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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WELL Building: The next step in green sports construction

The WELL Building Standard is a new protocol that focuses on human wellness within the built environment. Administered by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), it identifies specific conditions that when holistically integrated into building architecture and design, enhance the health and well-being of the occupants.  This first of its kind, protocol was developed by Delos in partnership with scientists, architects and thought leaders, and prescribes a series of technology enhancements and performance-based measures that are systemized across seven categories relevant to occupant health in the built environment – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.


WELL Building has been designed to complement green building standards and sit on top of existing platforms. Currently in pilot, the IWBI has partnered with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), to ensure that WELL Certification compliments and works seamlessly with LEED Certification. For example, air quality and lighting intersect both green and wellness, about 10 to 20 percent of WELL and LEED standards overlap as a result of this natural connection.

While we believe the WELL Building Standard should be considered for every building, we see a unique opportunity for them to be integrated into sports and recreation facilities, inspiring an operator to think holistically about how their facility interacts not only with the natural environment, but also with the athletes, sports fans and staff who will call their building home. In sports terms: it’s a win-win.

For owners the WELL Building Standard offers a twofold opportunity to deliver a competitive venue for their athletes — a facility that is optimized for their performance while also offering event attendees a healthier environment and a connection to well-being and athleticism.

For example, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas implemented the Stay Well program for hospitality, an overlay program informed by the same evidence-based research as the WELL Building Standard. The MGM Grand saw such a strong return on their initial investment in implementing Stay Well rooms on their fourteenth floor- including high occupancy rates and a 25 percent increase in profitability – that they have quadrupled the number of Stay Well rooms and plan to expand to additional spaces.

Sports play an important role in American culture. We celebrate athleticism as a testament to the power of the human body. Stadiums, arenas and recreation centers are important gathering points for our communities, places where we come together to celebrate physical achievement. As such, these venues represent more than just spaces for sport. The buildings themselves speak loudly about who we are and what we believe in.


At NRG Stadium in Houston, mechanical and electrical systems are managed via smartphone, increasing energy efficiency.

As an industry, we’ve taken major strides implementing green building techniques in sports and entertainment construction. At first, the industry focused on greening the building enclosure, by reducing energy consumption and implementing resource management. Then, sustainability spread to mechanical, and electrical building systems that use Computer Maintenance Management  Systems to increase efficiency, improve occupant comfort, and can be managed remotely via smart phone technology similar to NRG Stadium in Houston. Another great example of this approach to green building can be seen at the LEED Gold certified Portland State University Academic & Student Recreation Center, where students help power the rec center’s electrical system, through a voltage converter attached to exercise machines  that delivers electricity back to the building.


Portland State University Academic & Student Recreation Center earned LEED Gold certification through the use of natural lighting and ventilation in key areas as well as quality materials, proven systems, and other cutting edge environmental construction techniques.

Today, sports facilities are increasingly working to green the daily operations of their venues: from implementing more efficient waste management processes – like Gillette Stadium’s waste water treatment plant, to recycling and food service composting and using earth-friendly cleaning products. At MetLife Stadium, all waste kitchen oil is converted to biodiesel fuel; all kitchen scraps are composted, and all cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum and paper is recycled. The push to green sports facilities has extended to event operations themselves – this year’s Super Bowl at MetLife was the greenest on record, diverting more waste, conserving more water and saving more energy than any previous event.

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MetLife Stadium, home to 2014’s Super Bowl, is one of the greenest sports venues in the U.S.

So, while we continue to push ourselves to find the best ways to build venues that reduce our impact on the earth and its resources, what can we do to make sure these buildings are contributing to the physical well-being of the people within them?

WELL Building is the future of green sports construction – an opportunity for building owners and operators to consider not only the environmental impacts of their facilities but the ways they impact athletes and fans alike.

To learn more about the WELL Building Standard and their impact on occupant health, visit the International Well Building Institute.

This post was written by Tom Tingle, Skanska USA senior vice president and national director, Sports Center of Excellence and Beth Heider, Skanska USA chief sustainability officer.

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Tom Tingle

Skanska USA senior vice president and national director, Sports and Entertainment Center of Excellence

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Throwback Thursday: Building MetLife Stadium

It’s Throwback Thursday on Constructive Thinking. As we count down the final days until the Super Bowl, we  went back to find some of the videos and images from the construction of MetLife Stadium.

A time-lapse of the construction process:

How do you build a one of a kind stadium?

Here’s a look at how the construction unfolded from 2008-2010:

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After MetLife Stadium opened its doors, its partnership with Skanska continued

Skanska’s relationship with MetLife Stadium goes back seven years, when our firm first began building the award-winning home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Skanska and MetLife Stadium formed a smart, successful and collaborative partnership that allowed us to meet all of the challenges facing the construction of the stadium, which was completed nearly five months ahead of schedule.

