McCarthy Breaks Ground on new Science and Tech Building at Cañada College

McCarthy Building Companies, HGA Architects & Engineers, Cañada College, Redwood City, California Division of State Architect’s

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 16, 2018: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (McCarthy), an esteemed national construction firm, in collaboration with HGA Architects & Engineers (HGA), an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm, is pleased to announce the groundbreaking milestone on the new Science and Technology classroom and lab building at Cañada College in Redwood City, California.

This new 50,000-square-foot, three-story Science and Technology building has been designed to create innovative spaces that support collaborative learning. Straying from traditional classroom concepts, it will feature flexible classrooms, an indoor/outdoor “learning commons,” labs and faculty offices, and will provide a modern learning facility for science education. An enhanced plaza adjacent to the building will create a functional and attractive outdoor gathering space, drawing students to this new heart of the north campus. The building aims to meet LEED Gold requirements. Construction is expected to complete by the end of 2019.

Mirroring the project’s emphasis on collaborative learning, the District engaged McCarthy and HGA by using a design-build delivery method, a collaborative process in which one entity – the design-build team, comprised of builder and designer – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. The project was also 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.

“The collaborative relationship we have with our Design-Build partners and DSA has increased our efficiency through pre-construction and into project start up,” said McCarthy’s Project Manager Jeff Ivey. “This team effort has been critical in hitting each of our schedule and budget milestones. Communication from all parties has allowed us to streamline efforts to produce a modernized building that demonstrates the District’s commitment to excellence in education, especially in fields that are foundational to this region.”

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 1,960 salaried employees, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Omaha; 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. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,Instagram and Google+.

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