What is CivilScape News?
CivilScape News (CSN) is a construction data service with a narrow focus on parks, recreation, athletic, and aquatic projects. We track projects from the conceptual/early planning stage through design development and contractor bidding. Our subscribers include Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Manufacturers and Suppliers. We are located in Chicago, IL and have been in business since 2012.
What States do you cover?
We cover the Midwest including IA,IL,IN,KS,MI,MN,MO,NE,OH,WI and the Southeast including AL,FL,GA. Additional states will be added in 2018.
Where do your projects come from?
Projects are gathered from government agencies, public notices, grant applications and awards, newspaper articles, city council meetings, planning and zoning documents, municipal budgets, plan rooms and various other sources. All project leads are thoroughly researched and confirmed by our in-house reporting staff.
How much does it cost?
Subscription rates start at $764.88 billed annually. A monthly subscription is also available at $85 per month/per state.
Do you post plans and specifications?
We do offer plans and specifications and other project documents for viewing and download when they are available to us electronically. If the documents require a deposit or registration for use, we let you know where to obtain them. In either case we always check specifications to confirm project components such as playground equipment, athletic flooring, swimming pool etc. before assigning a project type.
What separates you from other data services?
Unlike CSN, other data services are not specialized, and attempt to cover the entire construction industry with a focus on general building trades. Parks and Recreation is just one of dozens of subsets which receive inadequate coverage. CSN was created with this in mind – to serve one subset of the construction industry very well. The fact that we have in-house reporting staff also sets us apart – most of our competitors off-shore their research operations which has a negative impact on data quality. In addition to all of this, our subscriptions are priced significantly lower than all major competitors.
Do you only report on projects that are out to bid?
No. In addition to current solicitations including Bids, RFQ’s and RFP’s, we also report on projects in the pre-design and design stages including pertinent contact information at each stage such as architect, engineer, construction manager etc. Our contact information is current and accurate including email addresses for virtually every project stakeholder.
Are the projects updated?
Yes. We follow up on all solicitations to add design consultants and other stakeholders as they are selected or awarded. Project details are confirmed and bid schedules are updated.
Can I receive projects via email?
Yes. We will send you a weekly email report with all new solicitations and updated projects. Multiple state subscribers can provide several email addresses for distribution. Updates can also be tracked using the “my folder” feature on the website which provides light CRM functionality including saved notes.
How can I search and filter the project results?
You can search and filter projects using the filters on the left hand of the project screen including Project Type and Status (e.g Park/Playground, Contractor Bidding). Once your parameters are selected click “Go” for results. Note: these filters will remain in place upon future log-ins unless cleared.
How do I add an additional state to my current subscription?
Contact our support team at (888) 420-8985 to upgrade your current subscription.
How do I cancel my account?
To cancel your account simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Account Cancellation” in the subject line. Please include the reason for your cancellation in the body of the email to help us improve upon the service. We will process your cancellation immediately and respond with a confirmation email. All paid subscriptions are set to automatically renew at the end of each term.