Check out our top 12 construction time-lapse videos

Today, we’re taking a step back (and up) to offer a unique perspective on some of our most complex projects. Building anything new often takes several years, but nothing accelerates the construction process like a time-lapse video to transform a project before your eyes. The videos below highlight the conversion of an empty space or hole in the ground into something meaningful and impressive.

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub and Oculus

In 2016, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub opened in downtown Manhattan, the culmination of our 15-year journey in restoring and enhancing transportation access to Lower Manhattan. Our team fabricated and erected the hub’s “Oculus” – a Santiago Calatrava-designed structure comprised of approximately 11,500 tons of structural steel consisting of portals, arches and rafters that combined give the structure a unique shape similar to a bird in flight. To erect the Oculus, we used two highly specialized tower cranes manufactured explicitly for this unique project. The Oculus is the centerpiece of the new hub and will serve more than 250,000 pedestrians per day as the primary link for access to New Jersey PATH trains and 11 New York City subway lines. More than a national symbol, the Oculus is a global icon that symbolizes the successful rebirth of Downtown Manhattan.

99M Street, SE

In Washington, D.C., our team is developing and building 99M Street, SE, an 11-story, 234,000-square-foot Class A office building in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood just steps from the Washington Nationals Ballpark. Located at the corner of 1st and M Streets, this prime office space will include a green roof and rooftop terrace, a club-grade fitness facility, secure bicycle storage and four levels of underground parking. The complex excavation for 99M began in November 2015 and nearly 500 construction workers have dedicated approximately 51,200 work hours to complete the excavation and foundation work this month. As part of the excavation process 34,000 cubic yards of soil and rock were removed from the site, enough to fill more than 10 Olympic-size pools.

The New York Wheel

In Staten Island, we completed the foundation for the New York Wheel, a 630-foot observation wheel that will rise over the southern end of New York Harbor and provide unique views of the Manhattan skyline. Our team executed two massive concrete placements for the observation wheel pile caps. Each placement saw nearly 4,000 cubic yards of 10,000 psi, self-consolidating concrete that was placed continuously over 14 hours.

Fore River Bridge

In Quincy, Massachusetts, our team transported a custom-built span from a shipyard down the Weymouth Fore River on a custom-built barge to the Fore River Bridge. Then, the nearly three million pounds of steel was lifted approximately 60 feet and installed between the two existing towers as the outgoing tide lowered it into place. A crucial factor was timing the ride of the river, which moves up and down as much as eight feet. The moving tide was necessary for floating in and properly placing the new span.

Philadelphia International Airport

After six months of detailed planning and coordination, we erected a 91,000-pound, 100-foot-long pre-assembled baggage conveyor bridge over the main airport departure road in less than eight hours. The work took place in the middle of the night to minimize any potential disruption to airport operations.

Capitol Tower

In Houston, our 35-story Capitol Tower office project – which is currently under development – started 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 planning and execution of this 9,020 cubic-yard continuous pour was so precise that the actual duration was within three minutes of what we originally planned.

Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

In Miami, we are building the state-of-the-art, 280,000-SF, multi-use science and technology museum, planetarium and aquarium being constructed in Museum Park in the Greater Miami Downtown area. The 500,000-gallon aquarium required a continuous concrete pour that took 24 hours and 49 minutes. This pour sets the foundation for the Gulf Stream Tank that will be home to a number of deep-sea species viewable from both top and bottom.

Recently, we installed a 31-foot, 13-inch thick, 60,000-pound viewing oculus in a complex crane operation that required five years of planning.

Second Avenue Subway

In New York City, our crews dug two-and-a-half miles of tunnels and caverns, set the tracks and installed the communications network for the Second Avenue Subway, which will move an estimated 200,000 people a day. The new line runs from East 63rd Street to East 96th Street connecting with midtown Manhattan and beyond. Excavations for the 86th Street station required the removal of 450,000 tons of material in order to create a subterranean “launch box” or starting point where the tunnel boring machine (TBM) could be assembled and begin its work.

MetLife Stadium

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, we built MetLife Stadium, one of the most sustainable and technologically advanced open-air stadiums with seats for close to 85,000 spectators. The stadium is home for the New York Giants and the New York Jets, which makes it the first facility built specifically to accommodate two U.S. National Football League (NFL) teams. Incorporating innovative methods both in the construction of the facility and in its design, our team worked in collaboration with both franchises to cater to the needs of two different teams.

