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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.


Chris Nickle

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.


McCarthy - Justin Dent

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.

APS - Lightbulbs

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.

Banner Estrella Tower

Banner Estrella Breaks Ground On $151M Patient Tower

Banner Estrella Medical Center, recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, kicked off construction of a $151M patient tower.

Construction of the tower provides an economic injection to the West Valley, creating more than 200 jobs while expanding its emergency room, neonatal intensive care unit and operating rooms.

Last year, the hospital cared for nearly 100,000 patients in its emergency room alone. Additionally, the project is expected to generate hundreds of construction-related jobs during the three-year building timeline.

The new 175-bed patient tower is the second on the Banner Estrella campus and completion is expected in July 2015. McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor and SmithGroupJJR is the architect.

The groundbreaking  included remarks from Kathy Bollinger, president of Banner Health’s Arizona West Region, Deb Krmpotic and CEO of Banner Estrella.

Located on the SEC of the Loop 101 Freeway and Thomas Rd., Banner Estrella Medical Center is a 214-bed full-service hospital offering general surgery, orthopedics, women and infants services, a full cardiac program with open-heart surgery, emergency services, and medical imaging services.

Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, the leading provider of health care services in the Valley with 11 hospitals. In 2012, Banner Estrella Medical Center was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top 10 hospital in Arizona and high performing in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology Services.

Construction Project News - July August 2012

Construction: Project News July/August 2012


Brycon Construction is the general contractor and Jarratt Architecture is the architect for the $3.5M, 12,000 SF Hopi Assisted Living Facility in the Upper Village of Moenkopi, southeast of Tuba City. The facility is a 16-bed, masonry and wood new ground up. Brycon, working with the Hopi Assisted Living Facility Task Team, was able to increase the expected fl oor plan area by 3,000 SF and include an on-demand/solar hot-water system. Estimated completion is 4Q 2012.


Brignall Construction has been selected as general contractor and SmithGroupJJR will provide design services for the 44,000 SF Yavapai-Prescott Indian Cultural Center to be built on the Yavapai- Prescott Indian Reservation. The new cultural center will be located on a 3.5-acre site on the reservation. The building will contain spaces for a museum and cultural education center. Brignall also is renovating Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona buildings for the City of Phoenix. The opera project, 1636 N. Central Ave., will be completed in two phases. Phase I is the construction of an 8,700 SF rehearsal hall and 3,200 SF storage facility and all site work and improvements. Phase II will completely gut the existing 16,800 SF building to allow for new offices, fi tting rooms, coaching rooms, the costume department and storage. Motley Design Group is the architect. The other project, 2835 E. Washington St., is the renovation of a 52,800 SF warehouse to include a black box theater, three rehearsal studios, the administration department and storage warehouse. Architect is Durkin + Durkin Architects.


D.L. Withers is general contractor and Orcutt | Winslow is architect for the new M.C. Cash K-8 Elementary School. Th e 105,000 SF campus is being built adjacent to the existing M.C. Cash Elementary School, which will replace the old campus. Once the new campus is open, the old structures will be demolished to make way for new recreation and sports fi elds. Both firms also combined eff orts on the 80,000 SF Painted Rock Academy, Greenway Rd. and Black Canyon Freeway. Th e academy is the second school in the Reid Traditional Schools family. It will have the capacity to serve more than 700 K-8 students. Th e structure will include more than 30 classrooms, a library and a cafeteria. The school is scheduled to open Aug. 13.


DPR Construction was awarded the $3.7M, 7,383 SF Phase 1 GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Lab at Caris Life Sciences in Phoenix. Th e fast-track TI project includes a 1,200 SF mezzanine. Lord Aeck Sarent | Van Boerum & Frank Associates is the architect; GF Group is the engineer. In addition, DPR is building two operating rooms — one hybrid and one CVOR — at University Medical Center in Tucson. Shepley Bulfinch and Richardson and Abbott are architects for the $6.5M, 22,600 SF project. Phoenix project subs: UMEC, Wilson Electric, Able Steel, KTI Tile, Ganado Painting and Star Roofing. Tucson project subs: J.B. Steel, RBG Construction, Sun Mechanical and Stark Electric.


