On Time, On Budget, and Out of Court

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Back in 2009, Steve Harper was a tech entrepreneur and relationship strategist, who wanted to help construction projects run more smoothly. 

Knowing that fewer than 25% of capital projects finish on-time, and 70% significantly exceed their budgets, Steve leveraged his unique skill set to help construction project owners beat the odds.

The result is Owner Insite, a software platform that puts project owners in the driver’s seat before, during and after construction. 

The intuitive project management software maximizes productive time and improves collaboration among team members. It helps school leaders finish construction projects on time and on budget, while handling problems in real-time that can lead to costly disputes if left unnoticed or unaddressed. 

Working From The Same Playbook

Studies show that 35% of construction professionals’ time is spent unproductively — on reworks, looking for project information, conflict resolution, etc. This unfocused time can lead to project delays, conflicts between stakeholders, and too often, litigation.

With Owner Insite, all project players including the school leaders, architects, engineers, general contractors and subcontractors work from the same tool that they can easily access from any mobile or desktop device. 

Since everyone has instant visibility into agreements and plans, Owner Insite greatly increases productivity and cuts down on friction between stakeholders. 

The tool enables project owners to handle budgeting and accounting, project management, document management, and construction oversight all in the same platform. It also generates automated daily and/or weekly updates to keep everyone, including designated school board members and administrators, informed in real time. 

And the project owner can set the level of access needed for each team member, so that confidential financial information and other private documents are only visible to those with permission.

Searchable Project Archives Owned By Owners

Too often, each stakeholder in a school district construction project uses a different software tool. When a project is over, the owner is left with fragments of documentation and may have trouble finding critical pieces of information.

At the end of a project, the project owner is left with a complete, easily searchable archive that utilizes Owner Insite’s document closeout process. Project owners can easily pull up any design or construction document that will help with ongoing maintenance.

And in the case of dispute, the project owner can access every purchase order, change order, contract and field report in four clicks or less.

Glenn speaks about Owner Insite - Video (5 min)

Glenn Jarrett is Director of Construction & Facilities for Alief ISD in Houston. When Glenn began work on a $350 million dollar bond project back in 2015, he knew the odds of these sorts of projects finishing on time and under budget weren’t good.

With this in mind, he thought using the right project management software was absolutely essential. “Everyone wants to use their own internal software…but here we are the owner. We needed something centrally housed that we’d have access to and we’d own,” Glenn says.  “After conducting due diligence, the district bought Owner Insite.”

Glenn credits the software with helping all stakeholders stay on track straight through COVID lockdowns. “When we went back to the offices after lockdown, we were hardly impacted by restrictions. We were able to function normally,” he says. 

Despite unforeseen challenges such as COVID and supply chain problems, Alief’s bond project recently finished on time and under budget. “Using Owner Insite was a big part of our success,” Glenn says.

Want to Learn More?

If you’d like more information about using Owner Insite in your district, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to answer your questions and provide a short demo. Call us at (888) 336-3393 or email us at We look forward to showing you how much easier managing your district’s construction project can be!

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