Michael Cobelli is President & CEO of Skanska USA Civil Inc., one of the leading providers of construction solutions for transportation, water, power and industrial clients in the United States.
Michael has been with Skanska for his entire 30-year career, with a strong focus on project execution. He has personally been involved in constructing some of the most complex, heavy civil construction projects in the U.S. His experiences include transit projects such as the JFK Airport Light Rail, tunnel projects such as the 2nd Ave Subway and clean water projects such as the Croton Water Filtration Plant, all in New York. Michael has recently overseen the successful procurements of several other high-profile projects, including the I-4 Ultimate public-private partnership highway project in Florida, the new Kosciuszko Bridge in New York and the Regional Connector, a 1.9-mile subway project in downtown Los Angeles.
Most recently, Michael served as chief operating officer for Skanska USA Civil. In this role he was responsible for developing regional management teams and assigning operational resources across our civil construction unit as it continues to grow and strengthen its presence across the U.S. During his time as COO, Skanska in the West moved from being primarily a Southern California highway contractor to being one of that region’s largest transit, tunnel and marine contractors. The growth of these capabilities in the West resulted in numerous major project wins for Skanska, including the L.A. Expo Phase 2 light-rail extension, Explosives Handling Wharf-2 at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, L.A. Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement and the VTA BART Silicon Valley Berryessa subway extension in northern California.
In the Northeast, where Skanska is already the leading heavy constructor in the New York area, our civil operations also grew geographically under his leadership, expanding our reach with offices and projects in such major cities as Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
Michael first joined Skanska as a junior estimator after earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Rutgers University. He currently serves on the executive committee for The Moles and the board of directors for The Beavers, both national heavy construction industry organizations.