Case Studies Region: Northeast

Don Watson – Merck

While outfitting a new research lab in Rahway, New Jersey, the facilities team encountered somewhat of an eye-opener. It seemed the new, young talent at Merck’s more than 100-year-old campus, wanted to feel connected to the pharmaceutical giant’s colorful history—through black-and-white photos. Since 1891, Merck researchers had helped find new ways to treat and prevent […]

Paul Donhauser – Boston Scientific

Ever detail- and outcome-oriented, Paul Donhauser considers himself the Bill Belichick of corporate real estate management, although he may be more charismatic than the New England Patriots’ famously taciturn coach. He’s also much less secretive about his game plan. Donhauser might even like to see other companies, including competitors, borrowing from the winning strategy he […]

Edward Zielinski – Hologic Inc.

The cartoonist Scott Adams might never know what a savior he’s been to office workers in all four corners of the globe. For it was Adams, whose own glum experiences in cubicles inspired him to conceive “Dilbert” in 1989, and what a chord it struck with the swirling mass of dispirited humanity toiling away in […]

Victor Fernandes – Fernandes Masonry Inc.

The Fernandes brothers, Joe, David, Julio and Victor stood around one another at a family party in New Bedford, Connecticut, when it hit them—the idea that would change their lives. They had spent years working alongside their father with masonry subcontractors throughout New England. Why not go into business for themselves? They had the experience, […]

Todd Barnhart – Gardiner

When Bill Gardiner bought the controlling assets of an HVAC service and distribution company in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1962, he took great pride in being able to dictate the priorities and future of his new business. Bill had spent the last five years selling heating, ventilating and cooling products for Trane, one of the largest […]

Lisa Landis – The Woda Group

It’s no statue, but it does have a connection to the past. The 86,000-square-foot, six-story brick structure was built in the 1890s and has been used as a grocery store, biscuit factory, wool exporter and warehouse. And there’s the most recent use: Nothing at all. For years, the structure stood vacant. Then, in 2015, the […]

Matt Maggiore – The Maggiore Companies

When it comes to urban development, “mixed-use” is a term that gets volleyed around quite a bit these days. As cities and towns grapple with their (in some cases limited) existing space and simultaneously strive to make themselves desirable, the concept of melding residential, commercial, cultural and industrial uses into one harmonious package seems to […]

Bob Jordan – Covalen

At an industry trade show this past October, the manager of a Midwest municipal utility approached the Covalen booth with some welcome news about where much of his budget for wastewater system upgrades would be going. “I am tired of not having you involved in these processes,” he told a few Covalen executives, among them […]

Becky Foster – Buehler’s Fresh Foods

The supermarkets and grocery stores of today are nothing like the shops they used to be. Instead of the small stores of yesteryear, supermarkets have grown in the last few decades, to essentially become department stores full of food. They include produce sections equipped with hydration sprinklers, delis serving carved meats, bakeries boasting multiple ovens, […]

Chinburg Properties

In the mid-1800s, seeing a mill in New England was about as common as spotting a Red Sox or Patriots cap is today. There were thousands of mills scattered across the region, and towns depended on these local factories not just for the items produced, but even more so for the jobs. Southern Maine’s cities […]

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