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McCarthy Building Companies promotes Justin Dent

GetFileAttachment-7McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently promoted Justin Dent to Vice President of Operations for the Southwest division, where he will be overseeing commercial construction projects in both Arizona and New Mexico.

Prior to this position, Dent served as project director at McCarthy for the past four years. He joined McCarthy in 1999 as a project engineer after graduating college. He has a diverse project background; two of his early projects included the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque and Motorola Buildings 93 and 99 in Tempe, Ariz. In 2002, he was promoted to project manager where he oversaw numerous projects including Hayden Ferry Lakeside Phase II Parking Structure, Arizona State Behavioral Health Hospital, the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center lobby, tower and surgery expansions and numerous projects at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. He has also completed numerous education-related projects for K-12 schools.

“Justin has proven his leadership capabilities over the course of his 16-year career with McCarthy,” said Justin Kelton, executive vice president at McCarthy. “His strong project management background, and his respect and discipline to McCarthy’s team approach to construction, has enabled him to build strong client relations, which ultimately lead to successful projects.”

Dent has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University. He is a member of the Arizona Builders Alliance, the Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) and the Central Arizona Society of Healthcare Engineers (CASHE). He is also a member of the local American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership team.


Construction begins at Madison Simis Elementary School

McCarthy Building Companies and Madison School District #38 are celebrating the start of construction of the new $16 million, 72,000-square-foot Madison Simis Elementary School and administrative building in north central Phoenix. Elected officials including Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Representative Dr. Eric Meyer, Representative Ken Clark and Representative Kate Brophy McGee will join school officials, teachers, parents, students and the construction team on Sept. 30 for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the project, which was approved by voters in the 2014 bond election.

The construction project, which is scheduled to complete in July 2016, involves the demolition of allexisting structures, with the exception of the cafeteria, and the replacement of the school buildings. The new buildings will provide approximately 40 new classrooms, including art, preschool and flex space.  In addition, the project includes construction of a new library and media center; learning gardens and outdoor teaching space; a gathering-area courtyard; a new ball field; and a new administrative building with front office, nurse’s office, conference rooms and administrative offices.

“The new buildings are so beautiful, and it has been a thrill for students and staff to be able to observe construction progress daily. We notice progress daily and have enjoyed working with the McCarthy construction team and the Orcutt Winslow architectural firm.  We are so fortunate to have the best of both worlds — an established, strong, supportive community and a lovely new school,” said Madison Simis Principal Joyce Flowers.

The new campus design includes extensive natural light in all classrooms. Efficiencies are also being incorporated into the new buildings with the goal of lowering water and energy usage, including all LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC system and low-flowbathrooms. All classrooms will be audio-enhanced and feature multi-user interactive displays to improve sharing and collaboration in the classroom.

“We are pleased to be entering this exciting phase of construction, where the community will begin to see construction progress on this long-awaited school project,” said Justin Kelton, executive vice president of McCarthy Building Companies, Southwest division. “Our timeline is ambitious, delivering the fastest new school building of this size for our division. Thanks to our extensive pre-construction coordination systems and advanced scheduling techniques, we are ready to achieve this goal for the district and the community.”

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Madison Simis Elementary School

WHEN: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Wed., Sept. 30, 2015

WHERE: Ballfield area located at 7302 N. 10th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020

Media are invited to attend for the photo op and interviews with school officials and construction teamregarding the construction project. Project rendering is available upon request.


McCarthy Building Companies hires Nayan Bhakta

McCarthy Building Companies Inc recently hired Nayan Bhakta as a preconstruction manager for the Southwest division. His primary focus will be on solar projects.

In this position, Bhakta will play a key role, providing nearly a decade of experience working on utility-scale solar projects ranging from $5 million to $600 million. He will work closely with the preconstruction director and the estimating team to provide preconstruction support for utility-scale solar projects, including overseeing design and procurement activities, energy production evaluations, as well as overseeing the coordination and development of all quantity surveys and pricing comparisons. He will also assist the project team in prequalifying subcontractors and suppliers.

