Florida Polytechnic selected as one of ENR’s top global projects

Our Florida Polytechnic IST Building is the only U.S. project to win ENR’s Global Best Projects competition.

Our Florida Polytechnic University Innovation, Science and Technology Building project has won more than 25 awards, but none tops the latest: being named ENR magazine’s top project globally in both the education/research and specialty contracting categories! Even more, this is the only U.S. project selected as a winner in any category in the Global Best Projects competition.

In choosing its global honorees, ENR considered such criteria as safety performance, innovation, community contributions, design/construction excellence and how well the project team overcame challenges. The judges also looked at teamwork, and gave special emphasis to project teams comprised of firms based in different countries. Out of these global winners in various building categories, ENR will announce one as the Global Project of the Year at a September 10th awards ceremony in New York City.

The $60 million IST project – designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava – is highlighted by a system of hydraulically operated rooftop louvers that raise and lower each day like butterfly wings to shade the glazed roof below. Developing and building that one-of-a-kind system was just one of the project’s major construction challenges, which also included ensuring proper layout for a structure built entirely on radius, and ensuring flawless execution of the building’s exposed concrete frame. Despite such challenges, the project worked more than 745,000 hours without a lost-time injury and outperformed on profit.

ENR previously chose the IST project for its top awards both in the U.S. and in the Southeast region for higher education/research projects and specialty contracting.

“The IST team worked hard to set the bar for every other contractor in the world,” said Vice President Chuck Jablon, who led our project team. “We clearly demonstrated on this project that we are a global contender.”

Jablon said he hopes the IST project inspires other Skanska teams “to embrace each other’s abilities and capitalize on the total team’s skillsets for optimum results.”

He added: “Our team is hoping that this motivates other teams to understand that anything is possible, given hard work, passion, attention to detail and not settling for average.”

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  1. I have been in the business over 28 years! Have built every type of building that architects dream up but Polytechnic was a once in a lifetime design. Attention to detail was of the upmost importance. In order for the building to work per the architectectual design all building components had to be installed per plans and specs. The teams mindset was to make sure all components were installed with a zero tolerance or the design intent would not be achieved. With everyone understanding how important even the smallest mistake would have on other components the mindset was quality every step of the way. All team members bought in to this skill set. Plus I have never been on a project where the workers knew they were part of something special and took great pride in their work. A truly beautiful building and a very special project that I am proud to have been a small part of.

  2. The building is truly a work of art that will be admired and used for many years. All that is missing is personal recognition of my team mates who insired me every day to do my best. Thanks to all of you for giving me the previledge to be on your team.

    Chuck Jablon-VP Mark McLaughlin- Proj.Director
    Pam Ysidron- CA Jacob Kraible- PM
    Meoi Plummer-PM Sarah Vasconi-APM
    David Calhoun- PE David kabsin- PE
    Marc Manning- Sr. Super Rick Lee Sr. Super
    Tory Blume- Assistant Super Menelek Laurenceau- Assist Super
    David Espy- EHS Sam Rugerio- EHS

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