Case Studies

Jamie Keys – Big Cedar Lodge

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1987, Johnny Morris, who founded Bass Pro Shops, purchased a small parcel of lakeside property to create a “fish camp” getaway for his outfitters. Thirty-seven years later, that initial vision has evolved to become a luxury wilderness resort known as Big Cedar Lodge. The award-winning destination sits on 4,600 acres across the Missouri portion […]

Joseph Caraciolo – AHRC NYC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It was mid-September when Joseph Caraciolo answered a call from Blueprint, and the sounds of the big city were audible from his cell phone. He was shuttling among some of the 220 or so diverse properties leased, owned and managed by AHRC NYC, a primarily government-funded nonprofit that serves more than 15,000 New Yorkers with […]

Jorge Sanz – Related Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jorge Sanz may not have been born to swing a hammer, but he’s been doing it—and more—for an awfully long time. Sanz, the vice president of construction operations for Miami-based Related Group, began working in construction for his father, a Cuban immigrant and general contractor. “My two brothers and I grew up in the business,” […]

Joseph Hornlein – Dream Finders Homes

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Housing industry leaders, such as National Association of Home Builders CEO Jim Tobin, say America currently faces a housing affordability crisis. And rising interest rates haven’t helped the situation. In a July interview with Yahoo Finance, Tobin explained that on top of everything else—the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fed’s interest rate hikes and ongoing supply chain […]

Jeff Dunn – Nothing Bundt Cakes

Est. reading time: 5 mins

After Jeff Dunn joined Nothing Bundt Cakes in 2021, he decided to make some changes. Dunn, who ultimately rose to senior director of construction and design at the Texas-based bundt cake baking company, thought the company’s design strategy and construction schedule could be more efficient. “When I started, I was a team of one,” he […]

Joseph Vota – University of Miami Health System

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s easy to see the new surgery centers under construction in Doral in Miami and SoLé Mia in Aventura, Florida, taking shape for the University of Miami Health System, or UHealth. They’re six- and seven-story facilities, respectively, and when completed in September 2024 and early 2025, they’ll each provide a wide variety of services on […]

James Whitesel – Unionville-Chadds Ford School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Things get congested and complicated when school days begin and end at Unionville High School and Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Cars and school buses get backed up in the parking areas at the adjacent campuses as about 2,500 students and 350 staff members come and go, and congestion is exacerbated because the […]

JJ Levenske – Bleuwave

Est. reading time: 5 mins

One of George Strait’s hit songs will soon take on a different meaning. “I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona / From my front porch you can see the sea,” he sang sarcastically, adding, “If you buy that, I’ll throw the Golden Gate in free.” Well, later next year, if Strait comes to Mesa, he […]

Jim Waldron – Wausau Tile

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Glass and concrete: Two seemingly diametrically opposed materials, one known for its fragility and the other for its strength. So, how could glass ever replace concrete? One Wisconsin company has discovered the secret to using post-consumer recycled glass as a one-for-one replacement for cement—and the leadership at Wausau Tile is working in partnership with it. […]

Jim Alty – Choice Hotels Int.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Owners of Choice Hotels Int. brands along the Gulf Coast should expect to see a lot of Jim Alty—although he may never be staying in one of the new rooms. “I like to joke with owners that the day they see their first guest is when I vaporize,” says Alty, the company’s project manager, construction […]

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