Case Studies

Paul Kacha – Framaco International 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

That $100 million-plus project took some doing. So Paul Kacha explains how his company, the general contracting and procurement specialist Framaco International, put the finishing touches on the new U.S. Embassy in the Papua New Guinea capital of Port Moresby a year ago.  This being the South Pacific island’s first LEED-certified building and one that […]

Paula Kirk – Powerhouse

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Who has time to change lightbulbs, paint walls or clear snow when they own a business? Even if a business owner or manager can find the time for such tasks, finding a dependable contractor can take longer than the time it takes for them to make needed upgrades and repairs to plumbing, heating or HVAC […]

Paul Thomarios – Thomarios

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 1948, Nick Thomarios started a small painting company to meet the needs of his neighbors as well as residents of nearby communities. His son Paul Thomarios would often join him, wielding brushes and rollers. Later on, as a political science undergraduate student at The University of Akron, the younger Thomarios would spend his summers […]

Paul Peterson – JLL Work Dynamics

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Paul Peterson transitioned from chief engineer to data center facilities manager at JLL Work Dynamics, he faced a daunting task. For one thing, he was moving into a regional role and taking on a new location with low staff morale and challenges related to its being an older building. “To create a positive culture, […]

Pete Perea – Comstock Homes

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Pete Perea was used to seeing his framers arrive on the job site one at a time, each in their own car. But over the past couple of years, he started noticing a shift: The guys would show up crammed into one truck, six or seven per vehicle, with all their tools piled in the […]

Paige Butterfield – UFG Insurance

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Paige Butterfield is many things: a small-town girl-turned-city woman, a volunteer for causes like Athletes with Disabilities and—since 2018—assistant vice president and director of workplace environment for Iowa-based insurance company UFG Insurance. But perhaps her favorite role is that of mentor. A single mom who had to make her way in a male-dominated field, Butterfield […]

Phil Johnston – Best Buy Canada

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a concept Phil Johnston reckons is catching on in Canadian retail and maybe elsewhere. Indeed, he assures, the early feedback has been positive from consumers at a new and condensed Best Buy location at the Sherwood Park Mall just outside the Alberta capital of Edmonton. “We could be trend-setters,” he tells Blueprint in November. […]

Paul C. White—CEO, Paul White Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Known for its verdant forests, rocky coastline and picturesque lighthouses (and lobster, of course), Maine has long been a popular destination for tourists—despite its relatively sparse population. But after a two-decade-long decline, the state has enjoyed a recent surge of inhabitants.   In a state that was already experiencing an acute housing shortage, the need […]

Pete Godau – School District #62 (Sooke)

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In most school construction projects, the bulk of time is spent, well, building the school. At School District #62 (Sooke), however, a whole year was dedicated solely to blasting rock. That’s because its two new schools were built on the side of a cliff. “We usually aim to build on flat land, but we’re running […]

Paul Callaghan – Footprint

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With floating polyethylene islands twice the size of Texas and beaches that have as much trash as sand, it’s no exaggeration to say the planet is drowning in plastic. While cleanup helps, the ultimate solution may lie with plastic alternatives, says Paul Callaghan. As the vice president and general manager of facilities and construction at […]

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