Gray Construction Selects Bluebeam For Paperless Submittal Process

Top 100 Green Contractor Uses PDF Technology to Reduce Printing and Shipping of Plans by 50%

Pasadena, CA (January 27, 2009) – Gray Construction, an ENR Top 100 Green Contractor, has reduced construction submittal response time by 60% and cut printing and shipping costs by 50% – all by going paperless with Bluebeam PDF Revu, a leading PDF creation, markup and editing software for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.  The firm has achieved significant results by sharing PDF construction submittals electronically in PDF rather than printing and shipping paper.

This greener, more sustainable workflow is being deployed on various projects, including the construction of a new 165,584 square foot distribution center for Kentucky Eagle Beer in Lexington Kentucky. Project team members located throughout the US communicate faster with Bluebeam PDF Revu than paper submittals allow.  With Bluebeam, the team creates PDFs, compares revisions of PDF drawings with the Document Compare feature and redlines PDFs with customizable markup tools such as text boxes, shapes, symbols, and images.  Project documents are then emailed, eliminating the need to print and ship.

“Bluebeam improves communication and reduces paper usage and shipping so much that the software pays for itself in just one submittal process,” said Gary Hisel, Gray Construction Senior Design Manager.  “It used to take us at least eight days and twelve overnight packages to receive, review and respond to paper construction submittals.  Now that we have Bluebeam, we’re able to respond in as quickly as three days, and we’ve easily cut shipping costs in half.”

Gray Construction has deployed Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition and CAD Edition to over 200 users.

“Gray’s decision to go paperless with Bluebeam PDF Revu has produced incredible results,” said Sasha Reed, Director of Account Services at Bluebeam Software.  “These savings illustrate how implementing a paperless workflow with Bluebeam can not only help construction firms implement sustainable business practices, but also reduce distribution costs, decrease turnaround time and achieve ROI in just days.”

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About Gray Construction
Gray Construction is a nationally ranked design-build firm providing engineering, design and construction services for a variety of customers coast to coast and around the world.  Their customers are from diverse markets including automotive, distribution, food and beverage, manufacturing, hospitality, commercial and retail.  To learn more about Gray visit

About Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Bluebeam Software invents, develops, and commercializes PDF software intelligently designed to meet the needs of design, engineering and business professionals. As the trusted standard in PDF technology for architects, engineers and construction professionals, Bluebeam produces high quality, easy-to-use products that allow project teams to improve communication and collaboration immediately with virtually no learning curve. For more information about the company, latest news, and purchasing information, visit Bluebeam Software at