Expanding California self-perform capabilities

Our crews are erecting the steel at southern California’s Riverside Community Hospital Bed Tower Expansion and Renovation.

USA Building has expanded to southern California the self-perform steel capability it brought to northern California last year to erect – in partnership with USA Civil – the superstructure steel for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center.

Doing such work in-house helps improve jobsite safety, gives us greater control of the schedule and enables us to be more competitive on pricing.

Not far from Los Angeles, our team recently started erecting 4,000 tons of steel for the Riverside Community Hospital Bed Tower Expansion and Renovation for longtime client HCA. What’s especially significant is that this is the first time HCA has let a general contractor self-perform, said Brian Thomas, vice president of operations. As the GC, we sought competitive bids for the steel erection, and our offer was the best.

Our California steel erection capability builds off our West Coast expertise doing that work in Portland and Seattle. While many GCs in California self-perform concrete, only Skanska self-performs steel, and that helps differentiate us in the marketplace, Thomas said. Eventually, our plan is to do our own concrete work in California, Thomas said.

Finding the right people is the biggest challenge to self performing more work, Thomas said. We directly employ 102 ironworkers in northern California and 22 in the southern part of the Golden State, and are looking to hire more. All are part of local ironworkers unions.

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