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Antonya Williams, WEB

McCarthy Building Companies promotes Antonya Williams

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

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

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

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


RED AWARDS 2014: Merit for Economic Development

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

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

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

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

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


McCarthy Building Companies Promotes Bryan Kuster

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

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

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

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

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

OdySea, WEB

McCarthy Selected as General Contractor for OdySea Aquarium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


McCarthy Building Cos. Completes APS Hyder II Solar Facility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Op-Ed: Alternative project delivery methods gain popularity

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

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

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

Rowland Parrish, McCarthy Building

Parrish Rowland Joins McCarthy Building Companies

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

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

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

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


Banner Estrella Hospital Awrded Top Safety Designation

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department awarded McCarthy Building Companies with top safety designation, naming the $161M Banner Estrella Hospital Expansion a “STAR Site” through the state’s Construction Voluntary Protection Program “C-VPP.”  ADOSH representatives conducted an audit of safety and health management systems and practices at the six-story, 279,000 SF tower project, which will serve the west Valley. The expansion project, which is set to open to patients in March 2014, also contains additional obstetrical suites, additional neonatal intensive care unit capacity, new cardiac catheterization labs and a new endoscopy suite. The Banner Estrella Hospital tower expansion is currently the only hospital construction project in Arizona with a STAR approval.

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of safety recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.

“After a two-day audit of the McCarthy Banner Estrella Hospital expansion, which included McCarthy employees and more than 11 subcontractors on-site, we found that all members of the project were committed to a safe working environment,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “This is the second approved STAR site for McCarthy and we would like to congratulate them for a job well done.”

“The safety of our employees and construction crews is a top priority at McCarthy, and earning this designation on another major community project is an accomplishment for which we can all be proud,” said Bo Calbert, President of McCarthy Southwest Division. “Our safety professionals constantly evaluate and enhance safety practices on our job sites, allowing us to share and improve every project, and share best practices with our clients and improve construction safety across the industry,” he added.

To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.


Banner Estrella celebrates construction topping-off

Banner Estrella Medical Center, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, celebrated a major construction milestone today with a topping-out ceremony for the $161 million new patient tower.

Construction of the six-story, 279,000-square-foot tower at Banner Estrella, located at 9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix, will deliver 178 additional private patient beds to serve the growing West Valley, bringing the total number of beds at Banner Estrella to 392 at build-out. The lower level through fourth floor will be completely built out, and the fifth and sixth floors will be shelled for future build-out as needed by the community. The new tower will also contain additional obstetrical suites, additional neonatal intensive care unit capacity, new cardiac catheterization labs and a new endoscopy suite. The second tower is anticipated to open to patients in March 2014.

“When we opened in 2005, we promised residents that we would grow our services to meet the growing health care needs of the community,” said Deb Krmpotic, chief executive officer of Banner Estrella. “This project demonstrates our commitment to that promise and to the community we are honored to serve.

“We believe this project will strengthen our position as the leading provider of care in the Southwest Valley by providing our community much-needed inpatient beds, maternity beds, surgical treatment capacity and emergency room capacity to care for both children and adults,” she added.

Banner Estrella’s new patient tower is the first hospital structure in metro Phoenix to be built using concrete since the early 1980s. Aside from being more cost-effective, using concrete enabled the tower expansion to be completed earlier than a steel structure. Concrete also provides structural advantages of dampening vibration and, with medical equipment becoming more sensitive to movement, concrete offers important advantages long-term.

“Topping-out of the growing campus is an important milestone to achieve, marking our progress towards the successful completion of the hospital’s campus expansion that will serve the west Valley community,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division. “Thanks to collaboration with our partners, the choice to use concrete for the tower structure provides for easily adapting to the community’s long-term health needs, and allowed us to fast-track the project in order to meet demands sooner.”

