Case Studies

Joe Bleehash – University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Driving onto the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus, one of the first things people see is the new life sciences building. The two-level building is topped by large high plume dilution fans, which are exhaust systems for chemical hoods in laboratories. Fans like this are typically hidden to make buildings more aesthetically pleasing, but […]

Julian Ortiz – Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Call it “A Tale of Two Theaters.” No, it’s not a Hollywood blockbuster with a cast of thousands and computer-generated graphics to stun and thrill moviegoers, or an arthouse indie flick about rival playwrights. Rather, it’s the story of how Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and Julian Ortiz are making going to the movies a luxurious experience—while […]

Janet Mininch – Headwaters Health Care Centre

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A hospital never sleeps. So reminds Janet Mininch, who adds that the one she works for in south-central Ontario has never seemed so active. COVID-19 kept Headwaters Health Care Centre at full capacity the past couple of years. That’s had Mininch, who oversees facilities, paying extra attention to infection control practices and supply chain management, […]

Jerry Wood – Vail School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

How many facilities directors are greeted by students with a hug and kind words? Jerry Wood can’t say but he knows he’s one of the lucky few. Of course, Wood, who directs facilities for the Vail Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, also taught these students and served as their principal. In December 2017, Wood, […]

Jeff Toren – Kitchen Tune-Up

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the adage goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home; the stronger and more steadily it beats, the healthier and happier the home. “This is where you cook, entertain, do your homework,” says Jeff Toren. “The kitchen has evolved way beyond its original use.” Since 2015, Toren has been among those behind that […]

Jim Rubach – Dickinson Independent School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Jim Rubach retired 11 years ago, he envisioned days spent fishing, golfing and renovating old cars and tractors. But, only a few months later, he was called back to Dickinson Independent School District, where he’s now worked for 43 years. The Texas-based district needed his help connecting with vendors he knew best. “It’s a […]

Joseph Eisenstein – The Galman Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Arnie Galman founded the company that bears his name in 1980, and in the last four decades, he’s traveled the world looking for the best ideas and amenities to use in multifamily homes. Now other people help him carry out that mission, including Joseph Eisenstein, the company’s executive vice president of construction. “We have a […]

James Drinkard – Alliance Residential

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s not one to gloat, but James Drinkard doesn’t mind talking about how when Alliance Residential broke ground for a massive Nashville apartment complex in the spring of 2020, a competitor was starting a much smaller project. By December 2021, Alliance’s Broadstone Nations was welcoming tenants into the 343-unit complex—a mix of studio and one- […]

Julie Herb – Virtua Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When patients in southern New Jersey need certain specialized cancer treatments, they usually must drive to Philadelphia, which can be time-consuming, stressful and inconvenient.   That’s why leaders at Virtua Health have spent the past several years developing the Proton Therapy Center in Voorhees, New Jersey, in partnership with Penn Medicine.  “There’s a comfort level […]

Jake Basten – United Construction

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jake Basten could talk about The Highlands at Aero Park in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, for hours. The four story, 224-unit multifamily complex broke ground in the spring and has an indoor pool, club room and internet cafe. Its massage and spa area will feature a private masseuse and there’s a maker space—similar to an art […]

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