Rudy Santacroce, PE, CLSSBB, PMP, DSHS

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign

Rudy Santacroce

Leadership, camaraderie, confidence. Rudy exemplifies all these attributes. In addition to his leadership role at Blue Cottage of CannonDesign, his military career spans more than 30 years. He continues to serve as a colonel in the United States Army Reserve, alongside a robust career as a professional engineer and passionate change agent, applying expertise in strategy, operational planning, and advanced data analytics to help organizations improve outcomes.

Rudy is dedicated to developing long-lasting, trusted client partnerships. His number one goal? Fostering clients for life. He focuses on developing mutual respect and becoming a trusted colleague and advisor who clients look to for guidance. Collaboration is key—Rudy actively engages and aligns all stakeholders to produce innovative and successful results.

A few clients and collaborators

  • Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • MD Anderson
  • Children’s Health
  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • Strategic and operational planning and innovation
  • Facility master planning strategy
  • Lean Six Sigma process improvement 
  • Discrete event simulation modeling


  • His Santacroce family heritage and history—from Naples and Bari, Italy, through Ellis Island to the Brooklyn Navy Yard during WWII
  • It’s great to be a Florida Gator—BSIE and MSAS alumni
  • His more than 17 publications and national presentations that give back to his community’s body of knowledge