May 16, 2020

Skanska aims to transform New York’s Farley Post Office into a transport hub for $1.26 billion  

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Catherine Sturman
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A contract with Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) developers Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust will enable Skanska to transform New Yo...

A contract with Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) developers Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust will enable Skanska to transform New York’s James A. Farley Post Office Building in New York City

The $1.26 billion revamp incorporates a new 24,000-square-meter Moynihan Train Hall, a conversion of an original, century-old US. Postal Service mail sorting room and incorporate 120,000m2 of transit, commercial and retail space.

Featuring a new glass canopy roof and skylight, in addition to providing access to all platforms serving the Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak, the Train Hall will improve access for Pennsylvania Station’s 650,000 commuters which utilise the service daily, with a new 23,700 metre square concourse.

Originally revealed by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, the development also incorporates approximately 120,000 gross square meters of transit, retail and commercial office space, in addition to structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing improvements.

Set to complete in 2022, the project will house nine platforms and over 15 tracks, with the existing concourse along West 33rd Street set to be redesigned in the project.

“Skanska is grateful for the opportunity to deepen our history of partnership with the State of New York to modernize and expand our transportation infrastructure. We are also proud to partner with Related and Vornado, who have brought together their world-class development teams with our heavy civil and construction management expertise to meet this unique challenge”, said Anders Danielsson, President and CEO, Skanska USA



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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Dominic Ellis
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Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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