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New USA Commercial Development chief financial officer

New USA Commercial Development chief financial officer

USA Commercial Development has promoted Axel Wingard to chief financial officer. Wingard began his career with Skanska Sweden in 2008 before joining CDUS in 2010. He most recently served as finance director, responsible for controlling and reporting.

Commercial Development plans Seattle tower that would be among its largest projects

Commercial Development plans Seattle tower that would be among its largest projects

In an area where Seattle’s central business district and waterfront and cultural areas intersect, USA Commercial Development plans a roughly 725,000-square-foot tower that could soar some 40 stories. The project, called 2&U, is intended to be a true Pacific Northwest building with a ground floor that maximizes outdoor connections, but how the architect was selected may be even more forward-thinking than its design.

Watch us implode an 18-story Houston building

Watch us implode an 18-story Houston building

Skanska recently imploded the 18-story former Houston Club building to make way for our 35-story Capitol Tower commercial development project. Implosions don’t get much trickier, as the Houston Club was surrounded by other tall buildings in downtown Houston. Months and months of planning went into the brief implosion and, when the dust cleared, it was a success! More than 86 percent of that debris will be recycled. Click below to watch it all happen.

Buying land for more commercial development projects in Houston

Buying land for more commercial development projects in Houston

We’ve acquired 14 acres in northern Houston on which to build a Class A commercial office development totaling up to one million square feet. Located adjacent to the new ExxonMobil campus, the site can accommodate a single tenant seeking a build-to-suit corporate campus or a three-building office complex with multiple tenants.

New leaders join us in South Carolina, New York and Virginia

New leaders join us in South Carolina, New York and Virginia

Joe Iniguez has joined USA Civil in Virginia Beach as regional director of business development, Merideth Richards has joined USA Commercial Development in New York City as marketing director, Bill Vicary has joined USA Building in South Carolina as senior director of business development, and Nicole VanDyke has joined USA Civil – also in Virginia Beach – as corporate controller.

In Houston, we’re starting our fourth commercial development project

In Houston, we’re starting our fourth commercial development project

Skanska is beginning development of West Memorial Place II, a 381,000-square-foot, 14-story office building in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor. This LEED Platinum-targeted project – scheduled to complete at the end of 2015 – is Skanska’s second office building on this 12-acre site.

Commercial development and safety promotions

Commercial development and safety promotions

In Houston, USA Commercial Development promoted Ben Llana to development director. In New York City, USA Civil promoted Nick Bishop to national SHEMS (safety, health and environmental management system) director.

New York Times features Seattle’s Stone34

New York Times features Seattle’s Stone34

In our second major media highlight from last week, The New York Times profiled the Stone34 project in Seattle that Skanska developed and built to be the corporate headquarters of Brooks Sports, the running shoe and apparel company. Among the ways Stone34 is intended to help Brooks connect with its customer, the runner, is by being located along a major running and cycling trail and by being designed to be highly energy efficient – there’s even a lobby sculpture that moves to indicate how efficiently the building is operating.

Skanska sells second D.C.-area office building

Skanska sells second D.C.-area office building

We have sold the five-story, nearly 140,000-square-foot office building we developed and built at 1776 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va., for $90 million, a “very strong” financial outcome. The sale was highly competitive, with significant interest in the project from major U.S. and European investors.

On our blog: Learning about urban resiliency from Berlin and Detroit

On our blog: Learning about urban resiliency from Berlin and Detroit

You might not think there’s much to learn about successful city building from Berlin and Detroit, both former wealthy manufacturing centers that fell on hard times but are beginning to re-emerge creatively and economically. As these cities remake themselves, Lisa Picard, executive vice president in Seattle, recently traveled to them as part of a fellowship program and found lessons for all cities regarding the need to collaboratively create environments, be diverse and have spaces that encourage passers-by to pause and share ideas.