Case Studies In House Construction Executive

Jim Arnold – PENN Entertainment

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Casinos are unique facilities, not because of all the lights and sounds—but because neither ever stops. Before stepping into the world of flashing lights, pinging slot machines and spinning roulette tables, Jim Arnold had already racked up nearly three decades in the construction and facilities management industry. In July 2022, he became the executive director […]

Jeff Tilly – Sodexo

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Describing how Jeff Tilly went from production management to facilities management isn’t exactly a “stop the presses” story. The story does begin in a pressroom, however—specifically, at the Rockford Register Star, which covers the Chicago suburb of Rockford, Illinois, and surrounding area. When joining the paper in in 1994 following his honorable discharge from the […]

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 […]

John Jaffe – Forvia

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When John Jaffe briefly played football in college, he wanted a job that would keep him in shape during the off season. So, the Purdue University undergrad found the most labor intensive work he could—pouring concrete. He never expected his part-time job would lay the foundation for his career. “A lot of people in my […]

Junior Popplewell – Muncie Ivy Tech Community College

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A rectangular brown and beige, two-story concrete structure that once housed the Star Press in Muncie, Indiana, the building really was yesterday’s news. It had stood vacant since 2000, save for break-ins. Years later when the newspaper’s owners donated it to Ivy Tech Community College, it was one very distressed property. “Just a rundown eyesore […]

JoAnn Rife – UW-Oshkosh

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At the center of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus sits a beige, two-story building known as Polk Library. While the tree-lined library looks serene from the outside, its infrastructure—which dates to the 1960s—has literally become an explosive issue for the university community. When it was constructed, Polk used what’s known as a two-pipe mechanical system, […]

Julian Ortiz – Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Call it “A Tale of Two Theaters.” No, it’s not a Hollywood blockbuster with a cast of thousands and computer-generated graphics to stun and thrill moviegoers, or an arthouse indie flick about rival playwrights. Rather, it’s the story of how Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and Julian Ortiz are making going to the movies a luxurious experience—while […]

Janet Mininch – Headwaters Health Care Centre

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A hospital never sleeps. So reminds Janet Mininch, who adds that the one she works for in south-central Ontario has never seemed so active. COVID-19 kept Headwaters Health Care Centre at full capacity the past couple of years. That’s had Mininch, who oversees facilities, paying extra attention to infection control practices and supply chain management, […]

Jerry Wood – Vail School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

How many facilities directors are greeted by students with a hug and kind words? Jerry Wood can’t say but he knows he’s one of the lucky few. Of course, Wood, who directs facilities for the Vail Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, also taught these students and served as their principal. In December 2017, Wood, […]

Jim Rubach – Dickinson Independent School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Jim Rubach retired 11 years ago, he envisioned days spent fishing, golfing and renovating old cars and tractors. But, only a few months later, he was called back to Dickinson Independent School District, where he’s now worked for 43 years. The Texas-based district needed his help connecting with vendors he knew best. “It’s a […]

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