Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is a company that looms large in construction industry, not only with the size and complexity of the projects they’ve chosen to build, but for their forward-thinking use of technology to accelerate and perfect the process. Though headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company has operations across the country and has performed major projects in 37 states.
A prime point of Suffolk’s differentiation is certainly in its use of the “Virtual Design and Construction” process. In other words, this intense development process involves performing extensive modeling of all aspects of a building’s performance. Additionally this process begins before even breaking ground on the project. It’s sure to include all the fine details from energy use to ergonomics, for example.
As a result, this highly creative process requires extraordinary collaboration and exchange of data between stakeholders. Inside and outside the company.
The Challenge: NFS – Box – SharePoint Hybrid Environment
Scott Amaral, Suffolk’s Senior Business Analyst, explained that in addition to network file-shares that operate throughout the company’s offices, Suffolk additionally relies on an extensive Microsoft SharePoint installation to provide file storage and critical compliance and workflow functionality. He also described how the often exchange of files larger than 300-500mb continually created bottlenecks. “The challenge was that our on-premises SharePoint portal was not the right tool to enable our stakeholders to collaborate creatively.” explained Ameral. “Sometimes this includes vendors and work sites across the globe, many of which may have sub-optimal Internet connections.