During the topping-out ceremony, the final beam, signed by Banner Estrella staff and members of the design and construction team, was placed atop the tower. A mesquite tree was also lifted atop the structure, which is a tradition of recognizing project milestones achieved without injury. The mesquite tree will later be planted on campus.

Tracy Kimnach

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.


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.


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



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.”


Roy Bumpass

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.



YRMC Developing 3rd and 5th Floors to Meet Growing Community Needs



Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) will complete development of 66,000 SF of space that will add more patient beds to serve the growing Yuma community and deliver upon the desire of the community to have more private patient rooms available.

The expansion will increase YRMC’s current 369-bed capacity to 406 beds. It will also provide additional core/support space, improved patient and staff visibility and improved patient safety details.

“Our Board of Directors made a wise strategic decision in early 2002 when they approved and invested in a facility that included three floors of shelled space that could be developed when community growth and needs dictated it,” said Pat Walz, YRMC president and CEO.

“We completed the fourth floor expansion in 2011 and continued demand for our services dictates that we add more inpatient beds now. This development is one of the next steps in the hospital’s successful 54-year history and part of our strategic plan.”

Yuma Regional Medical Center is committed to providing its patients with the highest quality medical care. It is part of YRMC’s strategic plan to invest in incremental hospital facility development where required to support future volume growth, meet patient care needs and improve the patient experience. To do this, it is essential that YRMC continues to evaluate current facilities and expand them as necessary.

When additional infrastructure is needed, it is designed to meet the needs of the community with a strategic vision of 30 to 50 years in the future.

A project of this size is typically a yearlong process. However, this build-out of the two additional patient floors was completed by McCarthy Building Companies on an accelerated schedule of six months.

“Design development and permitting was run concurrently to construction in order to fast-track the project,” said Kurt Nyberg, project director for McCarthy. “Our teams used our non-disruption construction strategies, such as using external scaffolding ladders to access the new floors, to ensure patient care was not interrupted during the project.”

The architect on the project is Archsol LLC. Local subcontractors include E&K (paint, drywall and ceilings), Walters and Wolf (windows and doors), Kris Kraft (millwork), Miko Mechanical (mechanical work) and Delta Diversified (electrical work).




ADOSH Honors McCarthy Project With VPP STAR Designation


The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation department acknowledged McCarthy Building Companies for its accomplishment of acquiring the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR designation at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as a “STAR Site.”

McCarthy received this significant honor as a result of its safety team collaborating with the Palo Verde project team to establish safety and health management systems standards, which resulted in successfully completing more than 280,000 man-hours on three projects over three years without incident or lost time.

The VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in the private and federal agencies who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates below the national average.

“The McCarthy Building Companies underwent a rigorous onsite evaluation by our team,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and VPP coordinator of ADOSH. “The Management Safety and Health systems put in place have helped them maintain a remarkably safe workplace, one we are very proud of.”

To qualify, 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.

To date, McCarthy is only the third general contractor to receive the prominent designation as a VPP Star recipient in the state of Arizona.



McCarthy Relocates to Phoenix With Building Purchase


McCarthy Building Companies relocated its Southwest division offices to the 6225 N. 24th St. building located within the prestigious Arizona Biltmore development in Phoenix.

The nearly 150 year-old construction firm, which has had a presence in the Valley since 1979, relocated from Hayden Ferry Lakeside in Tempe to a building that was purchased and renovated by the company through a partnership with MRL Partners, a commercial real estate investment and advisory company headed by Randy Levin, in March of 2012.

MRL and McCarthy created a partnership to purchase and share a building as a long-term real estate investment strategy designed to maximize the down market opportunities, following Levin’s departure as vice president of SunCor Development Company’s commercial development division in mid-2010.

MRL Partners identified and evaluated potential options for purchase, and upon evaluating the renovation needs and costs with McCarthy, and its ability to achieve investment goals, the partnership closed on the Biltmore building and began renovation plans. MRL Partners manages the asset, where McCarthy and MRL Partners occupy approximately (67%) of the fully-leased, newly renovated office space.

