Energy storage and microgrid (ESM) systems introduce capabilities to dramatically improve the resiliency and efficiency of electrical grids as well as enable the introduction of renewable energy systems to new and existing power distribution infrastructure. Multiple market forces have converged to enable the feasibility of ESM construction in many regions of the world. These forces include dramatic drops in the cost of solar photovoltaics and energy storage; regional shifts in the availability of low-cost natural gas; increased interest in resiliency among utilities and facility owners; and emerging capabilities among developers, builders, and finance professionals to conceive, design, finance, build, and operate ESM systems. The development and construction of ESM projects require significant levels of innovation, endurance, and responsiveness to project specific conditions. Collaborative and integrative methods have emerged as critical process management methods that facilitate the planning, construction, and operation of energy storage and microgrid projects. These unique challenges of ESM project also require specialty skills and capabilities across project developers, managers, engineers, and skilled workforce. This paper presents the patterns emerging from multiple microgrid development projects and an integrative approach to building capacity to pursue and execute ESM projects among utility professionals, electrical workers, and electrical construction project managers. New curriculum designs are presented based on lessons learned in the design, construction, and operation of a living laboratory for ESM systems and experiences gained through the development of a hybrid microgrid system including combined heat and power, solar photovoltaics, and multiple types of battery energy storage systems. The implications of ESM system growth on a global scale are also discussed, including the need for integrative research and education programs at regional levels to support the growth of ESM markets and system deployment.