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West-MEC Southwest Campus to break ground Feb. 6

McCarthy Building Companies recently began a $50 million new construction project, including site plan and infrastructure layout, for Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) in conjunction with architect DLR Group. The West-MEC Southwest Campus project, which will be located at I-10 and Verrado Way in Buckeye, Ariz., will eventually serve 650 students in 12 to 14 different programs (including secondary education, post-secondary education and industry training).

CAMPUS ENTRY FINALThe first phase of construction begins this month and will be completed in December 2015. Phase I includes a 32,000-square-foot, two-story Sustainable Energy building. Programs taught in this building may include energy programs that have a curriculum focused on electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and flow loop applications. Phase I also includes a 12,500-square-foot, two-story Student Services Building. This building will feature a presentation and demonstration space with a capacity of up to 400people.

The second phase of construction, estimated for completion in August 2016, will include an Industrial Technology building with 23,000-square-feet of space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor work space. Programs taught in this building may include carpentry,electrical and plumbing trades. Phase II will also include a Health Occupations building with 16,000 square feet of space for medical assisting and medicalrecords programs.

Future phases will include buildings for STEM, veterinary assisting, auto/transportation programs and cosmetology/personal services. The entire campus at build out will feature 167,000 square feet of building space and is situated on a 20-acre campus.

The West-MEC Southwest Campus is one of four projects for the career and technical public school district funded by a $74.9 million voter-approved bond in 2012.

“With the addition of our Southwest Campus, West-MEC will have specialized career and technical facilities to improve the educational experience for our students. Each program offered at this campus will be aligned to industry standards and equip students will technical skills and career certifications that will lead to jobs,” said West-MEC Superintendent Gregory Donovan. “We have a strong partnership with McCarthy Building Companies and the DLR Group. They see the value in developing a skilled, sustainable workforce that is well prepared for high-demand jobs.”

“As a general contractor, we’re especially proud to be working on this project. It’s clear there is a demand for skilled workers in various industries, including the construction industry, that are served by the Career and Technical Education programs West-MEC offers,” said Justin Kelton, executive vice president of McCarthy Building Companies Southwest Division. “This new campus will provide a wealth of opportunities for skilled learning in the southwest Valley.”


AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards.

After lively debate and a few unanimous decisions among this year’s selection committee, AZRE proudly announces the 2015 RED Award finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Congratulations to this year’s contending projects:
Adelante Healthcare Peoria
Banner Estrella New Tower Addition
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Phase II Clinic Expansion
Bottled Blonde/Livewire
Broadstone Lincoln
Chandler Regional Medical Center
CityScape Residences
College Avenue Commons
Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
CyrusOne, Building 4
General Motors IT Innovation Center
GoDaddy Global Technology Center
Great Hearts Academies, Arete Preparatory Academy
Heritage Marketplace
Lewis Prison Complex Expansion
Liberty Center at Rio Salado
Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility
Phoenix Sky Train Stage 1A
SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3
Start @ West-MEC, Innovation Center
Sun Devil Marketplace
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Sussex Properties for TLC Label
The Newton
University of Arizona—McKale Center Renovation
University of Arizona—Old Main renovation

And the companies that have been nominated as finalists with the above projects:
ADM Group
Alliance Residential Builders
Alliance Residential Company
Ameris Construction
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Department of Administration
AV3 Design
Axis Projects Corporation
Balmer Architectural Group
Banner Health
Butler Design Group
BWS Architects
Cam-8, LLC
Carollo Engineers
Cawley Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
City of Phoenix
Corgan Associates, Inc.
CyrusOne Inc.
Dick & Fritsche Design Group
Dignity Health
DLR Group
DPR Construction
Emc2 Architects Planners, PC
Evening Entertainment Group
Fanning Howey
Fimbres Studio
Follett Higher Education Group
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Great Hearts Academies
HKS, Inc.
Hunt Construction, an AECOM Company
Intel Corporation
JE Dunn Construction
John Douglas Architects
Jones Studio
Layton Construction Co., Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
LGE Design Build
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mark IV Capital
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture
MD Heritage LLC
Modus Development
Mortenson Construction
Okland Construction
ORB Architecture, LLC
Orcutt | Winslow
Peoria Unified School District
Plaza Companies
Poster Frost Mirto
RED Development
RJM Construction
RSP Architects
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sussex Properties
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Venue Builders
Venue Projects
Wespac Construction Inc.

The project and brokerage team winners will be announced at the RED Awards reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort between 6 and 8 p.m. At the event, winners of AZRE’s 2015 developer, general contractor, architect and subcontractor of the year awards will also be announced.

Tickets are now available for the RED Awards. Click here for more information.

Justin Kelton promoted at McCarthy Building Companies


Justin Kelton

Justin Kelton

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.

