Case Studies Region: Northeast

David Johns – Mount Airy Casino Resort

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The Las Vegas Strip has more than two dozen multi-billion-dollar properties on a four-mile stretch. These behemoths, which have thousands of rooms, are huge compared to smaller casinos on tribal lands or in rural places. They also have over-the-top amenities that are hard to match. But, according to David Johns, it’s not impossible. “We’re trying […]

Chad Lundeen – Saatva

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sleep being a private activity, shopping for a mattress in public might be counterintuitive to some people. That’s why Saatva designs its viewing rooms to be restful and calming. The mattress company, which has headquarters in New York and Austin, Texas, has viewing rooms in six major U.S. cities. The newest, which is in Chicago, […]

Phil Massey – Penn State Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to building and maintaining a hospital, attention to detail is paramount—from the color of the paint to the quality of the air. After all, the hospital itself is like a living, breathing organism: The more seamlessly its parts work together, the healthier it is. This holds especially true for Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Medical […]

Ashley Shoults – Veterinary Emergency Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

One of the worst things a pet owner can experience is having to bring their sick or injured animal to an emergency veterinary hospital. Waiting anxiously in the lobby while their beloved pet is taken behind closed doors; worrying how the pet is reacting to strangers and other animals: it’s a situation ripe for stress. […]

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 […]

Jim Tully – ICON International

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It could be that Zoom or Teams have made the company’s jet an expensive accessory by eliminating the need for so much travel. It could be that online shopping and banking have reduced the need for retail space, or that remote and hybrid work arrangements have lessened the need for office space. Whatever the reason, […]

Peter Scarpati – The Wistar Institute

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most people are tired of talking about the COVID-19 virus, especially more than two years after the first reported U.S. cases and coronavirus related lockdowns. But for Peter Scarpati, the pandemic is the impetus for a lot of the things he’s doing as the director of operations for the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. As a […]

Mike Chicoine – Drive Shack Inc.

Est. reading time: 3 mins

In the classic Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore,” the title character takes a trip to a miniature golf course late in the film to hone his putting skills ahead of a major tournament. While working with his coach Chubbs Peterson, Gilmore gets frustrated as obstacles like windmills and laughing clowns keep his ball from going […]

Kirk Smith – Darn Tough

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While people have been exploring nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirk Smith has been busy making sure their feet stay comfortable. He’s the director of engineering and maintenance at Darn Tough, a Vermont-based company that makes durable socks for outdoor activities or everyday wear. With a company saying of “Still Made in Vermont,” it won’t […]

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 […]

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