Case Studies Institutional

Paul Kacha – Framaco International 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

That $100 million-plus project took some doing. So Paul Kacha explains how his company, the general contracting and procurement specialist Framaco International, put the finishing touches on the new U.S. Embassy in the Papua New Guinea capital of Port Moresby a year ago.  This being the South Pacific island’s first LEED-certified building and one that […]

Jorge Toro – Cru

Est. reading time: 4 mins

He may be middle-aged, but Jorge Toro can relate to young people. So many of them, he says, are looking for more than just a job; they also want to be spiritually and/or emotionally fulfilled. He says they might find what they’re looking for on the Cru facilities team if they’re good with their hands, […]

Shoshana Polakoff – Orthodox Union

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When the Orthodox Union moved several blocks from its old New York City headquarters, the organization had a chance to start over. With the vision and direction of the executive vice presidents, Shoshana Polakoff and her colleague took a cavernous, bare-bones space with random wood planks and wires lying about and turned it into a […]

John Treadwell – Edmond, Oklahoma

Est. reading time: 4 mins

So John Treadwell’s back where he started his career, here in Edmond, Oklahoma. But he’s come a long way during the 13 years that passed—a time that saw him do just about everything a builder can do.  Though not yet 40 years old, he says he’s accomplished enough to return to what feels like home […]

Brian Dirksmeier – Wood River Community YMCA

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When visiting a pool, people may think about cooling off in the water, getting some refreshing exercise or simply having some fun. Most aren’t considering the air quality around an indoor pool. And at Wood River Community YMCA they don’t have to because Property and Facilities Manager Brian Dirksmeier has it under control. When he […]

David Norfolk – Corporate Office Properties Trust

Est. reading time: 4 mins

He can’t disclose much about his employer’s projects, many of which involve the U.S. Department of Defense and its contractors. Suffice to say, Corporate Office Properties Trust and its director of government construction, David Norfolk, are expected to meet high standards—and keep details under wraps. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, COPT is a NYSE-traded real estate […]

Ken Cooper – Larimer County Colorado

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Big things were afoot when Ken Cooper joined Larimer County, Colorado, government in 2016 as its director of facilities. As part of a facilities master plan he helped develop, the county was considering widespread improvements and expansion for county operations, most immediately to criminal justice and public health buildings. Yet there was always the chance […]

Ferris Batie – City of Chicago

Est. reading time: 3 mins

Ferris Batie isn’t interested in putting Band-Aids over problems. When the cooling tower and chiller broke at Chicago City Hall in 2016, he opted to replace and upgrade it instead of fixing it. And while that was more expensive up front, it cut the system’s operating costs in half. The project, as well as other […]

Christopher Wyckoff – Town of Mooresville, NC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The police building in Mooresville, North Carolina, had plenty of space in 2001 when it was built, comfortably housing its staff of 50. Now more than double that number cram into the offices each day—but not for much longer. The new police headquarters are a necessary upgrade, says Christopher Wyckoff, director of facilities for the […]

Ray Houle – New England Finish Systems

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a monumental undertaking for drywall and finishing company New England Finish Systems and President Ray Houle is wishing that circumstances would allow him to dispatch even more manpower to the company’s newest endeavor. One of 14 specialty subcontracting divisions of Marquis Management, NEFS originally made its mark completing high-end tenant fit outs. However, Houle […]

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