A $9.5M, 36,000 SF Rehabilitation Medicine Building is currently under construction at the Veterans Affairs campus, 650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. General contractor for the building, developed by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, is RCDS Contractors Inc. The architect is Westlake Reed Leskosky. Th e 2-story building will off er a new rehabilitation area to house physical therapy, prosthetics and orthotics departments. Expected completion date of 2Q 2013.


Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Schoolhouse Development, LLC completed work on four charter schools in Metro Phoenix that open this upcoming school year – Paideia Academy of South Phoenix, The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies in Buckeye, and two American Leadership Academy campuses (Mesa and Queen Creek). The four campuses were fast-tracked and completed at the end of June. Details:

  • Paideia Academy: New 47,800 SF preschool, K-6 charter school and family services center to accommodate 850 students at 7777 S. 15th Terrace;
  • The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies: New 34,900 SF college-preparatory charter school with a 29,000 SF gymnasium;
  • American Leadership Academy Queen Creek Campus (K-6 and 7-12): New 31,350 SF K-6 and 38,500 SF 7-12 charter schools with a 29,000 SF gymnasium;
  • American Leadership Academy Mesa Campus (K-6): New 31,350 SF K-6 charter school.


The Southwest Region of McCarthy Building Companies was awarded a contract for preconstruction and construction services for the Phase III Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project, 905 E. Queen Creek Rd., in Chandler. Th e project is a 7 MGD expansion that will allow the Airport Water Reclamation Facility to treat up to 22 MGD on a maximum month basis. In 4Q 2009, McCarthy completed construction of the Phase II Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project. It expanded the facility’s liquid processing from 10 MGD to 15 MGD. Th e anticipated construction schedule of Phase III is June 2012 to June 2014.


Summit Builders is general contractor for the $28M, 173-room Residence Inn by Marriott to be built at 125 E. Fifth St. in Tempe. The developer is Finvarb Group and the architect is LawKingdom Architects of Kansas City, Mo. The hotel in Downtown Tempe will feature guest suites with fully-equipped kitchens. It will offer state-of-the-art amenities, including an outdoor rooftop pool and fire pit with panoramic views of downtown, 3,500 SF of meeting space and 5,700 SF of ground-level retail. Expected completion is 1Q 2014.


Merit Partners of Scottsdale broke ground on a 260,000 SF build-to-suit industrial warehouse in Tolleson. Colliers International represented MiTek Industries Inc. in negotiating a 10-year lease agreement for the warehouse at 7890 W. Lincoln St. Nitti Graycor is general contractor and Ware Malcomb is the architect.

Construction: P&Z


The City of Goodyear has been processing a 2012 revision to its Engineering Design Standards & Policy Manual and its Engineering Standard Details. A draft revision of these standards was completed in 2010 but was never taken through for City Council approval. The current 2012 version is an updated version of the 2010 draft.

The Engineering Department has posted the 2012 version in the City’s “draft documents” web page for the development community to view and to provide comments. In order to keep the process at a manageable size, the document has been broken into groups that will be up for review at different times throughout the year. Review time allotted for each group is 20 business days. Visit: ci.goodyear.az.us/index.aspx?NID=36


In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Tempe gave notice of proposed adoptions of, or changes to, city taxes or fees. Th e City adopted its final property tax levy for fiscal year 2012-13 on June 28. Information can be found by contacting the City of Tempe Finance and Technology Department at (480) 350-8350.


Avondale’s new Alarm Ordinance took eff ect on May 1. Residents and businesses are required to register their burglar alarms online with Public Safety Corporation’s CryWolf at crywolf.us/avondaleaz. The new program is aimed at cutting down on false alarm activations in the City along with the amount of time police officers spend responding to false alarms. Under this program residents will not be fined for the first two false alarms that occur within the same year.


The City of Maricopa has joined more than 20,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally-backed flood insurance. Th is availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Property owners wishing to take advantage of this program should be aware that there is a 30-day waiting period before the flood insurance coverage goes into effect.

