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Skanska achieves major milestone on United Nations headquarters renovation

Skanska achieves major milestone on United Nations headquarters renovation

In December, the United Nations (U.N.) celebrated a major milestone in Skanska’s renovation of the organization’s New York City headquarters: completion of the renewal of the 39-story Secretariat building, which is the centerpiece of the U.N. complex. With this phase of the project done, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was able to return to his office in this landmark building overlooking the East River. To mark this occasion, the U.N. held a ribbon cutting ceremony in late December at which Dan Kolakowski, USA Building senior vice president, was given a plaque of excellence from the Secretary-General.

This Friday, learn how Autodesk BIM 360 Field software can help your project

This Friday, learn how Autodesk BIM 360 Field software can help your project

At 11 a.m. Eastern Time this Friday, April 5, USA Building project managers Matt Pirolli and David Letlow will lead a webinar on the uses of Autodesk BIM 360 Field (formerly Vela) jobsite management software. The session will give demonstrations on the uses of BIM 360, including field documents, punch list, checklist inspections and equipment tracking. It will offer examples from healthcare projects. Register by sending an e-mail to mariya.stimson@skanska.com.

Report: Global green building growth driven by business reasons, rather than social and environmental motives

Report: Global green building growth driven by business reasons, rather than social and environmental motives

The picture on green building is getting clearer: Green building is growing around the world and quickly becoming an industry standard. A new research study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction on global green building trends demonstrates that green building is well established across the globe and is expected to grow even more over the next five years, according to an ENR story. In the United States, 40 percent of the industry reported having more than 60 percent of their work in green building in 2012, with that figure expected to rise to 53 percent by 2015. A global trend helping to drive this growth is the shift from doing green building out of environmental and social motives to being driven by business reasons, such as operating cost savings and client and market demands.

Careers advancing at USA Building and USA Commercial Development

Careers advancing at USA Building and USA Commercial Development

Three promotions were recently announced at USA Building and one at USA Commercial Development. At USA Building’s Rockville, Md., office, John Droppa has been promoted to vice president and account manager for the Special Projects Group. Also, Bob Ferguson was promoted to account manager with USA Building, with responsibilities in South Carolina and Georgia. Additionally, Kristin Goodchild was promoted to USA Building’s senior director of business development for Michigan, Indiana and northern Ohio. For USA Commercial Development, Al Bolivar was named chief financial officer.

Have a question about Bluebeam PDF software? Our new support site can provide the answer

Have a question about Bluebeam PDF software? Our new support site can provide the answer

Skanska has launched an online community site to support Bluebeam’s Revu Extreme software, which our teams are increasingly using to create and edit PDFs. The site – hosted by USA Building but accessible to all business units – is intended to be a meeting place for all Skanska users to share best practices, lessons learned and other information about Bluebeam products. The site includes links to online support resources and training, and has a discussion forum where users can post questions and see responses from other Skanska users. Announcements posted on the site will help keep the Skanska Bluebeam community abreast of the latest Bluebeam news, such as the release of new versions and service packs. Click below to access a link to the site.

Latest Silicon Valley tech trend: green and modular headquarters buildings

Latest Silicon Valley tech trend: green and modular headquarters buildings

Apple, Facebook and Google are among the northern California tech giants planning new or expanded headquarters that incorporate both green building practices and modular construction, according to a recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Apple, for instance, is planning to install enough solar panels and fuel cells to make its new Cupertino headquarters completely energy independent, and expects to plant 6,000 trees on its 176-acre property. All three projects will utilize prefabricated construction. Bill Flemming, USA Building president, is quoted saying that prefabrication of building systems can shorten construction schedules by 20 percent. Click below to access a link to the article.

U.S. infrastructure score improves to D+ in ASCE report

U.S. infrastructure score improves to D+ in ASCE report

In its regular report card on the state of America’s infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued a grade of D+, up from the “D” issued in its last report, published in 2009. While still a poor overall result, the report shows progress in six areas, including bridges, rail, wastewater and drinking water, according to a New York Times story. No category received a lower grade than that given in the previous report. Trends leading to the modest improvement include an increase in private financing of public projects (public-private partnerships, or PPPs) and renewed attention from state and local governments to kick-starting their own projects, rather than waiting for the federal government to provide money. Click below to access links to both the New York Times story and an interactive version of the full ASCE report.

Skanska’s $1.5 billion United Nations headquarters renovation featured as ENR cover story

Skanska’s $1.5 billion United Nations headquarters renovation featured as ENR cover story

Skanska’s $1.5 billion United Nations headquarters renovation in New York City is the cover story in the current issue of ENR, the U.S. construction industry’s leading magazine. The article highlights the immense challenge of retrofitting 2.5 million square feet without impacting the U.N’s ongoing operations. Among the impressive statistics: Crews are installing about 15 miles of electrical conduit and 28 miles of wiring, and there have been more than 600 coordinated infrastructure shut-downs for upgrades to life-safety, water, gas, power and other systems. Skanska and our subcontractors have logged about six million work hours. U.N. official Kenneth Champion spoke to ENR about his organization’s zero tolerance for any disruptions of its activities. “They are very sensitive to noise,” he said of his U.N. colleagues. “They don’t want to change history if one of the interpreters misinterprets.” Click below to access a link to the ENR article.

Matt Steinmetz rejoins USA Building to focus on Atlanta healthcare; USA Commercial Development promotes Murphy McCullough in Seattle

Matt Steinmetz rejoins USA Building to focus on Atlanta healthcare; USA Commercial Development promotes Murphy McCullough in Seattle

Matt Steinmetz has rejoined USA Building as a vice president leading Atlanta-area healthcare operations, after roles with KBR Building Group and Turner Construction and time with Skanska earlier in his career. In his new role, he will focus on growing Skanska’s healthcare business in the Atlanta market. In Seattle, USA Commercial Development has promoted Murphy McCullough to vice president of development. In his new role, he will continue to pursue strategic development opportunities for Skanska and manage the project executives on all of Skanska’s development projects in Seattle.

Prefabrication work at Delaware hospital featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

Prefabrication work at Delaware hospital featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

USA Building’s prefabrication of patient bathrooms, mechanical racks, headwalls and other building systems at our $230 million expansion of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., was featured in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer story. For this 533,000-square-foot project – our second hospital for Nemours health system – another unique aspect is that we are self-performing carpentry and drywall work for the prefabricated modules. This gives us greater control over the modularization process. Click below to access a link to the Inquirer story.