Press Release: 11.16.2016

Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial Earns Southwest ‘Best Project 2016’ Award

Arizona Fallen Firefighters Memorial

McCarthy earned top honors with a “Best Project 2016” award in landscape/urban development for the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial from Engineering News Record Southwest (ENR), a top construction industry trade publication.  

Every year, ENR Southwest selects the top projects in a variety of categories from Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. A panel of eight judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry — from project manager to vice presidents and senior architects.

Twenty-five years in the making, the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial commemorates the fallen firefighters and emergency medical responders and is a State-sanctioned memorial site for the men and women who died in the line of duty since 1902. Located in downtown Phoenix at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, this is the first memorial that is dedicated to all of Arizona’s branches of firefighters and emergency medical responders; inclusive of the volunteer, wild land, military, and public personnel who have given their lives to protect our lives and property and is intended to provide a quiet place to consider their sacrifice and dedication.

The memorial was built entirely through donations with approximately $1.4 million raised through corporate and individual contributions, and approximately $250,000 contributed as in-kind donations from the project design and construction team, which included McCarthy Building Companies (general contractor), SmithGroup JJR (architect), PK Associates (structural engineer) and Coe & Van Loo Consultants (civil engineer). The final cost of the project was $1.7 million without the aid of any public or taxpayer funds. 

The memorial consists of a concrete walkway that leads to a center courtyard. The center courtyard is emblazoned with the firefighters Maltese-emblem etched in the concrete. The courtyard is surrounded by a low, curved concrete wall clad in black granite with the engraved names of the fallen personnel. The focal point of the memorial is a 30-foot concrete bell tower that is also clad in granite. Ten life-size, custom bronze statues surround the center courtyard. The statues represent different branches of the firefighters and emergency medical responders.

“As a general contractor, this memorial ranks among McCarthy’s most meaningful projects and we are honored to be recognized for our concrete work,” said Justin Kelton, president of McCarthy’s Southwest division. “We hope those who visit the memorial find solace and reflect on the many sacrifices our firefighters and emergency medical responders make every day.”

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 span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and 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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