Prior to joining McCarthy, Bhakta managed solar projects for Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. in Tempe, Ariz., and Chevron Energy Solutions in San Francisco. His versatile experience includes managing cost estimates and budgets, generating scopes of work and project schedules, and engineering front-end design of photovoltaic power plants.

“Nayan has a wide array of experience on solar projects that will make him a stellar addition to our preconstruction team,” said Scott Canada, director of the Renewable Energy team at McCarthy. “His ability to understand the planning, engineering and construction sides of solar projects will aid in the planning process and lead to quality projects completed on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of all parties involved.”


McCarthy Building Companies project earns designation

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health – (ADOSH) Consultation Department has presented the McCarthy Building Companies project, Yuma Regional Medical Center, as a “STAR Site” through the Construction Voluntary Protection Program “C-VPP.” Companies and jobsites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems.

On Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 a.m., ADOSH will hold a VPP Ceremony, where McCarthy Building Companies will be awarded the STAR designation and be presented with the VPP plaque and flag. During the ceremony, Jessie Atencio, assistant director of ADOSH will speak on the significance of a VPP achievement and its importance to the State of Arizona.

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across the United States. 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 that are more than 50 percent below the national average.

“The employee-owned company’s proactive approach to safety has awarded them this designation for the third year in a row,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “McCarthy’s overarching safety program is what we look for in applicants qualifying for VPP status.”


McCarthy’s Bo Calbert named Executive of the Year

Robert “Bo” Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Region, was recently named Executive of the Year by the Construction Financial Management Association’s (CFMA) Valley of the Sun Chapter, which is the largest chapter in the nation.

Calbert wasselected out of four finalists for his leadership skills, business growth, innovation, staff development and community involvement.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the construction industry’s financial professionals who continually strive to improve their knowledge and, by doing so, are integral to the success of our industry,” Calbert said.

Calbert oversees the 150-year-old firm’s construction operations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Under his leadership, McCarthy earned the prestigious industry honor of being named 2014 Contractor of the Year by Engineering-News Record Southwest. During his more than 30-year tenure with McCarthy, he has been involved in building communities across more than 10 states with major projects in healthcare, semiconductor, water/wastewater, solar, education, hospitality and entertainment, laboratory, aviation, office and retail.

Calbert’s community leadership encompasses involvement in civic, industry and non-profit organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alliance for Construction Excellence, Arizona BuildersAlliance, Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission and the Caitlin Robb Foundation.

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Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility wins AWA award

The Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility expansion project, led by McCarthy Building Companies, was recently named the 2015 Water Reuse Project of the Year by the Arizona Water Association.

The $105 million dollar expansion project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, Ariz., underwent a 7 million gallons per day (MGD) expansion that allows the Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility to treat up to 22 MGD. The project was completed in September 2014 on schedule and under budget.

Throughout the construction process, all elements of the plant remained operational and capable of producing A+ reclaimed water. The project included expanding the headworks facility, installing new aeration basins, new clarifiers, expansion of the filtration and flocculation facilities, as well as a new finished water reservoir.

“The City of Chandler has one of the most robust reclaimed water systems in the state,” said Frank Scopetti, Business Unit Leader for McCarthy’s Infrastructure Group. “This dynamic project team, which included the City of Chandler and Wilson Engineers, executed an exceptional expansion that was recognized for achieving the highest standards for safety and for developing innovative solutions to challenges throughout the design and construction process.”

“The team of McCarthy Building Companies, Wilson Engineers and the City of Chandler worked together seamlessly to accomplish a large, complex project on a very compressed schedule,” said John Pinkston, Wastewater Facility Superintendent for the City of Chandler. “This project benefited greatly from McCarthy’s experience and expertise and was critical to the success of a project serving important customers along our developing Price Road Corridor.”


