Case Studies Region: West

Traci Ferdolage – San José State University

Seems too many folks have found their way to San José. The Silicon Valley city no longer matches the carefree, anti-Los Angeles that Dionne Warwick so wistfully sang about over a half-century ago. So went some of the lyrics of that iconic song: “They’ve got a lot of space, there’ll be a place where I […]

Efrain Corona – Quick Quack Car Wash

There was an element of surprise that made a world of difference for six-year-old Julissa and her family—something they never expected, living around the corner from the new neighborhood car wash. Julissa had beaten the odds, having leukemia once, but was stricken again. With mounting medical bills, life was tough for her family. They never […]

Larry Wombles ‒ Associated Construction and Engineering

Most people go through life never having owned a business. Larry Wombles owns four in industries ranging from pump stations, sewer and lift stations, and grading operations, to agricultural, petroleum and public works. And while owning that many companies in such diverse industries has its perks, it also comes with many challenges, especially during a […]

Christopher Lee – Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Christopher Lee says he loves working for a place where he knows his contributions are creating a lasting impact and positive foundation for people. At the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto—part of Stanford Children’s Health—Lee is doing just that. As the hospital’s director of information systems, construction and implementations, he helped guide a […]

Douglas Wolf – HP Inc.

There’s a new Silicon Valley in the making across the Pacific. South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province is a hotbed for young tech talent and a region that HP Inc. targeted for expansion long before its 2016 acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ printer-copier division. That $1 billion-plus transaction was consummated right around the time Douglas Wolf became HP’s […]

Lara Branigan – Seattle University

The corner of 12th Avenue and Marion Street in Seattle is not what it used to be. Once at the heart of an industrial district that was also known for its auto dealerships, the intersection is part of a gentrifying neighborhood where single-story buildings are being replaced with condos, high-end retail—and, since it’s Seattle, more […]

Kevin Laut – California State University

What do a football stadium in San Diego, Tesla batteries in Long Beach and a science building in Sacramento have in common? All are projects recently completed—or currently underway—within the California State University system, where Director of Construction Management Kevin Laut says the variety of work and the collaboration with contractors has made his shift […]

Ben Gates – NG Companies

Sometimes inspiration just walks through the door. For Ben Gates, then a branch president at a bank in Fort Collins, Colorado, his first visit from NG Cos. founder and CEO Camron Lente introduced him to someone with vision and drive he found extraordinary. Though Lente and NG were struggling through hard times, Gates says he […]

Chris Devine – Craig Taylor Equipment

It’s a job taking you so deep into the Alaskan interior that you passed the middle of nowhere miles ago. It’s you and your excavator, digging, hauling—working. Then comes the text or call, a rep from the dealer who sold you the excavator has a reminder about service, or even an alert the equipment’s telematic […]

Kirsten DePersis – University of California, Davis

It’s a sentiment that was shared with Kirsten DePersis last year when she successfully interviewed to be director of facilities for student housing and dining services at the University of California, Davis. With the projects in progress slated to add around 6,000 beds to the school’s housing stock over the next few years, DePersis was told, in no uncertain […]

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