Case Studies Region: Southwest

John Mattero  

Est. reading time: 6 mins

The armed forces—in particular, the United States Navy —beckons young recruits, and while John Mattero opted for the Navy, it was with the intent of optimizing his skills as well as personally responding to the homeland’s most grievous post-Pearl Harbor atrocity.  “It was 9/11, and my brother and I were in college when terrorists hit […]

Justin Bauch – Leisure World 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Modernizing active adult communities is of utmost importance as it ensures that these communities remain relevant and appealing to residents’ changing preferences and expectations. With advancements in technology, the shifting demographics of the aging population and a desire for more active and social lifestyles, it is crucial to adapt and upgrade these communities to meet […]

Jenny Hannah  Brown– Kern High School District 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There is an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas. But for those who say that California would like a word.   With nearly 1,000 public school districts and over 5.4 million enrolled students, facilities personnel have their work cut out to ensure California’s public school children have everything they need to succeed.  Jenny Hannah […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jim Fay – Brinker International

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Each time Jim Fay helps Brinker International open a new Chili’s restaurant site, the average cost at the moment is close to $4 million as a result of inflation. In 2019, the cost was just over $2 million. While this may seem astronomical to the layman, working with this type of budget is typical for […]

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