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Professional Writing for Architecture and Construction
Sean O’Keefe Communications and Strategy provides marketing and public relations services to the highly-specialized design, construction, and commercial building products industry. Based in Denver, Colorado, Sean helps architecture and construction industry clients around the country assess their position in the competitive landscape and chart a course for sustained success.  

Architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, developers, and product manufacturers all benefit from clear messaging through strong writing. If you want your vision and success to stand out in today’s ultra-competitive business pursuit climate, Sean O’Keefe Communications and Strategy welcomes the chance to help you understand how broad your reach can be.

sean@sokpr.com                              303.668.0717

  • William Logan

    Modern In Denver

    “Sean has a unique ability to be both technical and lyrical in the same story, seamlessly blending his experience of architecture and building with his ability to find the heart and soul of the subject to craft stories that both entertain and inform our readers.”

  • Jennifer McGregor

    MG.aec

    “Time and time again, Sean has proven to be an essential extension of our marketing/communications team. He has the ability to craft complex technical language and concepts into compelling stories, pitching them to eager audiences with great success.”

  • Steve Silva

    AMP

    “Sean continues to be a fantastic part of the Atlas Molded Products team. His industry expertise, marketing insight, and broad influence in print and digital publishing have been instrumental in ensuring our awareness and PR efforts make an impact with the right customers at the right time. “

  • Terry Grimble

    Bomanite

    “Sean’s experience and knowledge in the construction industry directly improved our ability to communicate with building and design professionals. We view our relationship with Sean as a partnership – and as an integral part of our marketing efforts.”

  • Cally Olson

    Colorad Hardscapes

    “Sean has been a wonderful partner and has taken our copywriting to the next level. His experience in the construction industry and marketing both help him bring added value to our marketing vision.”

  • Eric Combs

    D2C Architects

    “Sean helped us revamp our marketing image, brand and approach. Through his creative efforts and focused delivery, we were able to open new doors and strengthen existing relationships. Sean without question can help you position your firm for success.”

  • Michelle Meunier

    MKMBUILD.com

    “ Crossing paths with Sean O’Keefe was one of the luckiest things to happen to me in business. On my very limited budget, Sean helped me reformat my website, target my advertising, and refine my marketing. I trust his opinion and I value his work.”

  • Joe Poli

    Humphries Poli

    “Marketing is a measurable win-lose proposition. It takes a careful eye and pen to show clients that our team is qualified to bring their program to reality. Sean is a master at clear-headed analysis, professional, energetic and resourceful; all key attributes to a firm whose mission is to expand their capture in a very competitive marketplace.”

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Atlas Molded Products
Expanded Polystyrene Building Materials and Packaging
Molded polystyrene insulation and geofoam manufacturer, Atlas Molded Products leads the way in advanced EPS building materials for commercial construction, civil infrastructure, and residential projects across the United States. Brand-positive project case studies are developed into informative articles that are published nationally.

The published articles are shared via the company webpage and social media channels and finally redistributed by blast release to ensure truly comprehensive saturation.

Key Assignments Include:
Published Articles
Case Studies
Web Content

Recently Published Articles:

Foam Works – Omega Concrete
For Construction Pros

Unlike Anything Else – Playtime
Play & Playground Magazine

Snowbird Mountain Resort
Commercial Architecture

Enterprise Precast – Value Beyond Building
Concrete Products

“Sean continues to be a fantastic part of the Atlas Molded Products team. His industry expertise, marketing insight, and broad influence in print and digital publishing have been instrumental in ensuring our awareness and PR efforts make an impact with the right customers at the right time. “

Steve Silva, Corporate Marketing Manager
Atlas Molded Products

 
Construction Writer

Bomanite
Stamped and Decorative Concrete
Bomanite is the world-wide originator of the decorative concrete industry and distributes their products and services through a network of Licensees nationwide. Marketing and Public Relations began with a strategic brand analysis along with developing tailored firm profiles for more than 25 independent Bomanite Licensees.

Working with a wide range of design and construction industry publications, case study articles are being published nationally to reinforce brand awareness and broaden market reach.