The largest photovoltaic system in Arizona is located at the APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend. Built by McCarthy Building Companies, the $14.3M, 145-acre facility will generate 17MW of power.

McCarthy named to Top 400 Solar Contractors List

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. was recently named to Solar Power World’s Top 400 Solar Contractors list and was ranked No. 33. The list ranks applicants according to influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar installation markets. McCarthy also ranked No. 23 in the Top 25 Utility Solar Contractors list.

“America’s solar industry is currently on pace to achieve another record-shattering year,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “This simply wouldn’t be possible without the effort, hard work and creativity of these Top 400 Solar Contractors.”

Solar Power World magazine is a bi-monthly publication reaching an audience of 15,000 professionals involved in manufacturing, installation, contracting, racking and mounting, policy, inverter technology and solar innovation. The publication is a premier resource for professionals in the solar industry and covers solar news and trends with a focus on technology, development and installation.

McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Companies based in Phoenix, is leading the company’s Renewable Energy team to focus on solar installation projects as well as other renewable energy projects. Currently, McCarthy’s solar and renewable team is in the process of installing six large-scale utility solar projects for a total of more than 151MW throughout the Western United states. Recently completed large-scale solar installations, include:
•    21 MW APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend, Ariz.
•    21 MW APS Hyder II Solar Power Plant located in Hyder, Ariz.
•    22 MW APS Chino Valley Solar facility located in Chino Valley, Ariz.
•    6 MW Ameren – Belleau solar substation in O’Fallon, MO

In addition to large-scale PV installations, McCarthy has also worked with a various school districts and universities in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California to install smaller-scale solar projects on school rooftops and parking structures.

“Our Renewable Energy team at McCarthy has been working on solar installations for nearly a decade and we have combined experience of more than 30 years in the industry,” said Scott Canada, director of the Renewable Energy team at McCarthy Building Companies. “We’re pleased to be included in this list once again and to continue our work with the companies developing solar projects across the U.S.”

Kirk McClure being named an honorary member of the Luke Air Force Base commander program with Lt. Col Matt Warner, Commander of the 310th Fighter Squadron.

Kirk McClure named to Luke AFB Honorary Commander program

Kirk McClure, Director of Business Development for McCarthy Building Companies, was recently named to the Luke Air Force Base Honorary Commander program.

The Honorary Commander program at Luke Air Force Base allows members of the community to understand the importance of Luke, the Air Force and Department of Defense military mission. It represents a two-year commitment. Additionally, as an active Honorary Commander, McClure becomes a member Luke’s only community support organization, Fighter Country Partnership.

“As a son of a Vietnam vet and growing up the grandson of World War II and Korean War pilot who flew both the B-25 and B-17s, this is a huge honor for me,” McClure said. “My ambition to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps in the U.S. Air Force was cut short by my lack of 20/20 vision, but I still have a love affair with aviation and a deep respect for our military.  I am humbly honored to now be a part of the Luke family being selected for this coveted position.  I am not only representing McCarthy but also my community, and I’m proud to share our support of the Luke mission for not only training the best fighter pilots in the Air Force, but also for serving as a key economic driver for the State of Arizona.”

In addition to being a part of the Luke Air Force Base Honorary Commander program, McClure also serves on the board of directors for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation and the Arizona Association of Economic Development (AAED). He is also a member of National Association ofIndustrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).  He is also the founder and organizer of the monthly A/E/C Golf Invitational at Grayhawk Golf Club, which includes a league of professionals that work and support the development industry.

He earned his MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU) and also holds abachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design, also from ASU.

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Homeless can now shower, launder clothes in Chandler Clean Machine

Scrub-a-dub-dub! The Chandler Clean Machine is up and running to accommodate the homeless in providing showers and a washer and dryer to help them get back on their feet in the thriving economy.

McCarthy Building Companies partnered with the City of Chandler, For Our City, Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department, and the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), along with several other agencies, to convert an old hazmat trailer into a mobile unit containing three showers and a washer and dryer for use by I-HELP.

Chandler Clean Machine Shower“[The shower trailer] means a dream come true. We see on a daily basis some of Chandler’s most vulnerable individuals. We’re working at helping people make sure they can stay on top of things, so they are not seen as less and are seen for who they are and their potential,” said Lori Tapia, Family Resource Center director at Chandler Christian Community Center and I-HELP. “Making sure the hygiene issue doesn’t come between them and the next steps in their life and meeting their goals.”

I-HELP aids homeless men and women starting at an intake process at Chandler Christian Community Center. A shuttle will then take the guests to a host site where they can enjoy a warm meal and have the option in bathing, haircuts, shaves, showering, laundering their clothes, and other incentives, according to Tapia.

