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Monthly Archives: April 2013

733 10th Street project in D.C. wins real estate award

733 10th Street project in D.C. wins real estate award

Skanska’s 733 10th Street project in Washington, D.C., won the Best Real Estate Deals of 2012 award last week in the Urban Office Sale category from the Washington Business Journal. Developed by USA Commercial Development and built by USA Building, Skanska sold this project last year for $140 million. 733 10th Street was USA Commercial Development’s first completed project.

Customer focus among topics at annual USA Commercial Development meeting

Customer focus among topics at annual USA Commercial Development meeting

The USA Commercial Development team met last week in Houston for their annual meeting. The team, roughly 50 people spread across five key markets, focused on enhancing the customer focus mindset, thinking/acting in a new way, inspiration and celebrating great achievements. Several guest speakers shared messages largely around the new Workplaces by Skanska messages: tenant profitability, green, work environment and placemaking.

In San Antonio, topping out after going up and over

In San Antonio, topping out after going up and over

It’s up and over for our team expanding San Antonio’s Metropolitan Methodist Hospital: up five stories (by cantilevering 75 feet over the third floor of the existing, operating facility) and then across a city street (which fortunately we were able to temporarily close). The 13-month project, which began last October, recently topped out. The tight site – with minimal laydown area and being adjacent to the ambulance entrance – is driving our project approach, which emphasizes proactive communication with the hospital staff.

USA Building adds to its leadership team in D.C. and Houston

USA Building adds to its leadership team in D.C. and Houston

In the Washington, D.C., area, Martin Sharpless joined Skanska as vice president of business development. In Houston, Matt Frey has been hired as senior director of business development.

Share photos of your great projects and teams with all of Skanska USA!

Share photos of your great projects and teams with all of Skanska USA!

Have an impressive, interesting or fun picture from your project or office? Please send it to usacommunications@skanska.com. We’ll use the best photos to showcase our Skanska spirit at the top of the weekly Hub email and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

Greening our supply chain

Greening our supply chain

In an article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Kevin McCain, USA Building vice president in Seattle, discusses how the most common metric of which contractors are the “most green” – comparing portfolios of LEED Gold and Platinum projects – often says more about our clients than it does about us. We and the rest of the construction industry can do more to green the actual work of construction. One such effort relates to materials sourcing – using products that are more environmentally sound. The arrival of the Living Building Challenge certification system is accelerating this effort. Click below to access a link to the article.

ENR article: Obama’s 2014 budget a “mixed bag”

ENR article: Obama’s 2014 budget a “mixed bag”

President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal again makes a strong pitch for boosting federal infrastructure funding, but only some construction programs would share in the increases, according to an ENR article. Under the president’s budget request, sent to Congress on April 10, highway and transit accounts would receive modest hikes compared with 2013 levels, and General Services Administration funding for federal buildings would soar. However, airport grants and wastewater-treatment facility aid would be cut. The proposal’s fate will depend on congressional budget and appropriations committees. Click below to access a link to the article.

Power plant construction contract award in Indiana

Power plant construction contract award in Indiana

Skanska has signed a $101 million construction contract with an existing electric power client to install an air quality control system at a power plant. Industrial Contractors Skanska will install two selective catalytic reduction units, which involves both structural and mechanical work. Work began this month and the project is scheduled to be complete by July 2015.

Two landmark Los Angeles-area USA Civil projects featured in videos

Two landmark Los Angeles-area USA Civil projects featured in videos

USA Civil’s Gold Line Bridge and Exposition Line Phase 2 transit projects are featured in two videos that showcase the talents of our project teams. The 3.5-minute-long Gold Line Bridge video – produced by our client – discusses the project’s signature design and the high level of craftsmanship required in the execution. The 4.5-minute-long Expo line video – produced by a local filmmaker – shadows our team as they worked at night to build a new bridge. Click below to access links to both videos.

In Florida, topping out of Calatrava-designed signature university building

In Florida, topping out of Calatrava-designed signature university building

He had only been to the project site once before, back in 2011 – a year before construction would begin – when this home of the new Florida Polytechnic University was still forest and farmland. So when world-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava visited the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building this month for the topping out of this 160,000-square-foot cathedral of learning, the Skanska project team was awaiting his verdict: had their execution of the design met his expectations, or would all their hard work be met with a shrug?