Case Studies Region: Midwest

Renee Strehlau – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Renee Strehlau’s footsteps have been winding through the University of Wisconsin’s 13 campuses since 1997. Completing her bachelor’s in interior design in 2000 from its Stout location, she became a facilities coordinator there upon graduation. Seven months later, she was hired as the facilities designer at the Eau Claire campus—and has enjoyed helping evolve and […]

Richard Carr – EDEN

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With a degree in construction management, Richard Carr says there were plenty of opportunities early—and throughout—his career to take a lucrative position in the market-rate housing industry. He could’ve worked for a large real estate organization and helped build luxury townhouses and high-end apartment complexes, for example. But for him, there was always something missing […]

Rob Young – MyMichigan Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Rob Young wasn’t making a career of digging ditches—he was a successful master electrician. But he was digging one to lay conduit the day he got a call inviting him to join MyMichigan Health in 2007. Almost 15 years later, Young is the system director for facilities and construction for the nonprofit health system, which […]

Rich Potosnak – MacAllister Machinery

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Its heavy equipment is a go-to for construction, engineering and agriculture, but not every corporate client can afford to buy what’s on a Caterpillar lot. Even the automotive companies in Michigan often opt to rent rather than purchase machinery when upgrading their production lines. So noted MacAllister Machinery a decade ago. An Indianapolis-based renter and […]

Rick Fox – Timberland Partners

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Rick Fox saw kids using a bike park recently, he couldn’t help but feel proud. As they raced around the colorful tracks, the kids showed Fox the impact of his work with their laughter and smiles. The director of facilities management for Timberland Partners likes knowing the features he adds to apartment complexes are […]

Ralph Knese – Parkway Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

After 33 years working in the same industry, Ralph Knese had a choice to make. He figured he could stay in his comfortable, predictable job until he was ready to retire, or he could finish his career with a new, exciting challenge. He knows it’s a little unconventional, but he’s happy to have gone with […]

Rick Fechter – School District of Menomonee Falls

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the country shifted to remote and hybrid models of learning. While many districts invested in virtual infrastructure to help ease the transition (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, for example), others opted for a slightly different approach—investing in physical infrastructure in addition to the requisite tech upgrades. Case in […]

Rence Meredith – Grand Valley State University

Est. reading time: 3 mins

For many colleges and universities, summer is when the hustle and bustle of student life give way to an almost eerie calm, where the loudest sound may be the wind in the trees. That is, until you take a walk across the Grand Valley State University campus in Allendale, Michigan. There you’ll see the dozens […]

Ron Siliko – Miami University Recreational Sports Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a kid, when Ron Siliko thought about his dream job, he envisioned having his own set of keys to open a gymnasium, with a plan to shoot hoops anytime he wanted. In reality, he got his wish—and a whole lot more. Basketball courts, swimming pools, equestrian facilities and baseball diamonds are just a few […]

Rick Fechter – School District of Menomonee Falls

Est. reading time: 4 mins

You sound like a football coach, Rick Fechter is told during a midsummer interview with Blueprint. The approachable but demanding facilities director of the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, school district takes it as a compliment. He concedes there’s no room for subpar performers on his NFL-sized team of around 45. Especially with the start of the […]

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