Case Studies Region: Midwest

Adam Cimaroli – LafargeHolcim

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Adam Cimaroli thinks about cement so his customers and partners don’t have to—where it needs to go, safely, effectively and at the lowest cost. “We want to have cement available when customers need it, where they need it, how much and what type they need,” says Cimaroli, senior manager of terminal projects for LafargeHolcim. It’s […]

Firelake Construction

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If you’ve ever had a window seat when landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, there’s a good chance you’ve seen it: A massive complex of buildings, numbering in the dozens, out beyond the furthest runway. Despite their proximity, the two facilities could hardly be more different: One is designed to get you to Memphis; the […]

Tim O’Connell – Cincinnati Reds

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s March 29, Opening Day at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark (GABP), and the world feels right again. The weather, though chilly for shorts and shades, is mercifully spring-like. Players glide across the field like pent-up collies loosed to pasture, while throughout the stands fans of every age relish the sounds and smells swirling in the […]

Kelly Noel – Aurora Health Care

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a fact of construction life that the bosses have been bemoaning for years. Though the trades are teeming with opportunities, there’s not a rush of young men and women to be electricians, mechanics, pipefitters, masons, painters, plumbers, carpenters and all the other vocational roles so necessary in bringing a blueprint’s intent to fruition. As […]

Carl Kernodle – Hyatt

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When the Hyatt chain opened one of its newest resorts near the Caribbean paradise of Cancun on Mexico’s eastern shore, Carl Kernodle, vice president of planning and design, practiced his own method of quality assessment. “I walk the property and talk to the people, asking them where they’re from, how they’re enjoying their vacation and […]

Steve Bruere – Peoples Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

According to a 2015 Iowa State University study, 56 percent of all Iowa farmland is owned by those 65 and older. Though the numbers don’t exactly pop off the page, the implications are significant: With upwards of 85 percent of our foodstuffs sourced from within the United States, how—and by whom—will our future farms be […]

Chris Edwards – Monterey Construction

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Many construction companies may call themselves custom home builders, but in Chris Edwards’ experience, oftentimes they are only offering customers a choice among pre-selected homes. “It’s what I call a ‘modified tract home,’ and they basically show you their product line of maybe a handful of floor plans and a few designs, and that’s it,” […]

Jerry’s Homes

Est. reading time: 4 mins

“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 […]

Dake Wells Architecture

Est. reading time: 5 mins

To a lot of folks in southeast Springfield, Missouri, it’s more than just another library. Known as the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, it’s located in a residential neighborhood rather than on a busy urban street. For decades it has been where countless children have discovered and sustained the joy of reading, and where their parents […]

Lisa Sombart – William Tao & Associates Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As happens, St. Louis Community College recently decided to replace its extensive system of 50-year-old heating and domestic hot water distribution systems connecting all of the campus’ buildings—with additional areas for electrical service issues included in the scope. The Missouri institution decided on a local engineering firm that handles both mechanical and electrical work. Those […]

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