Case Studies August 2021

Jim Christakos – Bachem America Inc.

It’s 93 miles between Bachem Americas’ facilities in Vista and Torrance, and while it might be an exaggeration to say that Jim Christakos could now drive between those Southern California cities blindfolded, it might not be too far from the truth. For three-and-a-half years, he commuted daily along the Pacific Coast Highway, fine-tuning specialized facilities […]

John Lembo – RiverSpring Living

John Lembo doesn’t live on the 32-acre campus of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York City, but as vice president for facilities management for its parent organization, RiverSpring Living, he says it feels like home. At RiverSpring Living, Lembo is stewarding two major capital projects designed to provide residents new levels of comfort […]

Justin Moss – Fairfax County Public Schools

Justin Moss didn’t go to law school to become a lawyer, but he still uses his degree every day, most recently in his role at Fairfax County Public Schools, where he managed many difficult contractors. Moss knows his degree is unusual for a director of facilities management, but he says it’s made him better at […]

Ken Pankow – Anderson Healthcare

These visits can make for a long morning. Getting off the elevator, it’s hard to find your specialist’s office, and things don’t get more familiar as you walk down the hallway. Inside the office, there are forms to fill out, and other patients are withdrawn as they try to read the paper, fiddle with their […]

Kyle Hough – City Club Apartments

When a city’s storm water system gets backed up, it’s only a matter of time before the problem makes itself known. For City Club Apartments, a backup of rainwater in Royal Oak, Michigan, led to the flooding of 60 units in one of its buildings last summer. As the company’s regional facilities director, Kyle Hough […]

Malcolm LeMay – Oregon State University College of Business

After upgrading HVAC systems to protect against COVID-19, Malcolm LeMay had to shut them down. The director of operations had been “bringing in as much air as possible” at Oregon State University College of Business from March to September of 2020 to limit the spread of the virus. Then, just before students returned for the […]

Marc Caristi – Prestige Alarm & Service

Marc Caristi says he had the best role model and mentor for a career at an alarm company: his father, Joe. Growing up around the family business—Boston-based Prestige Alarm & Service—the younger Caristi was inspired his father’s commitment to installing and maintaining fire alarm and sprinkler systems for more than 25 years. In fact, seeing […]

Matt Feldmeyer – Renton School District

When you move from somewhere far away, you’re bound to be inspired by your new surroundings. In the world of design and construction, a fresh perspective can also show what makes a location special. Such was the case for architect Matt Feldmeyer, who relocated from his native Indiana to Seattle, Washington, in 2008. Discovering nearby […]

Montay Parker – Emory Healthcare: Emory Wesley Woods Hospital

Working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, isn’t as exciting as the movies that depict viruses and undead patients wandering the halls. Just ask Montay Parker, who worked the overnight shift there after receiving his certificate in heating, ventilation and air conditioning from trade school. Disciplined from his military service, […]

Pedro Avila – Simi Valley Unified School District

In 1939, Bing Crosby sang “An Apple for the Teacher,” referencing the tradition of students bringing teachers the fruit often associated with knowledge. The practice may have begun on the western frontier in the late 1800s when students—and their families—were responsible for housing and feeding their teachers. The frontier revolved around community and, according to […]

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