Case Studies

Demetrios Panteleakis

Est. reading time: 5 mins

With roots in Mani Peninsula in Greece, Demetrios Panteleakis can lay claim to a few of the Greek cultural ideals coursing through his veins: he has an eye for architecture and is well-versed in law, both serving him well in his modern-day business role. Now overseeing a landmark $800 million project in Miami as the […]

David Thibodeaux – Amplify Credit Union

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Always plan for disaster. So emphasizes David Thibodeaux, who’s been proactive on that front in his two decades overseeing facilities and security operations at multiple national companies that operate internationally. But until this year, the preemptive concerns were mostly about fires, wiring, floods, burst pipes, malfunctioning elevators, internal and external theft, asset management, project management, […]

David Dickson – Dickson Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s been sent to the so-called dustbin of history, and nobody’s likely to have mourned the demolition of the old King County Youth Services Center in Seattle. Especially with the new Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center having opened late last year to critical acclaim and reflecting a more progressive approach to […]

Duane Boris ‒ Northern Tool + Equipment

Est. reading time: 3 mins

During the economic downturn and recession in 2008 and 2009, just before Duane Boris came to work at Northern Tool, the Minnesota-based construction equipment provider faced a choice: Continue as it had or adapt to the changing marketplace. It did the same thing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boris says. “Even though we’ve been […]

Donald R. Boyken – DRB Development Solutions

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Windy City isn’t among the easiest places to manage a major construction project, what with its oftentimes confusing politics and—more recently—the perfect storm of COVID-19 and mass protests that have brought so much business to a standstill. Such obstacles notwithstanding, the latest addition to Hilton’s brand of Curio Collection hotels should garner its certificate […]

Douglas Wolf – HP Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s a new Silicon Valley in the making across the Pacific. South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province is a hotbed for young tech talent and a region that HP Inc. targeted for expansion long before its 2016 acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ printer-copier division. That $1 billion-plus transaction was consummated right around the time Douglas Wolf became HP’s […]

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 […]

David Timm – St. Mary Mercy Hospital

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Years ago, if David Timm’s pager went off at 1 a.m. with news that water was inundating the basement of St. Mary Mercy Hospital, he might’ve lost his mind. Therein lies the beauty of being a director of facilities for more than three decades: If you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it a thousand times […]

Dave Verna – A.T. Chadwick Company Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Dave Verna sends drawings of piping installations to a foreman who will be working on the roof of a dangerous high-rise building, that employee will know exactly where to put a strategic weld or the best place to install valves. How does that happen? It’s because that employee has seen it all before, Verna […]

Deb Antes – University of Chicago Medicine

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Movin’ on up in the South Side is proving a tough job for the University of Chicago Medicine system. The demand for new and expanded services is there, but the land is not. When the system does find new spaces to buy or lease, Director of Architectural Services Deb Antes leads the buildout process. She […]

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