Case Studies Region: Northeast

Kathryn Gibbs – Merck & Co Inc.

She was only touring an intern, but it could’ve been a high-level corporate meeting or a group of industry guests, to see one of Merck’s buildings. Certainly, Kathryn Gibbs was still delighted to give a tour, especially to show how her company, global pharmaceutical giant Merck, strives to make itself accessible and safe for its […]

Jim Giuliano – Construction Solutions Group

Jim Giuliano says his entire career has been about making the most of opportunities. It started at an early age, as he grew up around his family’s masonry business and found himself helping his brothers and father during summer vacations, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about construction. After college at Central Connecticut State […]

Erik Backus ‒ Clarkson University

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry, from sports and entertainment to health care and hospitality. It’s had a profound impact on education and construction, the two areas where Erik Backus makes his mark. Backus is the head of the construction engineering management program at Clarkson University—his alma mater—where he’s responsible for planning all coursework […]

Jill Soderholm – BlueCrest

What do digging holes, world travel, stuffing envelopes, women’s rights and mentoring all have in common? That would be Jill Soderholm—and all the things she loves to do and promote. Connecticut-born, Soderholm has traveled the world applying her skills in real estate, finance, planning and architecture to high-end projects. Returning to her New England roots […]

Keith Metzger – Subaru of America

With most Subaru of America personnel working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the headquarters were less hustle and bustle when Keith Metzger spoke with Blueprint in May. Senior executives and people deemed essential to the operation, however, still come by daily to the gleaming 250,000-square-foot facility in Camden, New Jersey, as does Metzger, director of […]

John F. Hogan— Marriott International

The call came into the New Orleans Sheraton on a Thursday afternoon from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—and it was not to book a reservation in one of the French Quarter’s hot spots. The hotel on 555 Canal St., was now a hot spot for a very different reason. More than 5,000 COVID-19 cases […]

Seth Katz – Sentinel Real Estate

Seth Katz can’t wait for the day when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. As a lifelong automotive enthusiast and mechanical engineer, nothing would make him happier than driving his vintage BMW from his home in New Jersey down to one of his largest jobs in Washington, D.C. There, he’ll check out a major project totaling more […]

Thomas J. “T.J.” Quatroni Jr. – Abilene Inc.

There was nowhere to go but up. Contracted to install a new boiler and HVAC system in lower Manhattan, the leadership team at Abilene Inc. quickly realized this wasn’t a typical job, even with their decades of experience. Because basement areas where the company typically installs its custom-built boilers weren’t available, the team had to […]

Mark Beroney – Atlantic Prefab

Between fears of COVID-19 and the resulting rise in unemployment, panic and uncertainty have seeped into just about every industry in America. But for Mark Beroney, president of Atlantic Prefab in Wilton, New Hampshire, business is booming. At the prefabrication firm, he’s keeping more than 30 employees on the payroll and projects moving forward with […]

Neal Hammerschlag – Scully Company

Neal Hammerschlag | Director of Construction | Scully Company There are certain mistakes Neal Hammerschlag will never make again, like wearing pressed khakis and a button-down shirt to a housing construction worksite years ago. It was his first day on the job as a new superintendent, a major step transitioning from a career in law. […]

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