Key Assignments Include:
Strategic Planning
Licensee Firm Profiles
Published Articles

Recently Published Articles:

Big Ticket
Play & Playground

Innovations in Fine-Aggregate Exposed Concrete
Modern Contractor Solutions

Making A Spalsh
Tulsa Lifestyle

A Sense of Place
Concrete Contractor

“Our involvement with Sean came as a result of a referral from one of the most highly-regarded contractors in the decorative concrete industry. Sean’s experience and knowledge in the construction industry directly improved our ability to communicate with building and design professionals. The work the Sean has done for us has been of high quality. Numerous articles have led to opportunities for our customer base. We view our relationship with Sean as a partnership – and as an integral part of our marketing efforts.”

Terry Grimble, Director of Technical Services
The Bomanite Company

 
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Concepts in Millwork
Colorado-based Specialty Contractor
Concepts in Millwork is one of Colorado’s most well-respected specialty contractors dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship and customer service in custom millwork for commercial construction. Building the new U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum was a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved and Concepts in Millwork engaged me to develop an AGC Awards submission including content writing and photography.

“Sean was recommended to us and we are so glad he was available to partner with us! Since it was our first time working with Sean, it was helpful that he set clear expectations upfront to get the best results and that made the process flow very smoothly with everyone involved in our company. Sean’s understanding of the construction industry was invaluable as he was able to easily take our input and turn it into a beautifully written award submission that showcases our custom work. We’ll be competing for a building industry AGC/C ACE Award with Sean’s writing and know that we have a stand-out submission that will WOW our judges! We look forward to future opportunities to partner with Sean again!”

Sherri Lindsey, VP Sales & Marketing
Concepts in Millwork

 
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Colorado Hardscapes
Architectural & Specialty Concrete Contractor
The Front Range’s premier decorative concrete contractor, Colorado Hardscapes has been leading product innovation, durability, and beauty nationally since the industry’s inception nearly 50 years ago. Operating as an extension of staff, writing, marketing, and public relations services are integrated into monthly workflows to routine benefit.

Key Assignments Include:

Website and Blog Copywriting

Placemaking Round Table, Colorado Construction & Design Magazine

2019 Association of General Contractors Award Submissions

Press Releases

“Sean has been a wonderful partner and has taken our copywriting to the next level. His experience in the construction industry and marketing both help him bring added value to our marketing vision.”

Cally Olson, Marketing Director
Colorado Hardscapes

 
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MG.aec
A/E/C Technology Partners
MG’s mission is to build partnerships within the AEC industry that enrich prosperity and propel innovation for clients and staff. As an extension of internal marketing efforts key writing assignments include marketing collateral, press releases, web copy, and white papers.

Key Assignments Include:

Website Copy and Case Studies

Thought-Leadership Articles

Press Releases

“Time and time again, Sean has proven to be an essential extension of our marketing/communications team.  He has the ability to craft complex technical language and concepts into compelling stories, pitching them to eager audiences with great success. We look forward to building more of Sean’s narrative and cohesive voice into extended website and thought leadership content.”

Jennifer McGregor, IIDA, LEED-AP, Director of Business Development – Marketing
MG.aec

 
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Denver South Economic Development Partnership
Multi-jurisdictional Public/Private Partnership
This Framework to Advance and Preserve the Corridor was undertaken in anticipation of substantial population growth throughout metro-Denver. It intends to succinctly assess existing conditions, thoughtfully identify challenges, and present both visionary and practical approaches to controlling circumstances that could erode the quality of life in Denver South.

Published Framework:

Rise & Shine
Denver South Economic Development Partnership

“Sean has a distinct voice and confidently communicates complex topics. He has an ability to cut through industry jargon or buzzwords to find and amplify what really resonates with his audience. His writing is extremely relatable to a broad readership.”

Tom Brook, CEO
Denver South Economic Development Partnership

 
architecture and construction writer

Modern In Denver
Regional Architecture and Design Publication
Feature articles profiling Colorado’s coolest architectural innovations, practices, and personalities with a thoughtful appreciation for the craft and consequence in the choices made.

Recently Published Articles:

Poets of Place
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Uncommon Geometry
Triangle Building

A View Askew
The Source Hotel

Beautiful Business
Xero

Intrinsic Rewards
Entasis

“Sean has contributed to Modern In Denver for over three years and his experience and talent have proven to be an ideal match for the subjects we cover. He has a unique ability to be both technical and lyrical in the same story, seamlessly blending his experience of architecture and building with his ability to find the heart and soul of the subject to craft stories that both entertain and inform our readers.  Sean is fun to work with and one of the most professional writers (he never misses a deadline) to have ever contributed to Modern In Denver. It is easy to say that he has elevated the quality of our publication.”

