Case Studies Real Estate

Laurie LeLack – Citrix Systems Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

She considers herself a bridge builder who brings together more than just her colleagues at Citrix Systems Inc., many of whom Laurie LeLack will never know by name. For her employer is a multinational cloud computing and virtualization technology company with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The more efficiently LeLack serves the workforce on the […]

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 […]

Rey Black – The Howard Hughes Corporation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Though her stamp was already on much of modern Manhattan, Rey Black still wanted to do more when she brought her architectural skillset to The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2018. “I had built so much, but never a pier,” she tells Blueprint in August. “We were pulling out old piles and driving in new ones […]

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 […]

Kelly Fleming – Realterm

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was not a fun job, but there was Kelly Fleming, a little girl cinched up in a toolbelt, picking nails out of the dirt and dust at construction sites. “I wanted to spend time with my brothers and my dad, and that’s what they made me do,” she recalls. Picking up nails was just […]

Jeff Barber – Olympus Property

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Whether a painting project in Tennessee, new flooring in Tampa or a pool in Fort Worth, Jeff Barber needs to see it, walk around it and touch it. As the director of construction for Olympus Property, Barber wants to experience any job he’s overseeing. He travels often and he travels light, an approach that’s imbued […]

Childress Klein – Jon Wilson

Est. reading time: 3 mins

While Jon Wilson found his love of construction early on in his career, 14 years ago this Wisconsin native was looking for a change of scenery. When someone mentioned the word “lake” in reference to North Carolina, that’s all he had to hear. Bags packed, in 2006 Wilson and his family headed south, where he […]

Erica Moore – Greystar

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Growing up in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, Erica Moore remembers the magic surrounding her father’s construction business. After breakfast on Saturdays they’d tour the company’s work sites, gauging the progress of each project. Returning to the office, she’d run the adding machine to keep tabs on the “money” they made, before heading back outside to […]

Joey Martinez – Tanium Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Bay Area and Silicon Valley provide Joey Martinez with examples aplenty of how not to build or lease corporate facilities. No need to mention names, but he sees so many companies setting up shop in palaces with far more square footage than necessary. Then a few years later their leadership scramble about, trying to […]

Eric Geist – Greystar (Mountain Region)

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Eric Geist says it’s been a “war of amenities” in the Wild West—one of the reasons his team was ripping down walls and installing washers and dryers as fast as humanly possible during a recent rental housing retrofit project in Denver. As the director of construction services for the Charleston, South Carolina, developer Greystar, to […]

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