Press Release: 02.26.2018

The BIG Outside’ Completed at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

BIG Outside at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

McCarthy recently completed “The BIG Outside,” a 10,000-square-foot outdoor play space and healing garden for Cardon Children’s Medical Center, which is located at 1400 S. Dobson Road in Mesa, Ariz.

The new play space, located on the northeast side of the medical center, is designed to offer activities and features to help children keep their minds off treatment or to receive rehabilitation therapy outdoors. This includes mini golf, a basketball court, a playground, and a bereavement garden.

“At McCarthy, we’ve built numerous hospitals around the Valley, but projects like this can be integral to the healing process for families impacted by a healthcare crisis,” said Sean Miller, project director for McCarthy Building Companies. “We hope this new play space brings a smile to many faces, young and old.”

BIG Outside at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Pediatric patients can receive rehabilitation therapy in this new outdoor environment, and parents can reflect and recharge in the healing garden. Siblings can have an upbeat place to spend time with their brothers and sisters, who are hospitalized or receiving treatment.

McCarthy Team - BIG Outside at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

A group of community members, parents and young patients (ages 3 to 18) across Arizona worked together with Banner Children’s staff and the Banner Health Foundation to raise nearly $520,000 for the project.  McCarthy donated $60k in construction and project management services to the project. 

HKS Architects served as the architect on the project. Subcontractors who participated in the project include Ace Asphalt, Accu-Tech, Apache Concrete Cutting, Apache Pipelines, Arizona Professional Painting, Dave Bang, DH Pace, Diversified Interiors, DLN Landscaping, IES, JFK Electric, KT Fabrication, Lemme Engineering, MF Concrete, PuttTek, Schuff Steel, Site Design and Tenshon.

About McCarthy Building Companies

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 20th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). 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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