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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ten years after Katrina, this Skanska hospital demonstrates how to build resilient

Ten years after Katrina, this Skanska hospital demonstrates how to build resilient

Our University Medical Center project in New Orleans that opened this month is built with the lessons of Hurricane Katrina’s flooding in mind, among them that the emergency department is located on the second floor, above flood levels. In this USA Today article, Andrew Quirk, national director of our Healthcare Center of Excellence, addresses the importance of building resilient structures.

USA Civil promotes three in West to project executive

USA Civil promotes three in West to project executive

In their new roles, Robb Fonkalsrud, Gerry Iniguez and Brad Nystrom will support our growing infrastructure construction business in the West.

A 20-hour concrete pour, planned to the minute

A 20-hour concrete pour, planned to the minute

Our 35-story Capitol Tower office project – which Skanska is developing in Houston – started in part recently with a 19-hour, 20-minute concrete pour to create a mat foundation that varies between seven and nine-and-a-half feet thick. Our team’s planning and execution of this 9,020 cubic yard continuous pour was so precise that the actual duration was within three minutes of what they had planned. Don’t miss the time-lapse video!

How to build “future-enabled” hospitals

How to build “future-enabled” hospitals

Andrew Quirk, national director of our Healthcare Center of Excellence, recently spoke with Health Facilities Management magazine on the future of healthcare design and construction. Among his insights: “We should be looking at buildings that are interchangeable, or a kit of parts… so that buildings can be ordered and installed quickly.”

Coast to Coast honored with first-place national award

Coast to Coast honored with first-place national award

Skanska USA’s employee magazine was named the top-ranked magazine in the Society for Marketing Professional Services’ Marketing Communications Awards contest.

University of Washington teams with Skanska to offer BIM certificate

University of Washington teams with Skanska to offer BIM certificate

Mike Choquette, Skanska USA VDC staff development director, is teaching the 12-week online course, which is open to students and industry professionals nationwide. This partnership further positions Skanska as an industry leader in virtual design and construction.

Watch for Skanska on CNN and PBS

Watch for Skanska on CNN and PBS

You may notice a 60-second commercial on CNN Headline News advertising a six-minute Skanska documentary that has been distributed to 100 local PBS stations. At any point, the PBS stations may air the documentary, which features Skanska USA CEO Rich Cavallaro. Click below to be among the first to view it.

Exploring fully electric construction equipment

Exploring fully electric construction equipment

Skanska, Volvo and the Swedish Energy Agency are partnered on a nearly $25 million research project to explore the possibilities of fully electric construction equipment in a quarry environment.

Improving how we build sustainably

Improving how we build sustainably

Seattle’s Stacy Smedley is not only a preconstruction manager, but she also leads highly sustainable projects in Washington state and supports Skanska’s national deep green initiatives and projects. In this Seattle Times profile, read about how she combines her loves for the natural environment and the built environment in her Skanska work.

Topping out for Boeing in South Carolina

Topping out for Boeing in South Carolina

Our team recently topped out the new Decorative Paint Facility for Boeing in North Charleston, S.C. This design-build project extends our relationship with a major client that we have served in the Seattle area for many years.