Skanska to Build US$90m Data Centre in Georgia, USA

Skanska to build data centre in Georgia, USA, in addition to wider infrastructure
Construction company Skanska will build a data centre in Georgia, USA, worth US$90m, while still working to reduce its emissions across Scopes 1, 2 & 3

Stockholm-based construction giant Skanska has signed a contract to build a data centre in Georgia, USA. The US$90m contract will be included in the US order bookings, for the second quarter of 2024.

Skanska has over 130 years of knowledge and foresight to help share the way people live, work and connect. Being one of the world’s largest development and construction companies, Skanska operates across the European and American markets. 

Skanska expands legacy with data centre project and infrastructure for a better future

In 1887, Skanska was a pioneer of concrete. Now, Skanska develops, designs and builds everything from green office buildings to smart homes and infrastructure. But it has always been driven by a dual purpose: to innovate and build what’s good for people, which led it to take on data centres. 

As a principal contractor, Skanska specialises in building, fitting out and upgrading data centres in major IT installations and mission critical facilities. Skanska completes everything, from design through to installation.

Skanska recently won a £158m data centre fit out, together with associated construction work, from leading global data centre provider Telehouse. 

The new project in Georgia includes the construction of:

  • A 22,700 square-metre data centre
  • Associated site work 
  • Underground utilities
  • An administration space 
  • Five data halls.

Work is set to begin in August 2024 and aims to reach completion in February 2026.

Meanwhile, in the UK, Cementation Skanska has been appointed by VINCI Building to build a new facility by Sheffield Forgemasters, which will support a 13,800 sq. metre building and 13,000-tonne heavy forging press, furnaces, quenching pits and cranes.

“We have developed a really collaborative working relationship with VINCI Building and Sheffield Forgemasters, which has helped us to reduce programme timescales and cost,” said Andy Entwistle, Managing Director, Cementation Skanska. “We reviewed the initial design assumptions and, through further analysis and testing, reduced the number of rotary bore piles, replacing them with CFA piles. These are quicker and cheaper to install, and also reduce carbon emissions. It really shows the benefits of bringing together design and construction capabilities from the earliest stages of a project. We’re delighted to have started work on site alongside our local supply chain, which is helping to provide jobs and opportunities for local people.”

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Skanska to cut GHG emissions by 50%

The built environment accounts for nearly 40% of the world’s energy-related carbon emissions and Skanska is doing its part to become more sustainable. 

Skanska UK is also targeting a 50% reduction in emissions against all GHG scopes (1, 2 and 3) by 2030. It is also aiming for a 70% reduction in Scopes 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 from a 2015 baseline. 

Skanska aims to optimise energy efficiency and the use of low-carbon materials. This includes ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across its value chain, to drive the market transformation required to decarbonise the built environment. 

“Few other sectors can have a greater impact on reducing emissions,” said CEO Anders Danielsson. “Our efforts to reduce emissions extend across our entire operation and drive much of the innovation we see all around the company, as well as presenting a great business opportunity.”

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