Increased Project Visibility
Since implementing OnsiteIQ, Kiddie Academy locations have enjoyed increased site visits by 860% with virtual walkthroughs. Furthermore, strategic physical site visits after framing, rough-in, finishes and final inspection are scheduled much more effectively based on OnsiteIQ data. This removes the guesswork on when to go to a site and makes managing a large development portfolio easier. More importantly, Franchisees investing in a Kiddie Academy location know their project is being monitored by the construction management team on a weekly basis, a significant selling point for Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care.
Proactive Risk Mitigation
Using OnsiteIQ, the company was able to detect ten instances of door frames not adhering to safety standards, framing in the lobby and reception area not adhering to specifications, and countertops being installed with an incorrect color across multiple projects. Based on the availability of contractor labor, necessary rescheduling or resequencing, and any rework, any one of these issues could have added weeks, if not months, to the delivery schedule. “By proactively catching construction quality issues early on [using OnsiteIQ], we have been able to reduce the average construction life cycle by 10% for a new build, which equates to anywhere from three to seven weeks, which is monumental.” Chris Commarota, VP of Construction.
Reliable Construction Timeline
Our ability to provide oversight and subject-matter expertise during construction leads to more consistent delivery, improved investor returns and accelerated project timelines. By maintaining a repeatable and predictable project duration with foresight into potential delays, the company and its Franchisees can streamline operations essential for a successful opening, such as marketing, hiring and training for each location. This was crucial in the Cibolo and Lincoln Park projects. Aware that the opening date would be affected, Kiddie Academy postponed staff recruitment, thereby saving considerable salary expenses for a location that was not yet operational.
Improved Stakeholder Collaboration
Franchisees who may not be well-versed in construction or cannot travel onsite, can now access OnsiteIQ with a few clicks, and monitor their project’s progress in real-time. Additionally, they can trust that the Kiddie Academy construction management team is supervising the project through OnsiteIQ which adds a level of comfort. This facilitates transparent and expedient communication among all project stakeholders, including the Franchisee, franchisor and construction team, proving particularly beneficial when challenges emerge and collaboration is crucial.