AECOM has a new COO
AECOM has announced that Paul Praylo has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Construction Services (CS), a global construction division that grew from under $2B to nearly $7B in revenue in just five years.
In this elevated position, Mr. Praylo will oversee operations across all business units within CS, playing an active role in several initiatives including operational excellence, strong project performance and comprehensive risk management and safety efforts.
"Since Construction Services was established in 2011, Paul has been the backbone of our leadership team and instrumental to the group's expansion," said CS Group President Dan McQuade. "In his new role, Paul will be an important partner in ensuring operational excellence across business units as we continue our international expansion and focus on integrated delivery."
"I am very proud to be part of a team that has achieved tremendous growth in a short period of time," said Mr. Praylo, "We have wide ranging delivery capabilities that operate on a global platform. Between our power, civil infrastructure, building construction and oil and gas operating groups we have a remarkable foundation to build on, as the need for infrastructure rises."
AECOM is well-positioned to meet increased demand for infrastructure development globally, having established a full-service construction business with a strong presence in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and growing capabilities in the Asia Pacific region.
A well-respected leader across the company for over 15 years, Mr. Praylo most recently led finance and administration for CS. Before AECOM, he held leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting, servicing Fortune 100 clients. He earned an Accounting B.B.A. from Siena College and an M.B.A. in Finance & Information Systems from New York University.
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China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.