SEATTLE – Skanska, a leading construction and commercial development company in the Pacific Northwest since 1946, announced today that it raised $287,000 at the seventh annual Bricks & Books Auction benefitting Rainier Scholars, which was established in 2000 to provide hard-working, low-income students of color with equitable access to a quality education.
Each year, Skanska brings together employees, clients, vendors and trade partners for a night of networking and fundraising. On October 24, more than 300 attendees gathered at The Foundry in SODO to bid on items including dinners with Skanka’s Seattle leadership team; tickets to Seahawks, Mariners and Storm games and Sounders matches; vacation getaways; wine tastings; and more.
“Skanska has been a wonderful partner for Rainier Scholars over the past several years,” said Sarah Smith, executive director of Rainer Scholars. “Their deep commitment to building access to education, opportunity for advancement and diversity in the workplace is clear, and we value their help to give our scholars a clear path to academic achievement and professional success.”
“We are proud to be a long-time partner of Rainier Scholars and to support the wonderful work they do providing opportunities to the future leaders of our community,” said Matt Sanborn, vice president of business development of Skanska USA in Seattle. “Our values and culture at Skanska inspire us to get deeply involved in important causes like education and we’re thrilled to be able to do our part through the Bricks & Books Auction.”
In addition to the auction, Skanska also sponsors the Rainier Scholars Annual Luncheon, hires scholars as interns and full-time employees, and volunteers time to service projects throughout the year.
Skanska is one of the world’s leading construction and development companies. In the U.S., Skanska’s core operations include building construction, civil infrastructure and developing self-financed commercial properties, which together generated $8 billion in revenue in 2018. As a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $2.3 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Skanska has offices in 28 metro areas with 9,000 employees nationwide. Skanska is an industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution, and offers competitive solutions for both traditional and complex assignments to help build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $20 billion in 2018.