product must be a stand-alone construction project management software product or offer construction project management functionality within a suite. Among 122 construction management software solutions, eSUB was rated #1 in customer satisfaction and usability. "This recognition means so much because it comes directly from our customers, and speaks directly to eSUB's usability and customer satisfaction," says Wendy Rogers, president and CEO of eSUB Construction Software. "The biggest hurdle in construction technology is adoption. We pride ourselves on developing software that is user friendly for the field, integrated into workflows for the office, and specifically relevant for the trades, whose project management needs are vastly different from GCs'. We don't develop features to meet parity with our competitors; we serve as true partners with our customers in understanding their workflows to be very intentional in how we build and deliver." Many construction project management systems are focused on the needs of general contractors or owners and not skilled trade contractors. In construction projects, the skilled trade contractors perform most of the labor and bear a significant amount of risk on projects. Based on 30-years' experience of working alongside trade contractors, eSUB is purpose-built and highly focused on its core strength of field-based operational workflows and its core audience of skilled trade contractors. Trade contractors using eSUB have improved their productivity by 25% and gain better visibility on projects to protect their profits.

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AdvisorEngine® Announces Major Transformation of Junxure CRM

AdvisorEngine | January 20, 2022

AdvisorEngine®, the financial experience company and provider of client relationship management (CRM) and portfolio management technology, announced the transformation of Junxure CRM. This transformation delivers an entirely new technology foundation and enhanced productivity capabilities. Reflecting these advancements, the product is now called AdvisorEngine CRM “This is a key milestone moment for our clients and our team,We’ve gone through a true product transformation by developing a new technical architecture, designing an entirely reimagined user experience and adding important new capabilities to drive advisory firm growth and productivity.” -AdvisorEngine CEO Rich Cancro. All CRM clients have received access to the enhanced experience and will continue to benefit from best-in-industry support and training. Consistent with AdvisorEngine’s open-architecture approach to serving financial advisors, the upgraded CRM will continue to be offered as a standalone product, priced per user. AdvisorEngine CRM is built for investment advisory firms that provide high-end client service. A key differentiator is its powerful purpose-built functionality that can be used out-of-the-box or customized to meet a firm’s specific needs around data, process and user administration. You don’t need a cadre of consultants to be successful using AdvisorEngine CRM,” Cancro said. “Our highly configurable CRM platform is designed for easy adoption by various roles in an advisor’s practice including principals, operations and client support staff without incurring one-time and ongoing technology consulting fees. New features of AdvisorEngine CRM announced today include: Personalization. Powerful, easy-to-use configuration is available at both the individual user and firm levels. Simple to use, ‘drag-and-drop’ editing is among many capabilities that gives users the flexibility to organize their data experience, create workflows and support their client service segmentation strategy. Prospecting Tools. An easy online form builder turns website visitors into prospects. Web Forms can be created in a few simple steps without any coding expertise. Submissions are automatically captured by the CRM, saving time by eliminating manual data entry. Client Profile. The CRM’s most heavily used area has been fully reimagined to benefit light adopters and power users. Client information is surfaced in a clean, actionable format. Users save valuable time by using new direct editing capabilities that eliminate the need for multiple clicks into secondary screens. Activity Feed and Alerts. The feed delivers a new consolidated streaming view of important operational activities relevant to each user in real time. Enhanced reminders with expiration dates allow for automated cleanup of past tasks. Modern Technical Architecture and Design System. A reengineered software architecture improves system performance, so pages load up to 10x faster. It also allows AdvisorEngine developers to innovate and add new CRM features more rapidly. Updated navigation, pages, fonts and color schemes provide users a modern experience. Wealth management workflows are a standout capability for AdvisorEngine CRM. George Tamer, AdvisorEngine Head of Sales, has observed an increasing focus on building automated workflows during his regular strategic reviews with RIAs. “The modern advisory practice starts with the ability to organize your data and act on it. As firms grow, systematizing business processes through workflows becomes essential to ensuring consistent client care,” Tamer said. In 2018, the AdvisorEngine team embarked on a multi-year strategic initiative to modernize Junxure CRM. The first stage focused on infrastructure upgrades, including security and application hosting. The second stage brought deeper integrations with key existing third parties and added several new fintech and custodian integrations. The third stage is bringing the CRM in line with the company’s product ideals: personal, scientific and beautiful. “Today’s announcement reflects four years of hard work coming to fruition,The AdvisorEngine team has taken a deliberate, thoughtful approach to evolve the product. By working closely with our clients, we gathered and acted on thousands of points of feedback. -AdvisorEngine Chief Operating Officer Craig Ramsey. Since the product’s origins in 1999, Junxure CRM has always had a reputation for being advisor-centric, purpose-built software,” Ramsey continued. “It is rewarding to continue that strong legacy and infuse it with new innovation. We are proud to harness the best of Junxure and move it forward as AdvisorEngine CRM. About AdvisorEngine® AdvisorEngine powers financial advice that is personal, scientific, and beautiful. Its wealth management technology platform uses smart automation to modernize the advisor experience (AX), the business operations experience (BX), and the client experience (CX). Capabilities include CRM, prospect engagement tools, paperless client onboarding, account aggregation, goals-based financial planning tools, model portfolios tools, portfolio construction analytics, compliance tools, performance reporting, and fee billing.AdvisorEngine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 165 countries. Based in New York, NY, and Raleigh, NC, the AdvisorEngine team strives to fulfill six ideals through their work: camaraderie, clarity, curiosity, creativity, crushing it, and celebration. For more information, please visit advisorengine.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. About Franklin Templeton Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 165 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company brings extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and over $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2021. For more information, please visit franklintempleton.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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Onyx+East and Pretium Start Construction of Inaugural Build-to-Rent Community