McCarthy Building Companies took on the challenge of renovating the 32 year-old, nearly 42,000 SF building, in dire need of upgrades and repairs, to a Class A standard office property. The new space, which McCarthy recently occupied, was designed to showcase the surrounding mountain views and allow for an abundance of natural sunlight to flow through the office with the use of exterior building glass, and glass office fronts.

“Randy Levin and our project team saw a ‘diamond in the rough’ when we toured the worn and dated building in a prime Phoenix location,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies Southwest Division.

“The slow real estate market combined with the condition of the building put us in a position to buy a great asset with MRL Partners, while many others passed it over. Together with MRL Partners we are using our combined expertise in real estate investments and construction to transform an existing distressed building into premier office space.”

“Recessions are great generators of entrepreneurialism,” said Levin, CEO and managing member of MRL Partners. “McCarthy’s desire to capitalize on the down market combined with my experience in real estate investment and property management created an ideal partnership that demonstrates how a boutique entrepreneurial real estate investment company can successfully teamed with a large national company for making prudent investments.”

“Phoenix Design One, Inc. was delighted to be a part of the team that helped McCarthy create their new office space in Phoenix,” said Jennie Mayer, Associate with PDO. “Our company was part of the original construction team for the building many years ago and being part of the transformation team to carry out McCarthy’s vision was quite an honor.

“The new space truly illustrates McCarthy’s commitment to be the best builder in America by showcasing the use of classic building materials. We are proud of the process, product and the relationship we formed through this team effort.”

Other features of McCarthy’s new 2 1/2-floor office space include a modern, modified open ceiling architectural look, which exposes framing studs along with system components and the structural steel frame; polished concrete floors along with raw steel islands and honed block accent walls to highlight raw building elements; five high-tech conference rooms with ipad-automation; and a large training room to accommodate up to 75, or be divided into two smaller training rooms with an operable partition.

The nearly 90 work stations and common areas have occupancy sensors for energy efficient lighting as well as new furniture design that accommodates special technology requirements for building; writable wall surfaces for planning and development in lieu of the standard dry erase boards and a comfortable break room with large TVs and views of the Biltmore golf course.


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McCarthy Promotes Chris Nickle to VP of Operations

McCarthy Building Companies promoted Chris Nickle to vice president of operations for the Southwest Division.

In this new position, Nickle will lead safety, quality and manpower concerns for a variety of projects in the Southwest region. He will oversee all field operations, as well as work closely with the business development team to target new pursuits.

Prior to this promotion, Nickle served as project director at McCarthy, where he recently led the construction of the $180M, 470,000 SF Banner Thunderbird Medical Center South Tower Addition and Renovation project in Glendale, which included a new 6-story, 200-bed patient care tower with full basement; 84 emergency exam rooms; renovated imaging and interventional space; expanded pharmacy, renovated central sterile processing, pre-op and Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), new food services, central plant and main lobby areas.

Over the course of his 13-year career with McCarthy, he has led the construction of more than $600M in primarily healthcare construction projects in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. In addition to Banner Thunderbird, his other major projects include:

>> $121M Banner Gateway Medical Center, Gilbert: 383,000 SF new hospital project delivered by McCarthy in a record 20 months. The project consists of a 5-story tower with 176 inpatient beds and a two-story, above-grade diagnostic and treatment building with a full basement.

>> $81M Banner Ironwood Medical Center, Queen Creek: New 245,000 SF hospital on a greenfield site, which consists of a 5-story bed tower, a 2-story diagnostic and treatment building, and modular central plant.

>> $81M San Carlos Apache Healthcare Center, Peridot: 184,000 SF replacement hospital for the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which includes 36 inpatient beds, primary care clinic, diagnostic imaging, lab, dental, eye, emergency services, surgery rooms, labor and delivery, pharmacy, behavioralhealth, offsite improvements, a water facility and staff housing.

