Case Studies Region: Midwest

Nic Riesenberg – North Kansas City Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Nic Riesenberg won’t be seen walking through North Kansas City Hospital wearing a white coat or a stethoscope around his neck. However, as vice president of facilities and support services, he still makes his rounds every day. It’s part of managing facilities for the 451-bed hospital, which includes him overseeing 380 employees involved in food and […]

David Lenart – Columbus Regional Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When patients are referred to a physical or occupational therapist, they sometimes struggle to keep up with their stretches or exercises after sessions are finished. For patients at Columbus Regional Health, this will soon be made easier by a partnership with the local parks and recreation department. After an appointment, they’ll be able to walk […]

Doug Domenick – Chapman and Cutler LLP

Est. reading time: 3 mins

There are obvious reasons why Chicago-based law firm Chapman and Cutler would move from its more-than-a-century-old office to a new location. But according to Doug Domenick, the firm’s chief facilities management and workplace strategies officer, the move was also made with some not-so-obvious intentions. “The nature of work has changed,” he says. “Our new office […]

Jake Basten – United Construction

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jake Basten could talk about The Highlands at Aero Park in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, for hours. The four story, 224-unit multifamily complex broke ground in the spring and has an indoor pool, club room and internet cafe. Its massage and spa area will feature a private masseuse and there’s a maker space—similar to an art […]

Linda Besetzny – R.J. O’Brien

Est. reading time: 4 mins

During the 22 years that Linda Besetzny worked at the international law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, the most memorable event was not, in fact, her leading a two-and-a-half year, $10 million dollar renovation across the 76th and 81st floors of Chicago’s Willis Tower—which won her the firm’s Above and Beyond Award. It was, […]

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 […]

Bryan Wietrzykowski – ATI Physical Therapy

Est. reading time: 4 mins

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 […]

Kari Ihle – EVEREVE

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Though located in bustling Minneapolis and performing well, by the early 2010s, EVEREVE’s flagship location needed to update its in-store experience. Opened in 2004, it no longer reflected the company enough to be considered a flagship by design, Kari Ihle explains. She adds that many of the other nearly 80 locations at that point better […]

Meghan Schmidt – University Housing Solutions

Est. reading time: 4 mins

They’re not there just to build a dormitory and depart. The folks at University Housing Solutions would rather build long-lasting relationships with their campus clientele. Such has been the case at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, where the second phase of a living and dining hall was nearing completion in late winter. Having renovated […]

Chuck Bonn – Children’s Minnesota

Est. reading time: 4 mins

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. […]

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