Case Studies October 2021

Alexis Baker – Manheim Central School District

Although she’s not a teacher, Alexis Baker impacts students every day. As the director of facilities at Manheim Central School District, she says she considers their experience in every project. Whether with large undertakings, like renovating the high school, or smaller ones, such as creating a pollinator garden at the middle school, Baker tries to […]

Ash Mahmoud – Cairo Development Ltd.

It’s a western Canadian province subject to booms and busts, Alberta teeming underfoot with fossil fuels whose demand can fluctuate. The demand having decreased through COVID-19 effect on the energy industry, there’s been a lot of Albertans in need of housing and unable to afford a mortgage. “There’s such an undersupply of proper multifamily rental […]

Damian Viltz – Fort Bend Independent School District

Damian Viltz’s first week of the 2017-18 school year at Fort Bend Independent School District began with a career-defining challenge—and an ominous omen. On the Monday before school opened, FBISD’s new executive director of facilities and operations witnessed a full solar eclipse—an eerie sight, he recalls. The next day, students started the school year as […]

Damion Fennoy – Live! Casino & Hotel

Swing the doors open at Live! Casino and Hotel, and get ready for some serious sensory overload: multicolored lights flashing, music pumping from every direction, the animated whoops of casino-goers—all bathed in the glow of a 100-foot media wall live-streaming televised sporting events. The 200,000-square-foot casino space practically screams excitement—and that’s exactly the way that […]

Dan Mitchell – Navy Pier Inc.

They built it and people came. But more importantly to Dan Mitchell, when they reopened Chicago’s Navy Pier in March, people came back. Pre-COVID-19,  Navy Pier drew more than 9 million visitors annually—people coming to shops, restaurants and attractions Mitchell helped develop in a career that’s brought him back to the pier repeatedly over the […]

Jeff Dill – Party City Holdings Inc.

It enables balloons to fly and cools superconducting magnets in MRI units. And though it’s not advisable to inhale it, it also makes your voice sound funny if you do. That may be what your average reader knows about helium, but it wasn’t enough for Jeff Dill, vice president of facilities and energy management for Party City Holdings Inc. Because while it may not be a party without balloons, helium is part of a serious business. “What I […]

Jeff Konkle – Agree Realty

In its heyday, it lured shoppers from all around Frankfort, Kentucky, offering everything they needed for their homes, wardrobes and leisure time. But heydays come and go, and the bustling Kmart fell closed in January 2018. A little over a year later, it was demolished, but the site did not remain a vacant field harkening […]

Jennifer Gonsalves – David Geffen School of Drama at Yale

On a crisp October day in 2018, Jennifer Gonsalves walked through Yale campus, the civil engineer in her appreciating century-old Gothic and neo-Georgian architecture. When she reached 222 York Street, Yale’s main theater, her gaze—like that of so many drama students—swept up the stone façade. Gonsalves continued her walk past the other eight buildings on […]

John Crompton – The Winsor School

When John Crompton led a lunch and learn session with students at The Winsor  School, he wasn’t sure if they’d be interested. He knew the science behind concrete would probably bore a group of students and expected to look into the audience and see yawns and glazed-over eyes. Instead, he saw a sea of raised […]

Lawrence Rubin – Florida State University

Ask anyone who attended a large state university what their favorite part of college was, and you’ll get a variety of answers. From getting an education that hopefully leads to a successful career and making lifelong friends to going to football and basketball games and parties, the college experience is vast. At Florida State University, […]

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