McCarthy Building Companies “jumped at the opportunity” to make I-HELP’s vision a reality as they designed a multi-functional hygiene facility for the homeless in Chandler, according to Dan Ward, project manager at McCarthy Building Companies. The trailer consists of three showers, one shower with wheelchair accessibility, and a washer and dryer. The trailer was renovated in three months and became open to the public on Oct. 16.

“I think it was really important for our team to understand what this [shower trailer] was going towards. When the overall message is clear on what we are doing, who we are doing it for, how it is going to be used, and who is going to benefit, I think the whole team rallied behind getting this done,” Ward said.

A challenge McCarthy Building Companies faced was finding a resourceful solution in how to generate enough power to have all appliances being able to operate at once. To manage power in the trailer, 8-feet by 28-feet, McCarthy Building Companies installed point of use shower heads that only draw enough power required based on how hot the guests prefer their water to be.

“The biggest challenge was making sure that we [McCarthy Building Companies] are identifying all of the power requirements. It was important to us to make sure we could utilize all three showers and the washer and dryer at the same time. We had to get creative. We didn’t want something that was going to be a big nuisance, so we tried to make all of the accessories to the trailer very simple to use.”

Bryan Pryor has been homeless for a year and a half and became a member of I-HELP two weeks ago. Pryor explains how thankful he is for I-HELP’s services, such as providing meals, clothes, and a place to stay.

“I’m 42 years old, and for all of this to happen right now is great. This is something really gracious that people, like myself, can use to our advantage as a stepping stone in life,” Pryor said.

The Chandler Clean Machine will impact the whole community of Chandler and give homeless people more of a fighting chance in the workforce.

“The Chandler Clean Machine is not only about cleanliness and hygiene. It’s cleaning up an act, cleaning up your life, and having a way to step on to the next level,” Tapia said.


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McCarthy, Sundt JV awarded $120M Ocotillo Water facility project

A joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Sundt Construction Inc. was recently selected as general contractor for the $120 million Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility(OWRF) Expansion and Process Improvement Projects for the City of Chandler. The project includes $100 million in new construction and $20 million in upgrades to the existing plant.

Located near the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Price roads in Chandler, the OWRF expansion project will include upgrades to the existing 10-mgd wastewater treatment plant and the construction of an expansion facility that will be built for a future capacity of 30-mgd. The new facility will utilize membrane bioreactor technology (MBR), which is the combination of activated sludge treatment together with a separation of the biological sludge by micro- or ultra-filtration membranes. The technology allows for a smaller footprint and reduced sludge production.

For years, the 10-mgd OWRF plant has been considered an innovator, as it recycles all its treated water. The water isplaced in storage lakes, recharged to the aquifer, sent to an industrial user or sent to an adjacent Indian community for agricultural use. It was named Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year by the Arizona Water Association in 2010.

“We anticipate that this new facility will meet the growth needs for the City of Chandler well into the future,” said Frank Scopetti, senior vice president and business unit leader of McCarthy’s Water Services and Infrastructure team. “The expanded plant will also improve operations and maintenance of the existing10-mgd plant.”

“This is an important project for Chandler and will ensure our continued ability to serve our residential, business and industrial customers using state-of-the-art technology that helps conserve our valuable water resources,” Chandler’s Municipal Utilities Department Director Dave Siegel said. “McCarthy and Sundt have been great partners in the past and we look forward to working with them on this project.”

The project is expected to begin in January 2015 and be completed in December 2017.

McCarthy recently completed a large-scale expansion project at the City of Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility, taking the facility from a 15-mgd wastewater treatment plant to 22-mgd. The $105 million project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, was awarded a STAR designation as part of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Voluntary Protection Program, which demonstrates exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems.

In addition to McCarthy’s work for the City of Chandler, the company has a number of other significant water/wastewater treatment plant projects underway in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada and California. Nationally, McCarthy’s Water Services team has completed more than 50 water/wastewater projects, totaling more than $2.4 billion in value.

Kirk McClure elected to MCC Foundation board

Kirk McClure, McCarthy Building Companies

Kirk McClure, McCarthy Building Companies

Kirk McClure, Director of Business Development for McCarthy Building Companies, was recently elected to the board of directors for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

“Kirk has a passion for higher education and is extremely active within business circles here in Arizona,” said Dr. Steve Helfgot, president & CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.  “We look forward to the experience he will provide our board in guiding our Foundation’s activities.”

In addition to the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, McClure also serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Association of Economic Development (AAED). He is also a member of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Southwest Chapter of American Association ofAirport Executives (SWAAAE) and has been an active member of CoreNet Global, Valley Partnership, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the American Planning Association (APA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  He is also the founder and organizer of the monthly A/E/C Golf Invitational at Grayhawk Golf Club, which includes a league of professionals that work and support the development industry.

