Case Studies Region: Southwest

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 […]

Mark Seale – Baker Hughes

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Compared to other projects Mark Seale has guided for Baker Hughes as North American real estate project leader, building out its new headquarters almost seems mundane. Creating 129,000 square feet of office space on five floors in an existing building in Houston’s energy corridor does require “taking it down to slab and building it back,” […]

Steve Eckert – Arizona Western College

Est. reading time: 5 mins

From launching an automatic orbital welding program for installing high-purity stainless steel piping in pharmaceutical pilot plants to working as a sheet metal supervisor, Steve Eckert has accomplished a lot in his three-plus decades as a project engineer and in facilities management. He started his career in October 1990 as a project engineer at Summa […]

Rick Martin – Little Elm ISD

Est. reading time: 5 mins

With 29,000 acres and 233 miles of shoreline, Lewisville Lake is one of the largest lakes in northern Texas. It offers an abundance of parks, beaches and campgrounds with plenty of areas for fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming. The Lewisville Lake area is also home to the rapidly growing Little Elm Independent School District, […]

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