(OGB) was purchased in 2000 by Rick Thaler. He began his career in construction as a house framer and quickly determined that indoor construction was a more preferable trade for upstate New York (particularly in the winter). After relocation to New Mexico, Rick worked in Trim Carpentry and soon started his own business with a focus on cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture. Moves within the industry eventually landed him in the role of estimator,project manager, general manager, and finally owner (of OGB).
OGB has been an early adopter of automation. From the adoption in the ‘70s of an automatic edge-bander and an industrial wide-belt sander to casework equipment and panel saws, automation was a focus. Under Rick’s leadership, the last decade has set the stage for differentiating OGB in its market place. CAD|CAM and other solutions were brought in to automate the shop floor. The project side of the business was automated using On Center Software’s On-Screen Takeoff®. A major factor in advancing the company was the identification of a way to perform the highest quality work at a fair market value. The burden of printing plans shifted from the architect to the contractors and costs in excess of $1,000 per month fell to OGB. Automating to digital plans and online quantity measurements allowed OGB to dramatically improve the accuracy, costs, and time associated with takeoff—delivering a quick and tangible return on investment. Automation improved the accuracy in takeoffs and managing the ongoing change requests that typically accompany financial, non-profit, corporate, government, healthcare, and retail projects. With a client base that provides greater than 50% repeat business, trust and quality are essential DNA components for OGB Architectural Millwork.
In woodworking, there is a prominent element of art and creative expression. Construction opportunities that have these unique demands are where OGB excels and that is exhibited best in projects such as places of worship, museums, and cultural centers. At times, architectural designs present a construction challenge. It is often left to the contractor to figure a way to make it all happen within the constraints of a budget. OGB is known for its creative ways to sustain the intentions of the design. A good example of this is the Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The ability to digitally build the concepts and designs that were in the head of the artisan is a very powerful way to deliver the most difficult projects on time and within budget. With the initial ideas and needs of the church being conceptual, OGB was able to confidently illustrate to the building committee their custom plan and the related cost (materials and labor) to arrive at the best outcome for everyone. From custom made floating clouds to linear paneling, the remodel was built in phases to allow rapid installation for minimal worship interruptions. Del Norte is a wonderful architectural and woodworking project.
While other contractors shy away from challenging projects, OGB is not afraid to tackle the most demanding requests. They have a track record of doing complex projects on-time and with the highest quality. OGB won the 2011 national AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) Award of Excellence for its work on the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. The solutions provided by On Center Software and RSA Solutions have enabled OGB to know exactly where both the project and profitability stand. Just as OGB partners with customers to drive success and meet their needs, On Center Software and RSA Solutions partner with OGB to deliver quality solutions and comprehensive support and training for their employees.
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