Lenders must require borrowers whose properties are in a designated flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

The P&Z column is compiled by Dave Coble and George Cannataro with Coe & Van Loo Consultants, cvlc.com.

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012

Frank Scopetti

McCarthy's Scopetti Named To board Of Advisors For CII

Frank Scopetti, senior vice president of the Water Services team at McCarthy Building Companies, has been named to the board of advisors for the Construction Industry Institute.

The Construction Industry Institute, based at The University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 100 leading owner, engineering-contractor and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas.

These organizationshave joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility lifecycle through research, related initiatives andindustry alliances.

“Frank brings strong experience in mechanical and civil work to this prominent national industry organization,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “He always approaches his work with ‘best practices’ thinking, which is an asset to an organization that’s dedicated to improving the delivery of capital facilities.”

At McCarthy, Scopetti is responsible for all aspects of water/wastewater treatment plant projects and serves as the team lead on some of the largest and most complex projects in the nation.

In addition to his work at McCarthy, Scopetti has professional and community affiliations with the AZ Water Association and the Association for Construction Excellence (ACE) where he served as the chairperson for the Design Assist Task Force-Services and Deliverables.

He also serves on the board of directors for the Elite Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Network-Arizona Chapter (Elite SDVOB-AZ).

The Scottsdale resident holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

McCarthy Building Companies - Greenway High School

McCarthy Building Companies Begins Work On 2 High School Replacement Projects

McCarthy Building Companies recently began construction on a phase I project to replace classroom buildings at Greenway and Thunderbird high schools in the Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD). The $14.6M contract funds demolition and new construction on both campuses.

 These projects were the result of an $80M bond election that was passed by voters in 2011. Funds from the bond are being used for renovations and repair of existing school buildings, new construction and supplying school buildings with furniture, equipment and technology.

McCarthy Building Companies began work on both campuses in March and demolished old buildings prior to starting construction on the new, 2-story classroom buildings, which are being built using concrete tilt-wall construction. This construction method enables both projects to be fast-tracked for completion.

“Our Education Services team really shines when we’re able to put our unique scheduling expertise to the test,” said Justin Kelton, vice president of operations for the Education Services at McCarthy Building Companies. “Our crews will be working two eight-hour shifts all summer long in order to complete these buildings prior to the start of school in August.”

Neil Rogers, administrator of facilities for GUHSD, added, “McCarthy is changing the way schools are built in Arizona. Their ability to self-perform and complete projects in half the time utilizing two shifts without sacrificing safety, quality or budget gives our District a tremendous amount of flexibility that allows us to concentrate on the students, staff and the community.”

The Greenway High School building (above), 3930 W. Greenway Rd. in Phoenix, represents 42,000 SF of general classroom space. The Thunderbird High School building, 1750 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Phoenix, totals 60,000 SF of general classroom space as well as science labs and rooms for special education programs.

“In order to promote healthier, safer campuses, older buildings at Greenway High and Thunderbird High have been torn down to make way for modern classrooms, which will be open to our students this fall,” said Kim Mesquita, administrator of community relations for GUHSD.

“The bulk of the construction is occurring over the summer when class is not in session. The safety and education of our students are our top priorities.”

Orcutt | Winslow is the architect on both projects. Major subcontractors include JFK Electric, Baker Concrete and Schuff Steel. McCarthy Mechanical is working on the Greenway High project and Midstate Mechanical is working on the Thunderbird High project.

For more information on McCarthy Building Companies, visit their website at www.mccarthy.com.

McCarthy - Bo Calbert - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

First Job: Bo Calbert, SW President McCarthy Building Companies

Bo Calbert, Southwest President McCarthy Building Companies, discusses his first job as a caddy and the things that helped him get to where he is today in the construction industry.

Bo Calbert

Title: Southwest President
Company: McCarthy Building Companies

What was your first job?
When I came home from the last day of sixth grade, my father said, “Son, it’s about time you got a job.” We lived right across the street from Hickory Hills Country Club in Springfield, Mo., which is where (deceased PGA star) Payne Stewart learned to golf and where his father was a big golfer. So I walked across the street and got a job as a caddy. It was tough. I’d get there at seven in the morning, had to sweep all the sidewalks to earn the privilege to caddy, and at the end of the day I had to pick up all the balls on the driving range.

