Case Studies Region: Southwest

Curtis Knapp – Ryan 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

An old saying says death and taxes are the only things guaranteed in life. The latter means there will always be a place for a company like Ryan, a global tax services and software provider. And if people need what Ryan has, there will be a need for a place for the company to deliver […]

Jonathon Stowell – Five Guys Roofing

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So, how hot was it in Phoenix this past summer? Hot enough for the mercury to reach or surpass 110 degrees on 54 days, including every day in July, and eclipsing the previous record set in 2020. But projects went as scheduled at Five Guys Roofing. “You do get used to it,” says Jonathon Stowell, […]

Jimmy Jones – Georgetown Independent School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the face of rapid population growth, school districts nationwide feel the mounting pressure to provide adequate infrastructure for the ever-increasing number of students. Jimmy Jones is meeting this challenge as director of construction and development for the Georgetown Independent School District in Texas. “My team and I are in a crucial position responsible for […]

Jill Pearsall – Texas Children’s Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jill Pearsall says her family moved a lot when she was a child, and they built their house wherever they moved. So, she was around blueprints and construction as a youth. She liked it so much that going to school to study architecture was an obvious choice. Decades later, as a female facilities executive for […]

Paula Kirk – Powerhouse

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Who has time to change lightbulbs, paint walls or clear snow when they own a business? Even if a business owner or manager can find the time for such tasks, finding a dependable contractor can take longer than the time it takes for them to make needed upgrades and repairs to plumbing, heating or HVAC […]

Tim Cornelius – Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital First Colony

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a paramedic, Tim Cornelius frequently had to deal with extreme trauma. Little did he know that he’d be dealing with a different kind of extreme at work decades later. As the director of facilities and materials management for Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital First Colony, Cornelius ensured patient care continued as usual despite Eastern Texas […]

Jeff Dunn – Nothing Bundt Cakes

Est. reading time: 5 mins

After Jeff Dunn joined Nothing Bundt Cakes in 2021, he decided to make some changes. Dunn, who ultimately rose to senior director of construction and design at the Texas-based bundt cake baking company, thought the company’s design strategy and construction schedule could be more efficient. “When I started, I was a team of one,” he […]

Trey Caudle – Campus Life & Style

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Trey Caudle admits there are times he’s a bit envious of the people who benefit from the work he does as senior director of construction at Campus Life & Style. But it’s understandable. Campus Life & Style, headquartered in Austin, Texas, owns and operates student housing communities throughout the U.S. In fact, there are so […]

JJ Levenske – Bleuwave

Est. reading time: 5 mins

One of George Strait’s hit songs will soon take on a different meaning. “I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona / From my front porch you can see the sea,” he sang sarcastically, adding, “If you buy that, I’ll throw the Golden Gate in free.” Well, later next year, if Strait comes to Mesa, he […]

Jim Alty – Choice Hotels Int.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Owners of Choice Hotels Int. brands along the Gulf Coast should expect to see a lot of Jim Alty—although he may never be staying in one of the new rooms. “I like to joke with owners that the day they see their first guest is when I vaporize,” says Alty, the company’s project manager, construction […]

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