PlanHub’s preconstruction platform aims to help GCs win more bids

By Jenny LescohierJanuary 31, 2023

PlanHub is expanding its cloud-based software as service (SaaS) preconstruction solution designed to be a one-stop shop for general contractors to improve collaboration with subcontractors and material suppliers, find new projects, request, receive and select quality bids, qualify subcontractors and create winning proposals.

The expanded platform is meant to take the hassle and headaches out of preconstruction. Through PlanHub, general contractors can post unlimited projects for free, invite subcontractors and suppliers to bid, increase overall bid coverage, as well as compare bids to reduce risk and assemble winning proposals. 

“The use of PlanHub supports our bid coverage as we grow and has been indispensable,” said TJ Andrade, bid coordinator at Madewell Construction in Lubbock, TX. “Being able to bid more projects on the platform means that in return, we are able to do more projects. They go hand-in-hand and make for increased productivity.”

The platform offers users:

  • Lead Finder – General contractors can access the newest building construction projects available, including hard-to-find private projects, and can view owners’ and architects’ full contact information.
  • Commercial Subcontractor Network - General contractors have direct access to the right people with the PlanHub Directory of 350,000+ subcontractors in 397 key trades, plus 4,500+ materials suppliers. 
  • Private Planroom – Allows general contractors to choose to make projects private, giving access to only the subcontractors and suppliers invited to see the project and submit bids.
  • Risk Management & Qualifications – Aids general contractors in clarifying and confirming subcontractors’ qualifications.
  • Bid Leveling - Lets general contractors compare bids side-by-side, including bid amount, qualifications and certifications, in order to find the right subcontractor.
  • Smart Coverage – Via the project dashboard, general contractors can see the status of project bids per trade and automatically receive filtered directory results to contact subcontractors in low-bid coverage trades.

“Amid significant economic headwinds, general contractors need help to find projects, produce better bids and win more jobs,” said Ro Bhatia, CEO of PlanHub. “Innovative, simple-to-use preconstruction technology improves planning, increases operational efficiency and processes, and helps general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers collaborate more easily to establish long-lasting connections that enhance stability and success.”

Don’t forget how good February’s continued construction jobs growth is
Yearning for Fed interest-rate floggings to end may have overshadowed what construction jobs mean for the industry and for recession-proofing
Develon to bring new compact track loader to North America in 2024
The company formerly known as Doosan enters a new category in North America with the 116-hp, large-frame DTL35
4 big takeaways from CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023
Technology took center stage at the show, as did sustainability, hinting at what the future holds for construction in North America, and the world