Case Studies Region: Midwest

Lisa Smola-Hollo – Ulta Beauty

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Light drastically influences the way people perceive their surroundings. Imagine a haunted house without flickering and broken lights or a Broadway play without a spotlight shining down on the performers. Since 2013, Lisa Smola-Hollo has been bringing a similar mindset to Ulta Beauty, where she has been the director of construction and remodels for one […]

Tony Palumbo – Rush Oak Park Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the early 2000s, Tony Palumbo was a general contractor, someone who handles everything from materials and equipment to labor for construction-related projects. Rush Oak Park Hospital hired him every so often on a contract basis. Having worked on everything from retail to residential homes and commercial properties, he found he really enjoyed working on […]

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 […]

Scott Kallemeyn – St. Luke’s Hospital

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a sensitive operation, much like what goes on in the surgical units at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Only it’s the hospital itself undergoing the operation as part of several major renovations and expansion projects that have been ongoing since 2020. And a hospital being a 24/7/365 operation, some very intricate procedures […]

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 […]

Graham Hallen – Egg Harbor Café

Est. reading time: 3 mins

On a bright sunny morning in 2014, Graham Hallen and his business partner at Egg Harbor Café were on a 1.5-hour drive to the Rockford, Illinois, location. They were apprehensive about the visit as, due to unforeseen circumstances, the entire kitchen staff and much of the wait staff had quit—almost on the same day, which […]

Tom Circello – Lighting Maintenance Inc (LMI)

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Everywhere Tom Circello goes—high school graduations, job fairs, even junior high and grade schools—he talks to youngsters about joining the trades. Many people who are good with their hands know it at an early age, he reasons, and he wants to get to those people before they make up their minds to follow another path. […]

Renee Strehlau – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Renee Strehlau’s footsteps have been winding through the University of Wisconsin’s 13 campuses since 1997. Completing her bachelor’s in interior design in 2000 from its Stout location, she became a facilities coordinator there upon graduation. Seven months later, she was hired as the facilities designer at the Eau Claire campus—and has enjoyed helping evolve and […]

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 […]

Eric Siskow – HealthPartners

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Eric Siskow was at a Minnesota Vikings game in 2020 when he got a life-or-death call. Actually, it was a lives-or-deaths call because Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, was running out of the liquid nitrogen that’s converted to oxygen for patients. The oxygen demand had increased substantially to treat COVID-19 patients, Siskow […]

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