Case Studies Region: Midwest

Jamie Budiac – Sure-Dry Basement Systems

There’s something about the soil in Wisconsin that can be most unsettling—literally—to a house’s foundation. Most of the state is covered by the Ice Age’s glacial deposits and expansive clays much affected by the extreme seasons of the Upper Midwest.  During dry spells—and this region has known drought—the soil shrinks, which can cause what’s been built atop to settle unevenly and oftentimes crack. But with climate change, summer temperatures could be rising and that might mean increased rainfall and […]

Josh Meyer – Bremer Bank

It may not be a traditional banking space, but Josh Meyer of Bremer Bank says the tried-and-true approach needs to give way to something better. The new Bremer location accomplishes just that, opening in the Holiday Center in Duluth, Minnesota, in July 2020. Instead of the typical customer service windows, enclosed offices with paneled doors […]

Jon Fahning – Bremer Bank

When we last spoke with Jon Fahning and Minnesota-based Bremer Bank in July 2019, the 77-year-old financial institution was working to launch new branches in locations throughout the upper Midwest. As with any construction project, having the right architectural plans was critical. But there was another document that proved equally indispensable: Bremer’s 100-plus-pages design playbook […]

Jonathan Overacker – Riverside Healthcare

The rest of us can say hello to Jonathan Overacker, the director of facilities and engineering for Riverside Healthcare in Kankakee, Illinois. Not only was Overacker born at Riverside Medical Center, so were two of his four children, and his father worked there for 40 years. But there’s little time for nostalgia these days, not […]

John Hartmann – Hartmann Electric Co. Inc.

His company noted for powering infrastructure at Chicago’s two international airports, John Hartmann recently turned down a request to send a crew well outside the Windy City. Thanks, but no thanks, the 33-year-old vice president of third-generation Hartmann Electric Co. Inc. politely told a would-be customer who sought expertise on a baggage handling project at […]

Jon Fahning – Bremer Bank

If location-location-location indeed are the three most important factors in real estate, the Twin Cities-based Bremer Bank would seem to be doing well as it extends its reach across the fruited plains of the Upper Midwest. Bremer boasts several dozen offices, branches and locations across Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, many in small rural communities […]

Jim Cornwell – Patoka Capital

A night at the movies calls for more amenities than in years past, and the same may hold true for breakfast the next morning at a restaurant. Today’s consumer can be more demanding, and for any company to be thriving tomorrow, it had better have its eyes on the future. Which is where Jim Cornwell […]

James G. Staat Tuckpointing and Waterproofing

History and architecture have always been inextricably linked. From ancient ruins to the most gravity-defying postmodern structures, our buildings tell stories, and like any world-changing book or glass-encased document, it’s our duty to preserve them. If the structure happens to be in or near St. Louis, Missouri, there’s a decent chance James G. Staat Tuckpointing […]

Jerry’s Homes

“Never start a home that you can’t afford to finish,” John Grubb told his brother Jerry in 1957, when the latter returned from the Korean War and decided to found Jerry’s Homes, a one-man development and homebuilding company. John was likely talking financials when he extended the advice, but Jerry didn’t solely see the company […]

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