Tom and Allison at Metlife 3

Here’s a shot of my daughter and me while MetLife was still being built. We both worked on this project together – she as a cost control intern and myself as a VP -project executive. What a great experience!

The stadium opened in 2010, but once MetLife Stadium was awarded the 2014 Super Bowl, we could anticipate that come four years later, upgrades would need to be made in order to accommodate a sport that is constantly evolving in size, data and technological needs.  Even the newest and most technologically advanced facilities face upgrades and game-specific compliance issues. MetLife Stadium asked Skanska to stay on board to assist in overseeing some additional projects throughout the 2013 season.

Skanska has a long track record in stadium construction. Our company built Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots; Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans; and LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. But Skanska has an even longer history with the home of the Giants and Jets. In 1974, we performed the steel erection of the old Giants Stadium. Needless to say, we at Skanska are passionate about football!

Nearly three decades later, Skanska built the new MetLife Stadium to be a world-class, state-of-the-art facility. It is also the first facility built to accommodate two National Football League teams. Incorporating innovative methods both in the construction of the facility and in its design, our construction team worked in collaboration with both franchises to cater to two different football teams.

On the construction side, we utilized advanced technology such as building information modeling throughout the planning stages, radio frequency identification for material tracking, as well as prefabrication to ensure completion of the project in the most efficient manner possible. On the design side, generally we incorporate a little team spirit into architectural design through painted logos, but for a venue that hosts multiple teams, our design build team came up with a more innovative method using screens that highlight the colors of the host team playing on the field that day – blue for the Giants and green for the Jets – all by the flick of one switch. Overall, the owners invested more than $80 million in the audio-visual equipment alone, half of that in the large stadium video screens designed to motivate and inspire the hundreds of thousands of fans who enter the stadium each year.

MetLife Stadium received countless construction awards, including the Associated General Contractors of America’s 2011 Build America award and the Design-Build Institute of America’s (New York Tri-State Chapter) Legacy Project of the Year award. As a result of the efficiency and success during the stadium’s construction, it seemed natural for Skanska to stay on the project to help with additional improvements when the need arose.

After turning over the stadium to the MetLife Stadium team, our own Kevin Brightly was asked to stay on board MetLife Stadium’s team to ensure a smooth transition after the construction process. As assistant project manager for MetLife Stadium Facility Operations with a comprehensive knowledge of the facility, Brightly has remained on-site at MetLife Stadium working with their team on continuous capital improvements.

Brightly is part of a small internal team, reporting to the assistant director of engineering while working closely with the stadium’s project manager. His role is quite different from the role he played during the construction process, when he worked alongside dozens of Skanska employees to manage subcontractors and day-to-day construction activities. His experience has helped ensure a seamless transition from the construction phase to facility management phase for MetLife Stadium than it would have been if they had to hire a representative who wasn’t as familiar with the facility.

An arrangement like this benefits Skanska, as well. By working closely with the owner, Brightly, and by extension, Skanska, has gained unique insight into both sides of a vast array of stadium projects that will inform and instruct all of Skanska’s future sports projects.

The ongoing relationship between Skanska and MetLife Stadium is a prime example of the benefits that arise when a facility owner and its construction partner combine their knowledge and expertise of the stadium to increase the efficiency of upgrades. This project serves as a strong model for best practices in making stadium upgrades not just for the Super Bowl, but throughout the season.

Thomas Webb

Thomas Webb

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How to Build a Stadium that Can Tackle the Big Game

Sports are an integral part of American life and culture. From the frenzy of March Madness to the history of the World Series, nothing brings the nation together like a championship game. And the biggest game of them all is football’s Super Bowl. On February 2nd, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off under the stars at MetLife Stadium, which we built in 2010 and opened five months ahead of schedule! MetLife Stadium is the third Skanska-built stadium to host the Super Bowl: the Georgia Dome hosted in 1994 and 2000 and Houston’s Reliant Park in 2004.

Nearly 85,000 fans will pack MetLife Stadium to witness the biggest spectacle in sports. They’ll cheer from 82,500 seats made of 80 percent recycled cast iron and 20 percent recycled plastic. They’ll watch 2,100 HD monitors and rock out to Bruno Mars with a 2,500-speaker sound system. After drinking their fill of beer, they’ll utilize low-flow toilets and waterless urinals. These are just a few of the behind-the-scenes facts about the way Skanska built MetLife Stadium. Here’s a visual illustration of everything you need to know about the stadium to impress your friends while you watch the game:

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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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