Case Studies Region: Northeast

Alexis Baker – Manheim Central School District

Although she’s not a teacher, Alexis Baker impacts students every day. As the director of facilities at Manheim Central School District, she says she considers their experience in every project. Whether with large undertakings, like renovating the high school, or smaller ones, such as creating a pollinator garden at the middle school, Baker tries to […]

Jennifer Gonsalves – David Geffen School of Drama at Yale

On a crisp October day in 2018, Jennifer Gonsalves walked through Yale campus, the civil engineer in her appreciating century-old Gothic and neo-Georgian architecture. When she reached 222 York Street, Yale’s main theater, her gaze—like that of so many drama students—swept up the stone façade. Gonsalves continued her walk past the other eight buildings on […]

John Crompton – The Winsor School

When John Crompton led a lunch and learn session with students at The Winsor  School, he wasn’t sure if they’d be interested. He knew the science behind concrete would probably bore a group of students and expected to look into the audience and see yawns and glazed-over eyes. Instead, he saw a sea of raised […]

Damion Fennoy – Live! Casino & Hotel

Swing the doors open at Live! Casino and Hotel, and get ready for some serious sensory overload: multicolored lights flashing, music pumping from every direction, the animated whoops of casino-goers—all bathed in the glow of a 100-foot media wall live-streaming televised sporting events. The 200,000-square-foot casino space practically screams excitement—and that’s exactly the way that […]

Jeff Dill – Party City Holdings Inc.

It enables balloons to fly and cools superconducting magnets in MRI units. And though it’s not advisable to inhale it, it also makes your voice sound funny if you do. That may be what your average reader knows about helium, but it wasn’t enough for Jeff Dill, vice president of facilities and energy management for Party City Holdings Inc. Because while it may not be a party without balloons, helium is part of a serious business. “What I […]

Greg Fink – Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

When Greg Fink returned to civilian life in 1991 after six years in the Navy, his challenge wasn’t finding a job—it was finding one as demanding as being a gas turbine mechanic. “The Navy is fantastic in making sure you know all the intricacies of the systems and equipment you’re maintaining,” Fink says. “When I […]

Keith Ledwith – Johnson & Johnson

So how does one build a career in construction management? “Relationships and partnerships have gotten me here,” replies Keith Ledwith, who’s fashioned an impressive livelihood in building and engineering for the past 20-plus years. Tap the know-how of those who’ve been in the business, he goes on to say. Leverage their experience and when you […]

Chris Costa – Warby Parker

They’re among the few items you wear on your face, and that makes buying glasses a big decision. You want to be sure they look good and fit right, and that’s easier to do if the glasses shop is a pleasant place to be. As the director of construction for Warby Parker, Chris Costa ensures […]

John Lembo – RiverSpring Living

John Lembo doesn’t live on the 32-acre campus of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York City, but as vice president for facilities management for its parent organization, RiverSpring Living, he says it feels like home. At RiverSpring Living, Lembo is stewarding two major capital projects designed to provide residents new levels of comfort […]

Brendon Behan – Center for Vein Restoration

A once-in-a-century pandemic notwithstanding, Brendon Behan, the director of real estate and facilities at the Center for Vein Restoration, has made the most of 2021. He has 14 new offices planned and an equal number of acquisitions in the works at the Maryland-based medical company that’s expanded from 15 offices to www.linkedin.com/in/brendonbehan/more than 100 nationwide […]

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