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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Celebrating safety together with our peers

Celebrating safety together with our peers

To make the most of last week being the first industry-wide Safety Week, Skanska teams in such cities as New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C., joined with our peer firms for safety events and training.

Let’s put our Safety Week lessons to use every day!

Let’s put our Safety Week lessons to use every day!

It was an incredible Safety Week, with 30 other major construction firms involved this year and many more trade contractors. Now our challenge is to every day keep in mind the inspiring and educational lessons we learned last week. “Safety Week is not a week to be extra safe,” said Mike McNally, Skanska USA president and CEO. “Every day is a day to be extra safe.” Make sure that you visit www.InjuryFreeEnvironment.com to upload photos from the week and to view those that others have uploaded, and also to read your colleagues’ perspectives on safety. Also, let’s keep the safety conversation with our peers going year-round at the Safety Week 2014 LinkedIn Group, on which McNally is a regular commenter.

First quarter financials: Big increases in order bookings and operating income

First quarter financials: Big increases in order bookings and operating income

Good news for our SEOP investors: Skanska globally delivered a strong first-quarter performance, with order bookings up 33 percent to $5 billion and operating income up 26 percent to $101.4 million. The U.S. continues to be a key part of Skanska’s operations. Also, Skanska has just published a U.S. dollar version of the 2013 annual report.

Spurred by Skanska, Portland’s mayor declares citywide Construction Industry Safety Week

Spurred by Skanska, Portland’s mayor declares citywide Construction Industry Safety Week

As 31 construction firms and industry partners get ready for the first industry-wide Safety Week, the City of Portland, Ore., has jumped in with a formal declaration of the event. On Friday, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales signed a proclamation declaring May 4-11 as Construction Industry Safety Week, thanks to the efforts of Steve Clem, vice president of preconstruction in Skanska’s Portland office.

On our blog: What does a Living Building cost or save versus a LEED Platinum building?

On our blog: What does a Living Building cost or save versus a LEED Platinum building?

Skanska recently participated in research for the District of Columbia that provided valuable data regarding the financial implications of Deep Green building. The study found that while a net-zero energy strategy may add five- to 19 percent to a building’s initial cost, after factoring current tax and renewable energy credits into these figures, the return on investment for a net-zero building is approximately 30 percent.

More time to apply for “the experience of a lifetime”

More time to apply for “the experience of a lifetime”

The application period for the Skanska Unlimited employee exchange program has been extended until May 15. Unlimited offers a three- to six-month working experience in another unit or function, in your country or internationally. This is a great opportunity to develop professionally and personally.

Major University Medical Center milestone

Major University Medical Center milestone

Our entire 2.2 million-square-foot University Medical Center project in New Orleans was switched to permanent power last month, a significant milestone as the project heads towards its December 2014 full completion. This summer, our team will finish about one million square feet, in the Ambulatory Care Building, Utility Building and parking deck. The $696 million UMC, being built in joint venture with MAPP Construction, is Skanska’s biggest U.S. healthcare project.

Safety Week: An opportunity for Skanska to lead

Safety Week: An opportunity for Skanska to lead

Skanska and 30 other construction firms are coming together this week in the first industry-wide Safety Week, but many of these firms haven’t done a Safety Week before. This is our opportunity to demonstrate Safety Week’s power to change behavior; a great way to do that is by sharing why Safety Week is important to you on the Safety Week 2014 LinkedIn page. Also, please visit and share with your network www.SafetyWeek2014.com and www.InjuryFreeEnvironment.com. Another reason to be proud: Skanska and our 30 partners have bought a full-page ad in this morning’s USA Today to let the entire country know that we’re working together to make construction safer. Be sure to pick up a copy to share with your office or project – and your client. Click below to see other key information to help you have a successful Safety Week.

With college alumnus award in hand, Flemming shares thoughts to help others succeed

With college alumnus award in hand, Flemming shares thoughts to help others succeed

Last month, Bill Flemming, USA Building president and CEO, was awarded the Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. (Other UC alums include famed architect Michael Graves and Joseph Strauss, the engineer behind the Golden Gate Bridge, in addition to Skanska employees at various levels of our company.) In this story, Flemming shares some thoughts on the importance of listening, the need to believe in your abilities and why he loves the construction industry.