Case Studies May 2020

Mark Griffin – Broward College

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Mark Griffin has a lot of history at Broward College. He prefers to talk about its future, though. “The people I work with are all kind of bored with my stories about what things used to be like in the early days of Broward College,” says Griffin an alumnus who’s now the school’s associate vice […]

Mel Smith – Torchy’s Tacos

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Chain, casual dining restaurants aren’t known for creativity, but that can be part of their attraction. Doesn’t matter if the customer is in Portland East or Portland West, Detroit or Dallas. Most any branded restaurant looks alike with an identical menu and meals. It’s a business model due for some spicing up, which is what […]

David J. Benjack – Chesapeake Drywall & Acoustics Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Opportunities may beckon well outside the 80-mile radius extending from Portsmouth, Virginia, but there are more than enough projects here to sustain Chesapeake Drywall & Acoustics Inc.  “No need to overextend,” President and owner David J. Benjack tells Blueprint in early spring. Not that this is shaping up as one of the livelier commercial construction seasons of late. Like practically every other industry, construction within that radius—which extends from Portsmouth […]

Neal Hammerschlag – Scully Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Neal Hammerschlag | Director of Construction | Scully Company There are certain mistakes Neal Hammerschlag will never make again, like wearing pressed khakis and a button-down shirt to a housing construction worksite years ago. It was his first day on the job as a new superintendent, a major step transitioning from a career in law. […]

Gary Parker – Avangrid Renewables

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was so cold and windy in those winter weeks on the Shetland Islands that Gary Parker donned the survival suit he usually wore while flying over the North Sea just to head out to the local pub. A civil engineer by trade, Parker was weathered in for three weeks in one of the United […]

Caleb Kelley – Hughston Clinic

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There may not be bellboys at the Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital in Phenix City, Alabama, but the sign with the big white “H” encased in a blue background above the entrance carries added value. “Many of our patients say it stands for Hilton,” jokes Caleb Kelley, system director of facilities management. “That’s how high our […]

Max Wolf — DayRise Residential LLC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Where Max Wolf grew up in Hanover, Germany, multifamily housing communities with gyms, pools, dog parks and build-in barbeques weren’t exactly the norm. Today, these concepts are at the core of the multifamily industry in Texas—and Wolf is right in the thick of it. Since joining the Houston-based DayRise Residential LLC two years ago, Wolf, […]

Angie Simon – Western Allied Mechanical

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Researchers and staff have taught, studied and discovered inside the University of California San Francisco’s Clinical Sciences Building for nearly 90 years. Since opening in 1933, the eight-story, 109,000-square-foot building has stood strong throughout many shakes, tremors and all-out earthquakes that have rocked the City by the Bay, including the devastating 1989 earthquake that caused […]

Erica Moore – Greystar

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Growing up in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, Erica Moore remembers the magic surrounding her father’s construction business. After breakfast on Saturdays they’d tour the company’s work sites, gauging the progress of each project. Returning to the office, she’d run the adding machine to keep tabs on the “money” they made, before heading back outside to […]

Chris Nelson – Helios Energy

Est. reading time: 5 mins

What calls you to work? Meeting your financial obligations? Plying your skill? The excitement of starting a new career? For Chris Nelson and his team at Helios, it was all of these and more. A Marine Corps intelligence veteran, Nelson led global training and sales for three Fortune 500 companies following his military retirement. Seeing […]

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