Skanska wins two contracts in the US worth a combined $101m
Skanska USA has signed two contracts in the US: one worth $54m with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority to build the agency’s new maintenance and operations facility in Massachusetts, and another worth $47m for renovation and expansion of the Broward Health North Campus in Florida.
The company said both would be included in order bookings for the second quarter of 2014.
The Worcester contract includes construction of a new 14,000 square-meter facility, which will include administrative offices, a public meeting space, operations dispatching, bus storage, maintenance shops and additional parking.
Construction has begun and substantial completion is expected in the first quarter of 2016.
Meanwhile, the Florida project includes an addition of a 3,200-square-meter emergency department with trauma bays, operating rooms and more than 50 new examination rooms, as well as a new 2,100-square-meter central energy plant. There will also be a re-cladding of the existing bed tower, replacing more than 14,000 square meters of exterior cladding.
Construction is slated to begin in August 2014. The central energy plant and exterior improvements are slated to be completed by summer 2016. The operating suites should be ready in winter 2015, and the expanded emergency department in spring 2016.
Skanska USA is one of the leading development and construction companies in the country, consisting of four business units: Skanska USA Building, which specialises in building construction; Skanska USA Civil, specialised in civil infrastructure; Skanska Infrastructure Development North America, which develops public-private partnerships; and Skanska USA Commercial Development, which develops commercial projects in select US markets.
Headquartered in New York, Skanska USA has more than 9,600 employees and its 2013 revenues were $6.48bn.
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.