What did you learn from that first job?
Working as a caddy at a country club was all about service and dependability, and developing relationships were important. If you didn’t build good relationships with people, they wouldn’t request you to be their caddy.

Describe your first job in your industry.
It was building a high-rise office building in Houston, and I was low man on the totem pole. I was the field engineer, doing all the layout. It was a concrete frame, and I was holding the dumb end of the tape. I got a battlefield promotion because the lead engineer hurt his back. I’d been out of school six weeks when I got that promotion.

What lesson did you learn in your first industry job that still helps you today?
If you’re willing to take responsibility and you’re not afraid to ask for the tough jobs, you will get a lot of recognition early.

What were your salaries in your first job and in your first industry job?
I got $1.60 an hour to shag balls and $3.50 to caddy for 18 holes. My first salary was $22,000 a year in the construction industry.

Who would you consider as your biggest mentor?
Chuck Thompson was the chairman of 3D International, a large engineering construction firm. He’s the one who got me my first interview with McCarthy, and he is the smartest, most talented individual I know. If you had to credit someone with the development of construction management as a process, Chuck would probably get the credit. He’s got a tremendous amount of integrity. In our business, people put a lot of trust in you when they hire you to build their project. You have to have the integrity to make all the right decisions.

What advice would you give to someone starting today in your industry?
What worked for me is that I volunteered for tough assignments that other people might not want to do. Taking on challenges and getting the reputation as someone who is not afraid to take on those challenges is a key thing that people should do early in their career.

For more information on McCarthy Building Companies, visit McCarthy’s website at mccarthy.com.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

RED Awards 2012 - P.L. Julian Elementary School

RED Awards 2012: Special Merit Award, P.L. Julian Elementary School

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Special Merit Award was P.L. Julian Elementary School.

Special Merit Award

P.L. Julian Elementary School

Developer: Roosevelt Elementary School District
Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: Orcutt | Winslow
Size: 54,000 SF
Location: 2149 E. Carver Dr., Phoenix
Completed: September, 2011

P.L. Julian Elementary SchoolP.L. Julian Elementary School is a learning environment that provides safety and comfort while embracing the historical designs of a 40-year-old building. The renovation of the school led to the inclusion of new Smart Board technology, solar sensors and the P.L. Julian Taskforce Committee that ensures the application of all these innovations. An important task is to incorporate the site’s agricultural past and surround the students with its history. The ultimate goal was to provide an educational facility that also integrates into the traditions and values of the community.


Video by Cory Bergquist

RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Construction Project - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Construction Project News

Construction project news from Phoenix College, McCarthy Building Companies, CyrusOne, D.L. Withers Construction and more.

Phoenix College remodeling work includes student union

Construction Projects - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Addition and remodeling work to the existing Hannelly Student Center continues at Phoenix College. The main construction project is remodeling of the Learning Center Building into a student union with an exterior patio. Work includes 45,650 SF of remodeling and 13,000 SF. Expected completion of the $16.8M project is 3Q 2012. D.L. Withers is the general contractor; RNL Design is the architect.

McCarthy projects include solar station, new school building

McCarthy Building Companies is completing construction of the 145-acre Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend. The $14.3M project involves installation of the largest (18 mw) photovoltaic ground-mounted solar tracking system in Arizona. Installation includes PV racking system, modules and electrical system. The 75,000 solar panels are arranged in 1,566 rows connected to 108 single-axis trackers. On sunny days the construction project is expected to produce enough energy for 4,500 residential customers. Developer is SOLON Corporation and APS. Subcontractors include Blount Contracting, Buesing Corp., Schuff Steel, Ironco, and Delta Diversified. Expected completion is late 4Q 2011.  … McCarthy completed a new, 2-story, 67,000 SF building that houses 32 classrooms, a library, dining room and administrative offices at Aguilar Elementary School in Tempe. HDA was the architect for the $11.6M renovation project. Subcontractors: E&K of Phoenix, Kortman Electric, Maverick Masonry, Midstate Mechanical, Schuff Steel, Progressive Roofing and Suntec Concrete.

