Construction Completes on New Science and Technology Building at Cañada College

McCarthy Building Companies, Redwood City, Cañada College, HGA Architects & Engineers, San Mateo, LEED

REDWOOD CITY, November 11, 2019: McCarthy Building Companies (McCarthy), a national design-build general contractor, in collaboration with HGA Architects & Engineers (HGA), an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm, and the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) announces the completion of the new Science & Technology Building at Cañada College.  

“The development of the new Science & Technology Building was conceived from a shared vision between all parties,” said José Nuñez, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Maintenance, & Operations at SMCCCD. “By putting student needs first, we were able to look at the particulars of each department with a close eye and incorporate features that enhance student learning. With the project team all in alignment on goals, the streamlined process made it so that the building came in ahead of schedule and under the original budget and allowed our students to get the most use out of the building as possible.” 

With an emphasis on collaborative learning, the new 50,000-square-foot, three-story Science & Technology Building provides a world-class instructional facility for mathematics, lab sciences and technology and features modern, flexible classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Supporting the philosophy that learning happens everywhere, the new facility features an indoor/outdoor “learning commons” with an enhanced plaza, creating a functional outdoor gathering space for the campus community. In addition, the building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified and Net Zero Energy-ready to support student academic success. 

Delivering the project two semesters ahead of schedule, the team leveraged the design-build approach to bring an extended engineering team onboard early in the process. From the exterior envelope team to interiors and MEP systems, the integrated crew engaged with the College’s facilities and faculty to deliver an energy efficient new building with an eye on California’s 2030 energy goals. In addition, the project was enrolled in the California Division of State Architect’s (DSA) formal collaborative process (CP), an alternative to the traditional plan review process that engages DSA early in the design process with the district and design team, continuing through plan review and approval.Incorporating both the design-build and CP elements allowed the team to move in and out of DSA in four months, an accelerated rate compared to the average time of one year. 

“The new Science & Technology Building is a shining example of what true collaboration and trust can achieve with a design-build delivery,” said Jeff Ivey, Project Manager with McCarthy. “By the District consciously prioritizing teamwork and placing their faith in our partnership, the team was able to spend significant time in the design phase and ultimately deliver the project much earlier than anticipated. The end product is a testament of the dedication and commitment by the entire team to providing a state-of-the-art facility that will serve Cañada’s students for years to come.” 

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that spans all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with advanced technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,850 salaried employees, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.

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