Case Studies Region: Midwest

Duane Boris ‒ Northern Tool + Equipment

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 […]

Stephen Lichter – EAD

As American manufacturers tackle growing production demands and heightened safety requirements—both of which have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic—finding the right engineering solutions has become critical. It’s an issue that Stephen Lichter and his team at EAD are working hard to address. Short for Engineering, Automation and Design, EAD’s services are used by […]

Todd Stone – Stone Group Architects

Since Launching Stone Group Architects in 2012, founder and CEO Todd Stone can safely say that no two days have been the same even if the scenery is plenty familiar—he’s a native of the state of South Dakota, after all. Under normal circumstances, that variety is a good thing—a way to ensure that everyone stays […]

Terry LeTourneau – JLL

It’s a sweet tale of two cities for Terry LeTourneau, who’s spent a lot of time shuttling between Nashville and Newark, New Jersey, in 2019 and 2020. In one city, he oversees the facilities where pet foods of the future are created and the animals sampling them are lovingly cared for. In the other, he’s […]

Rence Meredith – Grand Valley State University

For many colleges and universities, summer is when the hustle and bustle of student life give way to an almost eerie calm, where the loudest sound may be the wind in the trees. That is, until you take a walk across the Grand Valley State University campus in Allendale, Michigan. There you’ll see the dozens […]

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 […]

Matthew Johnston – TI Fluid Systems

Not long after Matthew Johnston joined TI Fluid Systems in 2010, the company’s CEO Bill Kozyra embarked upon a project to dramatically improve its workplace, believing a new corporate office would have a powerful and positive effect on employees. The goal was to create a corporate setting in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that would inspire employees […]

Andrew Mathers – Transportation Research Center Inc.

Wouldn’t it be cool to work at a vehicle test track? One where automated vehicles negotiate realistic highways, traffic lights, high-speed intersections and an 80-acre city? Andrew Mathers, director of facilities for Transportation Research Center Inc., doesn’t just work there. He’s helping build it. In its latest innovation, Transportation Research Center, an independent vehicle testing […]

Warren Whitesell – DePauw University

Imagine a 93-year-old dorm—which has seen everything from parties to panty raids—that’s succumbed to waves of incoming freshmen over the decades. Warren Whitesell of DePauw University knows firsthand what effect college-age students can have on a dormitory—after all, he’s the father of five children himself. Ah, youth. That’s one of the reasons why Whitesell—as the […]

Andrew Freeman – Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State College

An arborist at heart and a campus facilities director by profession, Andrew Freeman finds the two endeavors complementary in his role at Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State College. “Trees enhance the campus environment,” he emphasizes during a December interview with Blueprint. “Sometimes, however, they have to be relocated, and that has been an ongoing […]

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