Tampa International Airport (TIA)

In Tampa, Florida, our team is currently at work on our $130 million portion of the $1 billion Tampa International Airport (TIA) redevelopment plan, which includes the main terminal building expansion, construction of a new car rental facility and the new automated people mover. Last summer, our team unveiled the east side of the expansion, including two new restaurants, glass curtain walls and new, more modern finishes.

LaGuardia Airport

In New York, we are leading the design and construction of LaGuardia Airport through an innovative public-private partnership (PPP), which is the largest in the United States. With our partners, we will design, build, operate and maintain the Central Terminal B facility. Right now, multiple phases of work are being performed on site. The P-2 parking garage demolition has been completed, clearing the way for pile driving and foundation work on the new airport terminal building.

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A Seaport Renaissance in Boston

The news this week that Skanska USA has successfully sold our 101 Seaport property in Boston is reason for celebration.

We are understandably excited that we were able to successfully complete the project, a 17-story, 440,000-square-foot LEED® Platinum office building in the Seaport District in record time.

What truly excites us is what this building represents – our desire to build projects with purpose – in this case, creating a jewel in a Boston neighborhood that is springing back to new life.

101 Seaport

Our unique business model allows us to develop, finance, and construct properties that make significant contributions to the cities in which they are built. And so we feel strongly that the buildings we create should maximize open space, offer amenities that contribute to a healthy work-life balance, and are stocked with features including better views and increased daylighting, which have been shown to improve employee collaboration and productivity. All of these elements – thoughtfully and intentionally designed into the project – are investments in the future of the people who will work in the building, and of the larger community to which the building contributes and helps to grow.

101 Seaport has truly been a catalyst for the transformation of the neighborhood – and it is just the beginning. Our other projects in Boston include 121 Seaport, a neighboring office tower with ground-floor retail targeting LEED® Platinum currently under construction; and Watermark Seaport, a recently opened luxury residential tower with ground-floor retail which Skanska developed in partnership with Twining Properties. When completed, Skanska’s developments along Seaport Boulevard will make up the most sustainable row of office and residential buildings in Boston history.

We are using that same philosophy to transform the workplaces of tomorrow across the country in our home markets of Houston, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Building projects with purpose is what Skanska is all about.

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Why we support the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

In a major effort to combat climate change and promote clean energy, the leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington have joined together to form the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. Through the plan, these leaders charged their governments to account for the costs of carbon pollution, adopt and maintain low-carbon fuel standards, and support clean energy for their region, which together represents the world’s fifth largest economy.

As Skanska continues to grow our business on the West Coast, we’re proud to support this landmark political, environmental and economic initiative.

“We have to work with risk factors all the time, and a changing climate is a significant business risk,” says Steve Clem, a Skanska vice president in Oregon (Read his OpEd on the subject in Sustainable Business Oregon). “The more tools we have to address and mitigate the risks we know are coming, the more equipped we can be. Our leaders are setting smart policy, based on sound research. If we follow through on it, we will guarantee a vibrant, healthy world for our children while also creating a sustainable clean economy going forward.”

Bertschi School

We built the West Coast’s first certified Living Building, the Bertschi School Science Classroom Addition in Seattle.

Our own business is centered on doing what’s right for the environment while providing the buildings and infrastructure urban areas need to thrive. Measuring and managing carbon emissions is part of our daily work towards our Journey to Deep Green™ and being a leader in reporting and reducing CO2 emissions. We’ve developed our Color PaletteTM framework to measure and guide Skanska’s green performance.

Not only do we hold our company to high standards, but we’re committed to supporting national and global efforts to support clean energy and green building. Skanska’s volume gives us buying power that can be used to leverage market change if we partner with clients and policy makers. In a market that remains fiercely competitive, well-crafted policy helps us do the right thing faster.

In July, we dropped our membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to protest their backing of proposed changes that would weaken the use of LEED in federal buildings. (Read our CEO Mike McNally’s explanation of Skanska’s position here in this op-ed published in The Washington Post.) Today, we were gratified to learn that the U.S. General Services Administration is continuing to support third-party green building certification systems by recommending the use of LEED 2009 and Green Globes 2010 for use in federal projects.