Sky Harbor conducts 440KSF flooring project

Phoenix Sky Harbor Terminal 4 Terrazzo Project

Developer: City of Phoenix

General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies

Architect: Richard-Bauer

Location:  3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix

Size:  440KSF

Value: $15.4 M

Start/Completion: Contract State Date 9/1/2015 – Contract Complete Date 10/2019

Project Description:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is replacing approximately 440,000 square feet of flooring in the high traffic areas of Terminal 4 (T4) with terrazzo flooring. The main terminal areas include the high-traffic areas of concourses N1, N2, N3, N4, S3 and S4.

The project is within an operational airport and the construction will be phased over multiple fiscal years to maintain all operating functions.

SRPMIC Justice Center, Courtesy of Gould Evans

Justice for All: Construction in Indian Country

There are 22 casinos in Arizona. One planned casino currently under construction on the Tohono O’odham Nation will cost $600M, bring in $100M in economic impact during the construction process and about $300M once it’s fully functional, according to reports by Indian Country Today.

Income from tribal businesses, including casinos, is the only non-federal funding many tribes have due to an inability to levy property and income taxes. A portion of gaming funds must be reintroduced into the community to fund the tribal government, economic development and the general welfare of members, among other things. However, many tribes still cannot always afford to maintain healthcare, education and judicial projects.

Indian Health Services (IHS) determines which healthcare projects will be constructed in Indian Country. According to its website, there are only nine facilities in Arizona. For a four-year span, between 2009 and 2013, only three projects nationally were selected to receive funding — one was a hospital in San Carlos, Ariz., awarded to McCarthy Building Companies in 2009, with a five-year funding forecast and completion expected in late 2012. The project was completed in December 2014.


Ak-Chin Justice Center Lobby

Around the time that work commenced on the project, Congress significantly tightened up on domestic spending, which had an impact on the Department of Interior, which controls funding for IHS through the Department of Health & Human Services. The cuts affected the San Carlos hospital project funding during fiscal years 2010 through 2012.

“The cuts had an effect on the construction approach and project momentum,” says Eric Doran, project director for McCarthy Building Companies on the San Carlos hospital. “To ensure that progress continued, albeit at a slowed pace, we collaborated with the project architect RMKM and the client and adjusted our plan by breaking the project into manageable pieces that could be completed within the budget allocated each year. Basically, we created small construction packages within the overall project budget each year and were able to keep the project moving forward. This approach is a more expensive way to build, but our construction team worked to ensure funds were allocated to the right things at the right time in order to minimize cost escalation and value engineering non-critical items, while keeping key design elements in the project.”


Ak-Chin Justice Center

McCarthy was awarded another healthcare facility at Ft. Yuma about a year later, but the project remains on the IHS list as it waits for funding and the initial award was rescinded.

“Having a five-year timeline for construction was much longer than expected, and the delays were the result of funding issues that the IHS faced, so you can see that even projects that receive initial funding are subject to budgetary issues (or delays in this case) based upon congressional allocation of funding to IHS, which usually occurs annually,” says a spokeswoman for McCarthy.

When it comes to funding for other public service projects, including schools and judicial centers, more tribes seem to be dipping into funds raised by funding and owning their own public improvements, according to Kitchell’s Kari McCormick. Though McCarthy Building Companies isn’t seeing the same trend.

“In healthcare, we are not seeing any large projects come to market that do not have IHS funding,” says Doran.

Even Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), a tribal community that has seen charter schools and self-funded judicial projects, is working with IHS in the development of an ambulatory center that would utilize federal funds if approved.

Kitchell’s McCormick says self-funded hospitals are happening primarily outside of Arizona. However, those that are, she says, are most likely using Public Law 93-638, a self-determination contracting law.

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Kayenta Multi-Purpose Justice Center

“You have to remember a lot of the tribes don’t have the higher level of healthcare provided to them,” says McCormick. “A lot come down to Phoenix Indian Medical Center.”

Kitchell has worked on a large number of detention centers in America. Ak-Chin’s new justice center, constructed by Kitchell, was largely funded by the tribe. However, even if a tribe self-funds, in order to qualify for operational or other federal aid, the buildings must be constructed to Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, standards.