1 MSF data center scheduled to break ground in 2012

CyrusOne, a data center colocation provider, plans to build a 1 MSF facility in Chandler with construction set to begin in 2012 and completion expected by early 2013. CBRE helped complete the sale of a 40-acre parcel at Continuum, a 152-acre master-planned science and technology business park located in the Price Corridor. This facility will serve as the primary location for CyrusOne’s West Coast colocation operations, targeting the Northern and Southern California markets. Luke Walker, David Carder and Nick Di Paolo of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, Capital Commercial Investments Inc. of Austin, Texas. CyrusOne was represented by Mark Bauer of Jones Lang LaSalle in Phoenix.

D.L. Withers to build MCSO 911 call center

D.L. Withers Construction will begin work on the $80M, 120,000-140,000 SF Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center and Administration Building in 2Q 2012. The 5- to 7-story building  at the SWC of 5th Ave. and Madison in Phoenix will house the 911 dispatch center and consolidate MCSO administrative functions.  Architect is Gabor Lorant Architects. Expected completion is 3Q 2013.

DPR wraps up renovation at Hospice of Arizona

Construction Projects - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011DPR Construction completed a 12,064 SF renovation of a one-story unoccupied building and existing site area for Hospice of Arizona in Mesa. The interior build-out included 13 resident/patient rooms, staff support and administrative spaces, family gathering areas, a cafe, outdoor courtyard and a commercial kitchen. The Greenfield Comfort Garden, a feature of the exterior site, honors former Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford. Projects DPR is completing in 4Q 2011: Willis TI, Scottsdale, 24,992 SF; West Valley Medical Center PACU renovation, Goodyear, 3,500 SF; SARRC Vocational & Life Skills Academy TI, Phoenix, 10,159 SF; and Merkel Corp. TI, Scottsdale, 25,804 SF.

Mortenson selected for 3 projects on NAU campus

Mortenson Construction has been awarded three projects on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, including a new Science & Health Building and major renovation to the Multipurpose Events Center. The $55M, 120,000 SF Greenfield Science & Health Building will add new teaching and research labs and classrooms. Expected completion is 3Q 2014. The $18.5M events center project is a major renovation of the 94,000 SF NAU Fieldhouse into a multipurpose center. Work includes space reconfiguration, structural repairs, a new west entrance and new acoustics and lighting. Expected completion is 1Q 2013. A $3.5M renovation to the Lab 17 building includes HVAC balancing and fire and life safety updates. Expected completion is 4Q 2011.

Pegasus Construction completes TI in Goodyear building

Pegasus Construction completed a $140,000, 2,800 SF tenant improvement of an existing building at 1380 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear for New Orleans-based Naked Pizza. The project includes a kitchen and customer area for takeout and delivery, an open office area to train kitchen staff and a conference room. The building will eventually become the local corporate office for Naked Pizza. Architect was Reece Angell Rowe Architects. Subcontractors included Uniko Glass and Mirror, Sunset Acoustics, Northwest Floor & Wall, JJJ Electric, Freedom Fire Protection, Diamondback Builders Services, Commercial Service Company, Banker Insulation, AZ Professional Painting, ABBA Aire and Mountainview Flooring.

Kraus-Anderson breaks ground on multi-family project

The Phoenix office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Company broke ground on a 17,176 SF supportive housing project at 1140 E. 5th Ave. in Mesa. The 18-unit accessible apartment complex will serve low-income individuals with physical disabilities. The multi-family building will include 14 one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units, resident parking and a community building. The complex is located in an infill site and will feature landscaping using native species, pedestrian paths leading through the 2-acre, three-building site, and underground storm water infiltration system. Expected completion is 1Q 2012.

STG Design, MT Builders complete retirement community

Construction was completed recently on the 176,332 SF, $17M Alta Vista Retirement Community in Prescott. STG Design provided architectural services and MT Builders was the general contractor. The project consists of two senior living communities linked by a shared 14,000 SF recreation center. There are 44 units of assisted living and 88 units of independent living. The development is situated on a 6-acre parcel with a view of the mountain ranges that surround Prescott.

