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USA Commercial Development, Building to break ground this month on $51 million Seattle project

USA Commercial Development, Building to break ground this month on $51 million Seattle project

USA Commercial Development will start construction this month on Stone34, a 129,000 SF, roughly $51 million mixed-use office and retail building in Seattle. Skanska is self-financing the project – which is CD’s first Seattle project to break ground – with USA Building overseeing construction. Brooks Sports – a maker of running shoes and apparel – is the anchor tenant of the five-story building, leasing 114,000 SF to house its new world headquarters. The project is designed with 8,500 SF of outdoor pedestrian areas and situated next to Seattle’s most used urban trail. Stone34 is envisioned as an urban trailhead and is designed to encourage community connection and civic interaction.

Safety leaders meet in Tampa to review progress and plan future actions

Safety leaders meet in Tampa to review progress and plan future actions

Last week, safety leadership from both USA Building and USA Civil met in our Tampa office to discuss Skanska’s global safety reports, the milestones that have been met and ways to continually improve. The gathering included both the National Environmental Health and Safety Leadership team and the directors of environmental health and safety (EHS). There was much discussion concerning the positions of both Building and Civil on our Safety Road Map, as well as short- and long-term goals and the actions needed to reach them. One Skanska remained an important topic, as the environmental health and safety directors spoke on ways to share knowledge and experience between business units.

Ribbon cutting for USA Building’s Medical Technology Building in Georgia

Ribbon cutting for USA Building’s Medical Technology Building in Georgia

USA Building’s 80,000 SF Medical Technology Building at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Ga., officially opened last week, with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. The facility houses such departments as dental assisting, radiologic technology, surgical technology and paramedicine programs. Congratulations to the project team on this accomplishment!

Wall Street Journal features Skanska’s custom iPad apps

Wall Street Journal features Skanska’s custom iPad apps

USA Building’s development of custom iPad apps was highlighted last week in a Wall Street Journal blog article. The article highlighted USA Building’s Innovation Grant Program, which supports the development of employee ideas to make our teams more efficient. The program has helped develop two apps: the Leak Prevention app, a checklist tool used to create a visual record of quality inspections for the exterior envelope of buildings, and the inSite Monitor app, used to remotely monitor environmental conditions in hospitals and other sensitive facilities.

Quirk: Healthcare construction to increase over next two years

Quirk: Healthcare construction to increase over next two years

There will be an increase in hospital construction nationwide over the next two years, Andrew Quirk, USA Building’s senior vice president in charge of the Healthcare Center of Excellence, recently told the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Business Journal. Quirk said the November election – and the previously uncertain future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – seemed to be the last hurdle in front of hospitals that had plans to “start retooling a little bit.”

USA Commercial Development’s 400 Fairview project recommended for Seattle approval

USA Commercial Development’s 400 Fairview project recommended for Seattle approval

The City of Seattle’s West Design Review Board (DRB) recommended approval of USA Commercial Development’s 400 Fairview project on Nov. 21. 400 Fairview is a 300,000 SF, 12-story office and retail project to be built in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, near Amazon.com’s headquarters. The design features a ground-floor “market hall” that will have smaller-scale retailers. 400 Fairview now goes to city Department of Planning and Development officials for approval.

Is your jobsite or office decorated for the holidays? Send us your pictures!

Is your jobsite or office decorated for the holidays? Send us your pictures!

Is your project’s tower crane decked out in holiday lights, or has your office captured the holiday spirit so well that Santa Claus would be jealous? Either way, please send us your pictures, so we can publish them in the Hub, on Facebook or via Twitter. Send photos to USAcommunications@skanska.com.

Construction starts forecasted to increase 6% in 2013

Construction starts forecasted to increase 6% in 2013

An economic recovery may finally reach the construction industry, with McGraw-Hill Construction forecasting a six percent increase in new construction starts in 2013, following a five percent increase this year, as cited last week in ENR magazine. But whether such forecasts prove accurate depends highly on whether Congress can reach a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of this year.

McNally talks ethics, knowledge sharing and safety

McNally talks ethics, knowledge sharing and safety

Mike McNally, president and CEO of Skanska USA, recently spoke to businessmanagementdaily.com about why having high ethics is critical, why we need to share our knowledge with our colleagues and why good bosses are important. He also spoke of how anyone who sees an unsafe condition needs to speak up immediately. Click below to read the complete article.

Seattle office wins city volunteer service award

Seattle office wins city volunteer service award

Our Seattle office won Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Corporate Citizens Award, part of that city’s annual awards for outstanding volunteer stewardship. The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most tenacious, creative and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and programs. Skanska won for constructing a much-needed picnic shelter, and having all materials donated. Congratulations!