Case Studies Region: Midwest

Tom Parent – Saint Paul Public Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 2015, members of the Johnson Govies, the student leadership program at Saint Paul Public Schools’ Johnson Senior High School, shared concerns about bathrooms with the facilities department staff tasked with replacing antiquated water piping and plumbing fixtures. And they weren’t talking about the facilities not being in good working order. “Students told us that […]

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. […]

Timothy Gross – Dayton Children’s

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Timothy Gross has a vested interest in the capabilities at Dayton Children’s. Then again, so do most people in this southwest corner of Ohio. However, he might have a stronger emotional connection. He and his wife have six children between the ages of 3 and 9, and all have been seen by Dayton Children’s medical […]

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 […]

Charlie Cloutier – Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The Northwestern Medicine Advanced Outpatient Care Center now under construction in the Chicago neighborhood of Old Irving Park will provide sorely needed and comprehensive health care services to the community. The $150 million health care center is also a testament to community engagement because operators Northwestern Memorial HealthCare heard and responded to feedback that the […]

Duane Boris – Northern Tool + Equipment

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It seems that once a month, a large, big-box retailer announces it’s closing stores in markets big and small. However, quite the opposite is happening for Northern Tool + Equipment, which is opening locations in the country’s third-largest market—Chicago—while keeping an eye on expansion into new states across the country. “To say we’ve been busy […]

Scott Hester – Counsilman-Hunsaker

Est. reading time: 5 mins

High diving is not for the faint of heart. But for many professional divers, the thrill of flipping and flying from a great height into a pool is unmatched. In world championship competitions, men dive from 27 meters, which is roughly equal to eight stories. Until last year, the only place to practice this feat […]

Kendall Kessler – Pfizer

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Foresight and serendipity add up to a winning formula. So it would seem in suburban St. Louis where a Pfizer pharmaceutical plant is being expanded by 40,000 square feet just four years after its completion. That facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, proved its worth while manufacturing and testing the quality of a COVID-19 vaccine with its […]

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 […]

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 […]

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