On the drawing board

Scottsdale-based AZ Sourcing LLC is planning to build a 1.5 MSF business center in Casa Grande to be named Phoenix Mart. Colliers International has been hired to sign up prospective tenants. The proposed $150M project will include a convention center. Tenants will sell merchandise ranging from consumer products, automotive products and food. … An apartment complex in Scottsdale is being proposed by a local developer who plans to demolish the old Barcelona nightclub at 73rd St. and Greenway-Hayden Loop. Plans by Scottsdale Place LLC call for a four-story, 240-unit apartment complex at the site. …  LWI Advisory Group of Del Mar, Calif., has submitted plans to the City of Gilbert for a 382-unit apartment complex near SanTan Village. The proposed complex is near the SWC of Ray Rd. and SanTan Village Parkway.

Hospital Construction - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Please Do Not Disturb: Hospital Construction Zone

During hospital construction, constant planning and communication are top priorities for healthcare builders

The foremost focus in upgrading or expanding a hospital is keeping the work concealed from the patients. So says Steve Whitworth, Kitchell’s Healthcare Division manager, about hospital construction.

It’s not like adding or enlarging a store in a retail center, which might force shoppers to step around a construction barrier for a few days or have the piped-in music occasionally punctuated by a floor sander.

“In a mall, people will be inconvenienced. In a hospital, a patient’s health is at stake,” Whitworth says. “In every single project we strive to be invisible. The ability to heal depends on the environment a patient is in. It‘s the only thing that matters at the end of the day.”

The dilemma is that hospitals, as much or more than other commercial real estate structures, need to continuously get bigger and better, he says.

“Planning, planning, planning,”  is the key to keeping healthcare facilities humming smoothly while making major renovations, says Jay Stallings, associate administrator at Banner Desert Medical Center, which unveiled a major emergency department makeover in August.

That mantra is echoed by other key players — from hospital administrators to construction engineers — who are continuously upgrading and expanding Arizona’s top hospitals to address medical care’s changing needs and technology advances while keeping the work virtually imperceptible to patients and staff.

Finding solutions

Banner Thunderbird Tower - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Unlike other types of commercial real estate overhauls or tenant improvements, healthcare property renovations come with a whole host of hurdles, from meeting infection control standards to keeping emergency entrances accessible.

The biggest hurdle — no down time.

“What makes a hospital unique, is that it’s a 24/7 facility. There’s never a good time to do the work,” says Sundt Construction’s Russ Korcuska, who has been piloting hospital construction projects in Arizona for two decades.

To maintain top-notch patient care, innovation and expansion is necessary, but upgrading existing facilities means you can’t turn off the power, the water or other utilities, you can’t block fire escape routes or ambulance entrances, you can’t let construction dust or other contaminants get in the air, and you can’t make a lot of noise or cause other disturbances that could impact patients or staff operations.

“If a surgeon is working on somebody’s brain, you can’t be creating vibrations on the other side of the wall,” Korcuska says. “It’s extremely challenging.”

That’s why planning an entire project and all possible contingencies to the tiniest detail before ever flipping a power switch is so critical, says DPR Construction’s Guy Sanders, who is just finishing up Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center’s three-story expansion of operating rooms and pre/post operative care areas.

Especially in renovating older hospitals where documentation of what’s in the ceiling and under the floor is not always complete or accurate, he says. “Knowledge of a campus is critical,” Sanders says. As is double-checking before digging.

During the Banner Good Samaritan project, he planned for alternative power sources to keep all ongoing operations running smoothly based on detailed building documentation. Still, during the planning process, he flipped a breaker and did a walk-through of the whole hospital to ensure the documentation was correct. It wasn’t.

Sanders found some equipment mislabeled and had to do some rewiring — and re-documenting.

Proper planning is crucial

Chris Jacobson of McCarthy Building Companies is just completing a major project at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He added a new six-story tower and emergency department expansion in the spot where the old ambulance entrance stood, and then renovated all the newly vacated space after 25 departments relocated to the tower. The project is slated to wrap in January.

It has been a five-year, multi-phased project, with planning for every phase starting almost a year in advance, he says.

