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USA Civil hires Keith Sabol as national design-build director

USA Civil hires Keith Sabol as national design-build director

USA Civil has hired Keith Sabol to serve as its national design-build director. He is based in USA Civil’s headquarters in Queens, New York City. In this newly created position, Sabol is utilizing his experience and expertise in design, management and marketing of transportation infrastructure projects to manage large-scale design-build projects. He reports directly to Mike Viggiano, USA Civil Northeast executive vice president, and works closely with Mike Cobelli, USA Civil chief operating officer. Before joining Skanska, Sabol served as associate vice president and client service leader for HNTB Corporation, a major design firm.

Latest Coast to Coast features our Hurricane Sandy efforts and best practices from our global Management Meeting award winners

Latest Coast to Coast features our Hurricane Sandy efforts and best practices from our global Management Meeting award winners

Our latest Coast to Coast quarterly magazine – a printed version of which is in the mail to your home, if you haven’t received it yet – features eight pages of coverage on our efforts to help our projects and communities recover from Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, it spotlights best practices from the U.S. winners of individual awards from last fall’s global management meeting, as well as a new ethics column to help you do what’s right. Click below to access a link to an online version.

Federal sequestration budget cuts not expected to impact current Skanska projects, but future work could be affected

Federal sequestration budget cuts not expected to impact current Skanska projects, but future work could be affected

The $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts that went into effect late Friday are not expected to impact any current Skanska projects with federal funding, executives with USA Civil and USA Building said last week. However, those reductions – scheduled to occur through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year – could delay or eliminate future projects. That Skanska has relatively little direct federal work helps minimize any impact on us. In total, the sequester, if unaltered, will eliminate $1.2 trillion in federal spending over the next decade.

In Texas, strong safety performance earns Lackland Ambulatory Care Center project two client awards

In Texas, strong safety performance earns Lackland Ambulatory Care Center project two client awards

Our team’s dedication to creating an Injury-Free Environment (IFE) culture at the Lackland Ambulatory Care Center project in San Antonio has earned us two safety awards from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District: the 2012 Operation Reward Safety annual award and the 2012 fourth quarter safety award, both in the mega contract category. Since December 2011, Skanska and our subcontractors have worked about 430,000 man-hours – total for both phases we were awarded – with zero lost time incidents over that duration. Congratulations!

Another honor: Skanska wins national sustainability award

Another honor: Skanska wins national sustainability award

Skanska is again a winner of Waste Management’s Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award, with the 2012 awardees announced last week. The 10 winning construction firms diverted the highest total tonnage of waste from landfills to recycling facilities. As part of our sustainability effort, we created Green Strategic Indicators (GSIs) to help us track and improve our environmental performance. For 2012, the target construction waste diversion rate for both USA Building and USA Civil was at least 92 percent, a goal that increased to 94 percent diversion this year.

Elizabeth River Tunnels worker, subcontractor outreach session signals impending construction of massive project

Elizabeth River Tunnels worker, subcontractor outreach session signals impending construction of massive project

As the USA Civil-led design-build team on the Elizabeth River Tunnels project in southeastern Virginia readies to begin construction, it’s holding its first information session for workers and subcontractors interested in working on the massive project. This week’s event is being held near Baltimore, Md., where our team will be casting 11 concrete tunnel segments, each weighing 16,000 tons. These segments will then be towed down the Chesapeake Bay to the project site.

Prefabrication helps successfully deliver Florida hospital vertical expansion

Prefabrication helps successfully deliver Florida hospital vertical expansion

USA Building recently completed a challenging two-story, $11 million vertical expansion project at the Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee. The project took the building from six- to eight- stories tall while patients continued to be treated below. We handled this project by constructing the building’s core and then prefabricating individual rooms.

USA Building promotes Ben Huffman and Renee Jones in North Carolina

USA Building promotes Ben Huffman and Renee Jones in North Carolina

USA Building has promoted Ben Huffman and Renee Jones to regional healthcare project director and regional diversity director, respectively. As a healthcare project director, Huffman will continue to oversee work for UNC Hospital Systems while assisting with Skanska’s plans to grow our healthcare business in North Carolina. In her new role, Jones will be responsible for implementing internal and external supplier diversity education, assisting with diversity recruitment and collaborating with organizations to create workforce initiatives for small and minority-owned businesses in the Southeast.

Washington hospital project wins national healthcare construction award

Washington hospital project wins national healthcare construction award

Skanska won a 2013 Vista Award for our top-notch performance on the new $268 million patient tower at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. The prestigious national award, to be presented today in San Francisco at the annual International Summit and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction (PDC Summit) hosted by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), recognizes valuable teamwork and unity of purpose that helped healthcare projects succeed from pre-planning through construction to operation. Congratulations to the project team!

37 Revolutionary War-era graves found at South Carolina jobsite

37 Revolutionary War-era graves found at South Carolina jobsite

Thirty-seven graves dating to the Revolutionary War period were unexpectedly found earlier this month by USA Building’s team at the $111.6 million Gaillard Center Renovation and Addition project in Charleston, S.C. Archaeologists are currently examining the find, which includes a four-inch hollow cannonball found between two of the graves. The area – near what was the former border of this colonial city – appears to be an unmarked cemetery. The bones are expected to be fully removed by early March.