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.
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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 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...
Posted on November 14, 2013 By Constructive Thinking Blog
Energy is the lifeblood of everything we do. From business to transportation to our social life, we all depend on energy supplies to power our world. We are at a crossroads in the U.S. as new energy resources and an increased emphasis on efficiency is shifting the balance of power in America’s...