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Skanska's Flex Appeal
Skanska director of business development Deborah Ippolito in the Empire State Building
Skanska has a lot of exciting projects, topped by its recent $542M contract to construct the new PATH station at the World Trade Center in a JV with Granite Construction. We dropped by the firm’s New York flagship office at the Empire State Building, a Cook+Fox-designed LEED Platinum CI office—one of the offices that showcases the ESB’s sustainability efforts—to meet with director of business development Deborah Ippolito. She tells us that the firm is finishing up work at the New Meadowlands Stadium and is working on Brooklyn Bridge Park, a portion of which opened last week, among other projects.
Skanska employees "stretch and flex" in its firm's Empire State Building office
As we walked through the office, we passed Skanska staffers—from the president on down—engaged in the firm’s daily (and nationwide) “stretch and flex,” a program designed to prevent soft tissue injury on the job. It’s part of Skanska’s “Five Zeros” initiative, which calls for all projects to be defect-free, ethical, non-loss making, injury-free, and with no environmental incidents. One of its top initiatives is sustainability (they’re exercising in open space with plenty of natural light intersecting through the hallways), and they have confirmed their projected 46% in energy savings at ESB.