As with any downturn, the most recent lull in the economy will forever change the way that we do business. But, for design and construction, this may well be a blessing in disguise. The reprographics business is feeling the lagging effect of that downturn now and we are adapting accordingly. Businesses in all fields are learning to adapt to their new realities. But when it comes to the design and construction of new buildings, that new reality means tighter budgets, quicker build times, and smaller staffs.
Construction has been slow to embrace the digital world. The tangible piece of paper makes a lot of sense in a world where you are creating a finished project—a school, a restaurant, a hospital. You feel a sense of control having your set of plans in your work van.
The reality of the digital world is finally creeping into the world of construction, though. Smaller office staffs and the costs of production of large sets of plans have pushed the reality on the contractor. Whereas a large General Contractor would have large sets of construction plans available for everyone’s use, now these plans are made available online to all parties collaborating on the project or are transmitted in some sort of digital format (either through e-mail or disc). At Hackworth Reprographics, we have redesigned our business around this new reality.
As a reprographer, Hackworth provides all the traditional support services needed for everyone in the design and build process. Large format printing, scanning, and copying, document design, and proposal support. Additionally, we have a division that can provide you with wide format printing and scanning solutions in your own office. As more of the work has moved to digital workflow, the wide format imaging business has evolved, too. There are machines that can support the large multi-user architecture firm and others that are perfect for the small plumbing contractor working out of his home.
It is our most recent partnership that ties all of Hackworth’s business units together, though. We have recently partnered with MySmartPlans to offer an incredible online resource to help tie together all steps of the collaborative process. This unique tool tracks and captures every phase of the design process from start to finish and pushes out information to all parties involved in all phases of design, allowing for faster and more cost effective design and creation. It allows the customer to fully take advantage of the digital world.
Being a local company with strong ties to our market has allowed us to anticipate these changes in the business and climate and adjust accordingly. We have invested in our business and our people to prepare with technology and knowledge to help you adapt. Together we can continue moving up in a downturn.