“Chris has built a stellar reputation in managing large-scale, complex healthcare projects around the state,” said Dennis Tucker, senior vice president of McCarthy. “His strong operational background and his commitment to delivering projects that meet our stringent safety, quality and budget management expectations make him a good fit for this role.”

Nickle’s career in construction began as a project engineer at McCarthy upon graduating from Montana State University with a degree in construction engineering. He is amember of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, East Valley Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance.

He also participates with 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 community projects and fundraising efforts.


Justin Kelton

Justin Kelton to Lead McCarthy's Education Services Team

McCarthy Building Companies promoted Justin Kelton to head of the Education Services business unit for its Southwest division.

In this new position, Kelton will oversee all aspects of K-12 education projects in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as work closely with the business development team to target new pursuits. Prior to this promotion, he served as vice president of operations at McCarthy.

Over the course of his 12-year career with McCarthy, he has led the construction of more than $450M in K-12 school construction projects in Arizona and New Mexico. TheEducation Services team is one of the most active teams within the Southwest division.

“Justin’s business development savvy and drive has helped McCarthy forge numerous new client relationships in the education sector,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest division. “His strong operational background and his commitment to delivering projects that meet our stringent safety, quality and budget management expectations make him a good fit for this role.”

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. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC). He also participates with 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.


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McCarthy Promotes Justin Dent To Project Director, Education Services

McCarthy Building Companies promoted Justin Dent to project director for the Education Services team of the Southwest Division.

In his new position, Dent will oversee education projects in Arizona and will forge a true collaboration with school districts and schools, design teams and subcontractors; serve as a liaison between the office and field team; champion job-site safety efforts and proactively manage project budgets and schedules. He previously served as project manager at McCarthy.

Dent 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.

In 2002, he was promoted to project manager where heoversaw 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.

“Justin’s leadership capabilities have been proven with the success of a series of projects he’s recently overseen,” said Justin Kelton, vice president of operations 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.

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New APS Arizona Sun Project Underway

Arizona Public Service (APS) and McCarthy Building Cos. have started the permitting process for a new solar photovoltaic facility – the Hyder II Solar Power Plant – located in Hyder.

APS selected McCarthy to engineer, procure the materials and construct the 14-megawatt (MW) facility.

“Hyder II is the sixth AZ Sun Project for APS,” said Barbara Lockwood, APS General Manager of Energy Innovation. “Through the AZ Sun Program, we are adding 200 MW of solar photovoltaic power plants across the state by 2015. We expect that these plants will generate clean energy for at least the next 30 years.”

The AZ Sun Program was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission and enables APS to invest in the development of up to 200 MW of solar photovoltaic plants across Arizona. APS will finance and own the projects, which are being designed and constructed by third-party solar developers, contractors and equipment providers.

“Hyder II will be the third solar project we have worked on for APS, and we couldn’t be more pleased to work with them again,” said Dennis Tucker, Executive Vice President of McCarthy Building Cos. “Our system engineering and construction expertise will help APS harness the power of the sun and turn it into clean, renewable energy. Plus, the project will bring 150 local jobs to Arizona.”

Construction on Hyder II is expected to begin in April. Located on 240 acres, the project will include more than 71,000 single-axis tracker PV panels that will generate enough solar energy to power more than 3,500 Arizona homes. The single-axis tracker design enables the solar panels to follow the sun across the sky. Commercial operation is expected to take place in late 2013.

The five-year AZ Sun program will create more than 2,000 Arizona construction jobs. With Hyder II, the program has 68 MW under development (Hyder II, 19 MW in Chino Valley, and 35 MW in Yuma). The program already has placed 50 MW online, two 17-MW plants in Gila Bend and a 16-MW plant in Hyder. Hyder II will sit adjacent to the existing Hyder plant.

Earlier this summer, APS issued a request for proposal for an additional 32 MW to be located in Gila Bend.