Skanska USA Launches National Power & Industrial Center of Excellence

Press release 6/25/2014 9:07 AM EST

Industry veteran Brian McCabe to lead COE and expand power portfolio throughout the U.S.

Skanska USA announced today the launch of its national Power & Industrial Center of Excellence (COE) with the hiring of longtime industry veteran Brian McCabe.

As senior vice president and national director leading Skanska’s Power & Industrial COE, McCabe brings more than 30 years of industry experience to this newly created role where he will be responsible for expanding the company’s growing presence in the power and industrial sectors throughout the United States.

“Brian’s deep expertise and strong relationships position us even better to take advantage of the next wave of energy work coming down the pipeline,” said Rich Cavallaro, president and CEO of Skanska USA Civil.  “Skanska has a significant presence in power and industrial work throughout the Northeast and Midwest, and we are excited about expanding our business to additional geographic markets, including the Gulf Coast.” Cavallaro also noted that Brian would play a key role in the company’s existing pursuit of an acquisition in the sector. 

Skanska builds and manages complex power plant projects of all types -- from fossil fuels to sustainable alternatives. Skanska is currently overseeing one of the country’s most innovative power projects: Newark Energy Center in Newark, New Jersey, a 655-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. When completed, it will operate as one of the cleanest plants of its kind in the U.S.

In 2011, Skanska acquired Indiana-based power company Industrial Contractors Skanska, to expand its power portfolio into the Midwest. 

In addition to Skanska’s Power & Industrial Center of Excellence, the firm also offers market-specific expertise through its Healthcare COE, Aviation COE, Mission Critical COE, Sports & Entertainment COE and Federal COE.

McCabe joins Skanska from National Grid where he served as vice president of business development for the past seven years. He boosted National Grid’s U.S. portfolio, led the development of the company’s repowering projects, and was responsible for negotiating the company’s project agreements and strategic partnerships. His career also includes experience overseeing as well as operating large-scale coal, solar and liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plants.

McCabe earned his master’s in business administration from Dowling College in Long Island, New York, and a bachelor’s of engineering in marine engineering from SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, New York.

He is based in Skanska’s Queens, New York office.