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In D.C., saying farewell to Lady Bird

In D.C., saying farewell to Lady Bird

It has been two years since our 1,323-ton Lady Bird tunnel boring machine last saw daylight. This month, she completed her mission of carving a 4.5-mile-long, 26-foot-diameter tunnel below Washington, D.C.’s Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and in a ceremony last week her cutterhead – the elaborate front section with cutting and slicing tools – was lifted out of the ground. Her complexion had changed, as the bright blue and green paint she was covered with at her outset had long since worn away. But she was still impossible to miss.

Skanska investing $116 million in new D.C. office building

Skanska investing $116 million in new D.C. office building

This nearly 240,000-square-foot, 11-story Class A office building is Skanska’s third commercial development project in the Washington, D.C., area. This investment includes a $55.7 million construction contract for us.

USA Building key hires and promotions

USA Building key hires and promotions

In Washington, D.C., Brian Hanlon has joined as vice president, a role in which he will build and cultivate strategic client relationships and support our business development efforts. Also in D.C., Aimee Fogarty has been promoted to director of healthcare, Tom Strawbridge has been promoted to preconstruction director and Kodi Coe has been promoted to interiors director. In Florida, Jim Cowdery is the new vice president of preconstruction.

Celebrating the completion of our first D.C. school

Celebrating the completion of our first D.C. school

On December 13, our Washington, D.C.-area office joined the D.C. mayor and other city officials to dedicate its first K-12 school, the $59.2 million Brookland Middle School. This design-build project is an inspiring space full of natural light that is heated and cooled through a geothermal heat pump system. With an ultimate LEED Platinum target, it even collects rainwater for flushing toilets.

USA Commercial Development wins major real estate awards

USA Commercial Development wins major real estate awards

USA Commercial Development’s Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C., offices won major awards in November from the local chapters of NAIOP, a commercial real estate development organization.

Read why ENR Mid-Atlantic named us their Contractor of the Year

Read why ENR Mid-Atlantic named us their Contractor of the Year

ENR Mid-Atlantic previously announced that they chose us as their Contractor of the Year, but this article based on interviews with leaders from our four business units in that region further explains what has led to our Mid-Atlantic success.

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.

Major recognition for one of our D.C. tunneling projects

Major recognition for one of our D.C. tunneling projects

Newspapers save their best stories for their Sunday front pages, so it was quite the recognition when our joint venture’s Blue Plains tunneling project in D.C. was the lead story on the February 16 Washington Post. Click below to read about the nearly five-mile-long, 26-foot-diameter tunnel our team is burrowing beneath the District using a tunnel-boring machine named Lady Bird. The story includes a video (with a Skanska jacket making an appearance) and a graphic depicting the operation.

Go beneath the surface of D.C.

Go beneath the surface of D.C.

In Washington, D.C., our joint-venture team is using a tunnel-boring machine named Lady Bird to create a 23-foot-diameter tunnel 100 feet below the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. It will be used to hold sewage waiting to be treated. This video – produced by the owner – will take you below ground to see our team’s work up close.

Hour-by-hour scheduling is helping our team get off this “island”

Hour-by-hour scheduling is helping our team get off this “island”

Over the last 25 years, Skanska has built significant components of the Metrorail system that connects much of the D.C. metropolitan area. Our latest Metro project has an especially challenging segment: threading a 17-foot-wide train track in a space as narrow as 22 feet between two existing rail lines operating nearly 24 hours a day.