Case Studies Region: Northeast

John Scalisi – Rockville Center Union Free School District  

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The person managing the facilities of a modern school district in the U.S. is tasked with the crucial responsibility of overseeing the maintenance and operation of numerous school buildings and facilities. This role has unique challenges, including managing aging infrastructure, ensuring compliance with safety regulations, optimizing energy efficiency and budgeting for maintenance and facility upgrades.   […]

Jeffrey D. Chambers – Arlington Public Schools 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In a world where funding educational projects is a constant challenge, Jeffrey D. Chambers NCARB, AIA, ALEP, LEED BD+C, the director of design and construction for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, stands at the forefront, tackling the complexities with unwavering determination. With a career spanning over three decades, Chambers brings a wealth of experience and […]

Joseph Caraciolo – AHRC NYC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It was mid-September when Joseph Caraciolo answered a call from Blueprint, and the sounds of the big city were audible from his cell phone. He was shuttling among some of the 220 or so diverse properties leased, owned and managed by AHRC NYC, a primarily government-funded nonprofit that serves more than 15,000 New Yorkers with […]

James Whitesel – Unionville-Chadds Ford School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Things get congested and complicated when school days begin and end at Unionville High School and Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Cars and school buses get backed up in the parking areas at the adjacent campuses as about 2,500 students and 350 staff members come and go, and congestion is exacerbated because the […]

John LaBare – Uniondale Union Free School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For 15 years, John LaBare has directed facilities and operations for Uniondale Union Free School District, leading a team of more than 100 people responsible for “everything from the curb in.” That’s included sidewalks outside schools and hallways inside them, as well as playgrounds, heating and cooling systems, snow removal and plumbing. The work LaBare […]

Joe Dai – Mackenzie Door Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So how does one enter that most exclusive of Midtown Manhattan neighborhoods, the so-called Billionaires Row along the southern edge of Central Park? Easily enough, at least at 520 Park Ave., one of the newer skyscrapers and completed in 2018. The doors are open to everyone to view as they stroll by, even if they […]

Joe Bleehash – University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Driving onto the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus, one of the first things people see is the new life sciences building. The two-level building is topped by large high plume dilution fans, which are exhaust systems for chemical hoods in laboratories. Fans like this are typically hidden to make buildings more aesthetically pleasing, but […]

Jeff Toren – Kitchen Tune-Up

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the adage goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home; the stronger and more steadily it beats, the healthier and happier the home. “This is where you cook, entertain, do your homework,” says Jeff Toren. “The kitchen has evolved way beyond its original use.” Since 2015, Toren has been among those behind that […]

Joseph Eisenstein – The Galman Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Arnie Galman founded the company that bears his name in 1980, and in the last four decades, he’s traveled the world looking for the best ideas and amenities to use in multifamily homes. Now other people help him carry out that mission, including Joseph Eisenstein, the company’s executive vice president of construction. “We have a […]

Julie Herb – Virtua Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When patients in southern New Jersey need certain specialized cancer treatments, they usually must drive to Philadelphia, which can be time-consuming, stressful and inconvenient.   That’s why leaders at Virtua Health have spent the past several years developing the Proton Therapy Center in Voorhees, New Jersey, in partnership with Penn Medicine.  “There’s a comfort level […]

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