Winning one of Skanska's annual global awards is a difficult task. With 16 business units, 17 countries and some 57,000 employees, the competition is intense.
The winner of the 2013 Business Unit of the Year in Construction Award is Skanska USA Building. USA Building's 2013 performance was outstanding in many ways, including achieving record revenue and profit and posting strong order bookings and cash flow. Skanska's Five Zeroes and strong values were the foundation of this success.
The hard work and smart thinking of my Skanska USA Building colleagues meant that we could win this award," said Bill Flemming, President and CEO of USA Building. "And this year, in 2014, we're doing more than ever to go the extra mile to serve our clients."
Skanska USA is the seventh largest general building contractor by revenue (as ranked by ENR) in the world's largest construction market. Beyond its size doesn’t fully convey the influence that Skanska has in such key areas as sustainability and safety.
USA Building partnered to build Seattle's Bertschi School Science Classroom, the fourth building worldwide to be certified under the rigorous Living Building Challenge green certification program.
And, like the rest of Skanska, USA Building is readying for Safety Week to be held in May. Safety Week is a special time of year during which Skanska – joined by about 30 U.S. industry partners this year – conduct special training and awareness activities at all offices and jobsites to drive home why we all need to focus on safety.
One of USA Building's projects that received worldwide attention this year was MetLife Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLVIII in February. MetLife, in East Rutherford, N.J., was the third Skanska-built stadium to host the Super Bowl, following the Georgia Dome in 1994 and 2000, and Houston's Reliant Park in 2004.