Case Studies Healthcare

Ken Ziff – Dental Care Alliance

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The dentist’s office was Ken Ziff’s second childhood home. He grew up watching his father fill cavities, administer root canals and guard his patients’ dental health. Ziff says his dad loved the work and swore to die “with a drill in his hand,” but the elder Ziff didn’t enter the field easily. As Ziff explains, […]

Charlie Cloutier – Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The Northwestern Medicine Advanced Outpatient Care Center now under construction in the Chicago neighborhood of Old Irving Park will provide sorely needed and comprehensive health care services to the community. The $150 million health care center is also a testament to community engagement because operators Northwestern Memorial HealthCare heard and responded to feedback that the […]

Dan Keller – Tower Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

By now, examples of the economic tolls caused by climate change have become all too obvious: ramped-up water use by farmers to save their crops from droughts; billions of dollars in damages to towns torched by wildfires; lost tourism revenue as snow melts faster at ski resorts. But as directors of facilities across the country […]

Jenn De iuliis – Woodstock Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The hospital might be of fairly recent build, but diagnostic equipment doesn’t last forever. So Jenn De iuliis explains while overseeing the replacement and upgrade of one of the most sensitive and expensive facilities at Woodstock Hospital in Southwestern Ontario. “It’s all about how you and your team take the hospital’s mission to heart and […]

Andrea Spadafora Kerr, AIA – UMass Memorial Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s a bed shortage at UMass Memorial Medical Center, as there is at many hospitals around the country. Hours may pass before an emergency patient can finally lay down in an appropriate place—a situation intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. At this sprawling three-campus facility in Worcester, Massachusetts, the issue is being dealt with. Not as […]

Earl Strotman – Salinas Valley Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Time was when Earl Strotman would have a hands-on role while overseeing facilities for other California healthcare providers. This hasn’t been the case so much at Salinas Valley Health. “Now the union won’t let me touch anything,” the good-natured Strotman says with a chuckle. “I’ve got to wear a suit and tie these days and […]

George Mejias – Valley Health System

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s far from the most expensive project he’s tackled as a healthcare construction executive, but it just might be the most challenging. There’s lots for George Mejias to consider as Valley Health System constructs a new hospital in Paramus, New Jersey, with related projects at 60-plus properties throughout the Garden State. “A very diversified position […]

Mike Craig – St. Joseph’s/Candler

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If nothing else, it’s been a change of pace for Mike Craig. For nearly 20 years, he played crucial roles in facilities management at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. From his beginnings as a contracted foreman in the electronic shop, he rose through the ranks and became director of facility management. However, Craig says he […]

David Neely – Maine Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Among a hospital’s many components—HVAC systems, lighting, plumbing, etc.—one asset stands above the rest for David Neely, and that’s people. “Investing time and effort into my staff is absolutely one of my highest priorities,” says the director of engineering for Maine Medical Center. “I want to give the team the skills and room to grow […]

Dann Boyer – Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When two chillers broke at Sturdy Memorial Hospital last winter, Dann Boyer knew that repairing them would be a waste of money. Given their age, he knew they’d need to be replaced within three years anyway. So, he recommended to hospital leaders that the 500-ton chillers be replaced with two 750-ton chillers. “It was a […]

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