JACKSONVILLE, FL – Haskell, one of the country’s leading integrated design, engineering and construction firms, marked its 50th anniversary with an employee celebration this past weekend in Jacksonville. Haskell serves the industrial, commercial, government and civil infrastructure markets both domestically and globally.
Preston Haskell founded the company in October 1965 in Jacksonville with the intention of doing things differently. He developed the design-build delivery model now considered an industry standard, and later founded the Design Build Institute of America along with a small group of other industry executives.
“There are three principles that we believe set our company apart – our dedication to client innovation and service, the development of our people and our commitment to the community,” said Steve Halverson, CEO of Haskell.
Halverson continued, “I concluded, early on, the role of the CEO is three things: attracting talent, developing talent and shaping culture. I believe our success today is derived primarily from Preston Haskell’s vision and innovative spirit, and our cadre of sophisticated, talented people.”
The company operates throughout the United States and more than a dozen countries around the globe. In Jacksonville, Haskell employs approximately 500 people. It is not unusual to find people who have worked for the company for decades.
Haskell’s impact on the Jacksonville community has been significant. The company has been active in moving the design and construction profession forward through partnerships and connections with area universities and industry organizations.
We have partnered with many local enterprises to deliver projects such as Baptist Medical Center South, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida Suburban Campus, Cummer Museum of Art, EverBank Field, JEA Total Water Management Project-River Crossing, Southbank Riverwalk, UNF Osprey Fountains and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Haskell is also heavily committed to philanthropy, donating 3 percent of its profits to charitable causes in all of the communities where its employees live and work. The company is particularly known as a patron of the arts, supporting numerous cultural organizations in Jacksonville.
“What has been most gratifying for me,” Preston Haskell reflected, “has been the opportunity to build a company that has been able to withstand industry and economic challenges; providing sustainable employment opportunities for people, allowing them to grow and prosper in their profession; and giving back to the community.”