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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Leading in prefabrication in yet another city

Leading in prefabrication in yet another city

Last month when our team began lifting prefabricated bathroom pods into the ninth floor of Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Jones Pavilion, Skanska became one of the first general contractors in Seattle to use this advanced method of construction, which we’re helping pioneer the use of nationwide. Horizontal multi-trade utility racks and headwalls are also being prefabricated for this $21.1 million fit-out project with some challenging logistics: the project’s only street entry is through the in-use emergency department.

In Houston, ENR spotlights our challenging San Jacinto historical renovation project

In Houston, ENR spotlights our challenging San Jacinto historical renovation project

ENR Texas & Louisiana recently profiled our challenging historical renovation of Houston Community College System’s San Jacinto Memorial Building, which was built in phases between 1914 and 1936. Among the project’s quirks: our team removed some interior walls only to discover other walls behind the first – some still complete with hallway lockers!

New leaders in USA Building’s Project Controls-Risk Management team

New leaders in USA Building’s Project Controls-Risk Management team

To help lead and drive operational excellence, USA Building has added three new directors to its Project Controls group: Katie Coulson, supporting Oregon, Washington and Arizona; Brian Schrems, supporting the Midwest; and Maria Houle supporting the Southeast. This new group will work with Operations to help teams make full use of our tools, systems and processes; coordinate and support project-level training; and share best practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness on our projects.

California’s Gold Line Bridge makes magazine cover

California’s Gold Line Bridge makes magazine cover

The iconic Gold Line Bridge northeast of Los Angeles that Skanska completed in December 2012 is featured on the cover of the current issue of Civil Engineering magazine! The story, which mentions Skanska as the builder, looks at infrastructure as artwork. Click below to access a PDF of the issue.

In green business, our competition is gaining – we need your help to keep Skanska ahead

In green business, our competition is gaining – we need your help to keep Skanska ahead

In this new video, Skanska’s leaders make the case that while our green focus has been very successful – for example, we’ve secured more than $3 billion in green projects globally – our peers are quickly catching up to us in this market that doubles in size every three years. To ensure that Skanska continues to be at the forefront of green, we all need to continually be innovating and developing green solutions, and then communicating our expertise.

On leadership: Why Clorox’s CEO puts his people first

On leadership: Why Clorox’s CEO puts his people first

In this interview with The New York Times, Clorox Company CEO Don Knauss shares some leadership lessons, including the value of demonstrating to the people you lead that you care more about them than you care about yourself; that you should operate with the mindset that your people have the best intentions; and that as you move up an organization, the less you use the power you’re given, the more authority people give you – persuading rather than directing people is much more powerful over time.

Through collaboration, an innovative idea worth stealing

Through collaboration, an innovative idea worth stealing

With our new Prognos app, Skanska and our clients can create early cost models of healthcare projects in real time, enabling different scenarios to be quickly evaluated. Last week, InformationWeek magazine – the IT industry equivalent of ENR – named Prognos as one of its “20 Great Ideas to Steal in 2014.” This great recognition is only possible because of the strong collaboration between our Healthcare Center of Excellence and Information Technology teams in envisioning and developing this app, which is available for iPads through Skanska’s app store. Click below to view IndustryWeek’s article on Prognos, and contact Andrew Quirk for more information.

USA Civil Midwest recognized for safety excellence

USA Civil Midwest recognized for safety excellence

For the third consecutive year, USA Civil Midwest has been recognized with a national Thomas J. Reynolds Award for construction safety and health from The Association of Union Constructors. This award is based in part on having a days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate of below 1.5, which is 25 percent less than the national average. In 2013, Civil Midwest had a DART rate of 0.38, continuing a downward trend in injury severity. In 2009, for instance, the region had a DART rate of 1.75.