Case Studies Region: West

Angelo Cox – Inland Empire Health Plan

Even in the midst of summer, September looms. Schoolchildren have it in the back of their minds they play in the sunshine. By August, stores are offering back-to-school specials, and the nights may carry a small chill in the air. September is looming, as well, for the 2,500 employees at Inland Empire Health Plan in […]

David Wilson – Avanir Pharmaceuticals

When David Wilson was getting ready to graduate from Maine Maritime Academy, he went to sea for a mandatory six-month training regimen required of all students. Aside from wearing a uniform, sleeping in a bunk no wider than he was, and riding an onslaught of rolling waves, Wilson, an engineering student, would need to prove […]

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 […]

Pedro Avila – Simi Valley Unified School District

In 1939, Bing Crosby sang “An Apple for the Teacher,” referencing the tradition of students bringing teachers the fruit often associated with knowledge. The practice may have begun on the western frontier in the late 1800s when students—and their families—were responsible for housing and feeding their teachers. The frontier revolved around community and, according to […]

Matt Feldmeyer – Renton School District

When you move from somewhere far away, you’re bound to be inspired by your new surroundings. In the world of design and construction, a fresh perspective can also show what makes a location special. Such was the case for architect Matt Feldmeyer, who relocated from his native Indiana to Seattle, Washington, in 2008. Discovering nearby […]

Michelle Swanitz – California Polytechnic State University

It would be a typical day on the job for Michelle Swanitz, one that had her responding to one situation after another before the sun set on the Central California coast. Director of facilities for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Swanitz was handling […]

Daniel Munoz – Warner Constructors

Daniel Munoz has never been far from a construction site. He swept the dust of drywall adhesive off floors as a boy and learned the trades from his father and anyone else who’d teach him at Warner Constructors. Now the company’s Vice President of Project Management and Construction, and soon to be one of its […]

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 […]

Kris Garnhart – Academy District #20

Kris Garnhart knows good looks doesn’t always mean lasting value. When installing new windows at a school, for instance, he needs to weigh his options. Does he go with the large floor-to-ceiling panes that designers want? Or does he go with smaller ones in a large grid frame? The second option might not be as […]

Virginia Howard – West Coast University and American Career College

There’s only one Leonardo da Vinci, one Picasso and one Michelangelo. But that didn’t stop a seven-year-old Virginia Howard from pursuing her passion as an artist. From summers spent on Cape Cod painting watercolors with her grandfather to working on her craft for hours each night after school, she was hooked. Her dreams of being […]

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