Case Studies

Kalinka B. Ivanova – HOLT CAT

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Texas is in growth mode and so is HOLT CAT. Conveniently headquartered in San Antonio, it’s the nation’s largest dealer, leaser and servicer of the heavy Caterpillar equipment and engines used to build roads, bridges and myriad other projects from the Red River to the Rio Grande. But HOLT’s growth, like that of the Lone […]

Phil Johnston – Best Buy Canada

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a concept Phil Johnston reckons is catching on in Canadian retail and maybe elsewhere. Indeed, he assures, the early feedback has been positive from consumers at a new and condensed Best Buy location at the Sherwood Park Mall just outside the Alberta capital of Edmonton. “We could be trend-setters,” he tells Blueprint in November. […]

Allysia Kizzee – Rice University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up in Houston, Allysia Kizzee recalls seeing the grandeur of Rice University while passing by—the quads with vibrant green lawns bordered by brick buildings, many connected by covered walkways with majestic arches.   “Looking at it from the outside, it may seem simple,” she says. “When you come inside the hedges, we have a complex, […]

Tom Pascarella – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Tom Pascarella had just started in the production department of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts when a traveling act known as “Children of Uganda” passed through in 2001. In the show, which confronts poverty and social injustice in Uganda, the children play music and tell stories from their homeland.   Pascarella will never forget […]

Tim Fierle – Buncombe County Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Public school teachers have a tough job, especially in the era of COVID-19. So, at Buncombe County Schools, Director of Facilities and Planning Tim Fierle tries to make their days a little easier with imaginative yet economical classroom designs.   A registered architect, Fierle draws on his training to anticipate building code, life safety, environmental and […]

Sean Tracy – Centura Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s not like adding a wing to an apartment complex or hotel. So, muses Sean Tracy about the ongoing modernization he oversees at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital in Colorado. Last year, this community hospital run by Centura Health in the town of Castle Rock added 36 beds for post-surgical patients on a shelled out fourth […]

Matt Anderson – The Garrett Companies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Matt Anderson didn’t become director of construction operations for The Garrett Cos. after wearing a toolbelt or hard hat or firing a nail gun. However, he brings a passion for the construction industry that’s backed by practical project management and procurement experience and a degree in finance and management. “I love having the opportunity to […]

Wanda Easter – Desert De Oro Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

After more than 25 years managing the finances for the Hualapai (hoo·aa·luh·pai) Tribe of northwestern Arizona, Wanda Easter was looking for a challenge. She wanted to take on new tasks, maybe even see some new places. But Rhode Island in January? That’s no knock on the Ocean State, but it is a world away from […]

Andrea Wolf

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A 2022 article in Bloomberg magazine emphasized how recent labor shortages have led to women smashing past the concrete ceiling in the construction industry. Meticulously charting her path through the similar and adjacent boy’s club of corporate real estate, Andrea Wolf spent the past three decades firmly ignoring ceilings. Instead, she developed her guiding philosophy […]

Steven Piepgrass – Green Impact Partners

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Caring for the environment has long been a passion for Steven Piepgrass, whose first job out of college involved cleaning up Distant Early Warning Line stations and oil and gas sites in the Arctic. During the 1950s, the U.S. military built approximately 30 bases from Alaska across northernmost Canada and into Greenland, with the goal […]

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