“Tribes with gaming funds often use those funds to support their communities with various construction projects,” says  Justin Kelton, executive vice president of McCarthy’s Arizona construction. McCarthy has completed numerous casino and hospitality projects, as well as water treatment facilities for tribes in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and California.

Kitchell, on the other hand, is seeing a need for more judicial, healthcare and education facilities on tribal land.

“Tribes are trying to reinvest in their communities,” says McCormick, adding, “The gaming market has matured now, so [tribes] can put it toward what they wanted to do. Unfortunately, the non-gaming tribes are not at that same stage.”

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Southwest corner view

According to a report by the National Congress of American Indians, there are only 2,380 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and tribal uniformed officers to serve 1.4 million Indians on 56 million acres (in the contiguous U.S.). This comes out to about 1.3 officers per 1,000 citizens. In non-Indian communities, that number is about 2.9 officers per 1,000 in populations less than 10,000. The report estimates a minimum of 4,290 officers are needed in Indian Country.

Kitchell has completed two justice-related projects since December 2013. The Kayenta Multi-Purpose Justice Center, funded federally through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, on the Navajo Nation brought 64 mixed-use beds, raised control rooms, booking and recreation areas and staff offices in 50KSF. More recently, Kitchell completed the Ak-Chin Justice Center in Maricopa, which houses tribal courts, police and detention facilities (36 beds ranging from minimum to maximum security), office suites for lawyers, programs, judges and clerks and a shooting range. The center was designed with input of 15 tribes.

Not all tribes have their own jails, says McCormick. Some contract with county or local jurisdictions when their members are arrested.


Ak-Chin Justice Center night exterior

“Well overdue for the community, the complex replaces a series of run down trailer buildings that initially housed these functions,” writes Kitchell Senior Editor Karen Strauss in a RED Award nomination. “This in and of itself will have an impact on the health, safety and welfare of the users and community.”

Upcoming is a 92KSF facility on the SRPMIC. It will consolidate judicial, court administration and legal services. The project will be funded by general revenues from all community enterprises, including gaming, says SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray, Sr.

“As economic development activity increases along with new federal laws (i.e. the Tribal Law and Order Act and Violence Against Women Act) there is an increased demand to have a robust judicial system that adapts to the foreseen growth,” says Ray.

Support Sky Harbor Coalition adds to board of directors

Justin Kelton, executive vice president of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (www.mccarthy.com), was recently named to the board of directors for the Support Sky Harbor Coalition, a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization that supports the continued development of Sky Harbor and the enhancement of its existing operations.

McCarthy has past and current experience with a number of construction projects at Sky Harbor, including building portions of Terminal 4 and an associated parking structure. More recently, the McCarthy-Kiewit joint venture team completed 0.6 miles of guideway and a single station for the Sky Train project that serves both Terminals 2 and 3 with a pedestrian bridge.

“Justin is a proven leader with a strong operational background and knowledge of current construction and activities at Sky Harbor,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “He will be a great asset to the coalition, and McCarthy is proud to participate in the coalition and recognize the airport as a vital economic engine here in Phoenix.”

Kelton joined McCarthy in 2001 after serving as a U.S. Marine, and he has received several promotions over the past decade. He earned a Civil and Environmental Certificate from Vermont Technical College. He is a board member for the Arizona Builders’ Alliance and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and theWestern Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC). He also participates in McCarthy Heart Hats, the volunteer-based community outreach arm of McCarthy Building Companies that includes McCarthy employees and their family members who support the communities in which they live, work and play by volunteering for communityprojects and fundraising efforts.

2015 RED Award logo

RED Awards 2015: Safety Award

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

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Banner Estrella

Safety Award: McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies’ work on the Banner Estrella Medical Center expansion earned top safety honors from the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the highest safety award by OSHA for a healthcare project in 2014. Work on a functioning hospital required meticulous attention to detail so as to not interfere with the building’s existing operation and patients. But this award isn’t just about one project. Safety is something built into the company’s ethos. McCarthy has been recognized by the national Associated General Contractors as the safest large contractor in America, meaning that in more than a million man hours logged every year the company comes out above the rest. In 2013, this organization’s recordable incident rate was 0.54. The industry average is 3.70. This has been the case for more than a decade due to the employee-owned company’s enforcement on safety. It claims its No. 1 priority every day is to ensure its employees and team members return home safely to their loved ones every night through communication, training, motivation and monitoring.

