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.
Green | April 19, 2017 | BD+C Staff Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska USA
When you consider that 90% of our time is spent in buildings, how these environments can contribute to workplace productivity, health, and wellness is...
It’s time to make MLB stadiums safer

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

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 13, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog Tom Tingle
Major League Baseball doesn't have official stadium design guidelines. Skanska's Tom Tingle has three ways the league can make the game safer for fans...
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 | June 19, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog Tom Tingle
Today's convention centers require more flexible spaces, the ability to blend virtual and in-person events, and meaningful sustainability, writes Skan...
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 | April 21, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog MacAdam Glinn, LEED AP
Upgrades to aviation infrastructure have not kept pace with the increase in airport traffic or even at a level sufficient to accommodate the life cycl...
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 | March 23, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog Lisa Picard
Searching for a nimble, collaborative design firm for its 2&U tower project in Seattle, the construction giant ditches the traditional RFQ/RFP pro...

Photo courtesy Skanska USA

Architects | January 07, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog
PDFs are the de facto format for digital construction documentation. Yet, there is no set standard for how to produce PDFs for a project, writes Skans...

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 | December 01, 2014 | Constructive Thinking Blog
Minimizing lifecycle costs and transferring risk to the private sector are among the benefits to applying the P3 project delivery model on public buil...
Airports | November 19, 2014 | Constructive Thinking Blog
Safety, consumer demand, and the new economics of flight are three of the major factors shaping how airlines and airport officials are approaching the...
BIM and Information Technology | November 03, 2014 | 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 C...

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 | May 29, 2014 | Constructive Thinking Blog
Moving critical elements to higher ground and designing for longer lifespans are just some of the ways cities and governments can make infrastructure...
Architects | May 08, 2014 | Constructive Thinking Blog
In honor of Safety Week, Skanska put together this nifty infographic on how to prevent deadly harm in construction. 

Photo: renjith krishnan via

Architects | April 09, 2014 | Constructive Thinking Blog
Beyond reducing the number of uninsured Americans, the Affordable Care Act is driving new types of healthcare facilities, especially patient-centered...
Architects | February 26, 2014 | Constructive Thinking Blog
Using the iAuditor app, one of our Skanska teams developed electronic reports that make safety inspections more efficient, and that make it easier to...
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