Case Studies Region: Northeast

Shoshana Polakoff – Orthodox Union

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When the Orthodox Union moved several blocks from its old New York City headquarters, the organization had a chance to start over. With the vision and direction of the executive vice presidents, Shoshana Polakoff and her colleague took a cavernous, bare-bones space with random wood planks and wires lying about and turned it into a […]

Stephen Lewis – Monticello Central School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Stephen Lewis recently had to find a seemingly impossible solution to a prevalent problem in schools: The lack of security and monitoring measures in bathrooms, which can lead to anything from vaping to bullying. Using research and decades of experience, he and his facilities team at Monticello Central School District decided to install sensors. The […]

Susie Youd – Braze

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s all about being a great connector. HBO Max, Burger King, NASCAR, Grubhub, PureGym—these companies and so many more access Braze’s multichannel engagement platform to build and sustain customer loyalty. How much more effectively could Braze serve them with enhanced in-house connections? This is what Susie Youd asked upon becoming the head of global real […]

Sean McFaul – Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Since its founding in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has fought serious diseases by understanding their underlying causes and going all-in to discover and develop medicines that address them. As senior director of real estate, Sean McFaul ensures Vertex has the workplaces necessary to research and develop therapies—and to attract researchers. Speaking with Blueprint […]

Saquib Butt – SmartLabs

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The new sign atop the gleaming 22-story tower in South San Francisco says it all: SmartLabs. Smart laboratories literally are bustling on the four highest levels where researchers in the life sciences pursue the next therapies or medications. Some of them working for startups, their employers didn’t have much to spend or time to wait […]

Simon Smith – Rightpoint

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Simon Smith was not alone in assuming his company’s shift to remote work because of the COVID-19 pandemic would not be long-term. As the associate director of facilities and operations at Rightpoint, he says he expected the company’s offices to reopen about two months after they closed in March 2020. More than 18 months later, […]

Santiago Quiroz – Campus Life & Style

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up in an economically depressed neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas, was not ideal, says Santiago Quiroz. Following high school, he saw no real opportunities and he almost got in trouble. That all changed when he joined the U.S. military—first the Navy and then the Army—serving just shy of 10 years. There, the variety and […]

Sheila Mason-Henry – Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Losing and gaining jobs. Dealing with racial discrimination. Navigating business operations through a pandemic and raising a family. The only thing left for Sheila Mason-Henry to do is earn her Ph.D. as she’s already mastered managing change and breaking the mold. As the daughter of Costa Rican immigrants, Mason-Henry pursued a career in IT that’s […]

Shigeo Iwamiya – Suffolk University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With its skyline views, proximity to Boston’s downtown Freedom Trail and a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, it was a housing lottery ticket Suffolk University undergraduate students could only dream of: a room at the former luxury Ames Hotel. Approaching the fall semester of 2020, anticipation was building to welcome first-year students […]

Stephen Powell – Realterm

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If you know one airport, you know one airport. So says Stephen Powell, whose responsibilities include knowing the nuances of many airports and land-based freight operations around the world. Having served as senior vice president of construction at Annapolis-based Realterm since 2017, Powell oversees a team of six as point man for the construction of […]

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