Sources: Granite Construction, Watsonville, Calif.; CP staff
Heavy/civil contractor and regional construction materials producer Granite Construction has named Claes Bjork as chairman and director, succeeding the retiring William Powell. Bjork served as chief executive officer of construction giant Skanska AB, Sweden, from 1997-2002, and had held various executive positions within the company beforehand, including chairman of the Scancem Cement subsidiary.
Source: American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), Washington, D.C.
Chemical and building materials interests issued a statement responding to the U.S. General Services Administration’s recommendation of the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes 2010 and U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 as third party certification systems:
Sources: Skanska USA, New York; CP staff
Major heavy civil and general contractor Skanska USA resigned its U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership to protest the group’s support of the American High-Performance Building Coalition (AHPBC), which is lobbying federal lawmakers to limit government projects to green building rating systems developed with consensus-based standards.