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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.‎


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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McCarthy Southwest’s Infrastructure Services Team Hires Tracy Kimnach as Project Director

McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., hired Tracy Kimnach as project director within the Infrastructure Services team.

Kimnach has more than three decades of experience in the construction industry. Most recently, he served as senior construction manager for the $359M Lime Softened Water Treatment Plant (WTP-4) in Austin, Texas, where he worked closely with the Carollo Engineers design team during pre-construction and throughout the various construction phases.

“Tracy’s experience with complex, large-scale water treatment plants and his 30-plus years of experience working on CM at Risk, Design Build, Design-Bid-Build and negotiated construction projects will be a positive addition to our team,” said Frank Scopetti, McCarthy senior vice president and leader of the Infrastructure Services team.

In his new position with McCarthy, Kimnach’s focus will be on leading various internal and external project teams to ensure a successful, fully integrated approach throughout all phases of the project. He will work closely with preconstruction directors and design teams to bring added value during the design phase.

Throughout the duration of the project, Kimnach’s role will focus on project management continuity with emphasis on cost, schedule and quality control.

Kimnach previously served as a senior construction manager and lead estimator for Montgomery Watson Harza Constructors based in Austin, Texas. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Navy veteran, and attended the University of Nebraska and Frontier Bible Institute. He holds his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and has completed numerous OSHA and other agency training courses.

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McCarthy Heart Hats Seeks Grant, Hands-on Building Project Applicants From Valley Nonprofits

 

McCarthy Heart Hats, the community involvement arm of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., has begun its annual submission process for nonprofit organizations to apply for financial grants and/or a hands-on community building project.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

Each year, McCarthy’s Heart Hats seeks recipients of its annual financial grant(s) and a construction project in which McCarthy employees and families assist a Valley charity with an improvement project using their expertise as builders.

Eligible 501(c)3 non-profit organizations must support children and families experiencing dramatic economic needs within the Greater Metropolitan Phoenix area. Organizations are invited to apply for one or both of the opportunities.

Last year, UMOM New Days Centers’ Next Step Housing was selected as recipient of the hands-on community building project. Heart Hats volunteersbuilt a new playground for the charity’s housing project located in downtown Phoenix over two weekends.

The 2012 grant recipients were Children’s Cancer Network and Starbright Foundation. Each received a $20,000 grant.

Applications for grants and/or the hands-on community building project, along with a complete list of criteria for each type of submission, can be found at mccarthy.com/locations/phoenix/

The McCarthy Heart Hats community outreach program ensures real community needs are being met through hands-on activities and financial support. Last year, more than $1M in financial support, in-kind and hands-on building contributions were made through McCarthy’s Heart Hats program nationwide.

“Our employees strive to find ways to have a positive impact on our community. The grants and hands-on construction project allow us to support organizations that specialize in providing critical services to children and families in need,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy’s Southwest Region. “We feel privileged to be able to offer assistance to organizations that are filling these needs in our community.”

For questions regarding the grant application, contact Michelle Dionne at mdionne@mccarthy.com.

 

Mike Corso

McCarthy Building Companies Promotes Mike Corso to Project Director

 

McCarthy Building Companies promoted Mike Corso to project director for the company’s growing Renewable Energy team within the Southwest division. He has two decades of construction experience.

In this new position, Corso will oversee a diverse portfolio of solar and energy related projects in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. He has been highly successful with forging true collaboration among the owner, design team and subcontractors on a variety of projects, and brings this experience to his new role.

As project director, he will also 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 for the Renewable Energy team on solar projects in Chino Valley, Gila Bend and Hyder.

Corso joined McCarthy in 2003 as an MEP manager where he used the skills he gained working for an electrical subcontractor to ensureMcCarthy projects met the highest standards. In 2006, he was promoted and named the Southwest region’s first quality director. He also has the distinction of completing two of the newest project types for the McCarthy team, the Yuma Regional Medical Center Data Center and the APS Cotton Center Solar Station.

“Mike’s talents were instrumental in the success of many projects including 4th Avenue Jail, Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant and the Mesa South Water Reclamation Plant,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “His commitment, integrity and passion for a wide array of McCarthy projects have been integral to our region’s success and have earned him this well-deserved promotion.”