Pretium | March 21, 2022

Onyx+East, an award-winning homebuilder headquartered in Indianapolis and known for its modern and functional home designs, and Pretium, a specialized investment firm with $40 billion in assets, today announced the start of construction of Monterey, the first build-to-rent ("BTR") community under development through their previously announced joint venture. As part of the joint venture, Onyx+East and Pretium are committed to investing approximately $600 million to develop, build, and operate new single-family, BTR communities across key Midwestern markets and along Florida's West Coast. Monterey will be a 24-home BTR community in Tampa, Florida with brand-new townhomes that incorporate sustainable home features such as luxury vinyl plank flooring and stucco exteriors, providing a sustainable and modern rental option. Located among the vibrant neighborhoods of West Tampa and Westshore, the location also provides easy access to Midtown Tampa, a 22-acre mixed-use district featuring Class A office space, mixed-use retail and entertainment, luxury apartment residences, and a boutique hotel. Residents will have the option to rent three- and four-bedroom townhomes with attached garages and will be walking distance from Midtown Tampa's coveted urban amenities including Whole Foods, REI, a community dog park, and a watercourse trail. Monterey is a short commute from employment centers with over 160,000 jobs and major economic drivers including The University of Tampa, West River Development, and the Tampa General Hospital. "This attractive location in Tampa's Midtown offers residents convenient transportation options throughout the Tampa/St. Pete metro area and plentiful opportunities for shopping, dining, and outdoor activities, Monterey will provide a desirable alternative to typical apartment living, offering residents a higher quality rental experience featuring private garages, dedicated outdoor spaces, and open and flexible floor plans." Onyx+East's CEO, Kelli Lawrence "Our partnership with Onyx+East and the Monterey project are emblematic of the high-quality, accessible, and affordable homes we are committed to building, renting, and operating," said Matt Johnston, Managing Director and Head of Build-to-Rent at Pretium. "This BTR community will offer Tampa residents a single-family lifestyle of modern, sustainable, and healthy homes with amenities and a location that we know our residents want. With today's national housing supply shortage only intensifying, we will continue to work with our partners to build homes and play a leading role as part of the private capital solution." Monterey will be located at 1315 N. Himes Avenue. The joint venture purchased the land in February 2022 and the first units are expected to be available to rent in Q4 2023. About Onyx+East Onyx+East is a full-service homebuilder executing development, construction, marketing, design, and sales with four offices in the Midwest and Florida. Founded in 2015 to deliver homes in the most desirable locations with an exceptional customer experience, Onyx+East creates places designed for modern living that are connected within growing cities and suburbs. Through creativity, innovation, and sustainability, Onyx+East creates communities that are changing the way people live, work and "do life." For more information, visit onyxandeast.com. About Pretium Pretium is a specialized investment firm focused on U.S. residential real estate, residential credit, and corporate credit. Pretium was founded in 2012 to capitalize on secular investment and lending opportunities arising as a result of structural changes, disruptions, and inefficiencies within the economy. Pretium has built an integrated analytical and operational ecosystem within the U.S. housing, residential credit, and corporate credit markets, and believes that its insight and experience within these markets create a strategic advantage over other investment managers. Pretium's platform has approximately $40 billion of assets under management as of February 1, 2022 and employs more than 3,000 people across 30 offices, including London and Dubai.

