Case Studies Region: West

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 […]

Rajan Mistry – Signature Healthcare Services

With just two months left to finish up a new mental healthcare facility in Sacramento, construction workers in March were on high alert, given the governor’s recently released stay-at-home order as COVID-19 cases presented themselves nearby. While the entire on-site team was considered an essential workforce, some were understandably nervous. Police officers would stop them […]

Jodi Baker – Baker Builders

These are interesting times for Jodi Baker, helping four children complete school at home and running a construction business side-by-side with her husband Dustin during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of helping her children work through their daily assignments, checking homework, putting supper on the table and doing late-night social media posts for […]

Gary Parker – Avangrid Renewables

It was so cold and windy in those winter weeks on the Shetland Islands that Gary Parker donned the survival suit he usually wore while flying over the North Sea just to head out to the local pub. A civil engineer by trade, Parker was weathered in for three weeks in one of the United […]

Angie Simon – Western Allied Mechanical

Researchers and staff have taught, studied and discovered inside the University of California San Francisco’s Clinical Sciences Building for nearly 90 years. Since opening in 1933, the eight-story, 109,000-square-foot building has stood strong throughout many shakes, tremors and all-out earthquakes that have rocked the City by the Bay, including the devastating 1989 earthquake that caused […]

Sean Finnegan – Sares Regis Multifamily Value-Add Fund

Shaving five days off a contractor’s work schedule each month may not sound like much, but in the world of managing real estate assets at Sares Regis Multifamily Value-Add Fund, a little means a lot. Just ask Sean Finnegan, the senior director of capital projects at this privately-held property investment fund in Newport Beach, California. […]

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