Looking Back on 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the projects, the people, and the values that propelled our company in building what matters this past year.  Across the country, in urban centers and suburban neighborhoods, we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to develop and construct the roads and bridges, hospitals and schools, aviation and transit projects and more that connect communities and make our world a better place. These are just a few of our favorites.

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Northeast

A worker’s perspective on the Oculus and PATH Hall at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub – One of our workers coined it “the most important project I’ll ever build,” because if its significance not only to New York but to the entire country. From our work on the original Twin Towers in the 1970s to the Santiago Calatrava-designed terminal dubbed “an instant selfie magnet” by the New York Times, Skanska has come full circle at the 16-acre site.

A Seaport Renaissance in Boston – The news that we sold our 101 Seaport commercial development property in Boston was reason for celebration. The 17-story, 440,000-square-foot LEED® Platinum office building in the Seaport District was completed in record time, helping this neighborhood springing to new life.

Southeast

Road Trip! Midtown Tunnel Opens To Public Ahead of Schedule – The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project opened one lane of its new Midtown Tunnel to traffic on Friday, June 17, six months early, marking the first time the public could use the new passage under the Elizabeth River connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia.  It was the first of two deadlines we hit early for this massive public-private partnership that will help reduce commute times and vehicle emissions in the area.

At Duke University, a Remarkable Transformation – Our Duke West Union project restored the beloved on-campus dining halls designed by Horace Trumbauer in 1920 while inserting a new full-service dining environment and activity spaces for students to interact and socialize.  This ambitious renovation began in 2013 and was needed to accommodate a growing student body, while also providing a modern and exciting campus experience.

Central

Not Your Grandpa’s Library – Asked to envision a library, one might conjure up images of stacks of musty books, dimly-lit wood-paneled rooms in hushed silence and cabinets of Dewey Decimal cards that lead to a prized tome. Our Dayton Metro Main Library project in Ohio is anything but that: with design elements that include glass, steel and earth tones that bring in natural light, open space and encourage social interaction in a model that turns traditional library construction on its head.

Building a home where Alzheimer’s patients can thrive – With the U.S. population aging, Alzheimer’s has become the sixth leading cause of death, affecting more than 5.3 million people.  Alzheimer patients require specific environments designed to alleviate some of the disease’s unique challenges. Abe’s Garden in Nashville, Tenn. was a special project for us, believed to be the first memory care community in the U.S. designed and built to demonstrate and disseminate best practices that will improve the lives of individuals and their care takers affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

West

Building What Matters: From “Grand to the Sand” in Los Angeles – Building what matters took on a new definition for our Los Angeles EVP Mike Aparicio, as he took us inside the Expo Line Phase 2 project, which opened to the public for the first time in May, connecting downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica beach by rail for the first time in 60 years. The project is getting people out of their cars (and out of legendary Los Angeles traffic), in some cases, cutting commute times in half.

Building Communities, Changing Lives, South of the Border – For the second year in a row, Skanska USA employees took time out of their weekends to lend a hand on a building project that would change people’s lives in a community in need. It was before dawn on Saturday, May 14, when approximately 30 Skanska colleagues piled into a bus to make the trip from our Riverside, CA office to Tecate, Mexico, to participate in the Skanska Corazon Build project.

Innovation

Getting Ahead of the Curve – When it comes to driving value for customers, bringing innovative solutions to problems is a powerful asset. In our Skanska USA Building Business Unit, the preconstruction group has been utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) and parametric estimating technology to help accelerate the building process from concept design to final estimate – to the growing delight of customers and colleagues. It started – as most great ideas do – with the need to solve a problem.

Sustainability

Living Buildings take Sustainability to the Next Level – For years, sustainability has been more than just a buzzword in the construction industry – and with good reason.  As stewards of a planet with limited natural resources, it’s in our own interest to build projects that consume less. The concept of Net-Zero construction has pushed the boundaries of sustainable green building farther, as we enter the era of the Living Building, the industry’s most rigorous performance standard to date.

