Case Studies Region: West

Mat Bergman – Heritage Bank

He can’t say when it’ll be a full return to Heritage Bank’s new Southern Operations Center in Tacoma, Washington, but it should be a simple transition. Social distancing will be made easy at the 80,000-square-foot former medical facility that Heritage purchased in July 2019, Mat Bergman explains, though at the time nobody could have anticipated […]

Thomas Polansky – Occidental College

Thomas Polansky has loved The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens since he was a child. Often when he visited his grandparents in Pasadena, they brought him to these places at the San Marino, California, institution. The trips influenced Polansky’s early interest in art and architecture, and he eventually went on to receive his […]

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 […]

Brian Horton – Leaf Communications

In 2009, while working as a senior project manager for a Pennsylvania-based engineering firm, Brian Horton remembers flying over Maine in a helicopter, in awe of the vast wilderness while seeing nothing but trees for miles. For Horton, it was hard to believe that this rural state was a placed visited by terrorists in advance […]

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 […]

Ron Harris—Young Living Essential Oils

Legacy is a word often bandied about. It’s created in many forms: the contribution of one human to the life of another, positively change in lives across all levels of society, or building structures that combine architectural style with an emphasis on humanity. In the case of Young Living Essential Oils founder, D. Gary Young, […]

Hilleary Steckler – VASA Fitness

For Hilleary Steckler, the best part of the job is walking through the doors of a finished VASA Fitness location—to see it through the eyes of a member. Knowing the amount of work dedicated to each location, Steckler says it fills her with a sense of accomplishment. As VASA’s director of facility design, Steckler has […]

Patrick Inaba – Federal Realty Investment Trust

At a ritzy rooftop wine and cheese reception in Miami’s Coconut Grove, the air feels almost alive—a mix of ocean brine, merengue and Channel No. 5. The guests, revelrous and relaxed, are mingling in the open-air space surrounded by silver platters laden with pricey hors d’oeuvres—until one of them reaches for a canape and gets […]

Ray Miranda – Southern California Orthopedic Institute

Ray Miranda remembers hating his sales job so much he couldn’t stop clenching his jaw, then it became too sore to eat a Thanksgiving dinner. But with the encouragement of his mother, he picked up work at Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California, and became its regional director of facilities operations. Three decades […]

Zeke Lyles, CFM – Crystal Springs Uplands School

On any given day, you might find Zeke Lyles answering a 1 a.m. emergency call about a collapsing roof in a faculty building with as much excitement as a kid on Christmas. “I get energized when emergency calls come in—at least once I know everyone is safe,” says Lyles, the director of facilities and safety […]

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