William Logan, Publisher
Modern In Denver

 
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Kiewit
Construction, Engineering, and Mining
Kiewit is one of the largest builders of transportation, water/wastewater, and power infrastructure anywhere in the world. Competing on megaprojects requires precisely crafted technical narratives and acutely developed proposal graphics to convey a strong value proposition and detailed understanding of the technical challenges and opportunities of each pursuit.

Key Assignments Include:

San Antonio Water System Design-Build Contract

Sabine River Authority Pumps Station and Pipeline

Trinity River Plant Rehabilitation Project

“Sean has provided technical writing and consulting skills on complex construction pursuits from the qualification & proposal stages all the way through to interview preparation. He works effectively with many different personalities and egos on teams that include both internal and external members. He is able to wade through and pull together the many technical parts and pieces of complex projects to create clear written narratives that are understood by differing audiences.

I highly recommend Sean O’Keefe and look forward to continuing to work with him on future projects.”

Margo Waisanen, Former Business Development Manager
Kiewit

 
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Colorado Construction & Design
Regional Construction & Design Publication
As the author of Colorado Construction & Design’s Round Up, I gather project updates on the future of design and construction across the Centennial State, one market segment at a time.

Recently Published Articles:

More Than A Garden
Denver Botanic Gardens

First Impression
Platte Fifteen

The Elusive Edge
Park 17

“Sean has been a rock-solid contributor to Colorado Construction & Design for a number of years, writing our “Round Ups” of construction industry projects. His experience with construction and design firms gives him an added advantage when communicating the industry’s complexities. He is personable and introspective with a professional approach to communication and marketing.”

Mike Branigan, President & Publisher
Colorado Construction & Design

 
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D2C Architects
Architecture, Planning, and Design
This growing architecture practice is establishing a brand profile in Colorado’s crowded design industry and took advantage of strategic thinking and hands-on marketing expertise. Marketing and Public Relations services included brand analysis and guidance; developing proposals and marketing collateral; publishing subject matter expert articles.

D2C improved their potential to reach a larger audience with a more focused message through a comprehensive rewrite of their firm narratives used in all RPF submissions.

Key Assignments Include:
Strategic Planning
Website Content
Proposal Writing
Published Articles

Published Articles:
Building 909 – Adaptive Reuse
The Military Engineer

“Sean helped us revamp our marketing image, brand and approach.  Through his creative efforts and focused delivery, we were able to open new doors and strengthen existing relationships.  Sean without question can help you position your firm for success.”

Eric Combs, Principal
D2C Architects

 
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Michelle Meunier Photography
Construction Industry Photographer
Construction photographer, Michelle Meunier invested in a website rehabilitation project and began a brand building process that continues to reap rewards. Key messaging, strategic e-messaging to targeted client groups and increased industry connections are helping this young business thrive.

Key Assignments Include:
Strategic Planning
Web Content
Blast Emails

Live Web Presence:
MKMBuild.com

Great work, but I’ve never heard of you…” was a comment I received a lot during my first years as an architectural photographer in Denver. 

I needed to polish my brand and get my name out.  Crossing paths with Sean O’Keefe was one of the luckiest things to happen to me in business.  On my very limited budget, Sean helped me reformat my website, target my advertising, and refine my marketing.  I trust his opinion and I value his work.  I am very thankful to have Sean O’Keefe working with my business as I now receive calls for estimates based on word of mouth and “I’ve heard great things about you…”  Such a turn around and I know it is due in part to Sean O’Keefe Communications and Strategy.”

Michelle Meunier
Michelle Meunier Photography

 
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Building Dialogue
Regional Architecture and Development Publication
As a Features Writer for Building Dialogue, I explore the finer points of design and construction on every assignment with a simple philosophy – people make projects. Following the pride and passion of the professionals involved always leads the way for the stories I write for Building Dialogue.

Recently Published Articles:

Since 1884
Kiewit

Beautiful from Top to Bottom
Platte Fifteen

Design Intent
Davis Partnership

50 Fifty Sets Sail
50 Fifty

Quietly Confident
4240

“Sean has a keen understanding of the Front Range construction market. His elevated understanding takes readers behind the scenes while uncovering the most interesting details. His public relations and marketing experience lays the foundation for his ability to tell a great design and construction story.”

