Case Studies June 2021

Brian Sinnwell – Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Est. reading time: 5 mins

That oak tree out back is almost a member of the family. It’s held a tire swing or a hammock, and hints at changing seasons with green buds in the spring and orange foliage each fall. But now, it’s deemed a hazard to air traffic by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration rules. It needs to be […]

Michael Hamel – Covenant Living of Cromwell

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Michael Hamel remembers his first day on the job at Covenant Living of Cromwell in 2013, when talk of developing a full-fledged town center within the New England senior living community was on the horizon. Now, seeing people bustling around the new campus, which celebrated its grand opening in May, Hamel says is heartwarming. The […]

JoDee Johnson – Benihana

Est. reading time: 5 mins

She didn’t know it then, but when JoDee Johnson was a little girl growing up in Michigan, borrowing Uncle Jim’s binoculars and using them to study houses across Portage Lake, she was on her way to becoming a design and construction manager for some of the biggest restaurant brands in the U.S. “It’s funny how […]

Michelle Swanitz – California Polytechnic State University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It would be a typical day on the job for Michelle Swanitz, one that had her responding to one situation after another before the sun set on the Central California coast. Director of facilities for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Swanitz was handling […]

Edward Merwick – UPMC Chautauqua

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Edward Merwick started working at UPMC Chautauqua, his to-do list had over 300 items. Now, almost two years later, everything is checked off. Doors have been replaced, cracks have been repaired and paint has been touched up. Nothing in the hospital has been overlooked. Merwick, the facilities manager, isn’t in the clear yet, though. […]

Daniel Munoz – Warner Constructors

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Daniel Munoz has never been far from a construction site. He swept the dust of drywall adhesive off floors as a boy and learned the trades from his father and anyone else who’d teach him at Warner Constructors. Now the company’s Vice President of Project Management and Construction, and soon to be one of its […]

Scott Shirkey – Emprise Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s a rustic sense to Emprise Bank’s newest commercial lending office. This one is a remodeled second-story flat above a restaurant in the historic Crossroads Arts District, just south of Downtown Loop and north of Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s a lively neighborhood of former warehouses and industrial buildings where coffeehouses, brew pubs, […]

Ben Butler – Greystar

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s the Wild West indeed when it comes to rental housing. So many incomers from all demographics, and while there’s not necessarily a shortage of apartment complexes and villages in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, there is—in Ben Butler’s colorful words—an amenity war raging. The landlord who can provide the most comforts and conveniences will […]

John Eloe – Coeur d’Alene Resort

Est. reading time: 4 mins

John Eloe has always liked making people smile. When he was nineteen and deciding what he wanted to study in college, his mom encouraged him to pursue his love of cooking. He had never considered being a chef before, but soon realized he could bring people joy through good food. Eloe worked as a chef […]

Erik Leach – MARTA

Est. reading time: 5 mins

This was not something Erik Leach saw coming down the tracks, but he’s delighted to be part of it. As director project management and construction for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Leach is overseeing upgrades to nearly 40 MARTA light rail stations spread over four rail lines. Though he’d guided one station renovation shortly […]

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