Case Studies August 2023

Jim Alty – Choice Hotels Int.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Owners of Choice Hotels Int. brands along the Gulf Coast should expect to see a lot of Jim Alty—although he may never be staying in one of the new rooms. “I like to joke with owners that the day they see their first guest is when I vaporize,” says Alty, the company’s project manager, construction […]

Lisa Smola-Hollo – Ulta Beauty

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Light drastically influences the way people perceive their surroundings. Imagine a haunted house without flickering and broken lights or a Broadway play without a spotlight shining down on the performers. Since 2013, Lisa Smola-Hollo has been bringing a similar mindset to Ulta Beauty, where she has been the director of construction and remodels for one […]

Mike G. Schilling – West Jefferson Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mike G. Schilling never considered working in facilities management in health care as he worked as an area operations manager for Dave & Buster’s or as a property manager for Corporate Realty Inc. in the New Orleans area. Then in 2021, Schilling was diagnosed with a type of cancer so rare it could only be […]

Janet Young – The Fresh Market

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Last May marked a milestone of sorts for The Fresh Market, albeit one that’ll soon be overtaken. The grocery chain with its specialty assortment of fresh foods and ingredients opened its 160th store, this one in Carmel, Indiana. That’s yet another store for Janet Young to oversee as director of real estate administration, and with […]

David Krom – Woodhouse Spa

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Visual amenities have to be seen as part of the relaxing and rejuvenating experience one expects from Woodhouse Spa. So emphasizes its director of construction, David Krom, who’s quick to add how necessary it is to stay ahead of consumer preferences. Krom found that not quite the case when he joined the team in October […]

Rami Zarifa – B&M Roofing

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When a 2017 hailstorm severely damaged the roofs of the Gold Crown Foundation’s baseball stadium and main building, Rami Zarifa and his teammates at B&M Roofing sprang into action. They wanted to get the Colorado youth nonprofit back on its feet as quickly as possible, so it could continue offering basketball, volleyball, golf and other […]

Tony Palumbo – Rush Oak Park Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the early 2000s, Tony Palumbo was a general contractor, someone who handles everything from materials and equipment to labor for construction-related projects. Rush Oak Park Hospital hired him every so often on a contract basis. Having worked on everything from retail to residential homes and commercial properties, he found he really enjoyed working on […]

Michael Waelz – The Pingry School

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 1861, Reverend John Francis Pingry started The Pingry School for boys. By the 1970s, the school became co-educational and remained competitive; today, its , or high school, has an acceptance rate of around 17 percent. In addition to introducing coeducation, the New Jersey-based preparatory school has increased its diversity, selectiveness and education standards. The […]

Michael Blanchard – Vision Electric & Plumbing

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Michael Blanchard gets a charge out of building long-term working relationships. As the owner of Vision Electric & Plumbing, he’s cultivated plenty of them with agricultural producers for more than 25 years. Now as the company adds commercial electrical and plumbing to its service offerings, he says he and his team always think long-term as […]

Scott Kallemeyn – St. Luke’s Hospital

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a sensitive operation, much like what goes on in the surgical units at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Only it’s the hospital itself undergoing the operation as part of several major renovations and expansion projects that have been ongoing since 2020. And a hospital being a 24/7/365 operation, some very intricate procedures […]

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