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Skanska’s Van Baarsel Awarded Highest Construction Honor for Lifetime Achievement

Jake van Baarsel
Jake van Baarsel
RIVERSIDE, CA — A Skanska construction veteran has received the highest honors in civil construction for dedication and expertise in construction. Jake van Baarsel, Engineering Manager of Skanska’s West Coast civil operations, was awarded the 2024 Golden Beaver Award.

“It is an honor to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of ... Jake, and it brings us immense pride to see [him] recognized with the industry's highest of accolades,” said Don Fusco, President & CEO, Skanska USA Civil. “We extend heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved recognition — a testament to [his] exceptional contributions and commitment to advancing our industry.”

As the first Skanska employee to receive the honor in the firm’s over 60-year membership, van Baarsel was awarded the 2024 Golden Beaver Award for his Engineering Service & Supply Excellence at The Beavers’ 68th Annual Awards Dinner. He was honored for his skilled work on challenging, heavy engineering projects and the responsibility and integrity he has shown throughout his career.

Throughout his career, van Baarsel has provided construction engineering for more than 400 bridges on 25 freeways, 11 underground stations, and other structures for five Los Angeles County Metro lines. At the helm of Skanska’s in-house engineering team, he has successfully addressed engineering requirements on several large heavy civil projects with challenging geotechnical conditions and is an expert in temporary work platforms, deep excavation shoring, and foundation design solutions.

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