Case Studies Companies to Watch 2020

Blake Roberts – Legend Homes

When a real estate market turns sour—whether caused by market conditions or a pandemic—that’s not the time to panic, says President Blake Roberts of Legend Homes in Houston. In fact, it’s what he’d call a business opportunity. It was in this very situation that the Texas-based residential development company found itself, not once, but twice. […]

Brad Arceneaux – Market Basket

It really was a game of inches—two of them, to be precise. In 2017, when Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf Coast, the Market Basket grocery store in Mauriceville, Texas, was one of countless properties to experience significant flooding. So when it came time to build a replacement store, company Director of Facilities Brad Arceneaux […]

Chris Devine – Craig Taylor Equipment

It’s a job taking you so deep into the Alaskan interior that you passed the middle of nowhere miles ago. It’s you and your excavator, digging, hauling—working. Then comes the text or call, a rep from the dealer who sold you the excavator has a reminder about service, or even an alert the equipment’s telematic […]

Chris Powers – Donnelly Construction

It’s simple, really: Donnelly Industries stands apart from its competitors in the world of general contracting because the company can self-perform any type of carpentry and can supplement with subcontractors when necessary. President Chris Powers explains: If a drywall contractor is falling behind on a given project, Donnelly can send in its own team to […]

Chuck Hall – Winston’s Chimney Service

On a long winter’s night, what could be better than cozying up to a warm hearth, a good book or binge-worthy Netflix show to help you wind down? Be it pine crackling in the fireplace or the soft flame of a gas log or heater insert, a good fire takes away the chill—and brings charm […]

David Dickson – Dickson Company

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 […]

David J. Benjack – Chesapeake Drywall & Acoustics Inc.

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

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 […]

Deb Antes – University of Chicago Medicine

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 […]

Donald R. Boyken – DRB Development Solutions

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 […]

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