"Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Design Build Institute of America in 2007, the Opus Group founder Gerald Rauenhorst pioneered the idea that streamlined project funding/purchasing and integrated cross-functional teams deliver elaborate projects faster, more smoothly and with more effective outcomes. He challenged industry norms beginning in the 1960s to benefit his clients while growing the Opus Group into one of the largest multidisciplinary real estate development design and construction firms in the world.
Rauenhorst's legacy in design-build extends far and wide--as far as Zambia, Cambodia, the Central African Republic and beyond--through the family foundation he and his wife Henrietta founded in 1965, GHR Foundation. At first blush, the design-build approach to delivering university residence halls, corporate campuses and sports stadiums may seem to have little application to philanthropy and global development. Looking deeper, however, one can see many of the same principles in play creating models, forming symbiotic teams, sketching a plan of action, consulting on plans and helping shape the results..."