Los Angeles-based Skanska has launched a new commercial development platform and has named Clare De Briere as EVP to lead the new group. As part of the launch, Skanska has also acquired its first development site at 9000 Wilshire in Beverly Hills. It plans to build a three-story, 40,000-square-foot office building at the site.

“We’re seeing a huge investment in mass transit, very minimal new office stock available across the market and a strong and diverse economy,” De Briere tells GlobeSt.com about the firm’s decision to launch the new department. “This created a perfect opportunity for Skanska to establish a commercial development practice in the LA market and acquire our first project in Beverly Hills.”

For its first project under the new commercial development platform, Skanska has partnered with architect Neil M. Denari in collaboration with HLW to design the LEED-certified office space. “9000 Wilshire is fully entitled and designed by an incredibly talented architect. We wanted to start with a great jewel box of a building,” adds De Briere. “Incredible location; its two blocks away from two future Metro stations of the Purple Line Extension, which Skanska is also constructing. It is consistent with our plan and intent to follow the transit and to build around transit.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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