Our History

We started out from modest beginnings, based in a small fishing village in southern Sweden more than 130 years ago. Today, we’re now one of the world’s leading project development and construction companies. Skanska USA started in 1971 with one job, the 63rd Street Subway line in New York, and has grown to be the largest revenue generating unit of Skanska Group. Of course, many companies that Skanska would later acquire were already active in the USA at that time.


1887 – Aktiebolaget Skanska Cementgjuteriet established in Sweden.

1965 – AB Skanska Cementgjuteriet is registered on the Stockholm Stock Exchange A list.

1971-1978 – Skanska Cementgjuteriet carries out its first US projects – subway systems in New York and Washington D.C.

1982 – Skanska first acquisition in the US. Karl Koch Erecting, acquired to expand Skanska presence in the Northeast.

1984 – Skanska Cementgjuteriet changes its name to Skanska.

1989 – Skanska acquires Slattery Contracting Company to expand Skanska presence in the Northeast.

1990 – Skanska acquires Sordoni Construction Co. to expand Skanska presence in the Northeast.

1994 – Skanska acquires Beers Construction and expands operations into the Southeast.

1998 – Skanska acquires Nielsons, Inc. and expands operations into the Midwest, Colorado region.

1997 – Skanska acquires Beacon Construction Company and expands operations into the Boston area.

1998 – Skanska acquires Bayshore Concrete Products, Inc. and expands operations into pre-cast and concreate production.

1998 – Skanska acquires A.J. Etkin Construction Company and expands operations into Michigan and the Midwest.

1998 – Skanska acquires Tidewater Construction Corporation and expands heavy civil operations in the Southeast.

2000 – Skanska acquires Barclay White and expands operations in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas.

2000 – Skanska acquires Baugh Construction and expands operations in the west – Portland and Seattle.

2002 – The Skanska Code of Conduct is introduced.

2002 – Skanska acquires E. L. Yeager Construction Co., Inc. and expands operations in the west – California.

2004 – Skanska acquires BFW Construction and expands operations in the Midwest and Texas.

2004 – Skanska helps establish the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.

2005 – Skanska completes the first LEED® certified airport terminal in the U.S.: Boston Logan International Airport, Delta Air Lines Terminal A Redevelopment.

2006 – Skanska completes the world’s first LEED Gold certified hospital: Providence Newberg Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

2007 – Skanska ranked #1 in Engineering News Record’s first ever Top Green Contractors.

2009 – Skanska’s New York headquarters becomes first LEED Platinum certified office in the Empire State Building.

2011 - Skanska acquires Industrial Contractors, Inc and PCI expands operations into the power and industrial market sectors in the Midwest. The acquisition of PCI also expands Skanska’s design and engineering services.

2012 – Skanska celebrates its 125-year anniversary.

2013 – The Bertschi Living Building Science Wing in Seattle, Washington becomes the world’s fourth Living Building Certified project.

2014 – Skanska, along with The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum, leads an annual U.S. Industry Safety Week that involves over 50 national and global construction firms.

2017 – Skanska commits to Paris Agreement.

2017 – Skanska reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement, signing the “We Are Still In” pledge, alongside over 1,200 leading U.S. businesses, investors, universities, cities and states.

2019 – Skanska launches tailor-made PPE for women, with input from their own female workforce, and makes it available throughout the industry.

2019 – For fifth year in a row, Skanska named to Forbes List of Best Employers for Diversity.

2019 – Skanska named to Fortune’s “Change the World” list of companies pursuing socially or environmentally sustainable practices and initiatives.

2019 – For second year in a row, Skanska named to Forbes List of America’s Best Employers.

2019 – Skanska announces revolutionary tool for calculating embodied carbon in building materials: the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3).  

2019 – Skanska’s Bank of America Tower in Houston, Texas certified as the first LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell certified project in the U.S., and the largest such building in the world.

2019 – For the second year in a row, ranked #6 on Engineering News Record’s Top 100 Green Building Contractors List.

2019 – Skanska becomes Fitwel Champion by applying Fitwel design and construction standards to development projects, creating optimal environments for tenants and residents.

2019 – Skanska named to Forbe’s Global 2000 – World’s Best Employers list.