Rockford, Illinois News

City of Rockford announces new construction review platform

ROCKFORD – The City of Rockford’s Community and Economic Development Department, on July 20, is launching ProjectDox, a digital plan-review platform for construction plans.

In 2018, the Doing Business in Rockford Task Force, established by Mayor Tom McNamara, recommended adoption of a digital plan review system to modernize its plan review process. City Council approved a contract with Avolve Software in May 2019, and city staff have been working to integrate the software with current systems.

Digital plan review increases efficiency and accountability by allowing concurrent city divisional review of construction plans and improved communication with design and construction teams. It also allows for more efficient delivery of construction plans to the city, as well as streamlined storage and cataloguing.

Submitters of constructions plans will see minimal change to the process they already know. Permits will still be applied for in the same manner. However, instead of submitting paper copies in triplicate at the permit window at City Hall, users of the new system will simply upload individual sheets to an easy-to-use system which will automatically notify the city’s reviewers that plans have been uploaded.

A ProjectDox demonstration for architects, engineers, contractors, and other design professionals is scheduled via Webex for 1 p.m., Thursday, July 16 and 10 a.m.,Friday, July 17.

Register for Thursday meeting here and the Friday meeting here.