He earned his MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU) and also holds abachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design, also from ASU.

Rich Distler returns to McCarthy Building Cos.

Rich Distler, McCarthy Building Companies

Rich Distler, 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).

Victory at Verrado

McCarthy awarded Verrado Heritage K-8 school project

McCarthy Building Companies was recently awarded a preconstruction services contract by the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) for the estimated $12 million Verrado Heritage Elementary School, located just west of Verrado Way and north of Thomas Road in Buckeye, Ariz.

McCarthy will begin work on the new 80,500-square-foot K-8 school in August. The school will include two classroom buildings connected by a bridge to a gymnasium/cafeteria/media center and an administration building. The eight-acre greenfield site will also include sport fields and will utilize energy-efficient materials and systems. The land for the two-story school building was donated by Verrado developer DMB Associates Inc.

“Our Education Services team really shines when we’re able to work with a community that values quality construction and energy efficiency,” said Justin Dent, project director for McCarthy Building Companies. “This new K-8 campus for the Litchfield Elementary School District will be a school that the community of Verrado is proud to host and students are proud to attend.”

Orcutt/Winslow is the architect on the project. Major subcontractors will be selected in the coming months. The project is slated for completion in mid-July 2015 in time to open for the 2015/2016 school year.


APS names McCarthy Supplier of the Year

McCarthy Building Companies was recently recognized by APS as an outstanding business partner at the 2014 APS Supplier of the Year Awards. In total, six companies were selected representing various supply chain-managed categories. McCarthy was recognized in the “Major Projects” category.

McCarthy was selected out of more than 4,000 different APS suppliers through a nomination process led by APS employees. The nominees were evaluated on their support of APS’s values such as commitment to sustainability, active involvement in the community and a focus on health, safety and environmental concerns. Companies were also assessed on customer service and overall performance.

“Our business partners are a vital resource in helping us provide safe and affordable energy for our customers,” said Barbara Gomez, APS Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer. “APS selected McCarthy and five other companies out of thousands of suppliers not only for their outstanding customer service and ongoing commitment to our company’s core values, but also for setting an example that we hope other suppliers will emulate.”

Earlier this year, McCarthy completed the installation of a large-scale 14-megawatt (MW) solar project in Yuma County called Hyder II for APS, which owns and operates the plant. In addition to Hyder II, McCarthy also completed the 18-MW APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend, Ariz., and the 20-MW APS Chino Valley Solar Plant in Chino Valley, Ariz.

“We’ve been fortunate to work on three large-scale solar projects with APS, which is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio and solar leadership in the state,” said Scott Canada, Director of the Renewable Energy team at McCarthy Building Companies. “Our system engineering and construction expertise has helped APS harness the power of the sun and turn it into clean, renewable energy. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by APS.”

To date, McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy team, based in Phoenix, has completed several large-scale solar installations across the desert Southwest representing a combined capacity of more than 70 MW of solar energy production. The division was named to Solar Power World’s Top 250 solar contractors list (rank #23) in September 2013.

APS Hyder II solar power plant located in Hyder, Arizona.

Green development stays sunny side up

Debates over energy consumption, reduction and alternatives occur frequently in the increasingly “green” world. Arizona stands as a leader in the alternative energy market with the use of solar, geothermal energy and natural gas as alternatives to more traditional energy providers. Even through the decline of green building projects, as reported by Forbes, major companies and builders such as APS, SRP and Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) have completed large alternative energy projects in the last year.

Arizona Public Service, through the APS AZ Sun Program, and McCarthy Building Companies completed its third solar project, a large solar installation called the Hyder II in Yuma County last year. It uses more than 71,000 single-axis tracking photovoltaic panels to generate 14 megawatts of solar energy, which is enough to serve 3,500 Arizona homes. The project set a record year for APS with 410 megawatts of solar power and represented the largest annual increase in solar capacity, nearly tripling the total from 2012. APS contains more than 750 megawatts of solar capacity on its system after investing nearly $1B in solar projects, and serves more than 185,000 Arizona homes. Another large solar project built last year is the Fry’s Marketplace PowerParasol, which shades 74,800 SF, including 220 parking spaces, driveways, aisles, grocery cart stations and sidewalks. It diminishes the heat-island effect, enables light passage to allow the growth of plants and generates 1,013,140 kilowatt hours of solar energy.
Geothermal energy is another popular source of renewable energy in Arizona. Both SRP and A&P developed geothermal projects in 2013. Geothermal energy produces electricity from naturally occurring geothermal fluid, and steam forms when production wells access superheated water reservoirs thousands of feet beneath the Earth’s surface. As opposed to wind and solar that are affected by the weather, geothermal is a more reliable source of renewable energy. SRP purchased 50 megawatts of geothermal energy from CalEnergy. The project will annually offset 460 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of 40,000 cars. SRP also has an agreement to purchase geothermal energy from the Hudson Ranch facility in California and Utah’s Cove Fort plant.

