Skanska builds for Johns Hopkins in St. Petersburg


Swedish development firm Skanska recently inked a $63 million contract with Johns Hopkins Medicine All Children’s to construct a 225,000-square-foot research facility on the institution’s St. Petersburg, Florida campus with completion set for March 2018.

The project commenced in March. The building complex will house research space, laboratories, and educational facilities, including a 400-seat auditorium, meeting and office space, and a biorepository for collecting, storing and processing specimens for investigation.

John Hopkins’ building will serve four institutes dedicated to heart health, blood disorders and cancer, brain protection and maternal/fetal/neonatal work. A simulation lab will offer a backdrop for clinical teaching, collaboration and information sharing, and the project will create close to 200 jobs.

“The new research and education building will be a center of discovery, learning and hope, bringing innovation to St. Petersburg,” Dr. Jonathan Ellen, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine All Children’s Hospital, said. “Experienced researchers and clinicians will work with new physicians and scientists we are training as pediatric leaders, and together they will develop more precise approaches to treat and prevent disease.”

Among the world's largest construction groups, Skanska handles projects of all sizes from its U.S. base in New York, including: transportation, health care, education, sports, government, aviation and commercial.

In Florida, Skanska employs over 330 professionals committed to safety, performance, sustainability and ethics, with offices located in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

The U.S. is Skanska's single largest market. With development and construction projects in almost all 50 states and offices in 35 cities, the company’s American branch consists of four divisions — building, civil infrastructure, public-private partnerships and commercial projects.

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