Skanska Gets United Nations HQ Renovation Contract

Leading worldwide construction group, Skanska, have been awarded a new contract to renovate the United Nations headquarters in New York. Skanska USA signed the deal, worth around $65 million. Skanska USA will restore, replace and reconfigure the existing office space, mechanical systems and electronics equipment. New conferencing facilities will also be installed. The work is … Read more Skanska Gets United Nations HQ Renovation Contract

Skanska Sells 50% of Walsall Manor Hospital for £17 Million

Skanska, the Swedish-based public works & construction firm, has sold its 50% equity holding in Walsall Manor Hospital near Birmingham, UK, to Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management Limited. The £17 million sale will see Barclays take a stake in the company which financed, designed, constructed and currently operates the hospital under a public private partnership scheme. … Read more Skanska Sells 50% of Walsall Manor Hospital for £17 Million

Great Lakes and Dredging International to Work on Wheatstone LNG Project

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation are to work with Dredging International (part of DEME) on a subcontract to dredge 26 million cubic metres of clay and rock around the Wheatstone LNG Project on the North-West cost of Australia. The approach channel, maneuvering area and the berths for the Chevron-operated gas plant will be created as … Read more Great Lakes and Dredging International to Work on Wheatstone LNG Project

Disaster Management: Rebuilding Haiti – First Hand Account from Daniel O’Neil

I am guilty of having written against the idea of just rebuilding the chaos. Following the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake, it seemed as if all of Port-au-Prince had been destroyed. There was talk of moving the capital to somewhere else, as if nothing remained. But as we began digging through the rubble, we found that … Read more Disaster Management: Rebuilding Haiti – First Hand Account from Daniel O’Neil

Skanska Sells Share in Edinburgh Schools to Barclays for £3 Million

Skanska has sold its 50% share in the Midlothian Schools project to the co-investor, Barclays Integrated Infrastructure Fund, for £3 million. The publicly listed Swedish infrastructure company built the schools as part of a Public Private Partnership. Eight new schools were built on seven sites as part of the deal, opening over three years ago.

Private Companies Get $750 Million Contract for Afghanistan Development

The United States’ Agency for International Development has awarded a combined contract to three separate companies to provide water and energy development projects in Afghanistan. Construction, engineering and support services will be provided by the firms, who include Tetra Tech. Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO said of the indefinite quantity contract (IDQ): “This … Read more Private Companies Get $750 Million Contract for Afghanistan Development

Skanska Awarded Contract to build HMP Grampian – 500 Place Prison in Peterhead, Scotland

Skanska have been awarded the contract to build HMP Grampian, a new prison for Northern Scotland. The 500 place facility will house both male and female inmates and will replace the current prisons HMP Aberdeen and HMP Peterhead. Aberdeenshire Council granted planning permission for HMP Grampian in March 2011. Construction will begin in early 2012 … Read more Skanska Awarded Contract to build HMP Grampian – 500 Place Prison in Peterhead, Scotland

Shanghai Tower Will Feature World’s Fastest Elevator

The Shanghai Tower, currently being built in China, will feature the world’s fastest elevators with the lifts carrying passengers up and down the building at a rate of eighteen metres per second. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation are building the systems designed to beat the current Guinness World Record of 16.8 metres per second. Three sets of … Read more Shanghai Tower Will Feature World’s Fastest Elevator

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard to Build Two New Exxon Mobil Tankers

An affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., has signed a letter of intent with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard for two new tankers. The shipyard will deliver the 250m long, 115,000 deadweight ton crude oil tankers in partnership with Samsung Heavy Industries. Construction will begin in 2012 and delivery will be expected in mid-2014. The … Read more Aker Philadelphia Shipyard to Build Two New Exxon Mobil Tankers

Kenya: Ministry of Works Finding Its Way Out Of The Woods

According to the Kenyan Economic Survey 2011, an ongoing effort to improve the construction industry has seen cement consumption rise by 16.2 per cent to 3.1million tonnes in 2010, compared to 2.7 million tonnes in 2009. In addition, the total value of reported private building works completed in selected main towns grew significantly from Sh … Read more Kenya: Ministry of Works Finding Its Way Out Of The Woods