Case Studies Region: Midwest

Mark Radtke – The Cincinnati Air Conditioning Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

You could say that Mark Radtke is one driven man when it comes to his professional and personal interests. For the former, there’s The Cincinnati Air Conditioning Co., where he’s the third-generation owner and chief executive officer. On the latter, there’s the nonprofit Salty Dog Museum, which he co-founded and operates in nearby Shandon, Ohio, […]

Michael Blanchard – Vision Electric & Plumbing

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Michael Blanchard gets a charge out of building long-term working relationships. As the owner of Vision Electric & Plumbing, he’s cultivated plenty of them with agricultural producers for more than 25 years. Now as the company adds commercial electrical and plumbing to its service offerings, he says he and his team always think long-term as […]

Michelle Pagnano – DaVita Kidney Care

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The long wait is down to less than a year for DaVita Kidney Care to relocate its Kansas City dialysis clinic. Since the mid-2010s, this leading provider of kidney care services had been looking for a new facility in Missouri’s largest city, but as any healthcare operator will attest, it can be a long and […]

Mike McKay – UW Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’ s not always easy for a hospital system to be sustainable. The lights are always on, machines like respirators run steady throughout the night and refrigerators must be kept cold to preserve medicines and specimens. These are but a few of the challenges Mike McKay encounters at UW Health as he works with his […]

Michael Kazarian – Panera Bread

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a design that hasn’t gone stale, it’s just in need of some refreshment. So explains Michael Kazarian as he oversees renovations at around 75 Panera Bread locales this year. Much has changed since the popular chain of bakery-cafes debuted in 1987, with the past few years perhaps the most consequential for Panera as well […]

Matt Anderson – The Garrett Companies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Matt Anderson didn’t become director of construction operations for The Garrett Cos. after wearing a toolbelt or hard hat or firing a nail gun. However, he brings a passion for the construction industry that’s backed by practical project management and procurement experience and a degree in finance and management. “I love having the opportunity to […]

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 […]

Mark Chappel – Lemberg Electric

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the president of an electric company in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Mark Chappel is plugged into the company’s efforts to support green energy and the planet. It’s the most important thing he does. “We have a standalone department that’s sole focus is on green energy related products,” says Chappel, president of Lemberg Electric. “This team does […]

Mike Smith – Shooting Star Casino

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Located in Mahnomen County, White Earth Reservation is a rare and beautiful place. One of the biggest cattle-raising areas in northwestern Minnesota, it’s also famous for its annual harvest of wild rice, and it’s the only county in the state that’s entirely within tribal lands. There are few economic hubs in the region, though, save […]

Monica Davis – Kirkwood Community College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Students are often attracted to community colleges for the practical programs they offer. But Monica Davis knows that it’s also where the programs are taught—facilities that are comfortable, well-equipped and modern—that keeps students enrolling. That’s the gamble being made by the community college where she’s senior director of construction and facilities planning. As with other […]

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