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Lafarge Canada to Double Recycled Aggregates Volumes Through Key Partnerships

Lafarge | April 22, 2022

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, Lafarge Canada Inc. is proud to announce the ambitious goal of doubling Eastern Canada Recycled Aggregates volumes by 2025 a set target to supply customers with over 2 million tonnes per year the equivalent to a train pulling 16,000 fully loaded rail cars. The use of Recycled Aggregates alone is a key component of Lafarge Canada’s journey to Net Zero, directly associated with the global demand for sustainable building solutions to support better living standards. “2021 was a record year. Having achieved a 19 per cent growth rate last year exceeding our original ambition of 15 per cent, encourages our teams to confidently work towards our 2025 Aggregates Strategy,” commented Peter Sanguineti, Vice President, Aggregates Eastern Canada. “In fact, we are already looking to accelerate this year’s growth rate, aiming at 25 per cent a 10 per cent annual prediction increase based on our ongoing projects with key partners in Eastern Canada.” Lafarge’s investment in the Recycled Aggregates portfolio is a clear example of the company’s commitment to the concept of Circular Economy, for instance, when producing Recycled Aggregates from demolition waste and returned concrete, Lafarge avoids the disposal of these materials in landfills and presents a sustainable alternative to virgin materials, which are non-renewable resources. “In addition, our high quality recycled aggregates significantly reduce the volume of virgin material to be transported by trucks over time,” commented Marie-Michèle Poirier, Manager, Environment & Land, Eastern Canada, “In order to reuse construction waste and turn it into Recycled Aggregates, we transport the waste directly to stockpiles at cities’ depots, which traditionally is a shorter distance compared to virgin material transportation from quarries to construction sites, resulting in a significant decrease in GHG emissions.” “Our objective is to follow the circular economy's three principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to build more with less and preserve our ecosystems. In that sense, our efforts are focused on expanding applications for Recycled Aggregates and raising quality and acceptance standards; and at the same time, address current barriers across Provincial and local governments,” affirms Sanguineti. “When you consider the logistics benefits of being close to the market and the need for a trusted outlet for demolition waste, we have a winning recipe.” Partnerships in Eastern Canada Over the past years, in Eastern Canada, Lafarge has supplied Recycled Aggregates to multiple projects in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Infrastructure Ontario, including Metrolinx and the most recent QEW Credit River project. In addition, lately, the company has been working with subcontractors to Mosaic’s Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to supply Recycled Aggregates in Mississauga (ON). These applications prove the versatility and high performance standards of Lafarge’s Recycled Aggregates portfolio in traditional applications. “In one of our most recent endeavors, we have been supplying multiple contractor partners performing the work for the various projects as part of the City of Toronto Basement Flooding Protection Program, The City primarily uses recycled concrete for trench backfill and bedding as part of the roadwork and their Flood Protection Program upgrades to water and wastewater in infrastructure. This proves that with proper processes and controls in place to guarantee product specifications, quality and consistency in addition to proper traceability, it can be safely utilized in a much broader and complex range of applications.” Mark Lambie, Commercial Manager, Greater Toronto Area Aggregates As part of the execution of Lafarge Eastern Canada Aggregates Strategy, the company has been also partnering with Concordia University, in Quebec, leading a study in cooperation with the City of Montreal to assess Recycled Aggregates performance in different applications. “Another exciting channel is our collaboration with different industries’ interest groups, such as Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC) and our participation in their World Circular Economy Forum last year,” highlighted Sanguineti. “Lastly, in February this year, we had the pleasure to sponsor the ‘Maximizing the use of Recycled Aggregates for roads construction in Canada’, a national workshop led by Circular Economy Leadership Canada in partnership with Circular Innovation Council. The event was a great opportunity to share information amongst various industry stakeholders and further our common understanding of the success stories and remaining barriers.” Technical and scientific studies According to Nicolas Ginouse, Technical Director, Aggregates & Construction Materials, Eastern Canada, “Technical and scientific studies on this topic clearly show that the complete or partial replacement of virgin aggregates by Recycled Aggregates offers unique opportunities for supply chain security, reducing natural resources consumption, and global carbon footprint while ensuring similar, and in some cases, superior performances when compared to virgin materials. In some European countries and areas, such as in Paris, where sourcing virgin aggregates is very challenging, the use of Recycled Aggregates has become the norm, as they are essential to secure sustainable and cost-effective aggregates supply, while reducing CO2 emissions.” In 2019, the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) estimated that more than 6 million tonnes of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) were being stockpiled at over a hundred facilities across the province. “If we were to reuse this amount of RAP as an industry – the equivalent of over 500,000 full dump trucks – in producing asphalt for new roads, we would be looking at saving around 15 million cubic metres of freshwater, enough water for over 50,000 households for one year, and on top of that, we would be saving 125 thousand tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions,” concludes Lambie. Industry task force However, there are currently a few barriers restricting the accelerated growth of Recycled Aggregates in Canada. One of the most pressing roadblocks is the lack of trust in performance - related to a few unfortunate events that took place in the past associated with industry players that have supplied projects with substandard material, which have resulted in quality and durability issues. “This is why it is key for us to aim to define a set of regulations or a certification system that provides the minimum quality and consistency requirements to ensure high standard performance. However, Lafarge recognizes the fact that we cannot influence this on our own and there must be consensus among responsible players,” commented Sanguineti. “With that said, we have initiated an industry task force with like minded responsible industry players, looking to standardize acceptance requirements across local governments in Ontario.” About Lafarge Canada Inc. Lafarge is Canada’s largest provider of sustainable construction materials and a member of the global group, Holcim. With 6,000 employees and 350 sites across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions and products that build progress for people and the planet. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with communities’ infrastructure benefit from the sustainable portfolio provided by Lafarge, consisting of Aggregates, Asphalt and Paving, Cement, Precast Concrete, Ready-Mix Concrete, and Road Construction.

