We can’t believe how fast the first six months of 2013 have gone! Our accomplishments in June provide a glimpse of the many great projects and initiatives Skanska USA is working on, and the people behind them all. One of the main highlights of the month was the release of our “How a Living Building Comes to Life” infographic.
As part of the Restorative Design Collective, our team created the Bertschi School Science Classroom Addition in Seattle in line with the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most stringent green building certification. Our infographic shows the factors that make up this project, and how it became the West Coast’s first certified Living Building. We’re also proud and honored to have had the infographic featured on TreeHugger and Mother Nature Network. Below are more highlights from June.
Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project
On June 26th, a crowd of hundreds – consisting of Skanska employees along with union workers and community members – gathered with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to celebrate the beginning of the historic Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project. This bridge connects Bayonne, N.J., with Staten Island, N.Y.
The Skanska-Kiewit joint venture project team will raise the roadway on the Bayonne Bridge by 64 feet for a total of 215 feet of clearance. This will be essential in accommodating the next generation of container ships, called “New Panamax,” which will begin shipping from Asia following the widening of the Panama Canal by 2015.
The importance of resilient infrastructure
Another notable event that happened in June was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” plan with recommendations to rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and an overall plan to increase the resilience of infrastructure, a topic we care deeply about.
University Medical Center (pictured above), which our joint venture team is building in New Orleans, is a great example of building to resist a hurricane. The structure is replacing another hospital that was ruined by Hurricane Katrina. Learn how this structure will be ready for another superstorm here.
Using diversity to develop the best project solutions
Of the 27 employees at the headquarters of Skanska’s North American Infrastructure Development unit near Washington, D.C., nine different nationalities are represented and 30 percent of the employees are female. This group – which develops public-private partnership (PPP) solutions for infrastructure needs that include highways and tunnels – relies on this diversity to develop the best solutions for clients, drawing on employees’ global worldviews and experiences. Shown above is a photo of our global Infrastructure Development team.
Nikon Theater at Jones Beach on Long Island, N.Y.
Last October, Hurricane Sandy tore through the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on New York’s Long Island, severely damaging this historic venue that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. On May 31, thanks to the efforts of Skanska’s design-build team – including designer Ewing Cole – the 14,000-seat theater reopened for the season, hosting a concert by country superstars Rascal Flatts. See a slideshow of the restoration here.
I-215 freeway improvements in California
In Perris, Calif., we’re improving a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 215 southeast of Los Angeles. Shown above is a bridge our team is widening as part of that work. The project will widen the highway from two lanes, to three.
Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to work for
On June 20th we were honored at Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies To Work For luncheon.
7 Line subway extension in New York City
A group from our Skanska Young Professionals group spent an afternoon touring the 7 Line Extension project our joint venture team is working on in NYC. It’s great building projects that will make such a difference in people’s lives!
Overall, June was a great month in terms of spreading Living Building awareness, progressing on notable construction projects and team building. We look forward to what July will bring! To stay on top of Skanska USA activities, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We reached 9,000 Twitter followers on June 20th and look forward to more great conversations.