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Monthly Archives: April 2014

At Infrastructure Development’s annual meeting, two U.S. award winners

At Infrastructure Development’s annual meeting, two U.S. award winners

Chris Guthkelch and Jessica Murray of Infrastructure Development North America both received Silver Rock awards at Infrastructure Development’s global meeting earlier this month in Scotland. Guthkelch, an ID project director, won in the Market Maker category, and Murray, IDNA’s head of communications and marketing, won in the Work Smarter category. Overall, the conference focused on market making and collaboration. And despite some challenging years recently for ID, Skanska’s Senior Executive Team gave ID its full-fledged support.

Celebrating 50 years of this Engineering Wonder of the Modern World

Celebrating 50 years of this Engineering Wonder of the Modern World

A half century ago last Tuesday, southeastern Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – built by a Skanska consortium – opened for service, and was soon named one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This 17.6-mile crossing – the world’s largest bridge-tunnel system – includes two one-mile tunnels, two bridges, four man-made islands and low-level trestles, constructed through the dedication of more than 2,000 workers laboring against the severe weather at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. This recent newspaper multimedia account of the project’s construction features several of those workers sharing the project’s challenges – and joys. Our current $2.1 billion Elizabeth River Tunnels P3 project is located nearby.

Rapid progress on our latest development projects

Rapid progress on our latest development projects

In Boston, Houston and Seattle, Skanska’s latest generation of self-developed office projects – totaling 1.1 million square feet – is rapidly rising, thanks to collaboration between USA Commercial Development and USA Building. To meet the aggressive schedules of 101 Seaport, 400 Fairview and West Memorial Place, our teams are working hard and building in some amazing ways, such as using high-strength concrete to every day pour a new level of 101 Seaport’s 18-story concrete core.

USA Building promotes three in preconstruction

USA Building promotes three in preconstruction

USA Building promoted Chris Hillyer, Adam Hicks and Raylena Browning to preconstruction executive directors. In this new role, Hillyer will oversee our preconstruction efforts in San Antonio, and Browning will be responsible for the same in Houston. They will share responsibility for all other Texas markets. Hicks will serve in the same role for Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.

Meet the women of D.C.’s 11th Street bridge project

Meet the women of D.C.’s 11th Street bridge project

In this video produced by our client, several of the women working for Skanska and our partners on the 11th Street Corridor Design-Build project in Washington, D.C., speak of what the project means to them. How are you promoting diversity and inclusion on your project or in your office?

Safety Week deadlines this week!

Safety Week deadlines this week!

Today is the last day for ordering promotional items for the first industry Safety Week, being held May 4-10. Also, this Wednesday is the last day for submitting ideas for the Safety Week Idea Book. Let’s help the entire industry realize the power of Safety Week! Click below to access links to the online store and the Idea Book.

On our blog: What patient-centered medical homes are, and how they’re helping enable better medical care

On our blog: What patient-centered medical homes are, and how they’re helping enable better medical care

Patient-centered medical homes are facilities that support a team-based approach to patient care, with physicians, nurse practitioners and some specialists operating under one roof – a one-stop shop for patients. In this blog post, Andrew Quirk, national director of our Healthcare Center of Excellence, discusses how PCMHs work from a real estate perspective, and how the energy and technological choices made regarding these facilities can bring big benefits.

Hear how the buildings we develop are more than just spaces

Hear how the buildings we develop are more than just spaces

In this video, Skanska development team members, the designers and one of the first tenants to commit to our 13-story 400 Fairview office project in Seattle describe the process to make this project more than just another building – to make it an environment full of vibrancy and energy. Says Terry Pillow, CEO of future tenant Tommy Bahama Group: “We were looking for a home, not necessarily a building and a space. When we were approached with the philosophy that Skanska had for 400 Fairview, they were trying to build something other than a building – they were trying to build something that had a soul.”

Delivering one of Florida’s greenest buildings

Delivering one of Florida’s greenest buildings

Photovoltaic panels on the roof. Harvesting tanks for reusing rainwater to flush toilets. Electrochromic glass windows that automatically adjust to admit the optimum amount of daylight. Titanium dioxide mixed into the precast concrete panels to remove air pollutants. And bamboo flooring throughout. At the University of Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music stands to be one of Florida’s greenest higher education buildings. It’s seeking LEED Platinum certification.

Great ending to first quarter, with $696 million of contract awards!

Great ending to first quarter, with $696 million of contract awards!

Skanska ended the first quarter of 2014 on a strong note, as last week we announced $696 million in new contract awards. These new projects are the $225 million UF Health/Shands Cardiovascular/Neuroscience Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.; the $202 million reconstruction of nearly five miles of New York City’s Rockaway Beach boardwalk; the $189 million renovation of a mixed-use building in New York City for a confidential client; and the $80 million construction of an office building in Redmond, Wash., for another confidential client.