Winning our largest bid project ever in Texas

Building to help animals in Texas (Rendering courtesy SHW Group, now Stantec)

Skanska has secured a $93 million contract to construct Texas A&M University’s new Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Education Complex, and to complete renovations and the expansion of the university’s existing Small Animal Hospital.

At Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, the 330,000-square-foot new building will house classrooms, teaching and laboratory space, and a café. The project will break ground in June 2014 and is scheduled to complete in April 2016. The grand opening is expected to be held in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, which is one of the top veterinary colleges in the country.

Key to winning the project was a strong effort by the bid team – comprised of preconstruction and operations team members – to engage with local trade contractors to get the right numbers on bid day, said Elizabeth Stemac, business development manager. The team identified who in Skanska had the strongest relationship with each targeted trade contractor, and then those with the best relationships called their trades prior to bid day to help ensure we had the right trades bidding with their best numbers.

Skanska has constructed several other notable buildings on the Texas A&M main campus, including the Agriculture and Life Sciences Complex, the Liberal Arts and Humanities Building, and the expansion and renovation of Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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