Skanska USA’s executive vice president and general manager for Florida, Fred Hames Skanska USA’s executive vice president and general manager for Florida, Fred Hames

MIAMI—With dozens of projects underway in Florida’s key markets, Skanska USA is the state’s largest construction and engineering firm. Skanska focuses on the healthcare, higher education, municipal and infrastructure sectors—making the firm a good bellwether for statewide demographic and economic trends. Current projects include the expansion of Tampa International Airport, the redevelopment of the St. Petersburg Pier, construction of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, and the expansion of Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

A recent report by the Associated General Contractors found that 68% of Florida construction firms are having difficulty hiring skilled employees, a finding that’s raising the stakes for the industry and companies in the real estate space. caught up with Skanska USA’s executive vice president and general manager for Florida, Fred Hames, to discuss the impacts of this labor shortage and how Skanska is getting creative when it comes to recruiting talent.

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