Create efficient systems

October 13, 2019 -  By

Designscapes Colorado sure knows how to mix it up when systems become stale.

“As our business has grown, we have had to change the way we do things and evolve with those changing conditions,” says Phil Steinhauer, CEO and landscape architect of the $27.5 million company, based in Centennial, Colo.

To keep things fresh, the company has implemented a couple efficiency hacks of its own:

✓ A safety video program that includes equipment maintenance. The videos were produced in-house, so the company could customize them to incorporate its own equipment and employees.

✓ A newly hired fleet manager who will coordinate with Designscapes Colorado’s shop manager to acquire and dispose of equipment and vehicles in a timely manner. Instead of relying on managers and mechanics for a gut decision when it comes to repairing and disposing of equipment, the company has switched to a data-driven analysis.

✓ A new residential bidding template, which is customized for the residential design/construction model. While most estimating software programs available for purchase are too broad and incorporate only the basics of how most landscape companies operate, Designscapes’ template hones in on items such as labor production rates for tasks performed and material pricing based on volumes. It helps the company better recover and manage the costing structure of materials, labor, equipment and subcontractors, and improves the scheduling process for clients, Steinhauer says.

I think it is very important as an owner to keep one foot in the field and one in the office. It’s important in understanding our industry and to stay involved with all areas of your business.”
—Phil Steinhauer, CEO and landscape architect at Designscapes Colorado

This article is tagged with and posted in Cover story, October 2019
Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's former managing editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor.

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  1. Alex says:

    Pretty cool to hear about the implementation of technology/data analysis for our industry. Curious to how the bidding program is working.