A&P’s latest geothermal project is Lookout Mountain Elementary School where it constructed a closed-loop system that allows the ground’s heat to warm the building during the winter and reverse the process in the summer by transferring heat back into the ground. The system does not use any chemicals, untreated water or Freon. A&P expect it to last up to 30 years and the underground wells to last up to 75 years. The classrooms’ energy consumption will be reduced by 40 percent and the low maintenance and operations costs will save the school district up to $1.8M over the next 20 years.

Although there are many green projects occurring, there is a decline in contracts. Bryan Dunn, senior vice president of A&P, states that “the disconnect between the demand and not seeing as many ‘green contracts’ is that there are more and more building owners viewing a formal certification process as expensive and lengthy. Tight budgets don’t allow for the upfront costs associated with a formal green certification. Instead, they are looking to incorporate the energy saving and durability aspects of green building into their projects without a formal certification of the building.”

Dunn also says solar technology may be played out. He is seeing trends with technology, such as waste-to-energy, bio-mass and bio-gas and geothermal energy. “Clients are considering several types of alternative technologies on single projects…Utilizing multiple solutions also keeps overall and total project costs down, benefiting everyone in the long run,” he adds.

Besides the cost of green projects, Scott Canada from McCarthy explains that projects may be slowing because of supply and demand. “There may be a near-term slowing of new projects while Arizona’s energy consumption begins to grow again, with the improving economy. Energy, including renewables, often cycles between a period of expansion and pause,” he says, adding that solar costs are continuing to drop, making it an attractive energy source, especially with the abundance of sunshine in Arizona. In its latest forecast, APS predicts renewable energy, gas in particular, will double in Arizona by 2029.


Banner Estrella Medical Center Expansion and Renovations

Developer: Banner Health
General contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Architect: SmithGroup JJR
Location: 9201 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
Size: 279KSF
Value: $161M
Start/Completion: August 2012 to April 2015; Tower addition completedin March 2014
Subcontractors: University Mechanical, Wilson Electric, E&K of Phoenix, KT Fabrication, Able Steel

Expansion of the Banner Estrella Medical Center includes a second six-story, 279KSF patient tower, which adds 178 new patient beds to the campus. Within the new patient tower, 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 a patient division allowing the entire facility to ultimately offer the community a total of more than 400 patient beds. As nearly 100,000 patients passed through the Banner Estrella emergency room last year, the hospital was in dire need of a capacity increase. The new tower will contain additional obstetrical suites, additional neonatal intensive care unit capacity, new cardiac catheterization lab, additional medical imaging capabilities and added surgical suites. Approximately 97KSF of renovation is also planned within the existing facility now that the patient tower is occupied. Crews are remodeling the hospital’s existing emergency department, pharmacy, lab, materials management and culinary area. To accommodate the new patient tower, Banner also expanded the central plant. The project also included the construction of two additional parking structures, accommodating approximately 800 spaces for visitor and staff use. The nearly 300KSF project is expected to generate hundreds of construction jobs over three years.

Courtesy of ADM Group and McCarthy Building Companies.

Renovations to begin at Paradise Valley High School

McCarthy Building Companies was recently awarded a $12.2 million contract for a major renovation project at Paradise Valley High School, located at 3950 E. Bell Road in Phoenix.

The project includes phased demolition of three buildings and the installation of four classroom pods to house the studentsduring construction. Two new multi-story classroom buildings will be constructed representing 60,000 square feet of space. One building will house the Science Department and classrooms while the other will focus on Career Technical Education programs, including culinary arts, fashion merchandising and early childhood education.

The renovation also includes replacing the roof on Trojan Hall and the administrative building, replacing the chillers in the small gym, and replacing the boilers in both the cafeteria and small gym. Construction on these smaller aspects of the project began in June 2013. The demolition and new construction phases will begin in June 2014 and are slated for completion in August 2015.

“The Paradise Valley High School District discussed improvements with the school community and will judiciously use available funds on construction improvements that will provide the greatest impact for students and staff,” said Steve Poulin, project director with McCarthy Building Companies. “The buildings that we are replacing were constructed in the 1960s. The new buildings will provide modern amenities for students and will allow the school’s Career Technical Education programs to flourish.”

In November 2012, voters in the Paradise Valley school district approved a $203 million capital bond to renovate and maintain schools, comply with safety regulations, improve school grounds and buy furniture, equipment, technology and buses. The renovations at Paradise Valley High School are being funded through this bond.

