Case Studies

Scott Shirkey – Emprise Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s a rustic sense to Emprise Bank’s newest commercial lending office. This one is a remodeled second-story flat above a restaurant in the historic Crossroads Arts District, just south of Downtown Loop and north of Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s a lively neighborhood of former warehouses and industrial buildings where coffeehouses, brew pubs, […]

Stephen Luyendyk – Grant MacEwan University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

MacEwan University may be in Western Canada, but the people who comprise the facilities department speak at least one word in Japanese: muda. That, explains Stephen Luyendyk, translates as waste or uselessness, terms that were anathema to him and his crew even before 2019, when an outside speaker put a catchy name to the many […]

Santiago Quiroz – Campus Life & Style

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up in an economically depressed neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas, was not ideal, says Santiago Quiroz. Following high school, he saw no real opportunities and he almost got in trouble. That all changed when he joined the U.S. military—first the Navy and then the Army—serving just shy of 10 years. There, the variety and […]

Steve Eiss – Banner Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As Steve Eiss puts it, he and the team at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona, don’t build hospitals; they open them—and at a rapid pace. BH’s executive director of facilities development since June 2020, Eiss manages most project components including concept, design, construction and management. The company owns or leases 480 health care-related properties: medical […]

Sandy Bole – Jamison Properties

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the heart of Koreatown, located in Los Angeles along Wilshire Boulevard, Korean BBQ restaurants, nightlife and historic architecture have all played a role in the neighborhood’s continued growth. Jamison Properties and 26-year-old Director of Construction Sandy Bole are finding new ways to build up, literally—by increasing density in what’s already one of the densest […]

Simon Holwill – SHAPE Properties Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Amazing Brentwood, scheduled to open in spring 2021 in Burnaby, British Columbia, is nothing like the city bordering Vancouver has ever seen. It pierces the skyline with three glass towers, two at 60 stories, one at 54, on 8 acres. Those towers, with 1,500 residential units, rise out of a 500,000-square-foot mall and podium on top of 1.2 million […]

Stephen Hargett – LA Cleantech Incubator

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s the story of a green campus forced to go virtual and experiencing growth in multiple ways as a result. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator manages the La Kretz Innovation Campus in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. A showcase of cutting-edge environmental tech, the campus is WELL Gold- and LEED […]

Sheila Mason-Henry – Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Losing and gaining jobs. Dealing with racial discrimination. Navigating business operations through a pandemic and raising a family. The only thing left for Sheila Mason-Henry to do is earn her Ph.D. as she’s already mastered managing change and breaking the mold. As the daughter of Costa Rican immigrants, Mason-Henry pursued a career in IT that’s […]

Shigeo Iwamiya – Suffolk University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With its skyline views, proximity to Boston’s downtown Freedom Trail and a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, it was a housing lottery ticket Suffolk University undergraduate students could only dream of: a room at the former luxury Ames Hotel. Approaching the fall semester of 2020, anticipation was building to welcome first-year students […]

Stephen Vedral – Northern Arizona University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Though the subject can’t be avoided, Stephen Vedral would rather discuss something other than COVID-19. For months it’s seemed an all-consuming concern for his Northern Arizona University facilities team, giving rise to what he calls the very contagious “COVID fatigue.” He also reminds that when he assumed his responsibilities at this Flagstaff campus in the […]

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