Case Studies Region: Southwest

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, […]

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 […]

Jason Stone – Green Country Interiors

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For more than 40 years, Green Country Interiors has provided Oklahoma’s largest commercial contractors with services including exterior and interior framing, drywall, acoustical ceilings, exterior insulation and finish systems, stucco and plaster. But for Green Country’s employees, the work is more than just a job; it’s like hanging out with extended family. “We have employees […]

Mat Bradley – Titus Regional Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s no avoiding the risk of infection at any hospital. But there are ways of mitigating it. So Mat Bradley emphasizes while going about his responsibilities as facilities director at 174-bed Titus Regional Medical Center in the Northeast Texas community of Mount Pleasant. A hospital’s plumbing apparatus often where bacteria festers, he’s assembled a water […]

Kyle Rutherford – CHRISTUS Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Kyle Rutherford doesn’t throw penalty flags or blow whistles as he guides construction projects for CHRISTUS Health, a global faith-based health care system operating in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, as well as Chile, Colombia and Mexico. However, Rutherford was a football official for 30 years, working 11 Texas state high school championships. He says […]

Kristian Watkins – Banner Health

Est. reading time: 3 mins

Normalcy is scarce in hospitals, and being confined to a bed or hospital wing can wear on the strongest of patients. It can be especially trying for children, something that Kristian Watkins has noticed since the pediatric Diamond Tower at Banner Health’s University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, was built in 2009. In 2021, Watkins, […]

Sheila Liccketto – Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sheila Liccketto was taught how to be practical and versatile by the time she was a teenager. For instance, before she was allowed to drive, her father made sure she knew how to check the oil and change a tire and the brakes on a car. This approach has informed her work as director of […]

Kalinka B. Ivanova – HOLT CAT

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Texas is in growth mode and so is HOLT CAT. Conveniently headquartered in San Antonio, it’s the nation’s largest dealer, leaser and servicer of the heavy Caterpillar equipment and engines used to build roads, bridges and myriad other projects from the Red River to the Rio Grande. But HOLT’s growth, like that of the Lone […]

Allysia Kizzee – Rice University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up in Houston, Allysia Kizzee recalls seeing the grandeur of Rice University while passing by—the quads with vibrant green lawns bordered by brick buildings, many connected by covered walkways with majestic arches.   “Looking at it from the outside, it may seem simple,” she says. “When you come inside the hedges, we have a complex, […]

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