Skanska USA Appoints Mehmet Akinci as Manager & Vice President in Pittsburgh

Akinci is bringing more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure construction to his new role with the leading construction and development company.

PittsburghSkanska USA, one of the world’s leading construction and development companies, has announced the hire of Mehmet Akinci as new area manager and vice president of operations for infrastructure construction in its Pittsburgh office.

Mehmet Akinci
Mehmet Akinci

Akinci joins Dino Persichetti, vice president of building construction, in growing the Skanska presence in this region. Together they will pursue opportunities in the healthcare, life sciences, education, infrastructure, and power and industrial market sectors.

A Pittsburgh resident and industry veteran, Akinci brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in infrastructure construction. Prior to Skanska, he spent 14 years working as a general manager and project executive with Trumbull Construction, where he oversaw and managed projects in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Akinci also brings global experience to Skanska, having worked in Turkey, Cypress, the United Kingdom and various cities in the United States. Akinci has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

“The Pittsburgh construction market is seeing a resurgence in infrastructure projects, particularly new highway construction, water treatment facilities and power plants,” Mike Viggiano, executive vice president overseeing Skanska’s civil infrastructure work in the Northeast, said in prepared remarks. “Mehmet’s extensive national and international experience, paired with his local contacts and market expertise, will help us grow in this region.”

Skanska’s roots in Pennsylvania date back to 1913. The company built the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion at The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, which now houses an expanded education center and gallery space. Other projects in the Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region include an expansion of the existing Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.; as well as the Indian River Inlet Bridge project in Sussex County, Del.,–a three-span cable-stayed bridge–featuring a pedestrian walkway with the ability to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Skanska also expanded Terminal A at Philadelphia International Airport and renovated the University of Delaware Harrington Residence Hall in Newark, Del.

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