Case Studies Healthcare

Sean McFaul – Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Since its founding in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has fought serious diseases by understanding their underlying causes and going all-in to discover and develop medicines that address them. As senior director of real estate, Sean McFaul ensures Vertex has the workplaces necessary to research and develop therapies—and to attract researchers. Speaking with Blueprint […]

John Ellis – Intermountain Healthcare

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As part of efforts to imagine patient care of the future, John Ellis helped Intermountain Healthcare develop two rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including advanced telemetry, real-time location services, in-room diagnostic equipment and electrically tinted glass. However, Ellis, the corporate director of facilities management, says conversations are now more about the patients of the future […]

Nicole Hughes – PCRK Group

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For Nicole Hughes, even seemingly minor details, like a hook on a door, can make a major difference. “When most people plan a build-out or remodel, they may first consider larger elements, like installing cabinetry or replacing outdated carpeting with new flooring,” says Hughes, the director of construction and facilities with PCRK Group, the owner […]

Peter Scarpati – The Wistar Institute

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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 […]

Bryan Wietrzykowski – ATI Physical Therapy

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Bryan Wietrzykowski grew up in Plainfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago. On long and hot summer days, he’d spend hours in a sandbox digging holes. During the dark, cold winters, he’d be inside working on the latest LEGO set, trying to assemble it faster than his previous build. When he was 14, Wietrzykowski started working in […]

Chuck Bonn – Children’s Minnesota

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At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults were contracting the virus at higher rates and with more serious symptoms than children. For pediatric health systems like Children’s Minnesota, this gave time to prepare for the COVID-19 patients staff would eventually treat, which included the facilities team creating negative pressure rooms in one hospital wing. […]

Mary Martin – Oregon Humane Society

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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 […]

Patrick Gavin – IPS

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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

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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

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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 […]

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