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.