NPR talks with Rich Cavallaro about taking the long-term view on infrastructure and sustainability

Rich Cavallaro getting ready for his Here & Now interview at NPR’s New York City studios.

Last week, Skanska USA CEO Rich Cavallaro talked with Jeremy Hobson of National Public Radio’s Here & Now show about the urgent need for the U.S. to improve and take a long-term view of its infrastructure, with the latest short-term federal transportation funding bill set to expire at the end of this month.

Rich also discussed the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to help advance critical public projects, the state of the U.S. construction market, the unique challenges of urban construction, and Skanska’s commitment to sustainability, including green construction.

His interview reached the show’s estimated 3.6 million weekly listeners on 400 radio stations across the country.

Regarding infrastructure, “It’s like maintenance in your house,” Rich said. “There’s not enough money to go around for a lot of stuff these days, and the easy thing is to just not do the maintenance. Some day you pay the price for that.”

A long-term view is better for society, Rich said, as having world-class infrastructure is essential for the continued competitiveness of the U.S. in the world economy.

To advance green building, he said there needs to be a shift in focus from the up-front costs of buildings and civil infrastructure assets to the costs of ownership and operation over their lifespans. That’s an important focus of Skanska, he said, “and something we need to lead the industry in.”

Click here to listen to his interview, and to read a transcript of highlights

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