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Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development networks in the country, serving a broad range of industries including healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation, transportation, power, energy, water/wastewater and commercial. Skanska USA is committed to a set of core values which they call the Five Zeros: zero loss making projects, zero environmental incidents, zero accidents, zero ethical breaches and zero defects. Constructive Thinking is Skanska USA’s blog, where team members share their experiences and viewpoints on Skanska’s core values and explore trends in U.S. construction, development and infrastructure.

Building Team | Skanska | June 22, 2018
Outside of drawing up a well-written contract, owners often overlook a key attribute that...

The Living Building at Georgia Tech is on track to become the first Living Building Challenge 3.1-certified facility of its size and function in the Southeast. Image: The Miller Hull Partnership, in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent

Sustainability | Skanska | December 07, 2017
Sustainability, it’s a trendy term. The problem, however, is that it’s being used in so...

Skanska recently handed over the first patient wing of the Karolinska Solna Hospital in Sweden, which designers say put the patient in the center of the planning. All patients receive a single room and a “thematic care” approach means doctors and specialists visit the patient rather than the other way around.

Healthcare Facilities | Skanska USA | August 15, 2016
By improving the physical layout of hospitals and medical facilities, we can enhance and...
Building a home where Alzheimer’s patients can thrive

Abe’s Garden was designed to feel as home-like as possible, with three family-sized households themed around arts and lifelong learning; connecting to nature; and music and movement. Photo: Skanska (larger image here).

Healthcare Facilities | Skanska USA | March 04, 2016
Skanska recently completed Abe’s Garden in Nashville, Tenn., a memory care community...
It’s time to make MLB stadiums safer

Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Photo: Wally Gobetz/Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | Skanska | November 13, 2015
Major League Baseball doesn't have official stadium design guidelines. Skanska's Tom...
4 ways convention centers are revamping for the 21st century

The Raleigh (N.C.) Convention Center was designed and built with wireless infrastructure to support tech-heavy events. Image: Skanska

Building Team | Skanska | June 19, 2015
Today's convention centers require more flexible spaces, the ability to blend virtual and...
Trends driving airport construction

To deliver a replacement terminal at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Skanska developed a multi-phased approach centered on taking as few of the existing aircraft gates out of service as possible. Image courtesy Skanska

Airports | Skanska | April 21, 2015
Upgrades to aviation infrastructure have not kept pace with the increase in airport...
Skanska hosts three-week 'hackathon' to find architect for Seattle tower development

Following three weeks of intense competition between nine firms participating in Skanska's hackathon, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn., was selected to serve as the design architect for the 2&U project in Seattle. Photo courtesy Skanska

BIM and Information Technology | Skanska | March 23, 2015
Searching for a nimble, collaborative design firm for its 2&U tower project in...

Photo courtesy Skanska USA

Architects | Skanska | January 07, 2015
PDFs are the de facto format for digital construction documentation. Yet, there is no set...

Phase one of UC Merceds construction comprises 700,000 sf of new buildings on 103 acres surrounded by a nature preserve the university set aside when it bought the land. Photo: Hans Marsen

Architects | Skanska | December 01, 2014
Minimizing lifecycle costs and transferring risk to the private sector are among the...
Airports | Skanska | November 19, 2014
Safety, consumer demand, and the new economics of flight are three of the major factors...
BIM and Information Technology | Skanska | November 03, 2014
More and more facility owners are seeing the benefits that building information modeling...

A rendering of Skanska's 88 M Street NE project in Washington, D.C., one of three reference buildings profiled in a recent study by the New Buildings Institute, International Living Future Institute, and Skanska. Photo: courtesy Skanska

Architects | Skanska USA | September 29, 2014
Skanska USA's Steve Clem breaks down the costs and benefits of various ultra-green...

Illustration: Skanska

Architects | Skanska USA | September 07, 2014
In this new partnership, LEED will benefit from the materials expertise of ACC and its...

Illustration: Skanska

Architects | Skanska USA | August 26, 2014
In its latest blog post, Skanska shares tips and takeaways from the firm's second true...

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

Architects | Skanska USA | August 20, 2014
The WELL Building Standard, a new protocol that focuses on human wellness within the...

In New Orleans, a National Guard helicopter helps close a breach in a canal during Hurricane Katrina, which caused more than $150 billion in damage. Photo: courtesy Skanska

Airports | Skanska | May 29, 2014
Moving critical elements to higher ground and designing for longer lifespans are just...
Architects | Skanska | May 08, 2014
In honor of Safety Week, Skanska put together this nifty infographic on how to prevent...

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Architects | Skanska | April 09, 2014
Beyond reducing the number of uninsured Americans, the Affordable Care Act is driving new...
Architects | Skanska | February 26, 2014
Using the iAuditor app, one of our Skanska teams developed electronic reports that make...
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