Press Release: 05.13.2013

McCarthy Opens Kansas City Office to Better Serve Growing Markets in the Region

With more than $1.4 billion of construction underway in the metropolitan Kansas City area and surrounding region, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has announced the opening of a new Kansas City office to enhance services for clients and partners on the western side of Missouri and in Kansas. 

“My first project with McCarthy 27 years ago was in Kansas City, and I’ve always wanted to go back,” said McCarthy Central Division President Scott Wittkop. “We have been planning for a Kansas City area office for some time. With several significant projects currently underway in the area, we feel that now is the right time to commit to a full service office with focus on our core markets of healthcare, education, science & technology and commercial construction.”

Modern Healthcare recently named McCarthy the largest healthcare general contractor in America in its Construction & Design Survey published in March. While McCarthy has ongoing healthcare projects in Omaha, Neb. and Springfield and Joplin, Mo., McCarthy’s most high-profile project in the region is the construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan. for the Department of Homeland Security.

McCarthy, in conjunction with Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction recently started work on the $80 million, 87,000-square-foot, free-standing central utility plant that will house the primary heating and cooling systems for the adjacent laboratory. Construction of the utility plant will be completed in October of 2015 with construction of the lab scheduled to begin in 2014.

Another nearby prominent project is the MARS Chocolate North America (MCNA) Project Sweetness, a $180 million, 550,000-square-foot, food-grade production and manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan. Upon completion in 2014, the 150-acre site will be home to seven structures, including production, administration, central utilities, rail buildings, guard house and wastewater treatment plant.

“The primary focus of our new office is to better serve our current client base in preconstruction and construction services while building and strengthening relationships with other contractors and subcontractors in western Missouri and Kansas and be better positioned to respond to new requests for services,” said Wittkop. "We believe this new office will allow us to be more responsive to customer’s needs in the greater Kansas City area.”

McCarthy’s new Kansas City office, located at 10601 Mission Road in Leawood, Kan., will be open for business in May. McCarthy’s Barry Sutherland has relocated to the area to lead the 3,500-square-foot office as Director, including Business Development responsibilities. McCarthy’s Brad Schoen will serve as Preconstruction Director. The office opens with four full time McCarthy staff with future growth expected. The office is supported by McCarthy’s Central Division out of St. Louis. 

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 8th largest builder in America (Engineering News-Record, May 2012) and has been building in the science and technology market for more than 50 years. Modern Healthcare has ranked McCarthy the largest healthcare general contractor (March 2013). This resume of experience includes: healthcare and research facilities; life sciences; nanotechnology; pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing; data centers; high containment labs (BSL-3, BSL-4 and Potent Compound); cleanrooms; agri-business; and biomedical facilities. Headquartered in St. Louis, McCarthy also has offices in Leawood, Kan., Atlanta, Collinsville, Ill., Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Sacramento. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.

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