Skanska hopes this new book will inspire construction careers

Too often, students don’t consider construction careers because they think building is only about such craft-type jobs as carpenters and plumbers. To help middle and high school students broaden their perspective of the construction industry and entice more of them to enter the building industry, Skanska is the lead sponsor of a new book aimed at such young people – “Those Amazing Builders.”

This glossy 40-page book covers such topics as building construction, infrastructure construction, green building, the types of heavy equipment typically used, and the variety of jobs available in design and construction. It is brimming with photos and details of such notable Skanska projects as MetLife Stadium, the Second Avenue Subway, No. 7 Line Subway, Catskill/Delaware Ultraviolet Light Disinfection Facility and eBay data center.

“The Construction Users Council predicted the industry will experience a shortage of 2 million construction workers by 2017, which makes it essential for the industry to educate young people early on about the opportunities available in construction so we can continue to cultivate innovation and keep the field moving forward,” said Mike McNally, Skanska USA’s president and CEO. “Skanska is proud to support Trilogy Publications and sponsor the book ‘Those Amazing Builders,’ which is an incredibly creative effort to expose the next generation to the construction industry.”

School districts, guidance counselors and teachers nationwide can order free copies of “Those Amazing Builders” for their students on Trilogy’s website, and others can buy the books there. (Click here to access the publisher’s website.) Additionally, Skanska has secured 3,000 copies of the book to share with students as part of our nationwide high school outreach program; this is coordinated with our involvement in the ACE Mentor Program. We’ll make more information available on internal distribution once those plans are finalized.

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  1. Hi Greg
    I am very excited to learn we are supporting this new publication. As part of my volunteer work over the past eighteen years as Regional Coordinator for the National Engineers Week Future City Competiton, first in NYC and for the past eight years in Tampa, I think this book would serve the middle school students well. We could consider giving each team a copy during their four month learning experience in which they design and build a city of the future using Sim City software. We could even be the lead sponsor organization and make the book available to the 3500 students competing in 38 cities each year! Lets get together to discuss this opportunity to enrich the education of our young engineers and planners! My desk line is 813 281 3242 or you can email me I will be back in the Ofc after July 8th

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