Case Studies

Ellie Daneshnia – Highline Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ellie Daneshnia | Executive Director, Capital Planning & Construction| Highline Public Schools Young people being the future of any community, schools should be built to be safe, modern and inviting. Yet during the 1950s and ‘60s, many districts hastily constructed California-style, concrete-block schoolhouses—ones that bandages and remodels couldn’t sustain forever.  This has been the case […]

Erik Hagstrom – KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In Southern California, some public schools are overcrowded, leading to a lack of individualized attention for students with the most need. These students often struggle to keep up their grades and confidence. “In many Southern California communities, students don’t have access to high quality public schools, so to be able to offer them a charter […]

Elycia Child – The Abbey Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was a busy, hot summer night in the late 1980s when as a teenager Elycia Child got an introduction to conflict resolution in the kitchen of a lakeside resort in Muskoka, Canada. During a particularly bustling Saturday dinner rush, the dining room was mobbed with hungry families and squalling children, she remembers. In the […]

Eric Roark – UCHealth

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Cool, crisp October days ideal for outside work, a crew was landscaping and paving outside a $82 million, four-story building under construction at the UCHealth campus in Longmont, Colorado. The exterior is mostly done, save for the final windows. Grounds were broken around a year ago, and while there have been significant changes with the […]

Eric Gardner – Williamson County Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Working in a growing school district that’s expected to spend $500 million on capital projects in the next five years, Eric Gardner is drawing on decades of public and private sector engineering experience to ensure Williamson County Schools meet the demands of increasing enrollments. The district, located south of Nashville, serves a county whose population […]

Edward Merwick – UPMC Chautauqua

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Edward Merwick started working at UPMC Chautauqua, his to-do list had over 300 items. Now, almost two years later, everything is checked off. Doors have been replaced, cracks have been repaired and paint has been touched up. Nothing in the hospital has been overlooked. Merwick, the facilities manager, isn’t in the clear yet, though. […]

Erik Leach – MARTA

Est. reading time: 5 mins

This was not something Erik Leach saw coming down the tracks, but he’s delighted to be part of it. As director project management and construction for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Leach is overseeing upgrades to nearly 40 MARTA light rail stations spread over four rail lines. Though he’d guided one station renovation shortly […]

Eric Brigante – Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Est. reading time: 3 mins

For Eric Brigante, the adage “without hard work nothing grows but weeds,” sparks memories of his childhood. As early as five years old, Brigante was working full time on his family’s vegetable farm in Vermont, where he spent many a long summer day learning the importance of building honest relationships—ones built on mutual integrity. What’s […]

Eric Kelly – Paramount Realty Services

Est. reading time: 5 mins

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the retail industry’s death have been exaggerated. Perhaps even greatly exaggerated, according to the construction director of a company that’s bringing new life to tired properties from the mid-Atlantic states into New England. “Retail has always been a dynamic subject,” Eric Kelly tells Blueprint in February from Paramount Realty […]

Edward SanClemente – LCB Senior Living

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If he ever tells a former faculty member at his alma mater, “I told you so,” it’ll probably be with good humor. That’s just how it is with Edward SanClemente. But time has attested to his foresight as a Wentworth Institute of Technology architectural student during the 1980s. For it was at the prestigious technical […]

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