Skanska USA and EF Education First Host Topping Out Ceremony for EF’s New North American Headquarters in Cambridge, MA

Construction firm and global education company celebrate structural milestone on one of the most high-profile construction projects in Massachusetts  

Skanska USA, a leading provider of construction management, preconstruction, and design-build services, and EF Education First, the world leader in international education, ceremoniously “topped out” EF’s new 300,000-square-foot, 10-story North American headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. earlier today.  

Cambridge officials and EF executives joined Skanska’s project team, construction crew and local tradesmen and women at the event as iron workers placed the final steel beam on top of the building’s frame, completing the project’s structural milestone.
“This milestone is extremely significant for Skanska and EF as we move closer to delivering one of the most original and prominent construction projects in the region,” said Paul Hewins, executive vice president and general manager for Skanska USA Building’s New England region. “We look forward to completing our work on this state-of-the-art building, which truly reflects EF’s growth as a company and the area’s leading role in education, design and innovation.” 

“Since we broke ground in September, we’ve watched this project come to life,” said Martha Doyle, chief administrative officer for EF Education First. “We would like to thank Skanska and Local 7 for helping us reach this important milestone.”

Skanska is constructing the 300,000-square-foot building to include office and academic space for EF. Upon completion, the building’s entrance will showcase a glass curtainwall resembling a waterfall running down the south and east facades of the building.  The ground floor will include mezzanine space to be used for dining, building services and other purposes.  In addition, Skanska will build three levels of above-ground parking with approximately 125 parking spaces for EF’s employees and visitors.  Skanska is building the headquarters to LEED Silver standards.

Last September, Governor Deval Patrick joined Skanska and EF Education First among many dignitaries, State and City Officials to celebrate the project’s groundbreaking in a spectacular visual event available here.

EF’s new headquarters building is conveniently located in the NorthPoint section of Cambridge, just steps away from EF’s current headquarters and adjacent to the NorthPoint Park. The new headquarters will accommodate for EF’s rapid growth in the last several years, and result in the immediate hiring of hundreds of permanent EF employees.

So far, 33 percent of the building’s core and shell is complete, and Skanska is on track to finish all phases of construction byfall 2014 as scheduled.  To date, the project team has dedicated 28,000 work-hours to the building’s construction.

The building’s steel structure is a total of 389,385 square feet and weighs 2,355 tons (4,705,955 pounds). It is comprised of 4,305 fabricated pieces of steel connected by 53,374 bolts, which would amount to 2.5 miles in length if extended along the ground.

Skanska has completed a diverse portfolio of projects for the variety of thriving industries that call Massachusetts home, including education, healthcare, and pharmaceutical. Skanska is dedicated to providing these industries with state-of-the-art facilities that offer space and resources essential for their advancements, discoveries, and innovations. For example, Skanska is currently rennovating Boston University’s (BU) existing 180,000-square-foot School of Law, as well as building BU’s second 93,000-square-foot Law building. Skanska is also currently performing a number of renovation projects for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). In addition, Skanska USA Commercial Development recently completed a 100% self-financed Class-A laboratory and office building in Cambridge’s Kendall Square at 150 Second Street.

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Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development networks in the country, serving a broad range of industries including healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation, transportation, power, energy, water/wastewater and commercial. Headquartered in New York with 39 offices across the country, Skanska USA employs more than 8,300 employees committed to sustainable construction and development and an injury-free workplace. Skanska USA Building, which specializes in building construction, and Skanska USA Civil, which focuses on civil infrastructure, generated $5.8 billion in revenue in 2012, representing 30 percent of Skanska’s global construction revenue. Development units Skanska USA Commercial Development, which invests in and develops office and multi-family projects in select U.S. markets, and Skanska Infrastructure Development North America, which develops public-private partnerships, are both leaders in their selected markets. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $19.5 billion in 2012.

About EF Education First
Since 1965, EF Education First has worked toward its mission of breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography through language learning, educational travel, academic degrees and cultural exchange programs. With North American headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., EF is the world’s leading international education company that spans the globe with more than 450 offices and schools in 54 countries and a staff of more than 35,000 worldwide. For more information on EF Education First, please visit

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