Jacobson and his crew had to design everything from infection, noise and dust control to fire exits — and figure out how to get workers and materials in and out of the construction sites without bringing them through the hospital. They plotted everything, “even down to which tools to use.”

“You have to get creative about how to get the work done without coming in with a wrecking ball,” he says.

The biggest challenge was how to keep the existing emergency department functioning while “de-constructing” the old ER entrance. Jacobson says the solution devised in the planning process — building a covered bridge from a new temporary ambulance entry a short distance from the construction site — was key to McCarthy landing the job.

“It was a big challenge that nobody had figured out,” he says.

And that wasn’t the only temporary structure the construction experts had to design and build before even starting the main event. They crafted fire-rated, sound-insulated  temporary walls, new directional signage,  and a complete hospital kitchen in a trailer.

They even planned and built a temporary super-structure that looked like a massive, free-standing fire escape outside the hospital tower to get workers and materials to upper floors without ever opening a hospital door.

McCarthy used a similar technique for building out Yuma Regional Medical Center’s upper floors, which were pegged for expansion space when the hospital was first built. The engineers planned and built an outdoor elevator and trash chute to keep patients and staff below from commingling with construction workers or debris on indoor elevators.

At Banner Good Samaritan, DPR had to excavate an area between the central power plant and the new expansion. Before bringing in the backhoe, Sanders employed a “vacuum” truck to suck up some of the dirt and expose the utilities.

Among the most interesting planning tools McCarthy engineers use are laser scans of a hospital’s ceilings and floors to find exactly where all the pipes, wires and ducts are located, and 3D modeling software to virtually tuck new utilities amongst the old.

“The old way was you had guys with flashlights and measuring tapes,” Jacobson says.

Sometimes engineers have to detour planned utility upgrades to avoid a virtual collision. That’s much better than having workers face a real utility roadblock and have to rethink routes in the middle of a messy construction site, he says.

If planning is atop the experts’ priority list for minimizing patient disruption during construction, keeping everybody in the loop scores a close second place.

A critical component of both planning and construction stages of any healthcare project is communication with all the stakeholders, says Stallings, whose new triple-sized, state-of-the-art emergency department took seven years from drawing board to debut.

Stallings says involving every hospital department touched by the project from start to finish made the process as painless as possible for them and especially for patients.

“This was a collaborative project with physicians, staff, clinicians, infection control, environmental services,” he says. “All were impacted. We worked hand-in-hand with the architects and construction staff. We had weekly construction meetings, sometimes daily, with all who were impacted.”

“We provide an important service to the community. We couldn’t shut down the emergency department and continue to be a hospital,” Stallings says. “In the moment when somebody needs help, we have to be there. We take that very seriously. Our approach was  transparency (to patients), collaboration, a high level of communication and training.”

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AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, AZRE September/October 2011

Education: Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center


Developer: Scottsdale Unified School District
General contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: Corgan Associates
Location: 3811 N. 44th St., Scottsdale
Size: 61,877 SF

The $16M project will be a K-8 campus rebuild and will include a new, 2-story classroom building and full-size multipurpose building. Subcontractors include Echo Canyon Electrical, Stone Cold Masonry, TD Industries and Hardrock Concrete. Expected completion is 4Q 2012.

AZRE Magazine, September/October 2011
West-MEC Aviation High School, Glendale, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

West-MEC’s Aviation High School Trains Teens For Jobs In The Aerospace Industry

Young people in the West Valley who have always wanted to work in the aerospace maintenance industry will now have the opportunity with the opening of the West-MEC Aviation High School in Glendale.

Aviation High School – The West-MEC program, which provides technical training in a vast array of careers, has grown exponentially since opening in 2003. What began with 450 students now serves more than 26,000 in 40 high schools within 12 member districts. Cliff Migal, assistant superintendent for West-MEC, says the program’s success is due in part to its partnerships with the business and education communities.

West-MEC Aviation High School, Glendale, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011There were no technical training institutes in the West Valley, Migal says, but through partnerships, they were able to get something started.