The Pacific Coast Action Plan for Climate and Energy is an important step in the right direction. If a region as large as that one – with 53 million people and with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion – can come to a consensus, and across international boundaries, we hope this inspires the rest of the U.S. to take similar green actions.

“The actions outlined in the Pacific Coast Climate Plan will help us address carbon in a much more unified way that support a truly sustainable future – socially, environmentally and economically,” says Clem. “Efforts like this will drive innovation, encouraging businesses to develop better products and solutions that are good for profits and people.”


Skanska USA

Skanska USA

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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We’ve sent Development Manager Carolyn Desmond to Poland – here’s an update

Carolyn Desmond, a Skanska development manager from Washington, D.C., is early into her 12-month assignment in Warsaw, Poland, as part of Skanska Stretch, one of our global leadership development programs. We asked her about experiences working with Skanska there – everything from what she’s doing at work to how her Polish language lessons are going.

Carolyn Desmond, Poland

Why did you decide to participate in this program and move to Poland?

I was fortunate to be nominated for Skanska Stretch. When my manager told me I was a candidate, I was very excited and grateful. I knew it was not going to be easy, but it was a great opportunity for me to increase my global knowledge of Skanska, challenge myself personally and professionally and make worldwide connections.

There were a few reasons why Poland was proposed as my international assignment location. The Commercial Development unit in Poland is very strong and the office market in Warsaw is quite active. In addition, the Skanska Property Poland team is energetic, vibrant and open to an outsider’s perspective on their development process. Also, Mats Johansson, who heads Skanska’s Commercial Development team in the U.S., started our Commercial Development operations in Poland. He was confident the team in Warsaw would be a good fit for me and would welcome me with open arms.

What kinds of projects are you working on in Poland? How are they similar or different from what you worked on in the U.S.?

I am working on a three-phase development project consisting of almost 1 million square feet of office space. My main focus is with the first phase, which includes a 215,000-square-foot office building. This phase is comparable in scale to development projects I have done in the U.S. But the total complex is much greater than any project I have worked on. The second phase is a high-rise building that introduces an entire set of complexities that I have never experienced before, including double-decker elevators and shading impacts on surrounding buildings. Working on this project has broadened my thinking, and has emphasized to me the importance of clear direction and organization.

Are there any innovative technologies or practices you’ve seen in use in Poland?

We use an environment, health and safety (EHS) peer review tool application on our iPhones. It is a great way for me on the development side to make visits to the site and document with photos any EHS issues or highlight good practices. The application then generates a report that is sent to the construction team and development team.

What interesting trends in Poland have you seen in your work? 

Like in the U.S., I definitely see a trend for transit-oriented development. Traffic is a huge problem in Warsaw , so tenants really desire to be near metro, tram or bus routes to shorten their commutes. In addition, tenants demand a cafeteria in their office buildings to serve inexpensive hot lunches; unlike in the U.S., quick sandwiches and salads are not common here, and there aren’t as many restaurants on the streets in office districts.

Also, tenants here don’t want fitness centers as a building amenity, as the market doesn’t yet want to pay for it.  However, with family such an important part of Polish culture, daycares and childcare facilities are becoming important features in office buildings.

What’s life like for you in Warsaw?

I’m taking a Polish language class. Although this language is very difficult to learn, people in the office are always excited when I say a new phrase in Polish – and I am too! Just the other day I learned, “Wreszcie nadeszla szara, dżdżysta jesień.” (Finally, the cold and rainy autumn came!) But most often I say,“Dzień dobry! Jak się masz?” (Good morning! How are you?) I think it’s really important to at least learn the language basics if you’re going to spend an extended amount of time in a different country. It’s a challenge for sure, but a worthwhile one.

Back to traffic, people seem to park anywhere they want here, including sidewalks, grass and medians. I’ll be at a pub sitting outside and a car will just pull up right onto the sidewalk next to the entrance, and the driver will grab something and drive away ! I have a car during my stay here in Warsaw, which is a challenge in itself. Not only is the car manual – which I’ve never driven before – but motorbikes seem to be immune to traffic rules, road work requires no precautionary signs, and stopping in the middle of the road blocking all other cars is okay.

Despite the crazy driving, I really like Warsaw. It’s already given me new perspectives, which will help me push Skanska forward.

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Skanska USA

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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