Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Local pioneers new Internet service

?Built in Sun Valley? targets local builders


By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer

Builders in the Wood River Valley now have a new way to communicate with their clients about ongoing construction projects.

Irwin Sentilles, a part-time resident of Sun Valley, has launched a new Internet service that allows contractors to demonstrate the progress of construction projects and share project-specific data with selected parties.

Called Built in Sun Valley, the service gives builders a means to have a customized presence on the World Wide Web and gives their clients the ability to track projects at any time from virtually any place.

?The construction industry is merging with technology in a lot of ways it hasn?t before,? Sentilles said.

Essentially, Built in Sun Valley uses a central Web Site to provide contractors? clients with access to customized pages that act and look like an individual Web site. Using those pages, clients can track their projects by viewing photos and specific data that can be updated by the builder on a regular basis.

Project budgets and schedules can be actively reviewed and monitored. Passwords keep confidential specific information about the projects.

Sentilles said the concept is particularly well suited to builders who work on projects for out-of-state clients, who can be given the ability to monitor con-struction from a long distance without relying solely on e-mail.

Sentilles, who has lived in the Sun Valley area for parts of the last five years, said the idea for the company came upon seeing that out-of-state residents and developers commission much of the area?s construction projects.

?I think for an industry like this you really need to reach people out of the area,? he said.

Sentilles added: ?It could help people locally, too. If you?re building something, you don?t always want to go and visit the project site to track the progress that?s being made.?

The new business is located at www.builtinsunvalley.com.




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