About Milton Hershey School

Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, coeducational private boarding school focusing primarily on supporting children from low income families. As the largest residential education program in the United States, MHS' campus consists of more than 240 facilities to support its academic, administrative, recreational, residential, and athletic programs. These facilities are constructed and maintained by the school’s Facilities & Technical Services team. Milton Hershey School was and continues to still be funded by the trust fund established by its eponymous founders Milton and Catherine Hershey, dating back to 1909.

"The School was Kitty's idea," said Milton Hershey. "If we had helped a hundred children it would have all been worthwhile." Having long exceeded those humble goals, MHS is currently fostering the success of over 2,000 students, with thousands more to enroll in the future. The school's Facilities & Technical Services teams work tirelessly to ensure that its students have every facility they could possibly require to excel in their education. This includes everything from constructing new student homes, to the establishment of a brand new middle school campus to support a greater influx of students.

The Projectmates team is thrilled to help MHS further excel at its endeavors by continuing to act as the school's construction program management solution. With Projectmates, MHS is able to manage well over 100 ongoing projects at a time due to the ease in which project information is shared across the software platform. By acting as a central location for all documentation, transparency over construction documents and procedures such as RFIs, submittals and schedules reached an entirely new level from MHS.

About Projectmates

Today's construction projects have countless moving pieces, dispersed project participants, and unforgiving schedules. To accomplish all project-related goals in a timely, effective, and efficient manner, the right kind of tools are absolutely critical. Projectmates provides these tools and much more with real-time, up-to-the-minute access to the most accurate information to keep schedules on track, under budget, and with minimized delays.

Projectmates is the most comprehensive online construction program management software available today. Being mobile construction management software, Projectmates improves team collaboration and communication in real time. Our CPMS provides a centralized location for construction workflow automation, construction document management, punch list management, contract management, construction accounting integration, and much more. Our powerful and informative project dashboards and ad-hoc reporting tools provide high level project tracking with unparalleled transparency.

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Systemates, Inc.
Richardson, Texas
Phone: 214.217.4100

Milton Hershey Shcool Wins
Constructech Vision Award

Projectmates congratulates Milton Hershey School on being recognized at the 2012 Constructech Vision Award and using Projectmates as its technology partner in construction project management. Constructech Magazine awarded Milton Hershey School the Bronze Vision Award in the category of Corporate Owner Education. Milton Hershey School’s Construction and Facilities Department won the Vision Award for its innovative use of Projectmates construction management software. The award was presented during a dinner and ceremony at the San Mateo Marriott Event Center near San Francisco at the conclusion of the seventh annual Technology Day conference.

"It is the first time I have ever worked with software that you can share the information, transactions, and data with the contractors. To me that's really exciting," said Coughlin, who helped implement the construction industry software in early 2011. "We have saved several relationships with the contractors where you can prove whether something has been submitted or not submitted. There's no longer an argument as to whether or not it's there. You can see whether or not it's there."

In the past, tracking budgets accurately and in real time was a challenge for the Construction and Facilities Department. Due to this, invoices were not always paid on time and reporting to management was difficult. Since using Projectmates, the department has improved financial tracking, prevented accounting errors, and brought issues to light more quickly. Coughlin explains, "A contractor had submitted an invoice with an incorrect calculation. Upon being keyed into Projectmates, the correct calculation was evident, therefore alerting staff to ask for a corrected invoice. If we did not have the ability to track contracts and subsequent invoices in this way, the invoice may have been paid incorrectly."

Milton Hershey School and Systemates have enjoyed a partnership that has spanned nearly two years. "The support that we receive from Projectmates has always been absolutely one of my favorite parts of dealing with Projectmates... their support and guidance and willingness to work with our requirements as a company. There is just not customer service out there anymore like theirs," said Coughlin.

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Support Contact

See the following information below for technical support.

Julie Mader, Project Coordinator
Capital Projects
Milton Hershey School

Phone Number: 717-520-2273

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