2015 RED Award logo

RED Awards 2015: Best K-12 Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

Sunset-Heights-Front-ExteriorSunset Heights Elementary School

Developer: Peoria Unified School District
Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Architect: Emc2 Architects Planners, PC ; Fanning Howey
Size: 96,500 SF
Location: Glendale
Completed: June 2014

Learning is different for every student. That’s why the Peoria Unified School District and the community sought a more flexible learning environment for the $16.5M Sunset Heights Elementary School. These spaces can include retractable walls, glass walls, large windows for natural light and wheeled desks and chairs. The design of these rooms are meant to foster large group, small group and individual learning opportunities. The idea was so popular among the community that when the school opened, 150 more students than the expected 700 were enrolled. The district, which had seen crowding at its three nearby elementary schools, had to hire more teachers to meet the demand. The campus features a media center, two STEM labs, a courtyard, baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, grade-specific play areas, solar-power generating shades, a multipurpose building and a cafeteria and gym that can be divided into two functional spaces.

OdySea will break ground March 5

McCarthy Building Companies will break ground at 5 p.m. March 5, 2015, on the OdySea Aquarium, which will be located adjacent to Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. The groundbreaking celebration has been organized by OdySea founders Amram Knishinsky, Ph.D., and Martin Pollack and also involves the facility designer Deutsch Architecture Group.

Poised to be one of Arizona’s premiere attractions, the OdySea Aquarium will offer unrivaled marine adventures with a high-tech, high-entertainment, oceanic educational journey. The 14-acre attraction that spans more than 200,000 sq. ft., is a three-level facility designed to accommodate up to 15,000 visitors daily. Revolutionary design features will move visitors to each level via an acrylic tunnel while viewing some of the mostfascinating animals of rivers and oceans in the world 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, the Great Barrier Reef, Penguins, Sharks, Red Panda and “the Bizarre & the Beautiful” featuring Jellyfish, Octopus, large King Crabs and Seahorses. The facility will also include a Lighthouse Café serving a full menu and light snacks, and the OdySea Treasures Gift Shop.

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 life on all sides. There will also be a state-of-the-art 3D theater and “a surprise visitor’s experience that has never been accomplished in any aquarium in the world,” Knishinsky said.

“This project involves large-scale aquatic displays and will be a great educational resource and entertainment destination once completed,” said Jim Brandt, project director for McCarthy. “We look forward to building the aquarium, which is destined to become a community treasure.”

The OdySea Aquarium is slated to open summer 2016. It will be both a for-profit facility employing more than 250 individuals while its 501c3 non-profit foundation will administer educational programs and services.  For more information call OdySea Aquarium LLC at

480-951-2100 or visit www.odyseaaquarium.com


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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.

For tickets to this year’s RED Awards, click here.

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
Iconic Design Studio

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.


Brokerage Team Finalists

Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy
Todd Fogler, Ryan Eustice and Jami Savage-Gray
Tom Adelson, Jim Fijan, Jerry Robert and Corey Hawley

Leroy Breinholt
Trent Rustan
Tyson Breinholt

Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Toci and Chad Littell
Jackie Orcutt, John Grady and Mackenzie Ford
Larry Downey

Mike Haenel, Andy Markham and Will Strong
Robert Buckely, Tracy Cartledge, Steve Lindley

Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Bill Honsaker, Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Dave Seeger, Karsten Peterson and Mark Gustin
John Bonnell and Brett Abramson
Mark Detmer and Bo Mills
Pat Harlan, Steve Sayre and Kyle Westfall
Pat Williams, Steve Corney, Vicki Robinson and Andrew Medley

Lee & Associates
Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney

Velocity Retail
Andy Kroot
Darren Pitts and Dave Cheatham

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. 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.