Corso has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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PHX Sky Train Makes Its Long-Awatied Debut

 

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport celebrated a major milestone with the opening of the PHX Sky Train April 8.

The Phoenix City Council and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton took the first official ride after a ribbon-cutting event earlier in the morning.

Passengers using the PHX Sky Train will find a seamless connection between Terminal 4, which serves 80% of the passengers at Sky Harbor, East Economy parking, and the regional METRO light rail system at 44th St. and Washington.

“This is an exciting day for the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” Mayor Stanton said. “The PHX Sky Train’s connection to light rail paves the way for convenient, multi-modal transportation to and from the Airport and is a true point of pride for our city.”

Travelers using Terminal 4, Sky Harbor’s busiest, will access the free PHX Sky Train from Level 3, where the gates and security checkpoints are located. From there, it is a two-minute ride to Sky Harbor’s largest economy parking area. Those wanting to connect with the METRO light rail only have a five-minute ride between Terminal 4 and the 44th St. Station. Trains arrive and depart every three to five minutes.

The automated, electrically-powered PHX Sky Train operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “We are especially proud that the environmentally-friendly project has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the Unites States Green Building Council,” said Phoenix Aviation Director, Danny Murphy.

The PHX Sky Train stations also provide many amenities for travelers, including the ability to print boarding pass at kiosks and pet parks. Early Bag Check, available at East Economy parking since December, also opened at the 44th St. Station on April 8. It allows travelers flying Southwest or US Airways to check their bags at the station for no additional cost.

For those picking up travelers, the 44th St. Station features a cell-phone waiting lot. METRO light rail customers will have the opportunity to purchase light rail tickets at the 44th St. Station.

By early 2015, the PHX Sky Train will serve all three terminals at Sky Harbor, with a station Terminal 3 and a walkway to Terminal 2. In its final stage of construction, the PHX Sky Train will continue to the Rental Car Center.

“This project is a significant milestone in Sky Harbor’s growth. It will make traveling easier by relieving the roadways of congestion and will further connect our community with sustainable transportation options,” said Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos.

Key companies involved in the design and construction of the PHX Sky Train (Stage 1) include:

Fixed Facilities

Gannet Fleming – Prime Design Engineer

HOK – Station Architect

Hensel Phelps – CM at Risk

McCarthy Building Companies – General Contractor

URS – Project Management Consultant

Train System

Bombardier – Train System Provider/Operator

The Weitz Company – Train System Contractor

Lea + Elliott – Train System Consultant

 

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McCarthy Hosts Scottsdale Elementary School Construction Club

 

While the shortage of skilled construction workers is beginning to have a significant impact on projects across the country and in Arizona, this semester McCarthy Building Companies is partnering with the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) to host a free career education club for 5th and 6th grade students at Tonalea Elementary School.

Students receive hands-on training in construction basics and the program helps encourage more students to consider a career in construction.

The semester-long “Construction Club” meets twice monthly after school and offers technical lessons using hands-on projects, such as building a solar oven using a pizza box to understand how solar energy works; a carpentry lesson in form building using real wood; concrete mixing and pouring into forms built by students; plumbing demonstration using marshmallow shooters; drafting using Google Sketch; and other activities to illustrate electrical circuit construction, knots and lashings, and catapult construction.

“We’re hoping our work with students at a young age sparks some interest in potentially pursuing more skilled construction education down the road, particularly when they reach high school and can sign up for vocational training in various construction trades,” said Tyler Shupe, a McCarthy project manager who is leading the club. “Jobs in construction are evolving and require more technical knowledge, which really appeals to kids today. For example, we’re now using tablets out in the field on our job sites, which have proven to save both time and money.”

Free hands-on training that can be offered in an after-school setting adds value to SUSD.

“Through a program with the Arizona Educational Foundation, McCarthy Building and Tonalea Elementary School have built a partnership in which such an opportunity has been offered to 5th and 6th grade students,” said Alison Bunde, a teacher at Tonalea.

