May was another busy month for us at Skanska, but the highlight was our ninth annual Safety Week, which included the launch of our new InjuryFreeEnvironment.com website. Here, all year our teams, project partners and others can learn and share safety best practices and strategies for achieving an Injury-Free Environment®; we see this website as a resource to improve safety throughout the construction industry. Other Safety Week 2013 highlights: live demonstrations; a webinar featuring our top executives sharing their personal views on safety (click here to view the webcast); and plenty of Stretch and Flex, a daily routine for all Skanska sites – even for our office workers.
At one of our Boston-area jobsites, the Cambridge Fire Department performed mock personnel extraction for a Safety Week demonstration. This was performed with one of our tower cranes which flew the rescue basket into our 50 ft. excavation.
A Red Cross trainer instructed Skanska Infrastructure Development employees in Virginia on how to properly respond to injuries and conducted mock emergency scenarios.
This is why we work hard to create an Injury-Free Environment – so our employees can go home safely to their families.
In New York City, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus takes shape
Another notable event this month: In New York City on May 6th we installed the first of 110 upper portals at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus, for the first time installing steel above street level that will be a visible part of the finished structure. This project will connect 11 subway lines for 250,000 daily commuters.
Here is the first upper portal at 25 feet high weighing 60,000 pounds!
Check out this great video inside the Oculus showing the installment of the upper portal.
Topping out at the University of North Carolina Hosptals’ Hillsborough Campus
On May 8th we topped out on the University of North Carolina Hospitals’ Hillsborough Campus main building.
The 242,000-square-foot structure has two main components – a bed tower and a diagnostic and treatment tower – connected by a walkway. The hospital is targeting LEED certification. So far, the project has peaked at 300 crew members, has installed 1,500 tons of structural steel, placed 800 truckloads of concrete and moved 25,000 dump truck loads of dirt.
Working to improve healthcare in Connecticut
We held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 14th for the expansion of Stamford Hospital, our largest project in Connecticut in nearly a decade.
The team at the Stamford Hospital site breaks ground on what will be a 10-story, 650,000-square-foot project. In addition, we will also build a new 33,500-square-foot central utility plant, parking lots and site infrastructure. See the groundbreaking in action.
In Philadelphia, building the next attraction at The Franklin Institute
We were excited to top out the first expansion in 20 years for The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia.
Photo Credit: The Franklin Institute
Our team raises the final beam on the 53,000-square-foot pavilion, which has been named the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion.
Photo Credit: The Franklin Institute
The team celebrates by signing the final steel beam of The Franklin Institute.
Here is footage of the beam being lifted in to place.
Lady Bird gets ready for tunneling
The enormous tunnel boring machine (TBM), nicknamed “Lady Bird,” got ready for tunneling on May 21st. Our joint venture team will use Lady Bird to burrow almost five miles through clay 100 feet below Washington, D.C.’s Potomac and Anacostia rivers. This will create a tunnel 26 feet in diameter to hold raw sewage waiting to be treated.
Photo Credit: DC Water
Here, the first section of Lady Bird is being lowered into the vault where the full TBM will be assembled.
In Tampa, demonstrating construction workers’ big hearts
We ended the month of May by holding a fishing tournament that raised nearly $100,000 for Tampa Bay’s American Heart Association.
Members of the Tampa Bay team proudly hold up a ceremonial check to give to the American Heart Association.
Last but not least, teams honored Boston after the recent marathon bombing.
Overall, May was a great month in terms of progressing on notable construction projects, promoting safety in an Injury-Free Environment and for participating in community service outreach. We look forward to what June will bring! To stay on top of Skanska USA activities, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.