”We are grateful to district voters for supporting the bond issues that make these renovations possible,” said Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee. “PV High School houses a number of first-rate academic programs and modernizing these facilities is critical to their success.”

In early 2013, McCarthy completed a $5 million, 24,000-square-foot renovation to the PVHS Performing Arts Center. The inside of the auditorium was completely gutted to modernize the space, complete with ADA access modifications, new seating, new theatrical lighting, sound upgrades and a more open entry. New rigging systems and curtains were also installed due to the increased height from stage to structure, which enhances stage presence by providing a larger opening.

ADM Group is the architect for the new Science and Career Technical Education building additions. Major subcontractors include PuebloMechanical, Jen Electric, Irontree Plumbing, A.V. Schwan & Associates and Schuff Steel.

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McCarthy Building Companies promotes Antonya Williams

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., recently promoted Antonya Williams to business development manager for the Southwest division. Her primary focus will be on municipal, community college and K-12 projects.

In this position, Williams will play a key role, providing a decade of industry expertise with a diverse, well-rounded background in project and design management. Prior to this role, she spent eight years working for McCarthy’s Northern Pacific division where she was involved with a wide array of construction teams, ranging from education and healthcare facilities to detention centers.

“Antonya has a passion for the construction industry and remains active in leadership organizations dedicated to encouraging women to pursue careers in our field,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “The relationships she’s built through her eight years with the company as well as her professional volunteer activities will serve her well in her new role at McCarthy.”

Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in construction management from California State University, Chico. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Women in Construction, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and ACE Mentoring.


RED AWARDS 2014: Merit for Economic Development

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎

WestWorld Tony Nelssen 
Equestrian Center
Developer: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Howard S. Wright, A Balfour Beatty Company
Architect: Populous Architects
Size: 310,000 SF
Location: 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: Dec. 23, 2013

WestWorld_HSWBBC (4)Arizona tends to deal with hot weather at least eight months out of the year, during which many of us prefer to stay inside if we can help it. (That’s roughly 240 days, by the way.) The winner of this year’s RED Award for Economic Development hosts at least 247 days of horse shows, not to mention car shows. To meet a growing demand for climate-controlled exhibition space that could be used even in the hottest months, WestWorld developed this $42.8M project, which also used the largest crane in Arizona to erect multiple 190,000-pound steel trusses.

Honorable Mention:
APS Hyder II Solar Plant
Developer: APS
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Engineer: Taylor RyMar

APS Hyder II, WEBBuilt on abandoned farm land, this solar power plant provides 15 megawatts of renewable power that could service approximately 3,700 homes. The plant’s 71,000 modules have an automated single-axis tracking system that allows these modules to follow the sun. It has also added value for adjacent landowners and brought jobs to the community.


McCarthy Building Companies Promotes Bryan Kuster

McCarthy Building Companies promoted Bryan Kuster to Project Director for the Education Services business unit of the Southwest division.

In this position, Kuster will oversee K-12 projects in Arizona and will forge a true collaboration with the owner, design team and subcontractors; serve as a liaison between the office and field teams; champion job-site safety efforts and proactively manage project budgets and schedules. He previously served as project manager.

Kuster joined McCarthy in 2005 as a project engineer. He has specialized in education construction and has completed dozens of projects in Arizona and New Mexico over the past decade, including the LEED Silver-certified Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School in Sedona, Ariz.

“Bryan’s confident management style and ability to foster ideas and concepts from team members will serve him well in this role,” said Justin Kelton, leader of the Education Services team at McCarthy. “His strong project management background and his respect and discipline to McCarthy’s team approach to construction make Bryan a great candidate for this role.”

Kuster has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Arizona StateUniversity. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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McCarthy Selected as General Contractor for OdySea Aquarium

McCarthy Building Companies was recently selected as general contractor for the OdySea Aquarium, a new Scottsdale-based attraction slated to break ground summer of 2014 and open in the fall of 2015 at Via De Ventura and the 101 in Scottsdale at the Salt River Pima-MaricopaIndian Community, adjacent to Butterfly Wonderland and the Odysea Mirror Maze.

When completed, it will be thelargest aquarium in the Southwest and promises a high-tech, high-entertainment, oceanic educational adventure like no other in the industry–-all in the unlikely setting of the Sonoran desert. The 16-acre attraction, designed to accommodate up to 15,000 visitors daily, will join Butterfly Wonderland and Odysea Mirror Maze as the third destination attraction of this entertainment district.

