Harvard Art Museums wins Build America award

Architect Renzo Piano’s design demanded highly precise construction.

Our Harvard Art Museums project near Boston has been recognized with a Build America Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious construction honors. Presented by Associated General Contractors, this award recognizes the highest levels of project complexity, innovation and client satisfaction. Representatives of our team accepted the award last week at AGC’s national convention in Puerto Rico.

“The Harvard Art Museums project represents one of Skanska’s most complex and rewarding undertakings,” said Kerim Evin, executive vice president and USB’s Boston general manager. “I want to thank Skanska’s hardworking, dedicated team and our partners for consistently delivering amazing results.”

The Art Museums project consolidated Harvard University’s three museums into a single facility designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The undertaking had two major elements: demolishing and then rebuilding 70 percent of the 202,000-square-foot interior of the original 1927 building, and constructing a 154,000-square-foot, five-story addition. Among our team’s innovations was developing an advanced Bluebeam Revu-based PDF document management system – among the first on a Skanska project – and pioneering the use of LED-based luminaires for construction lighting.

This is the ninth Boston office project to win a Building America award. USB’s last Build America award (in 2013) went to our Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center/Clinical Wing. Also winning a Build America award that year was our Indian River Inlet Bridge project in Delaware.

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