Kris Oppermann Stern, Publisher & Editor
Building Dialogue

 
Construction Writer

BOOTS Construction
General Contractor
BOOTS Construction thrived on a word-of-mouth approach to marketing for more than a decade before competitive pressure compelled them to step up their game. Brand identity and messaging were explored and marketing efforts realigned to reflect the business’ well-earned reputation for premium quality, absolute transparency, and personal commitment in everything thing they do.

Key Assignments Include:
Strategic Planning
Marketing Collateral
Proposal Writing
Website Strategy and Content
Presentation Training

Live Web Presence:
bootsconstruction.com

 
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Kimberly Timmons Interiors
Interior Design
Renowned interior design firm, KTI competes nationally for high-profile commissions. Comprehensive marketing and public relations services included strategic account management and developing all brand narratives for awards submissions, website, press releases and subject matter expert articles.

KTI’s exceptional, vibrant work is well-suited to editorial exposure and contends strongly for industry recognition.

Key Assignments Include:
Awards Submissions
Web Content
Published Articles

Published Articles:
Amenity No. 1 – Your Clubhouse
Golf, Inc. Magazine

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Writing

Pikes Peak or Bust!
above the fruited plain, a national inspiration deserves celebration
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Building Big
from scope to scale to magnificent detail, the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center stretches the imagination
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Golden Child
the horizon is relentless in markets fueled by high-end appetites
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Educating Today’s Construction Professional
a round table discussion on training today’s workforce for tomorrow’s challenges By Sean O’Keefe By necessity it seems that to
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Getting It Right
Looking ever toward the horizon, Shea Properties’ The Quincy typifies a development legacy “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape
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50 Fifty Sets Sail
DTC’s sparkling new node emerges from an ensemble voyage like none other “Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over
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Resume

architecture and construction writer

B.A. Journalism / Communications
 University of North Carolina (1995)

Peace Corps Volunteer / English Teacher
Peace Corps Benin, W. Africa (1998 – 2000)

Owner / Photographer
Sean O’Keefe Professional Imaging (2001 – 2016)

Winner / 1st Place
Mary E. Phillips Elementary Mini-Marathon (1982)

Sean O’Keefe Communications and Strategy
Established 2015
With highly specialized knowledge and expertise related to the design, construction and commercial building products industry, I support a wide range of clients in the A/E/C industry with both communications and public relations strategies and services.

Honed over many years of providing marketing and public relations services to leading design and construction firms, my expertise is in articulating the complexities, camaraderie, and delights of building the world’s infrastructure, one project at a time. As a Marketing Strategist I help businesses assess their position in the competitive landscape and chart a course for sustained success. As a polished Public Relations professional, I write the story of how and why the magnificent built environment continues to change all around us.

Previous Experience Includes:

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
Adolfson and Peterson Construction (2011 – 2014)

Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Humphries Poli Architects (2006 – 2011)

“Marketing is a measurable win-lose proposition. It takes a careful eye and pen to show clients that our team is qualified to bring their program to reality. Sean is a master at clear-headed analysis, professional, energetic and resourceful; all key attributes to a firm whose mission is to expand their capture in a very competitive marketplace.”

Joe Poli, Principal
Humphries Poli Architects

Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Coover-Clark & Associates Architects (2005 – 2006)

“Sean redesigned our marketing collateral, established a new format for our approach to proposal response and structured an information system for marketing that is largely still in place and useful to the company many years later. I consider Sean to be among the best marketing professionals with which I have worked.”

Dave Clark, Principal
Coover-Clark & Associates

Regional Communications Coordinator
Short Elliott Hendrickson Engineering (2003 – 2005)

Marketing Coordinator 
Arrowstreet Architecture (2002 – 2003)

“Sean spearheaded a process for designing and producing client presentations that has greatly enhanced not only the appearance of these materials but the flexibility with which we can produce them. Undoubtedly Sean will make a positive contribution to every firm that hires him.”

Kathleen Born, AIA
Arrowstreet

Marketing and Public Relations Assistant
Edwards and Kelcey Engineering (2001 – 2002)

Contact Sean

sean@sokpr.com              303.668.0717