Preston Haskell, a successful and innovative business leader, founded The Haskell Company, an integrated architecture, engineering and construction firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1965.
During his tenure as president and CEO, Haskell led his company on an impressive journey that took a small Jacksonville engineering and construction company and made it the largest privately held construction company in Florida and a top design-build firm in the United States. With offices located in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ohio and Mexico City, Mexico; Haskell employs more than 690 people and boasts $600 million in revenues.
Throughout his entire career, Haskell used and promoted the integrated design-build method of construction and helped to refine the model in its earliest days. He was instrumental in elevating its use within the industry, taking an active leadership role as the founding chairman of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).
Haskell was the first company identified as an integrated, in-house design-build firm practicing all three disciplines— architecture, engineering and construction. Today, it continues to advocate the design-build project delivery method and has completed nearly 2,000 projects using this model.
With forty-five years of experience in engineering, design and management, Haskell is a frequent speaker on design-build delivery and the author of many articles on the subject. He has also authored design-build procurement legislation at the state and federal level. In 2002, Haskell was honored with the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award from the DBIA.
Haskell attended Princeton University and earned a civil engineering degree with honors in 1960, received an MBA with distinction from Harvard in 1962 and continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Building Engineering and Construction.
A prominent civic leader in Jacksonville and Florida for more than two decades, Haskell’s past public service and accolades are numerous and includes serving as a director of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation; on the board for the American Society of Civil Engineers; and as a member of the Florida Council of 100 and the National Academy of Construction.
Over the years he has served as chairman of the Cummer Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Political Leadership Institute, the Schultz center for Teaching & Leadership, the Alliance for World Class Education, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Postsecondary Education Commission, the Jacksonville Electric Authority, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the United Way of Northeast Florida, and the Florida Government Accountability to the People Commission.