Constructive Thinking Blog

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.

Posted on December 01, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
The University of California, Merced is the newest campus in that state’s higher education system, and yet already it needs to grow: It has an ambitious plan to double its size over the next six years, with a building program that involves some 1.9 million square feet of academic, housing and...
Posted on November 19, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
Next week, millions of Americans will hit the road and take to the sky for Thanksgiving and holiday season travel. In some ways, that’s more of the same: at any time of year, American airports are some of the busiest in the world, and the Thanksgiving holiday is perennially one of the busiest...
Posted on November 03, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
More and more facility owners are seeing the benefits that building information modeling can bring to their projects, according to a new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report, “The Business Value of BIM for Owners.” Those benefits include enhanced team collaboration, streamlined facility...
Posted on September 29, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
In 2011, Skanska completed the West Coast’s first and the world’s fourth certified Living Building in Seattle: The Bertschi School Science Classroom addition. But Living Buildings—which must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a...
Posted on September 07, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
News broke last month that the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Chemistry Council will be working together to improve LEED, the foremost green building certification system. That’s a partnership that personally matters a lot to me. Creating buildings that have minimal environmental...
Posted on August 26, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
More and more, teamwork, trust and collaboration are seen as key to successful project delivery. Yet, few projects seek to maximize the meanings behind those words by making them central to how the project team is structured and functions. One approach that does so—integrated project delivery—binds...
Posted on August 20, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
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...
Posted on May 29, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
On May 6th, the White House released the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), concluding that the impacts of climate change – including sea level rise and storm surges, extreme weather events, higher temperatures and heat waves – are affecting the reliability and capacity of our nation’s...
Posted on May 08, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
Every day we face decisions that impact our safety and the safety of those around us. As we work towards an Injury-Free Environment, it’s essential to understand the potential hazards and the kinds of behaviors that can lead to harm. From near misses to major mistakes, we all have to do our part to...
Posted on April 09, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
Beyond reducing the number of uninsured Americans, the Affordable Care Act is driving new types of healthcare facilities, especially patient-centered medical homes. PCMHs are spaces that support a team-based approach to patient care, with physicians, nurse practitioners and some specialists...