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 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...
Posted on February 26, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
Today, there are apps for everything: tracking your fitness, finding your friends, and tracking your expenses. So why shouldn’t there be an app for safety? Using the iAuditor app (available for the iPad/iPhone and Android devices), one of our Skanska teams developed electronic reports that make...
Posted on January 12, 2014 by Constructive Thinking Blog
Building information modeling (BIM) has become standard practice for design and construction, but often little attention is paid to what happens to model data post-construction. At Skanska, we’re engaging with our clients to think about ways we can use BIM data to help improve the entire lifecycle...
Posted on December 09, 2013 by Constructive Thinking Blog
Life cycle cost optioneering is a way of assessing alternative design options, analyzing their long-term capital and operational costs to identify those with the lowest price tag, over the entire life cycle.  A key benefit of this technique is that it pinpoints the design features and...