Global construction and development firm Skanska USA has hired Dean Lewis as its first Director of Mass Timber & Prefabrication. Lewis, who will be based in his native Seattle, comes to Skanska with 13 years of experience in mass timber and engineering roles in Washington and California.
Lewis will be responsible for the company’s work on prefabrication and mass timber projects across the United States, furthering the scope and quality of Skanska’s mass timber builds, and consulting on business development efforts around mass timber projects.
“Dean’s hiring supports Skanska’s commitment to mass timber construction, as use of the material increases in the industry,” said Lew Guerrette, executive vice president and general manager, Skanska USA Building in Seattle. “In addition to the enhanced aesthetics, the use of mass timber helps our clients achieve their sustainability goals while reducing construction time and costs. Dean’s expertise, passion, and management experience will make him an invaluable mass timber advisor to our teams and clients.”
Before joining Skanska, Lewis was with Alphabet-funded Sidewalk Labs for two years, working on new construction technologies in the mass timber space. He has also worked for Swinerton Mass Timber (Timberlab) (2019-2021), DCI Engineers (2010-2019) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2009-2010).
During his career, Lewis has overseen multiple mass timber construction projects including office buildings, campus dorms, multi-family developments, and hotels. He has an extensive experience with design and fabrication, project management and delivery, logistics, procurement, among other aspects of the construction process. He has also been part of published research projects within the mass timber space.
Lewis graduated from Washington State University (WSU) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. At WSU, he studied under Dr. J. Daniel Dolan, P.E., a premier figure in the mass timber industry, who inspired him to pursue a career in the field. Lewis is following a similar career path to his father, who worked in construction, and his grandfather, an architect.
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