McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (www.mccarthy.com) recently promoted Antonya Williams to Director of Design Integration for the Southwest division. In this position, Williams will play a key role in preconstruction working with project teams forging open collaboration with all project stakeholders early on, which is critical to the ultimate success of a project. Williams has more than a decade of industry expertise with a diverse, well-rounded background in project and design management, including eight years working for McCarthy’s Northern Pacific division where she was involved in a wide array of construction teams, ranging from education institutions and healthcare facilities to detention centers.“ Antonya has a passion for the construction industry and this new role will utilize her exceptional team-building skills early on to foster open communication on project teamsstarting in preconstruction,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “Her experience with design management, sustainability issues and numerous alternative delivery methods will be an asset to owners who are looking to implement best practices.” Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in construction management from California State University, Chico. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Design Build Institute of America, Alliance for Construction Excellence, and the National Association of Women in Construction. She also actively volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Advancing Women in Construction and the ACE Mentor Program of America, which matches professionals in architecture, construction and engineering with high school students open to a career in those fields.
Justin Kelton, executive vice president of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., was recently named to the Greater Phoenix board of directors for the American Heart Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
McCarthy Building Companies has a long-standing relationship with the American Heart Association on a national level and employee teams all across the country participate in the organization’s annual Heart Walk. In addition, McCarthy has been recognized as a platinum-level “Fit-Friendly Worksite” by the American Heart Association for helping employees incorporate wellness into their lives at work and at home.
“As an employee-owned company, we’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. Having Justin join the board of our local American Heart Association chapter aligns with that commitment,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “Justin is a proven leader with the desire to see our fellow employees improve their wellness and the quality of theirlives.”
Kelton joined McCarthy in 2001 after serving as a U.S. Marine, and he has received several promotions over the past decade. He earned a Civil and Environmental Certificate from Vermont Technical College. He is a board member for the Arizona Builders’ Alliance and the Support Sky Harbor Coalition and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC). He also participates in McCarthy Heart Hats, the volunteer-based community outreach arm of McCarthyBuilding Companies that includes McCarthy employees and their family members who support the communities in which they live, work and play by volunteering for community projects and fundraising efforts.
Robert “Bo” Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Region, was recently named Executive of the Year by the Construction Financial Management Association’s (CFMA) Valley of the Sun Chapter, which is the largest chapter in the nation.
Calbert wasselected out of four finalists for his leadership skills, business growth, innovation, staff development and community involvement.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the construction industry’s financial professionals who continually strive to improve their knowledge and, by doing so, are integral to the success of our industry,” Calbert said.
Calbert oversees the 150-year-old firm’s construction operations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Under his leadership, McCarthy earned the prestigious industry honor of being named 2014 Contractor of the Year by Engineering-News Record Southwest. During his more than 30-year tenure with McCarthy, he has been involved in building communities across more than 10 states with major projects in healthcare, semiconductor, water/wastewater, solar, education, hospitality and entertainment, laboratory, aviation, office and retail.
Calbert’s community leadership encompasses involvement in civic, industry and non-profit organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alliance for Construction Excellence, Arizona BuildersAlliance, Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission and the Caitlin Robb Foundation.
McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently promoted Justin Kelton to executive vice president of Arizona construction in the Southwest Division.
In his new role, Kelton will oversee operations and business development in airport, municipal, healthcare, commercial development, solar and renewable energy, parking, higher-education, K-12 and job order contracting construction projects in Arizona. He is also responsible for new market sector expansion in the state. The Arizona team that Kelton leads includes approximately 100 employees.
“Justin’s business development savvy, community focus, and drive has helped McCarthy forge numerous valuable new relationships over the course of his career, particularly in the education and commercial development sectors,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy’s Southwest Division. “He is a proven leader who personally demonstrates that we go “all in” for our clients, which sets a great example for everyone on the team.”
Kelton’s career in construction began as a laborer. He joined McCarthy in 2001 after serving as a U.S. Marine, and he has received several promotions over the past decade. He earned a Civil and Environmental Certificate from Vermont Technical College.
Kelton serves as a board member for the Arizona Builders’ Alliance and is on the American Heart Association of Arizona’s Executive Leadership Team. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and actively participates in McCarthy Heart Hats, the volunteer-based community outreach arm of McCarthy Building Companies.
McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently hired Rich Distler as Vice President of Business Development for the Infrastructure and Water Services team in the Southwest region. His primary focus will include water and wastewater treatment plants for municipalities and private owners.
In this position, Distler will play a key role, providing 24 years of industry expertise with a diverse, well-rounded background in management of utility plants and capital improvement construction projects involving utility plants. Prior to this role, Distler served as president and chief operating officer of Energy Systems Company in Omaha, Neb. He also spent nearly a decade with McCarthy as project manager beginning in2003. He was promoted to project director in 2010.
“Rich has exceptional management experience in the water services sector and has managed teams for several award-winning water treatment plant projects in the Southwest,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “The relationships he’s forged during his career will serve him well in his new role at McCarthy.”
Distler earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University. He is registered as a professional engineer in Arizona and Nebraska, and served as a board member for the Omaha Children’s Museum. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Investing in spec buildings may – or may not – be an anomaly in the marketplace. Dan Withers, president of D.L. Withers Construction says he’s seeing risk-taking entrepreneurs coming back into the market.
“It’s been difficult for people to assess the timing in this recession,” he says. “There is enough optimism out there that we are seeing projects starting.”
Kitchell Vice President Dick Crowley is less effusive but still optimistic.
“In our core markets, we’ve noticed limited appetite for our customers to build speculative projects,” he says. “Lenders are still holding on to more conservative underwriting strategies.”
“Developers are being cautious, but we’re seeing more activity,” echoes Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division. “Some industries are being a little bolder than others, such as hospitality, higher education and renewable energy. We’re building three large hospitals, but most big healthcare projects seem to be in a holding pattern.”
On the design side of the market, Rebecca Timmer, a corporation relations representative for Dibble Engineering says a few companies have broken ground on large spec projects but not many.
“We’re seeing end users dictating the decision,” Timmer says. “If they find what they need in an existing building, it is cheaper to go that route.”
Michael Rauschenberger, DPR Construction corporate office leader for the Southwestern United States, has been asked to look at proposals for a number of large buildings, including office towers, over the past months.
“Maybe about half of those will be built, but even if it’s just half, add it to Hayden Ferry, State Farm, and the number of projects in the southeast Valley, and that’s a lot of big projects coming on the market,” he says.
Many builders kept afloat during the recession with smaller projects and tenant improvements. “By volume, they were a big part of the market,” says Timmer. “As things are improving, we’re starting to see increases in volume for projects of all sizes.”
McCarthy reports that its job order contracting business is busy. “We’ve expanded that division,” says Calbert. “It results in a significant incrase in the amount of work we can do for our longstanding and new clients on smaller projects. To make it work, we have to be efficient and bring personal expertise into the jobs.”
Withers agrees, “There is a definite upturn for small business expansion. The result is existing building expansion and infill of existing buildings. That fuels an overall expansion and optimism in the marketplace.”
Pulling out a proverbial crystal ball, Crowley says, “Kitchell is cautiously optimistic as we see the global and national economy improving. This will impact Arizona and lead to increased job creation. Arizona will be a top job growth market over the next five years.”
“The need has truly increased and, at this moment, it looks good out there,” forecasts Rauschenberger.
“I see continued optimism,” agrees Withers, adding, “Barring other negating factors like our Congress, and world politics and economics.”
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department awarded McCarthy Building Companies with top safety designation, naming the $161M Banner Estrella Hospital Expansion a “STAR Site” through the state’s Construction Voluntary Protection Program “C-VPP.” ADOSH representatives conducted an audit of safety and health management systems and practices at the six-story, 279,000 SF tower project, which will serve the west Valley. The expansion project, which is set to open to patients in March 2014, also contains additional obstetrical suites, additional neonatal intensive care unit capacity, new cardiac catheterization labs and a new endoscopy suite. The Banner Estrella Hospital tower expansion is currently the only hospital construction project in Arizona with a STAR approval.
VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of safety recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.
“After a two-day audit of the McCarthy Banner Estrella Hospital expansion, which included McCarthy employees and more than 11 subcontractors on-site, we found that all members of the project were committed to a safe working environment,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “This is the second approved STAR site for McCarthy and we would like to congratulate them for a job well done.”
“The safety of our employees and construction crews is a top priority at McCarthy, and earning this designation on another major community project is an accomplishment for which we can all be proud,” said Bo Calbert, President of McCarthy Southwest Division. “Our safety professionals constantly evaluate and enhance safety practices on our job sites, allowing us to share and improve every project, and share best practices with our clients and improve construction safety across the industry,” he added.