OdySea Aquarium will be a two-level facility that will span more than 200,000 square feet.  Visitors will move to each level via acrylic tunnels while viewing some of the most fascinating animals of rivers and oceans in the world. Among some of the unparalleled features will be the SeaTREK experience that will allow guests to descend deep into the “ocean” where they will be surrounded by sea creatures on all sides. Other features will include a state-of-the-art 3D theater, staffed presentations, and a visitor experience that has never been accomplished in any aquarium in the world.  Described as “SeaWorld meets Disneyland,” this experience will not be revealed until opening, but “will be an absolute show-stopper,” said Amram Knishinsky, PhD, and principal founder.

Visitors to the OdySea Aquarium will embark on a journey exploring all areas of marine life—from the bayous and coral reefs to deep abysses of fresh water and salt water.  A sampling of the planned exhibits includes Rivers of the World, American Rivers, Amazon Rivers, Shores, Penguins, the Great Barrier Reef, and “the Bizarre & the Beautiful,” including jellyfish, octopus, large king crabs and seahorses.  Educational media boards, placed throughout the facility, will provide hands-on experiences, illuminated world maps, and sounds from different regions all over the globe. The OdySea Aquarium will also include a Lighthouse Café serving a full menu and light snacks, and an OdySea Treasures Gift Shop.  Additionally, the facility will accommodate private events up to several hundred guests.

“The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale will offer the very latest in technology and will have a futuristic entertainment component that goes far beyond delivering a standard aquariumexperience. We are hopeful that visitors from across the country will want to add this to their ‘must do’ Arizona itinerary,” Knishinsky said.

Amram Knishinsky, Martin Pollack and Rubin Stahl are the development and management team behind the hugely successful Butterfly Wonderland and Odysea Mirror Maze/Laser Maze attractions that opened 2013. The trio were also responsible for the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky that Newsweek and Zagat named the “#4 Best Aquarium in the country,” and the OdySea Experience, a highly acclaimed marine-related facility in Mohegan Sun, Connecticut.

In addition to McCarthy, project team members include: Deutsch Architecture Group (designers of the Newport Aquarium and the OdySea Experience); Caruso Turley Scott Structural Engineers; Zee Electrical and Engineering; Parsons Design; PSE Piping Systems Engineering; Windward Design-William Watts Architect Inc.; and Aquatic Design Systems (formerly of Scripps Institute of Oceanography). The team will also include industry specialist, John Tighe, General Manager of the Newport Aquarium and former Director of Operations for SeaWorld.

OdySea Aquarium will be both a for-profit facility employing more than 250 individuals while its 501c3 non-profit foundation will administer all the educational programs and services.


McCarthy Building Cos. Completes APS Hyder II Solar Facility

McCarthy Building Companies recently completed the installation of a large-scale solar project called Hyder II for Arizona Public Service (APS), which owns and operates the plant.

Located on 240 acres in eastern Yuma County, Hyder II uses more than 71,000 single-axis tracking photovoltaic panels to generate 14 megawatts (MW) of solar energy, enough to serve 3,500 Arizona homes.

The project was built through the APS AZ Sun Program. The AZ Sun Program was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission and has enabled APS to invest in the development of large-scale solar power plants across Arizona, with a planned capacity of 200 MW. Six AZ Sun projects have been completed so far. Another facility is under construction, and two more were recently approved by the ACC to begin construction in 2014.

“Hyder II is the third solar project we have worked on for APS, which is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio and solar leadership in the state,” said Scott Canada, director of the Renewable Energy team at McCarthy Building Companies. “Our system engineering and construction expertise has helped APS harness the power of the sun and turn it into clean, renewable energy. Additionally, the project added 150 local jobs to Arizona during construction last year.”

The main subcontractors on the project included Trina Solar, Eaton, Delta Diversified, PV Hardware, Schuff Steel and Blount Contracting.  McCarthy also contracted Taylor-RyMar Corporation and Dibble Engineering for electrical and civil engineering.

The completion of Hyder II caps a record year for APS, with 410 MW of large-scale and customer-owned solar capacity added to its generating portfolio. This represents the company’s largest annual increase in solar capacity and nearly triples the total brought online in 2012, when it added nearly 150 MW of capacity.

Overall, APS is spending nearly $1 billion on solar projects across the state. With more than 750 MW of solar capacity on its system, APS has enough solar energy to serve more than 185,000 Arizona homes.

To date, McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy team, based in Phoenix, has completed several large-scale solar installations across the desert Southwest representing a combined capacity of more than 70 MW of solar energy production. The division was named to Solar Power World’s Top 250 solar contractors list (rank #23) in September 2013.

In addition to Hyder II, McCarthy also completed the 18-MW APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend, Ariz and the 20-MW APS Chino Valley Solar Plant in Chino Valley, Ariz.

McCarthy also works with a number of school districts and universities in the Southwest and California to install smaller-scale solar projects on school rooftops and parking structures.