As Freshman, students may start taking satellite program classes on school grounds. As juniors, they can take the central program classes, which are held off school grounds. The programs also will one day be available to adults. The cost of adult tuition is still being determined, but Migal said it could cost about $14,000. Students in high school pay $500.

The aviation program, which officially launches Aug. 8, is a licensure program requiring 1,952 hours of training. It will
include studying an airplane’s wings, propellers, landing gears, hydraulics, electrical system and engine. Once completed, students can take the Federal Aviation Administration licensure exam. Those who pass will become licensed aviation maintenance technicians, qualified to work for airplane repair shops. The program, which is in the final stages of certification with the FAA, will be audited and reviewed annually by the federal agency, Migal says, to ensure the school is following curriculum and delivering a quality education.

The aviation school is the first of West-MEC’s programs to be built from the ground up. It was made possible through a lease-donation agreement with the John F. Long Revocable Trust and its innovative design has been recognized by WESTMARC with the Best of the West Architectural Innovation award.

DLR Group and McCarthy Building Companies were involved in the design and construction of the facility, which is like an airport hangar, but with features that disguise its identity. The exterior, Migal says, was designed to look like free-flowing wings and has taxi lines running up the sidewalk and into the building.

Inside, 12,000 square feet of open space provides plenty of room to maneuver.West-MEC Aviation High School, Glendale, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Distinctive features include air ducts resembling airplane air ducts, a light fixture in the main lobby that simulates helicopter blades and airplane-related wall murals.

Sustainable features include a white roof to reflect the sun and an evaporation cooling system that cools and heats almost 40 percent of the facility. Solar panels might be added.

Advanced Real Estate Resources helped with the design and development. Williams Aviation Consulting helped develop the program’s curriculum and in locating donated equipment.

The program would not have been possible without an advisory committee of industry representatives from across the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Migal says. “We will always make sure that the skill set the school provides is the skill set industry needs and demands.”

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For More Information:

West-MEC Aviation High School
Glendale Airport
6997 N. Glen Harbor Blvd., Glendale
(623) 873-1860



Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011

Yuma Regional Medical Center Data Building, AZRE July/August 2011

IT: Yuma Regional Medical Center Data Center IT Building


Developer: Yuma Regional Medical Center
General contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: Archsol
Location: Yuma
Size: 12,500 SF

The $5.2M freestanding data center will help YRMC transition to Electronic Health/Medical Records (EHR/EMR) and utilize tablet PCs for patient consultation. As a Tier 3 data center, the facility will have multiple independent distribution paths serving its IT equipment. Subcontractors include Delta Diversified, HACI Mechanical and Heywood Builders. Completion is expected by 3Q 2011.

AZRE Magazine, July/August 2011
Jeff Clarkson - AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

After Hours: Jeff Clarkson

After Hours: Jeff Clarkson

Knowing more about the people we work with is the fun side of the business. It helps start conversations and strengthens business relationships. To nominate a colleague, request an After Hours form from Peter Madrid, peter.madrid@azbigmedia.com.

Jeff Clarkson

  • Vice President of Healthcare McCarthy Building Companies.
  • Born in Norfolk, Neb.
  • Attended Univ. of Nebraska where he studied construction management.
  • With McCarthy for 15 years in its Tempe office.


Clarkson leads the Healthcare Services Business Unit for McCarthy’s Southwest Region. He has delivered projects totaling more that $840M and nearly 2 MSF.


Sports Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

Activities: Building things (with my hands), woodworking for example; fishing, skiing and spending time with my family.

Destinations: On a favorite lake in Minnesota relaxing; any place off the beaten path. I would like to visit Alaska.


On a personal level, I’m most proud f my kids. On a professional level, I’m most proud of the award-winning, $121M, 338,000 SF Banner Gateway Medical Center project in Gilbert that my team delivered in a record 20 months.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I bake and decorate elaborate birthday cakes for my children’s birthdays. My interest started when I was a Boy Scout at age 10. The business next door to my parents’ (business) was a craft shop. I spotted cake-decorating items in the window. I was determined to make a haunted house cake for a fundraiser.


Received: From my father: “A job not worth doing right is probably a job not worth doing at all.”

To Share: Always do the right thing.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011