Case Studies

Naresh Israni – SodexoMagic

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When you serve a discerning clientele, a shortcoming in one area might as well be a shortcoming in every area. Such is Naresh Israni’s modus operandi. Directly employed by SodexoMagic, he oversees integrated facilities management at the Arlington, Virginia, base of one of the world’s largest aerospace companies and is the direct contact between the […]

Mary Martin – Oregon Humane Society

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mary Martin had been working at the Oregon Humane Society for one month when a friend told her she’d found the perfect dog for her. While she didn’t feel ready to adopt, she offered to foster instead. It didn’t take long for the French Bulldog, Mimi, to change Martin’s mind. “That little dog is with […]

Michael Rasmussen – Goose Creek CISD

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Overseeing grounds and maintenance at a small Texas school district had its moments for Michael Rasmussen. There was always something to keep him humble and committed. “Places like that, you’ve got to learn a lot about everything,” he tells Blueprint in early January. “How to run a wastewater plant, how to drive a school bus, […]

Kirk Smith – Darn Tough

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While people have been exploring nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirk Smith has been busy making sure their feet stay comfortable. He’s the director of engineering and maintenance at Darn Tough, a Vermont-based company that makes durable socks for outdoor activities or everyday wear. With a company saying of “Still Made in Vermont,” it won’t […]

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 […]

Saquib Butt – SmartLabs

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The new sign atop the gleaming 22-story tower in South San Francisco says it all: SmartLabs. Smart laboratories literally are bustling on the four highest levels where researchers in the life sciences pursue the next therapies or medications. Some of them working for startups, their employers didn’t have much to spend or time to wait […]

Tanika J. Majette – Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The pressure might be on her, but Tanika J. Majette doesn’t seem fazed. She’s organized high-profile functions for over 20 years and now is entrusted with relocating the headquarters of the world’s largest biotech trade association to a choicer part of Washington, D.C. A complementary skillset goes into events planning and facilities oversight, she tells […]

Anthony Fragale – Greenpark Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A visit to Toronto and its surrounding communities quickly shows how the real estate market is looking up. That’s not just in terms of prices—it’s also about the high-rise projects filling the skyline in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and Vaughan. Anthony Fragale is making a career of building up. As the director of high-rise construction for […]

Bert Schnoebelen – Tecovas

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s not just in Texas where boots are an indispensable part of one’s wardrobe. A high-end pair likely costing at least a few hundred dollars, you’ll probably want to try them on before pulling out the credit card. Especially if you’ll be shuffling across the dance floor to the Texas Two-Step or Tennessee Waltz. That’s […]

Michael Hart – ME Engineers

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When the Seattle Kraken opened its season in November 2020, big league hockey had finally arrived in a city known for its love of sports. The new Climate Pledge Arena also ushered in a new era in arena sustainability and energy efficiency, right down to the ice itself. Michael Hart helped design and oversee construction […]

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