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A 20-hour concrete pour, planned to the minute

A 20-hour concrete pour, planned to the minute

Our 35-story Capitol Tower office project – which Skanska is developing in Houston – started in part recently with a 19-hour, 20-minute concrete pour to create a mat foundation that varies between seven and nine-and-a-half feet thick. Our team’s planning and execution of this 9,020 cubic yard continuous pour was so precise that the actual duration was within three minutes of what they had planned. Don’t miss the time-lapse video!

Our largest 2015 lease – so far!

Our largest 2015 lease – so far!

A 158,050-square-foot lease at our West Memorial Place II commercial development project in Houston not only fills 41 percent of the building, but it’s also the biggest lease USA Commercial Development has signed in 2015 across the four cities where it operates.

USA Building promotions in California, Oregon and Texas

USA Building promotions in California, Oregon and Texas

In California, Raul Rosales was promoted to vice president/account manager; in Oregon, Jeff Fisher was promoted to senior director of business development; and in Texas, Chris Hillyer was promoted to vice president of preconstruction for the state and Linh Le was promoted to preconstruction executive director for Houston.

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.

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.

USA Building promotes Matt Frey and Ellen Mair

USA Building promotes Matt Frey and Ellen Mair

Houston’s Matt Frey has been promoted to vice president of business development for Texas. Also, Oakland’s Ellen Mair has been promoted to a new role of director of research and analysis, in which she will be responsible for supporting and advising USA Building leadership and business development teams with market and trend analysis, surveys and strategy development.

Rapid progress on our latest development projects

Rapid progress on our latest development projects

In Boston, Houston and Seattle, Skanska’s latest generation of self-developed office projects – totaling 1.1 million square feet – is rapidly rising, thanks to collaboration between USA Commercial Development and USA Building. To meet the aggressive schedules of 101 Seaport, 400 Fairview and West Memorial Place, our teams are working hard and building in some amazing ways, such as using high-strength concrete to every day pour a new level of 101 Seaport’s 18-story concrete core.

In Houston, ENR spotlights our challenging San Jacinto historical renovation project

In Houston, ENR spotlights our challenging San Jacinto historical renovation project

ENR Texas & Louisiana recently profiled our challenging historical renovation of Houston Community College System’s San Jacinto Memorial Building, which was built in phases between 1914 and 1936. Among the project’s quirks: our team removed some interior walls only to discover other walls behind the first – some still complete with hallway lockers!

We’re getting “Crazy about Safety” – and we need you!

We’re getting “Crazy about Safety” – and we need you!

Our new client Chevron has tasked us with not only two large office projects, but also with taking construction safety practices to a higher level. On Chevron’s upcoming Houston tower, the project’s theme of “Crazy about Safety” will challenge everyone to work as safely as possible, and we need your help to make this happen. Please share your best safety practices and methods – we want your craziest safety ideas!