Archive for October, 2012

Our Customers take Center Stage

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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Last week, Constellation customers gathered in Baltimore for our final Customer Summit of 2012. Each summit included informative training sessions on NEWSTAR and BuildTopia systems, as well as networking opportunities amongst fellow builders. This year, we decided to host our customers at our regional offices in Toronto and Baltimore to provide some insight into how Constellation works, as well as to keep the event as interactive as possible: as you can see above, there was no room for the photographer!

The day’s sessions included a Product Roadmap for 2013, as well as updates and training regarding NEWSTAR and BuildTopia. Customers were treated to a networking dinner after each day of training, where we relaxed and enjoyed some wonderful meals at the Woodberry Kitchen.

We also awarded some prizes:

Mark Baysden of DSLD Homes was presented with an iPad for submitting the most SSRS Reports in our recent contest (photo below). Jared Rogers of Simmons Homes was the lucky winner of a Microsoft Surface, simply for registering early for the NEWSTAR Summit. And Michelle Jungers of Grand View Builders took home the “early bird” Surface at the BuildTopia Summit.

Here are some comments from our builders who made the trek:

“Talking with other builders and how they do things was very helpful.” – Grand View Builders

“I found the summit very informative and useful. I look forward to us implementing some of the new applications.” – Simmons Homes

“One on one time with Constellation folks is invaluable.”Embassy Homes

A huge Constellation thank you goes out to all the builders who attended our Customer Summit. We strive to ensure that all of our customers are maximizing the value they receive from their investment in our software.

If you missed the summit, or would like to be informed of upcoming summits, please let us know!

Customers' corner: chatting, networking, learning!

Customer service review from our award-winning support team

Mark wins an iPad for submitting SSRS reports for the NEWSTAR Community


The Constellation team pep talk!

2013 NHQ Awards: Constellation Customers Clean Up

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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2013 NHQ Gold Award Winner: Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

The 2013 National Housing Quality Awards have been announced, and we are proud to report that two of our customers, DSLD Homes and Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, have taken the Silver and Gold awards, respectively. Congratulations to you both! At Constellation, we strive to aid our clients any way we can in their efforts to streamline building processes, and we are thrilled to play a small role in the success of these two remarkable builders.

DSLD Homes

In 2008, we implemented a Constellation solution for DSLD Homes, a brand-new homebuilder in Louisiana. Today, DSLD builds 687 homes annually, and we like to think that we played a small part. DSLD uses Constellation to help them collaborate, control costs, and eliminate mistakes.

DSLD boasts a 46-day cycle time, which is made possible in part by NEWSTAR Scheduling. Further, the article notes that the builder’s “trades are paid within two days of completing the work, even without submitting an invoice.” Again, NEWSTAR Scheduling with AutoPay and NEWSTAR Workflow Services allow the system to automatically transfer funds to the trades, as contracted, as soon as the work has been checked to the builder’s satisfaction. Read more about DSLD’s big win by clicking here.

Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

Charter Homes has achieved the prestigious status of NHQ Gold, having progressed from Bronze to Silver in the previous two years. This is an enviable feat, as there have only been seven homebuilders to receive the honor since the award’s inception in 1993. Charter Homes uses Constellation software to manage their operations, with Sales1440 utilized for sales, marketing, planning, and tracking. Read more about Charter Homes’ climb from Bronze to Gold by clicking here.

Once again, congratulations to DSLD and Charter: two progressive homebuilders who push the envelope of efficiency and maximize margins without satisfying quality or customer satisfaction.

Habitat dedication of 96 Ritchie Ave

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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Last week, we were thrilled to attend the dedication ceremony for the 96 Ritchie Ave. Habitat for Humanity build. Our very own marketing specialist Lauren Hughes hammered in the joists holding up the first floor – in the rain!

Although overshadowed slightly by World Habitat Day also on October 1st, the eyes and the hearts of volunteer builders focused on Ritchie Ave. for a remarkable moment. The Sinato family, with mom Lorena and son Bryan were absolutely thrilled to accept the keys to their new Habitat home. The new home will open many doors, none more important to the Sinatos than the accessibility features that will allow Bryan, who is legally blind and lives with cerebral palsy, to thrive. Lorena gave a heartwarming speech to let the crowd – filled with sponsors and volunteers – know how much the home would mean to Bryan. Bryan, on the other hand, could not stop dancing.

We are very pleased to be a part of an industry that is so committed to giving back to the community. Thanks go of course to @HabitatToronto and to @BILDGTA for making our (seemingly insignificant) build day possible. Further thanks to those who shared in our rainy day experience, @EurodaleDevelopments, @MadhouseAD, @RenoMark and of course all of the amazing full-time Habitat workers and volunteers.