Managing Submittals at LMN Architects: Before Newforma Project Center and After

AECbytes Feature (December 21, 2007)

We at LMN Architects, a 100-person firm in Seattle, first deployed Newforma Project Center software in late 2006. While better email management was one of our primary objectives, we were also very eager to apply Newforma Project Center’s capabilities to construction administration (CA). LMN has always prided itself on the rigor of our CA process, but that thoroughness was extremely labor-intensive from a record-keeping standpoint. It is therefore no accident that the first LMN projects to utilize Newforma Project Center were those in the construction phase. In addition to organizing project email, we have found the Newforma solution to be invaluable for managing the RFI and submittal processes. This article will illustrate how Newforma software has simplified the process of tracking and submittals during that all-important construction phase of a project.

About the Authors

Art Haug, AIA, has more than 32 years of experience in project management and design, technical issues and construction administration, including acting as an owner’s representative. He has played an integral role in the development of LMN Architects construction administration guidelines, and mentors LMN staff with regard to construction
administration methodology and construction document development.

LMN Architects Director of Information Technology, Tim Rice, AIA, has 28 years of experience as an architect, the last 20 of which have been spent managing CAD and IT systems. He has provided firm-wide leadership for LMN's BIM initiative and is responsible for implementation and integration of new technologies into all aspects of project delivery.