Case Studies

Sean McFaul – Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Since its founding in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has fought serious diseases by understanding their underlying causes and going all-in to discover and develop medicines that address them. As senior director of real estate, Sean McFaul ensures Vertex has the workplaces necessary to research and develop therapies—and to attract researchers. Speaking with Blueprint […]

Steve Hayworth – Drucker + Falk

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s been an unusual three years for residents of the Cypress Run apartment community in Orlando, Florida. Building by building, they’ve been temporarily moved to furnished units, leaving their furniture and possessions behind for about six weeks. The relocations are needed because contractors have been renovating exteriors of the community’s 31 buildings, including replacing the […]

Saquib Butt – SmartLabs

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The new sign atop the gleaming 22-story tower in South San Francisco says it all: SmartLabs. Smart laboratories literally are bustling on the four highest levels where researchers in the life sciences pursue the next therapies or medications. Some of them working for startups, their employers didn’t have much to spend or time to wait […]

Simon Smith – Rightpoint

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Simon Smith was not alone in assuming his company’s shift to remote work because of the COVID-19 pandemic would not be long-term. As the associate director of facilities and operations at Rightpoint, he says he expected the company’s offices to reopen about two months after they closed in March 2020. More than 18 months later, […]

Scott Hoyt – Tapemark

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Those adhesive medicated patches and films can be quite the comforter, bringing relief to chronic pain, opioid addiction and Parkinson’s, to name just a few conditions. But while simple in appearance, so-called oral thin films and transdermal delivery systems are quite intricate, each a complex dosage delivery system that requires a sophisticated and robust manufacturing […]

Sadat Khan – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 2013, when students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said they needed better recreation centers and a plan to improve the overall health and wellbeing of campus, administrators knew they were right. The two centers on campus were decades old and hadn’t been upgraded in years. In addition to being small and not having expected […]

Steve Smith – Chesmar Homes

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When one’s own house is in order, it simplifies the task of building others. That’s Steve Smith’s message as he takes a break from remotely overseeing construction for Houston-headquartered Chesmar Homes to chat with Blueprint this past August. At any given time, he’s got a couple hundred houses under construction. Greater Houston remains the hottest […]

Scott Zellmer – Weber School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Scott Zellmer doesn’t like to waste space. But, with gymnasiums, theaters and event halls, schools often have large areas that are only used some of the time. The director of facilities and operations at Weber School District is working on creative ways to address this. With a few new schools being built in the district, […]

Scott Gentry – Williamson Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

He feels an attachment to Williamson Medical Center, Scott Gentry’s grandfather having been on its building committee when the original structure went up in 1957. Owned by Williams County but run independently as a nonprofit, the hospital in Franklin, Tennessee, has been through many changes, with Gentry adding to the legacy as director of facility […]

Scott Kleist – Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s a hub for the senior set taking shape in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Though development at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community has slowed since COVID-19’s onset, come August, four new townhomes are expected to be ready for occupancy. Constructed along the lines of a well-received townhouse quad completed in 2018, the units are already spoken for. […]

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