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A Transportation Hub Renovation Project

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1 Company Custom Stone Works Industry Manufacturing & Fabricating Location Livonia, Michigan USA Size of Company 25 Website Project for Blake Transit Center Project Length 3-4 weeks On Center Software Solution On-Screen Takeoff® A family-owned company in Livonia, MI, Custom Stone Works (CSW) fabricates, imports, and manufactures fine stones. CSW began in the ceramic tile business in 1999, expanded into granite counter tops, and eventually went on to fabricate Indiana limestone for residential and commercial projects. CSW is also a reputable manufacturer of architectural cast stone, which has the ability to simulate natural stone and is a cost effective alternative. CSW's plant is designed with state-of-the- art equipment to ensure the highest quality cast stone in the industry. CSW's portfolio includes schools, churches, banks, and multi-use buildings throughout Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. CSW has an impeccable reputation of providing superior quality materials, outstanding craftsmanship, competitive pricing, and exceptional service. Unlike other manufacturers and suppliers, they proactively bid on projects by creating takeoffs using On-Screen Takeoff® by On Center Software. Upon the completion of the takeoff, CSW sends pricing information to masonry con- tractors to help through the bid process. The professional presentation and accuracy of materials quoted enables CSW to have the competitive edge. T R A N S P O R TAT I O N H U B The Blake Transit Center (BTC) is a transportation hub located in downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Due to increased use of public transportation—over 5,000 passengers arrive and depart daily—a new facility was necessary to accommodate travelers. The project called for various size panels of Indiana limestone, CSW's specialty. Indiana limestone is mined in large blocks from the southern part of Indiana and imported by CSW to Michigan; the blocks are then cut into various sized slabs. Limestone is a classic compliment to brick, stone, and other building materials. Upon coming across the bid for the BTC, CSW's estimating team proactively started to dimension the limestone panels to figure out how many linear feet were required. Once the quantities were computed, the information was sent to the masonry contractors bidding on the job. The contractors used this information to figure out labor cost to generate a more accurate bid. The manufacturing contract for limestone was awarded to CSW mainly because of their A Transportation Hub Renovation Project WA S P L A N N E D U S I N G C O N S T R U C T I O N AU TO M AT I O N TO P R O D U C E AC C U R AT E BU I L D I N F O R M AT I O N

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