Case Studies College and University

Marcel Falkenham – Acadia University

The old saying goes that the road to success is paved with failures. Modern times call for an upgraded adage: The road to green energy and sustainability is illuminated by LED lights. Many of those innovative roads weave through college and university campuses, where the exterior architecture may be traditional, but renovated interiors bring modern […]

Malcolm LeMay – Oregon State University College of Business

After upgrading HVAC systems to protect against COVID-19, Malcolm LeMay had to shut them down. The director of operations had been “bringing in as much air as possible” at Oregon State University College of Business from March to September of 2020 to limit the spread of the virus. Then, just before students returned for the […]

Michelle Swanitz – California Polytechnic State University

It would be a typical day on the job for Michelle Swanitz, one that had her responding to one situation after another before the sun set on the Central California coast. Director of facilities for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Swanitz was handling […]

Monica Davis – Kirkwood Community College

Students are often attracted to community colleges for the practical programs they offer. But Monica Davis knows that it’s also where the programs are taught—facilities that are comfortable, well-equipped and modern—that keeps students enrolling. That’s the gamble being made by the community college where she’s senior director of construction and facilities planning. As with other […]

Mike Emerson – Elmhurst University

Patience isn’t a virtue to Mike Emerson. At least not while carrying out his duties as executive director of facilities management at Elmhurst University, a private liberal arts school in suburban Chicago and affiliate of the United Church of Christ. “We only have our students for four years,” the otherwise congenial Emerson emphasizes during a […]

Mark Griffin – Broward College

Mark Griffin has a lot of history at Broward College. He prefers to talk about its future, though. “The people I work with are all kind of bored with my stories about what things used to be like in the early days of Broward College,” says Griffin an alumnus who’s now the school’s associate vice […]

Michael Coniglio – National Management Resources

Since opening its doors 189 years ago, Georgia’s LaGrange College has produced many memorable alums. There’s Dean W. Young, creator of the nationally-syndicated “Blondie” comic strip from the 1960s; Dwayne Shattuck, an Emmy-award winning producer of “Mad Men” and renowned novelist Terry Kay—awards and accolades abound. The other thing it’s produced: an annual utility bill […]

Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

It may not be the most original line, but it seems to stand the test of time. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you are reminded that you have not,” remarks Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy, who’s seen a lot in her 23 years in the facilities and operations end of The Wharton School at the […]

Mark Dudgeon – Columbus State Community College

Mark Dudgeon might be an oftentimes overlooked but vital cog at Columbus State Community College, overseeing nearly 1.5 million square feet of facilities space that so many folks would take for granted—unless something’s on the blink or out of place. Thankfully, that’s rarely been the case since the 42-year-old Dudgeon became director of operations within […]

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