Case Studies Region: West

Jim Christakos – Bachem America Inc.

It’s 93 miles between Bachem Americas’ facilities in Vista and Torrance, and while it might be an exaggeration to say that Jim Christakos could now drive between those Southern California cities blindfolded, it might not be too far from the truth. For three-and-a-half years, he commuted daily along the Pacific Coast Highway, fine-tuning specialized facilities […]

John Eloe – Coeur d’Alene Resort

John Eloe has always liked making people smile. When he was nineteen and deciding what he wanted to study in college, his mom encouraged him to pursue his love of cooking. He had never considered being a chef before, but soon realized he could bring people joy through good food. Eloe worked as a chef […]

John Neal – AriZona Beverages

John Neal remembers many moments where his Boise State University lacrosse teammates relied on him to put the ball in the net or to make a big defensive play. That was six years ago, and while he’s retired his lacrosse stick, he says he’s kept the leader mentality. Case in point: in 2017, Neal took […]

John B. McQueeney – MedMen

Though not a plant scientist by training, John B. McQueeney has garnered much knowledge on the job. Every day can be a learning experience for this young man who pivoted from solar energy to cannabis in 2018. Director of facility development for California-based grower, processor and retailer MedMen, the 29-year-old McQueeney oversaw the company’s assembly […]

Jason L. VanAernam – Monroe Group/Steele Properties

To paraphrase an old truism, a dollar of prevention is worth many times that in rehabilitation. It may seem mind-boggling how so many property owners fail to take notice. Such as in Kansas City, Kansas, where a 13-story residential building will finally commence with a long-overdue overhaul in early 2021 after being acquired by Steele […]

Jana Fain-Rossen – Zwift

It’s not every day that someone gets her feet wet in facilities management in an office where pigs wearing tutus mingle with some of the funniest people in show business. But not everyone is Jana Fain-Rossen. Fain-Rossen, a native of Atlanta, got her start working for a production company in Beverly Hills before moving to […]

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 […]

Joey Martinez – Tanium Inc.

The Bay Area and Silicon Valley provide Joey Martinez with examples aplenty of how not to build or lease corporate facilities. No need to mention names, but he sees so many companies setting up shop in palaces with far more square footage than necessary. Then a few years later their leadership scramble about, trying to […]

Joe Holland – Charles River

You won’t see Joe Holland peering into a microscope to determine whether the latest pharmaceutical innovation is ready for a clinical trial. But at the Charles River research facility in Reno, Nevada, he’s known to keep a sharp eye on how the building and its labs measure up to the exacting rigors of medical science—because […]

James Rosner – University of Denver

The parallels between developing facilities projects for the U.S. Air Force and a university system are not as disparate as one might think. Just ask James Rosner, associate vice chancellor at the University of Denver, who became steeped in facilities planning during active duty in the military. As an engineer who built facilities and infrastructure […]

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