Preston H. Haskell
Founder and Chairman
The Haskell Company
Preston Haskell is founder and chairman of The Haskell Company, the nation’s largest integrated design-build firm in the general buildings sector. Headquartered in Jacksonville, the company’s projects span a broad range of construction types including office buildings, data processing centers, institutional buildings, hospitals and medical facilities, continuing care retirement centers, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, school and university buildings, shopping centers and parking structures. The firm is a frequent recipient of industry awards in both design and construction from the AIA, DBIA, ABC and others.
Haskell graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in civil engineering, received a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard University, and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate study in Building Engineering and Construction.
Haskell is active in civic and industry leadership at the national, state and local level. He was founding chairman of the Design-Build Institute of America and served on its board of directors for six years, and was the first recipient of its foremost award, The Brunelleschi Medal. He has served as a director of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and is currently a director of the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation. He is a member of the National Academy of Construction and a director of the ACE Mentoring Program. He recently completed two terms as a trustee of Princeton.
Haskell is a widely recognized advocate of the design-build delivery system, having long been instrumental in promoting its use among both private sector clients and public agencies. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on design-build delivery in the U. S. and abroad, and has authored design-build procurement legislation at the state and federal level. His articles are widely published in industry publications, his most notable contribution in the area of industry research being the landmark paper Construction Industry Productivity: Its History and Future Direction (2004). He is also a noted collector of contemporary abstract art and a current or former trustee of several fine arts institutions.
He is married to the former Joan Elizabeth Smith of Long Island, N. Y. He has three grown children and seven grandchildren.