Case Studies K-12 Education

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 […]

Douglas Diaz – Clark County School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A few years ago, if a light went out or a sink was leaking at Clark County School District, it could take days, or even weeks, before someone could get there to fix it. Now, facilities issues like this are resolved within hours. That’s because, in 2019, the Nevada district started a pilot building engineer […]

Erik Hagstrom – KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In Southern California, some public schools are overcrowded, leading to a lack of individualized attention for students with the most need. These students often struggle to keep up their grades and confidence. “In many Southern California communities, students don’t have access to high quality public schools, so to be able to offer them a charter […]

Pete Muscio – Rochester Community Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Pete Muscio started at Rochester Community Schools in late 2015, he was surprised by how different schools looked. Not just floors and paint, but furniture and fixtures in each of the buildings varied greatly, with little consistency or standardization. Muscio, the director of capital projects and facilities, knew that making these features uniform would […]

Michael Rasmussen – Goose Creek CISD

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Overseeing grounds and maintenance at a small Texas school district had its moments for Michael Rasmussen. There was always something to keep him humble and committed. “Places like that, you’ve got to learn a lot about everything,” he tells Blueprint in early January. “How to run a wastewater plant, how to drive a school bus, […]

Leela Woodfield – Junior Achievement of Georgia

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a typical morning in town. Offices, banks and stores bustle as people go to work and run errands. Whether it’s buying flooring, applying for a loan, or shipping a package, it’s all getting done inside a Junior Achievement Discovery Center—and the workers and shoppers are all middle schoolers. Designed to immersive them in the […]

Craig Dunlop – Vertex Education

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The goal of Vertex Education is to “change lives through education ”—and Director of Facilities and Construction Craig Dunlop is working hard to ensure the organization’s schools and its students are equipped for that vision. To that end, Dunlop is building and maintaining facilities as part of a two-pronged endeavor. It involves improving cleanliness and […]

Mark Lockard – The School District of Osceola County SDOC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Up until the day Mark Lockard closed out his career in school facilities and construction management, he was still learning. That’s because there’s a lot to know, he says. In a school design and construction career spanning more than 20 years, he’s seen changes and advancements in technology used to save—and even produce and recoup—energy […]

Chris Freund – Rockwood School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While Chris Freund’s title at Rockwood School District may be director of facilities now, it’s not the one he started with. He was previously the district’s grounds services coordinator. Before that, grounds services supervisor, and before that, grounds services employee. Prior to holding any of those titles, though, he held one much more common in […]

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