CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Three firms will serve as the construction management team that will build BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s new corporate campus. The collaboration involves Skanska USA Building, Inc. (Atlanta/Nashville), EMJ Corporation (Chattanooga) and H.J. Russell & Company (Atlanta).

Skanska, who has served as the construction manager for the UPS World Headquarters as well as Home Depot, will operate as the managing partner and the single point of contact for the overall BlueCross project. Local-based EMJ will lead the construction management responsibilities, focusing on site work and parking facilities, while Russell will support both firms in all project aspects.

“The team of Skanska/EMJ/Russell was selected based on its ability to help BlueCross meet its overall project goals for cost and quality while at the same time demonstrating an ability to help us meet our important goals for local and minority participation,” said Bob Worthington, senior vice president at BlueCross.

The construction management team’s local, high-profile projects maximizing minority and/or local participation include the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanoogan Hotel and Conference Center, US Xpress corporate headquarters, and the CBL Center office building.

"Our collaborative companies are very excited to be a part of the dynamic team assisting BlueCross in developing their vision of the ‘New Blue’ through the construction of the Cameron Hill campus," said Jeff Cross, executive vice president with Skanska.

According to Jim Sattler, CEO and chairman of EMJ Corporation, the local contractor is pleased to play a role in one of Chattanooga’s largest-ever corporate construction projects.

“Developing relationships and serving the needs of our clients is rewarding wherever the work takes us, but it’s especially gratifying to serve such a large and important client from our own hometown,” said Sattler.

The rigorous selection process for a construction manager occurred over a three-month period and included qualification, proposal and interview phases. A panel of BlueCross’ core project team, project manager Staubach Company and HKS architect firm conducted interviews with the finalists as well as toured completed projects of similar size, scale, and complexity as the proposed BlueCross campus.

“The Skanska/EMJ/Russell team brings an unparalleled combination of national resources, experience and expertise, and local market knowledge that are critical to the success of this project,” said Brian Terrell, executive vice president of Staubach.

Construction on the BlueCross headquarters is scheduled to begin this fall with an estimated completion in early 2009. Contracts with the construction manager are on an at-risk basis, with the manager assuming the risk for any cost overages.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.