To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
Banner Estrella Medical Center, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, celebrated a major construction milestone today with a topping-out ceremony for the $161 million new patient tower.
Construction of the six-story, 279,000-square-foot tower at Banner Estrella, located at 9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix, will deliver 178 additional private patient beds to serve the growing West Valley, bringing the total number of beds at Banner Estrella to 392 at build-out. The lower level through fourth floor will be completely built out, and the fifth and sixth floors will be shelled for future build-out as needed by the community. The new tower will also contain additional obstetrical suites, additional neonatal intensive care unit capacity, new cardiac catheterization labs and a new endoscopy suite. The second tower is anticipated to open to patients in March 2014.
“When we opened in 2005, we promised residents that we would grow our services to meet the growing health care needs of the community,” said Deb Krmpotic, chief executive officer of Banner Estrella. “This project demonstrates our commitment to that promise and to the community we are honored to serve.
“We believe this project will strengthen our position as the leading provider of care in the Southwest Valley by providing our community much-needed inpatient beds, maternity beds, surgical treatment capacity and emergency room capacity to care for both children and adults,” she added.
Banner Estrella’s new patient tower is the first hospital structure in metro Phoenix to be built using concrete since the early 1980s. Aside from being more cost-effective, using concrete enabled the tower expansion to be completed earlier than a steel structure. Concrete also provides structural advantages of dampening vibration and, with medical equipment becoming more sensitive to movement, concrete offers important advantages long-term.
“Topping-out of the growing campus is an important milestone to achieve, marking our progress towards the successful completion of the hospital’s campus expansion that will serve the west Valley community,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division. “Thanks to collaboration with our partners, the choice to use concrete for the tower structure provides for easily adapting to the community’s long-term health needs, and allowed us to fast-track the project in order to meet demands sooner.”
During the topping-out ceremony, the final beam, signed by Banner Estrella staff and members of the design and construction team, was placed atop the tower. A mesquite tree was also lifted atop the structure, which is a tradition of recognizing project milestones achieved without injury. The mesquite tree will later be planted on campus.
Bo Calbert, Southwest President McCarthy Building Companies, discusses his first job as a caddy and the things that helped him get to where he is today in the construction industry.
Title: Southwest President
Company: McCarthy Building Companies
What was your first job?
When I came home from the last day of sixth grade, my father said, “Son, it’s about time you got a job.” We lived right across the street from Hickory Hills Country Club in Springfield, Mo., which is where (deceased PGA star) Payne Stewart learned to golf and where his father was a big golfer. So I walked across the street and got a job as a caddy. It was tough. I’d get there at seven in the morning, had to sweep all the sidewalks to earn the privilege to caddy, and at the end of the day I had to pick up all the balls on the driving range.
What did you learn from that first job?
Working as a caddy at a country club was all about service and dependability, and developing relationships were important. If you didn’t build good relationships with people, they wouldn’t request you to be their caddy.
Describe your first job in your industry.
It was building a high-rise office building in Houston, and I was low man on the totem pole. I was the field engineer, doing all the layout. It was a concrete frame, and I was holding the dumb end of the tape. I got a battlefield promotion because the lead engineer hurt his back. I’d been out of school six weeks when I got that promotion.
What lesson did you learn in your first industry job that still helps you today?
If you’re willing to take responsibility and you’re not afraid to ask for the tough jobs, you will get a lot of recognition early.
What were your salaries in your first job and in your first industry job?
I got $1.60 an hour to shag balls and $3.50 to caddy for 18 holes. My first salary was $22,000 a year in the construction industry.
Who would you consider as your biggest mentor?
Chuck Thompson was the chairman of 3D International, a large engineering construction firm. He’s the one who got me my first interview with McCarthy, and he is the smartest, most talented individual I know. If you had to credit someone with the development of construction management as a process, Chuck would probably get the credit. He’s got a tremendous amount of integrity. In our business, people put a lot of trust in you when they hire you to build their project. You have to have the integrity to make all the right decisions.
What advice would you give to someone starting today in your industry?
What worked for me is that I volunteered for tough assignments that other people might not want to do. Taking on challenges and getting the reputation as someone who is not afraid to take on those challenges is a key thing that people should do early in their career.