Case Studies October 2019

Dan Zalkow — Portland State University

A $100 million construction project is hard enough for any one builder, even with the best of plans. Now try it with four vested stakeholders in the project, three of them viewing it as crucial to the future of the educational opportunities they offer. Such is the case in Portland, Oregon, with 4th & Montgomery, […]

David Handwork – Arkansas State University

When a person interviews for a job, it is said to take just three seconds for the interviewer to develop an opinion of him or her. The same pretty much holds true for high school seniors pondering where to continue their education, says the man entrusted with tending to the aesthetics and facilities at Arkansas […]

Dominic Petruzzelli – City of Chicago

It might just be the best part of Dominic Petruzzelli’s job, walking past an art exhibit on his way to a planning meeting or hearing classical music wafting through the hallways of Chicago’s Cultural Center, a gorgeous 150-year-old neoclassical building located in the heart of the city’s downtown Loop. As director of facilities management for […]

Georgia Diacumakos-Kyrifides – Rutgers University

As the campuses of Rutgers University grow and expand throughout New Jersey, school officials hope the locals take notice. It’s certainly hard to miss the new RWJ Barnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, a $108 million complex located at the heart of the school’s Piscataway, New Jersey campus. Encompassing 125,000 square feet, the four-story facility combines […]

Hector A. Dietsch – Seminole State College of Florida

The rewards, at least the tangible ones, were greater in some of his previous posts, but Hector A. Dietsch wanted more out of his professional and personal life. For he had been logging 10- to 12-hour shifts, six, sometimes seven days a week in his native Dominican Republic, supervising high-stakes renovation for construction companies. A […]

Hunter Quinn Homes

Will Herring is no stranger to swinging a hammer. But drawn to details like his father, who was a civil engineer, he admittedly became more of an operations “process junkie” when it came to pursuing a career in construction and planning. Those interests, coupled with his business background, led him to launch Hunter Quinn Homes—a […]

Iga Wyrzykowski – XpresSpa

To Iga Wyrzykowski, there’s a certain awe that strikes her when she walks through an airport, past one of the XpresSpa stores she’s helped create. “I walk by and think to myself, ‘Wow I designed that!,’” XpresSpa’s director of store design and construction says. “The transformation is amazing. It’s incredible to think that I designed […]

Jeffery A. Vinger – University of Arkansas

It’s the Cherokee term for “from the woods,” which makes Adohi the ideal name for new student housing scheduled to open late this summer at the University of Arkansas. For it’s the woods where the primary construction material originates, though it was processed in Austria by the Holzpak Corp. One of just a handful of […]

Joe Murray – ACT Construction

Let’s say you’re sitting in your corporate office in Illinois, but you want to check on one of your restaurants being built in Texas. You log in to your project manager software, and in a few clicks you have a live feed of the construction site: where workers are focused for the day; what materials […]

Joel Kalmin – Legacy Community Health Services

Joel Kalmin of Legacy Community Health Services does not wear a stethoscope or take care of patients, but for the last 10 years as director of facilities design, he has worked with Legacy staff to build clinics that reflect and invigorate the communities they serve. As the largest nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Care Center, or […]

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