 

Just like our Skanska USA projects aim to create new possibilities for our customers, this blog aims to help give a peek behind the curtain at our company and our industry.  Thank you for being part of our stories – here’s to more great projects in 2017.

Skanska USA

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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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By the Numbers: How We Built the WTC Transportation Hub and Oculus

The New York City World Trade Center Transportation Hub and winged Oculus that sits atop it was incredibly complex to build.

We developed this infographic to explain just how our workers did it:

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Check out the story of the construction – in our employees own words – here.

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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A worker’s perspective on the Oculus and PATH Hall at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Over the last six years, our project team of 5,000 workers has logged more than 600,000 hours to complete the Oculus World Trade Center transportation hub, which opened March 3 in downtown Manhattan. We are so grateful to everyone who worked around the clock, seven days a week for their hard work and dedication to complete an iconic new structure connecting 11 subway lines, PATH rail system, Battery Park Ferry Terminal, the WTC memorial, WTC Towers 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as the World Financial Center and Fulton Transit Center.

Watch to hear more from the team who built the Oculus and PATH Hall.

Here’s a perspective on the project from the people who built it, in their own words:

Paul (1)

 

“What Grand Central is to midtown, the Oculus is to downtown. It’s in the heart of the Financial District and will connect all the downtown workers to the rest of the tristate area.”

—Paul Orso, Senior Engineer

 

“The Oculus was a tough job to work on, but the challenges are what made it great. My family worked on the original Twin Towers so I was proud to be part of the next generation of construction workers building at the World Trade Center.”

—Steven A. Koch, Project Manager

 

“Downtown Manhattan was strictly business. Now it is becoming more residential and tourist focused. The World Trade Center is becoming a more central point and tying everything together adds to the area’s rejuvenation.”

—Steven Rosen, Office Engineer

 

 

“The Oculus is special to me because I worked at the World Trade Center doing the clean up after the towers dropped. I’m proud I was able to be part of rebuilding and bringing it back up.”

—Jimmy Beckett, Iron Worker

 

“I am so proud I had a part in building the Oculus. I always tell the team they should be proud of the project, their kids will be proud of it, and their family and friends will be proud of it.”

—Bobby Fennell, Iron Worker

 

 

“For a lot of the people that live in New York City, especially that were hit so hard by the tragedy that happened on 9/11, it’s great to see that New York City has come together to build something new here. To me this project says, ‘you could hurt us as much as you want but we’re gonna come back stronger than last time.”

— Hayden Weschler, Assistant Superintendent

Ryan Hirce

 

“I think a lot of people didn’t know what we were building at the World Trade Center because they couldn’t see, but as it’s opening up now, they’re saying, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’”

— Ryan Hirce, Superintendent

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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A Q&A with architect Santiago Calatrava

Bill Flemming, president of Skanska USA Building, met with world-renowned designer Santiago Calatrava to discuss the successes of our two joint projects: Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla., and, in New York City, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and its dramatic Oculus entrance structure.

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Florida Polytechnic University

Flemming: Santiago, in your opinion, what were some of the successes of the Florida Polytechnic project that stand out to you the most?

Calatrava: One of the main successes of this project is how my team and Skanska worked together to deliver a price certain design and construction process for such a complex building. Effective collaboration is the key to success. It shows that great things can be built.

Flemming: When you are dealing with a complex project like Florida Polytechnic – or the Oculus– what is the most important characteristic you desire in a contractor?

Calatrava: I have always respected contractors and admired their capacity to deliver. When working with Skanska on the Polytechnic project, we could not believe how easily you were able to attack the most complex components. There were never any problems that couldn’t be addressed. And in the end, you gave us better solutions. This project is an exceptional project. And it will be completed under budget.

That is truly exceptional.

Oculus

The Oculus entrance at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Flemming: Getting to price certainty is a real challenge in this industry. What do you think the best solution is?

Calatrava: When the architect and builder work together, the owner always benefits. If you, as the contractor, give us the chance to design something better, we will take that opportunity. When you are working hand-in-hand, the building will only be more innovative.

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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