A group of 20 students work side by side with McCarthy professionals and Tonalea teachers twice a month after school. Within this club students are practicing science and math curriculum taught in the classroom through hands on construction projects.

“Students have built solar ovens and catapults and learned to build forms and mix and pour concrete,” Bunde said. “They’re really excited about the projects planned for the rest of the year.”

 

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McCarthy Southwest’s Water Services Team Hires Roy Bumpass as VP of Operations

McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Companies, hired Roy Bumpass as Vice President of Operations for the Water Services team.

In this position, he will draw from his nearly three decades of experience in construction project management to lead infrastructure planning for McCarthy’s Water Services team.

“Our Water Services team in the Southwest has seen increased workload over the past several months,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy’s Southwest Division. “Roy has a strong operational background with water and wastewater treatment project experience spanning several states. He will be a valuable addition to our team.”

As McCarthy’s Vice President of Operations for the Water/Wastewater Southwest Division, Bumpass is responsible for overseeing and managing all water and wastewater projects, including estimating, advising teams on technical issues and ensuring the timely delivery of successful projects to clients in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Texas.

Prior to joining McCarthy, Bumpass successfully managed construction operations for several water projects with URS Corp. in Columbus, Ohio.

He has also managed water and wastewater projects in Florida, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Arizona and California and has diverse experience with all project delivery methods, including design-bid-build, construction manager at risk, and design/build.

Bumpass holds numerous management training certifications as well as several OSHA safety certifications. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management and technology.

 

Rosie Johnson, property manager of UMOM's Casa De Paz Fillmore Next Step Housing project, cuts a ribbon to the new playground installed in-kind by McCarthy Building Companies as residents and McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers watch.

McCarthy Heart Hats Team Completes In-Kind Playground Project for UMOM New Day Centers

 

McCarthy Southwest, a Phoenix-based division of McCarthy Building Companies, recently completed the installation of a new playground facility for UMOM New Day Center’s Casa de Paz Fillmore location, which is part of UMOM’s Next Step Housing (NSH) program.

UMOM’s NSH provides families safe, permanent, affordable, service-enriched housing for 350 families in the community. Casa de Paz Fillmore includes 32, three-bedroom apartments occupied mostly by single-parent families who make an average of $6,000 or less annually.

UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona, and its mission is to provide homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services to assist them in reaching their greatest potential.

McCarthy’s Heart Hats team – a crew of employees who volunteer their time and skills to worthy causes – installed brand-new playground equipment at Casa de Paz Fillmore. The team also removed the old sand from the play area (which was attracting unwanted cats), installed a new playground surface, painted the basketball court and ramada, installed a watering system and planted new vegetation. Total value of the project is estimated at $50,000.

“The old playground equipment and play area was in disrepair and needed to be replaced in order for the children who live there to have a safe place to play,” said Dave Hepburn, Chief Housing Officer for UMOM. “McCarthy’s team of volunteers was up to the challenge and replaced the playground over two weekends, installing brand-new equipment that the kids will enjoy for many years to come.”

In addition to the new playground, the approximately 90 children living on the site also have access to the following UMOM services: after-school and tutoring programs, preschool programs, summer reading programs, English as a Second Language, summer camps, monthly field trips, gang and drug prevention classes and self-esteem classes.

The in-kind project was made possible thanks to the 24th annual McCarthy Heart Hats Charity Golf Classic, held last year at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Course in Phoenix.

“This UMOM project was a perfect fit for our team and will add tremendous value to these children who’ve faced the heartbreak of homelessness at one point in their life,” said Kristine Newman, who led the project effort on behalf of McCarthy Heart Hats.

“UMOM New Day Centers has received a Heart Hats grant from our committee in the past, which helped fund the Emergency Shelter program at UMOM. We were thrilled to be able to work with one of their housing sites for this hands-on volunteer opportunity for our employees.”

McCarthy worked with subcontractors and vendors to procure donations for the site. Phoenix-area businesses that also donated to the project include: United Rentals, Associated Fence, Mark’s Valley Grading, Roning Landscaping, Falcon, Apache Saw Cutting, Dave Bang & Associates, Fisher Tools and Waste Management.