Case Studies April 2022

Chris Donner – Mammoth Holdings

Chris Donner has worked around the world to help expand established brands like Whataburger, Chili’s and Wendy’s. Now, he’s helping Mammoth Holdings expand its car wash operations. Granted, these aren’t the car washes you grew up with. The conveyors still pull vehicles through the cleaning stations, adding suds here, rinsing them off there. But there […]

Chuck Bonn – Children’s Minnesota

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults were contracting the virus at higher rates and with more serious symptoms than children. For pediatric health systems like Children’s Minnesota, this gave time to prepare for the COVID-19 patients staff would eventually treat, which included the facilities team creating negative pressure rooms in one hospital wing. […]

Doug Myers – Acosta

There might be some hyperbole when Doug Myers laughingly describes how the real estate director in any enterprise—of which he is one—can still be perceived as the proverbial redheaded stepchild. Given the difficulty of property transactions, he understands the basis for the stereotype. But he sees it getting less pronounced, at least for his employer. […]

Garrett Solomon – Scripps College

Gardens and vegetation are, ironically, not the best way to go green on college campuses. The water consumption alone can be drastic, especially in places like Los Angeles, California, which is in the third year of a historic drought. That’s why Garrett Solomon worked with a design team to plant eco-friendly greenery. In 2015, Scripps […]

Holton Wilkerson – Self-Help Credit Union

When Holton Wilkerson was hired at Self-Help Credit Union in late 2019, the regional facilities teams operated independently. As the national director of credit union facilities, he was tasked with breaking down the silos that lead to inconsistencies in vendor management and branch appearance. The vision, he says, was to nationalize the team. The North […]

Jeff Leamy – Fiduciary Real Estate Development Inc.

Sometimes, it’s about how to remove and store all the snow that falls in a Wisconsin winter because it can’t sit on sidewalks or block parking areas. Sometimes, it’s about how to arrange the ducts, vents, and controls for a building’s HVAC system so maintenance staff has easier access for repairs. In the past couple […]

Kari Ihle – EVEREVE

Though located in bustling Minneapolis and performing well, by the early 2010s, EVEREVE’s flagship location needed to update its in-store experience. Opened in 2004, it no longer reflected the company enough to be considered a flagship by design, Kari Ihle explains. She adds that many of the other nearly 80 locations at that point better […]

Kathleen Jordan – Neiman Marcus Group Inc.

To borrow from Mark Twain’s wit and wisdom, rumors of the department store’s demise may have been at least somewhat exaggerated. Brick-and-mortar shopping, as Forbes reports, is making a post-pandemic comeback, though it too must adjust to modern times. It is at Neiman Marcus Group, the national chain of high-end stores that Kathleen Jordan is […]

Meghan Schmidt – University Housing Solutions

They’re not there just to build a dormitory and depart. The folks at University Housing Solutions would rather build long-lasting relationships with their campus clientele. Such has been the case at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, where the second phase of a living and dining hall was nearing completion in late winter. Having renovated […]

Tim Aimone – Hewlett Packard Enterprise

At Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new headquarters, employees can have a work meeting, grab coffee at a cafe, work out and go to the pharmacy, all without leaving the building. After two years of employees working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new building opened on February 14 in Houston, Texas. It was designed […]

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