Case Studies Region: Midwest

Jody Pickering – Claire’s 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jody Pickering is the executive director of design and construction for North America at Claire’s, a global retail brand that champions self-expression. Pickering has led the design and construction services team for over two years, playing a crucial role in bringing the company’s creative visions to life. Her responsibilities span identifying sites, designing, permitting, fitting, […]

Jonathan Hunley – Bon Secours Mercy Health 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

So how does one keep tabs on the infrastructure of 48 hospitals and around 600 ambulatory sites across seven states and Ireland?  Well, as Jonathan Hunley explains, it’s good to have a playbook for prioritizing the many ongoing and expensive tasks at hand. Thus, his so-called four pillars of infrastructure, which he rolled out last […]

Jon Fahning – Tailwind Group, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With over 30 years of experience in construction, real estate development and project management, Jon Fahning has seen and done it all. No matter what industry, customer service and providing a quality experience for the client has been crucial. And that is especially true now in his role as Director of Development for Tailwind Group, […]

Jamie Keys – Big Cedar Lodge

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1987, Johnny Morris, who founded Bass Pro Shops, purchased a small parcel of lakeside property to create a “fish camp” getaway for his outfitters. Thirty-seven years later, that initial vision has evolved to become a luxury wilderness resort known as Big Cedar Lodge. The award-winning destination sits on 4,600 acres across the Missouri portion […]

Jim Waldron – Wausau Tile

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Glass and concrete: Two seemingly diametrically opposed materials, one known for its fragility and the other for its strength. So, how could glass ever replace concrete? One Wisconsin company has discovered the secret to using post-consumer recycled glass as a one-for-one replacement for cement—and the leadership at Wausau Tile is working in partnership with it. […]

Joe Connelly – Connelly Electric

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Joe Connelly knew he wanted to earn a spot in the family business since he was a 15-year-old helping Connelly Electric with its deliveries. Yet, when he graduated with his bachelor’s in business administration and management from the University of Iowa, he believed a skilled project manager should have field experience. Wanting to gain hands-on […]

Jason Moss – Batteries Plus

Est. reading time: 4 mins

You’ve taken the leap and made the investment to own and operate a franchise business. The franchising company sells great products that are always in demand and provides the demographic data to help you find the best location, the real estate savvy to negotiate a good lease and the construction connections to build your store. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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