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RI Locals Launch National App to Disrupt the Construction Industry

Dibbs Technology | February 24, 2022

Dibbs Technology is excited to announce the launch of its new iOS app. The app is a first in the construction industry to serve as a marketplace for both construction supplies and services. Rated a Top 10 startup company of 2021, Dibbs is designed to take the friction out of bidding, buying, and selling products and services in the construction and real estate marketplace. Based out of Newport, Rhode Island, the app will launch to Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents only, until phase 2 of the launch plan rolls out in April. CEO and Founder Luke Fleury is also a General Contractor and Real Estate Developer in Rhode Island and explains why he created Dibbs. I was tired of spending countless hours trying to find the best quotes for my projects, this is what inspired me to create Dibbs." Dibbs is an app that will allow contractors, suppliers, homeowners, and more, to find the people and projects that they want to work with. "With our built-in bidding templates, we cut the time it takes to place and receive bids in half he adds. "Having a CEO who understands the field and operates on a day-to-day basis with other contractors and suppliers, helps us to ensure we are creating a tool that actually helps our users Dibbs can help people increase productivity and profitability. The app enables users to save money on their next project with more options and lower costs as well as higher quality." -Dibbs COO and Co-Founder Case Olszewski. To celebrate the launch, the company is rolling out a promotion to all new users. Users will have the option to refer friends and industry professionals. If referrals are provided, users will be entered to win a weekend getaway in Vegas. The Dibbs team is proud to launch the app and see users increase productivity and save money. Searching and contacting various sellers often requires multiple searches. While other apps offer lead generation tools, Dibbs provides customization and ease with their all-in-one marketplace for construction bidding. See for yourself how Dibbs is disrupting the construction industry by downloading the app today.

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