Automation Technology Provides Queen City Construction a Competitive Edge

Founded in 1877, Lourdes High School (LHS) is a comprehensive four-year college preparatory Catholic high school and part of the Rochester Catholic School system (RCS). To accommodate the school's growing student base, RCS decided to build a new LHS facility on 23.5 acres of land in Rochester, Minn. This 194,000-square-foot project was much more complex than the typical public school build. Because LHS is a private Catholic school, the project was a combination of school and church. While the construction of LHS was new, the school didn't want to lose sight of its rich heritage; therefore, it required an aesthetic appeal that would integrate the character and elements of the old building with the new. Cultured stone and stained glass were essential elements of the project; this included integrating 100-plus-year-old stained glass windows from the original structure into the new facility. LHS's academic wing includes state-of-the-art classrooms and a 7,000-square-foot library and media center. The fine arts wing includes a 625-seat auditorium and the athletic wing includes a gym with seating for 15,000 people. The chapel has a 150-person occupancy for prayer services. The general contractor, Minneapolis-based Weis Builders, selected Queen City Construction (QCC), Rochester, as the metal framer for the job. QCC was included in the budgeting process throughout the construction of LHS. Multiple change orders during the 16-month project made this an extremely challenging project for QCC. Leveraging On Center Software's automation solutions, On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid, QCC was able to automate many elements of its framing business such as quantity takeoff and estimating. Prior to using automation technology, QCC relied on the manual process of entering takeoff and estimating information into a spreadsheet by hand. Colored pencils and highlighters were