Case Studies Region: Midwest

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 […]

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 […]

Kristine Fisher – Sleep Number

Est. reading time: 4 mins

After starting her career in construction project management and then getting into real estate and facility management, Kristine Fisher realized the areas are often segmented at companies. She noticed that some organizations only focus on repairs and maintenance rather than taking a comprehensive corporate real estate approach. She says this approach creates more efficiencies, higher quality […]

Trent Bosard – Kearney Public Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Trent Bosard used to go to Kearney Public Schools every day because he had to. Now it’s a choice he makes happily. “I take a lot of pride in my work here,” he says. “My whole family has gone through these schools.” While he’s now the director of facilities for the Nebraska-based district, Bosard was […]

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 […]

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