Case Studies

Pete Godau – School District #62 (Sooke)

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In most school construction projects, the bulk of time is spent, well, building the school. At School District #62 (Sooke), however, a whole year was dedicated solely to blasting rock. That’s because its two new schools were built on the side of a cliff. “We usually aim to build on flat land, but we’re running […]

Paul Callaghan – Footprint

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With floating polyethylene islands twice the size of Texas and beaches that have as much trash as sand, it’s no exaggeration to say the planet is drowning in plastic. While cleanup helps, the ultimate solution may lie with plastic alternatives, says Paul Callaghan. As the vice president and general manager of facilities and construction at […]

Phil Massey – Penn State Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to building and maintaining a hospital, attention to detail is paramount—from the color of the paint to the quality of the air. After all, the hospital itself is like a living, breathing organism: The more seamlessly its parts work together, the healthier it is. This holds especially true for Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Medical […]

Pete Muscio – Rochester Community Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Pete Muscio started at Rochester Community Schools in late 2015, he was surprised by how different schools looked. Not just floors and paint, but furniture and fixtures in each of the buildings varied greatly, with little consistency or standardization. Muscio, the director of capital projects and facilities, knew that making these features uniform would […]

Peter Scarpati – The Wistar Institute

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most people are tired of talking about the COVID-19 virus, especially more than two years after the first reported U.S. cases and coronavirus related lockdowns. But for Peter Scarpati, the pandemic is the impetus for a lot of the things he’s doing as the director of operations for the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. As a […]

Paul Tisch – SSC Services for Education

Est. reading time: 4 mins

So why would a facilities director from a college in New Hampshire call Paul Tisch for help with HVAC maintenance in extremely cold weather? As regional director of operations for SSC Services for Education, Tisch oversees the company’s contracted maintenance for the facilities for Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, an area not known […]

Patrick Gavin – IPS

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While serving in the Peace Corps in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, after graduating college, Patrick Gavin vividly remembers being bitten by a bug—though thankfully it wasn’t a tsetse fly, a local pest that can cause debilitating illness. Instead, the Michigan native caught the “bug” for construction and engineering. Part of his duties […]

Phillip Cunningham – Stillman College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As so many students can attest, deadlines can be the difference between passing and failing. So you’re late in submitting a term paper? Your instructor isn’t likely to accept excuses. The stakes are even higher for Phillip Cunningham. As director of facilities management and campus safety at Stillman College, he’s under pressure each summer to […]

Patrick Bonds – Lexington Medical Center Extended Care

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Patrick Bonds walks through the halls of South Carolina’s Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, he often asks himself, “Is this a place where I would want one of my family members to live?” With the facility’s clean, homelike environment and holiday celebrations, he says his answer is always “yes.” As LMCEC’s director of facility […]

Patrick Sise – Wood Partners LLC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Patrick Sise is used to building in the clouds. Most of his time at Wood Partners LLC, where he’s vice president of construction, has been spent building high rises in Chicago. The past couple of years, though, he’s started working on smaller, multi-family buildings. The projects aren’t only different because of their size. The materials […]

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