Case Studies Region: West

Brian Horton – Leaf Communications

In 2009, while working as a senior project manager for a Pennsylvania-based engineering firm, Brian Horton remembers flying over Maine in a helicopter, in awe of the vast wilderness while seeing nothing but trees for miles. For Horton, it was hard to believe that this rural state was a placed visited by terrorists in advance […]

Brandon Brito – Greystar Real Estate Partners

Brandon Brito’s favorite part of his job? “Seeing the finished product,” he tells Blueprint in December 2020. Senior director of construction services for Greystar Real Estate Partners’ Californian operations since 2012, Brito should continue to see many finished products. Noting his employer is a global leader in the investment, development and redevelopment, and management of […]

Ben Gates – NG Companies

Sometimes inspiration just walks through the door. For Ben Gates, then a branch president at a bank in Fort Collins, Colorado, his first visit from NG Cos. founder and CEO Camron Lente introduced him to someone with vision and drive he found extraordinary. Though Lente and NG were struggling through hard times, Gates says he […]

Bob Cowan – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Air handling systems and drug production facilities that cycle a building’s air six to 60 times an hour with 100 percent outside air. A data center with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.05. A computerized building automation system controlling 10,000 pieces of equipment and providing instant alerts if problems arise. These are examples […]

Brandon Lark – Great Southwestern Construction Inc.

Over the past 10 years, as the construction business worked to dig itself out of the Great Recession, EPC contracts (short for engineering, procurement and construction) became the go-to delivery method for a growing number of utilities and renewable energy developers. While EPC agreements have existed for decades, their core concepts—reducing risk and bringing all […]

Brad Mignone – Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group

Miami will be on Brad Mignone’s travel itinerary. As will Pittsburgh and Santa Clara, California. Quite possibly some other locales that might also keep him away from his Las Vegas home for a couple of days a week. For when you’re senior director of development and construction at one of America’s fastest growing high-end restaurant […]

Burdick Excavating Company

It seems safe to conclude that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District is anything but penny-wise, pound-foolish when it comes to upgrading many popular campgrounds in what’s known as the Crystal Basin Recreational Area in the Eldorado National Forest of eastern California. For SMUD—one of the nation’s largest community-owned utilities—entrusted part of a comprehensive $113 million […]

Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric

As another summer heats up in the Denver metro area, dwellers can expect to endure 35 to 40 days of temperatures hitting 90 degrees or higher. It’ll be times like these when many of them will discover—the hard way, of course—that their air conditioning isn’t humming up to full capacity. Well, good luck finding an […]

Buzz Oates

Usually, after a piece of property is sold the builder lets go of all responsibility concerning the project, unless of course that property was developed and built by a company such as Buzz Oates, which has a longer-term interest. Based in Sacramento, California, the vertically integrated development and asset management company specializes in building large […]

BCCI Construction Company

If BCCI Construction wants clients to know how the WELL Building Standard can improve a work environment, all the staff needs to do is give a tour of the headquarters. That’s because, a little more than a year ago, the company designed its new office in accordance with the standard. “We really did create a […]

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