Constructive Thinking is Skanska’s thought leadership blog where we share our expertise and highlight innovations in the built environment that help us build for a better society
A Q&A with Project Manager Dana Nelson, a Major in the Air Force Reserves
During the day, Dana Nelson is a Skanska project manager, currently working at our 12.57-acre Las Olas Improvements project in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On nights and weekends, he takes on his second full time job as a Major in the Air Force Reserves and Commander of the 482 Maintenance Squadron at the Homestead Air Reserve Base. In this Q&A, Dana shares his experience balancing these roles; the importance of employer support; and the skills Veterans bring from their service that make them strong candidates for civilian jobs, especially in the construction industry.
Mimi’s Room: Building What Matters for our community in Franklin, Tennessee
I recently attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a small, but very meaningful project that’s close to my heart: Mimi’s Room. While I watched Magistrate Franks smile as she cut the ribbon hanging across the room’s entryway, I felt pride for all the Skanska team members who helped make this project a success for the Franklin, Tennessee community.
Identifying opportunities and overcoming challenges: The proactive implementation of Lean tools in construction
Skanska is attending the 21st annual Lean Construction Institute Congress event, October 14-18. The theme of Congress this year is “Overcoming Our Industry Challenges with Lean Solutions.” One of the first steps in the application and adoption of Lean practices is identifying challenges and roadblocks. It is within these challenges that opportunity lies.
Carbon reduction in construction: a net benefit, not just to the environment, but to the bottom line
Today marks the start of Climate Week NYC. On this day, or any day in this age, there should be no debate on the merits of reducing the level of carbon circulating in the atmosphere. What is debatable is the best way to take action on carbon reduction.
Skanska Included in Fortune’s “Change the World” List
Fortune magazine has included Skanska in its annual “Change the World” list of companies that are pursuing socially or environmentally sustainable practices and initiatives through their core business strategy.
Cultivating diversity and inclusion: A Q&A with BUP & CEO Paul Hewins
For an organization to be successful, it needs two things: talented people and high performing teams. You can hire and develop talented people, but how can you create a high performing team? Diversity and inclusion are key to the answer.
Celebrating National Intern Day
July 25 is National Intern Day, a holiday dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the future leaders of the world. In celebration of National Intern Day, four members of the Skanska team share how their internships helped shape their careers as they continue to thrive within the Skanska organization. Follow our conversation on Twitter @SkanskaUSA.
Launching tailor-made PPE for our female workforce nationwide
Providing tailor-made personal protective equipment (PPE) for our female workforce is important to ensure their safety and provide an inclusive environment that promotes their wellbeing and success. Skanska has launched PPE for this growing part of our workforce, which currently includes gloves and two vests that are custom-built based on feedback from our own female employees.
Celebrating Women in Construction
Women in Construction Week, a campaign by The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry, runs March 3-9. Follow our conversation on Twitter @SkanskaUSA.
How Technology is Influencing the Future of Healthcare Buildings
Much has been written about how technology is helping to enhance the patient experience. From the growth of urgent care facilities, which allows patients to book appointments online, to remote patient communications, such as telehealth, the use of technology is growing rapidly.