PHOTO CAP: Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant, the city’s first design-build project.

Op-Ed: Alternative project delivery methods gain popularity

Justin Kelton is Vice President of McCarthy Building Companies leading the firm’s education, health care, hospitality, parking, and renewable energy teams. Reach him at jkelton@mccarthy.com.

Justin Kelton is Vice President of McCarthy Building Companies leading the firm’s education, health care, hospitality, parking, and renewable energy teams. Reach him at jkelton@mccarthy.com.

As a general contractor, one of the most critical roles we play is that of educator. Construction delivery methods are constantly evolving and expanding, and it’s our responsibility to stay abreast of the latest evolutions to inform our project owners so they understand all options available when planning for the design and construction of new projects.
This is especially true when it comes to public projects like schools, water and waste water treatment plants, aviation projects, roads and highways and prisons. These owners haven’t had as much experience with alternative delivery as private owners because legislation enabling this in the public sector is relatively new.
While owners’ needs haven’t changed during the downturn – they are still serving an ever-growing population but doing so on at-times drastically reduced budgets – what has changed is their ability to finance construction projects. Today, we have two construction delivery methods available to public owners that are well suited to help: design-build-finance and public-private partnerships (P3).
Design-Build-Finance: This is the most preferred mode of project delivery for an owner who acts as a third party responsible for providing the service, which is a common case with municipal institutions that operate water and wastewater treatment plants as an example, because it gives them a viable financing alternative without the huge capital investment typically associated with plant construction. Variations of this delivery method also include design-build-operate and design-build. The latter is the basis of these integrated models, which overlaps design and construction by hiring one design-build team to deliver the project requirements versus hiring an architect/engineer and contractor separately. This contracting approach solicits creativity from industry by providing integrated design and construction solutions and provides price certainty early in the life cycle of the project.
Public-Private Partnership: A public-private partnership involves a contract between a public-sector authority and a private party, in which the private party provides a public project and assumes substantial financial, technical and operational risk in the project. In some types of P3, the cost of using the facility is borne exclusively by the users and not by the taxpayers. Of all the delivery methods available today, P3 has the most potential to solve more problems and deal with the challenges associated with complex projects. As states continue to develop legislation to enable and support these types of partnerships, it will become a more viable and attractive option for owners. P3 enables the public sector to harness the expertise and efficiencies that the private sector can bring to the delivery of certain facilities that have been traditionally procured and delivered by the public sector. P3 is structured so that the public-sector owner seeking to make a capital investment does not incur any borrowing. Rather, the P3 borrowing is incurred by the private-sector vehicle implementing the project and therefore, from the public sector’s perspective, a P3 is an “off-balance sheet” method of financing the delivery of new or refurbished public-sector assets.
Today, the construction industry is doing a much better job allowing owners the flexibility of delivery methods. Of course, design-build-finance and P3 are just two of several alternative delivery methods available today.
Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” prescription when it comes to construction delivery. Each project is unique and often has a complex set of circumstances to consider before selecting a delivery method. It takes a lot of training, insight and experience to get it right. Owners should not be averse to opening up a dialogue with contractors and learning from their varied experiences – good and bad – with an array of owners.
For additional resources on construction delivery methods, visit the Alliance for Construction Excellence housed within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University or the Construction Industry Institute.

Rowland Parrish, McCarthy Building

Parrish Rowland Joins McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has hired Parrish Rowland as senior project manager of Job Order Contracting projects for the Southwest division.

In this position, Rowland will play a key role with the firm’s team by leading project estimates, project management and client service. Having nearly a decade of industry expertisewith public projects – specifically K-12 education, higher education and municipal projects – Rowland has delivered more than 225 successful public projects using JOC. Rowland’s experience includes completing projects for Arizona State University, Maricopa Community College District, Washington Elementary School District, Scottsdale Unified School District, Maricopa County, City of Tempe and the City of Surprise, among others. He has 29 years of experience in the construction industry.

Job Order Contracting projects typically fall within a budget range of $5,000 to $1.99 million and include public and municipal projects, parking structures/lots, solar installs, labs, HVAC and mechanical upgrades or general renovations. McCarthy brings the experience of a large national general contractor to smaller projects, in order to build them with quality and often at an accelerated pace, all while on budget.

“As a third generation contractor, Parrish’s experience spans many disciplines of the construction industry from field experience to managing national multimillion-dollar projects. In addition to his public project experience, he has worked on healthcare, banking and retail projects,” said Justin Kelton, vice president of McCarthy Building Companies. “With our JOC program, his team excels at the delivery of small projects on tight budgets with quick turn-arounds.”


Banner Estrella Hospital Awrded Top Safety Designation

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 celebrates construction topping-off

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.