Skanska USA Commercial Development today announced that Murphy McCullough has been promoted to executive vice president and regional manager for commercial development operations in Seattle.
McCullough will now oversee all development activities in the market from land acquisition to divestment. With 24 years of experience in real estate development, McCullough started his career at Skanska six years ago as the vice president for development. During that time, he helped deliver Skanska’s first development projects in the Greater Seattle region, including the urban-inspired apartments at Alley 111 in Bellevue, the Brooks Sports headquarters and flagship store at Stone34 in Fremont, and Tommy Bahama’s headquarters at 400 Fairview in South Lake Union.
McCullough will also lead Skanska’s next development project, 2+U. The planned 38-story office tower is located at Second Avenue and University Street in one of Seattle’s most prominent locations. The tower's lifted design offers 18,500 square feet of retail space and 30,000 square feet of covered outdoor public space under 665,000 square feet of office – creating an urban village with arts, culture, retail, restaurants, entertainment and gathering spaces unlike anything in downtown Seattle.
“Murphy has been a driving force since Skanska launched its development operations in Seattle. His background as a developer, coupled with his ability to build strong diverse teams, uniquely qualifies him for this role,” said Shawn Hurley, President & CEO of Skanska USA Commercial Development.
Prior to joining Skanska, McCullough worked on some of Seattle’s large-scale developments, including Fourth & Madison, a 40-story premium Class A office project, and Harbor Steps, a mixed-use development consisting of two residential towers with retail, hotel and a civic urban park open to the public. McCullough holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Commercial Real Estate and Development Certification from the University of Washington. He is the appointed Chair of the City of Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board and is an active member of the Downtown Seattle Association, which focuses on championing a healthy, vibrant urban core.
A Native of the Greater Seattle area, McCullough lives in West Seattle with his wife and son.
Skanska USA Commercial Development invests in and develops customer-focused, highly sustainable office and multi-family properties in Boston, Houston, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Since 2009, Skanska has invested approximately $1.5 billion in nearly a dozen projects in its select markets. Skanska self-finances the majority of its projects and serves as the construction manager. The group has developed projects for clients such as Brooks Sports, PwC and Tommy Bahama.