Press Release: 07.15.2015

Clayton State University’s Science Building Completes

Clayton State University

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has announced completion of the highly-anticipated new science building for Clayton State University. The 64,000 square-foot facility, located on Clayton State University’s main campus located in Morrow, Ga., is a certified Georgia Peach Belt Green Building.

Inside the $19.8 million science building are state-of-the-art instructional and research labs, two 64-seat and three 36-seat classrooms, offices and support space. Additional labs and classroom space for the natural sciences have been a critical need for Clayton State as the student population continues to grow. The new facility will create an environment to encourage STEM learning and benefit students majoring in science and allied health.

As a certified Georgia Peach Belt Green Building, the facility is recognized by the state for optimizing energy performance, increasing the demand for materials and furnishings produced in Georgia, improving the state’s environmental quality, conserving energy, protecting Georgia’s natural resources and reducing the burden on the state’s water supply.

McCarthy was originally awarded the construction of Clayton State’s new science building in January 2010, along with architectural firm, SLAM Collaborative. When a new project design was needed, McCarthy and SLAM Collaborative worked closely with Clayton State to fully understand what aspects of the new science building were critical. 

“McCarthy did an outstanding job of going back to the drawing board and turning around a workable solution,” says Clayton State Vice President of Business and Operations Corlis Cummings. “They worked with us during the entirety of the process to make sure that our students were getting the best facility. They delivered excellent results and we appreciate their hard work.”

“We are honored to have partnered with Clayton State University and to have completed construction of a new science facility that meets all of the University’s expectations,” says Kevin Kuntz, McCarthy’s Southeast Division President. “We were able to protect portions of the building that were crucial for future Clayton State research and operations and are excited to watch the campus grow in the coming years.” 

About Clayton State University
Located in South Metro Atlanta and founded in 1969, Clayton State University is committed to cultivating an environment of engaged, experienced-based learning, enriched by active community service, that prepares students of diverse ages and backgrounds to succeed in their lives and careers. With more than 7,000 students enrolled in four Colleges and in one of Georgia’s largest dual-enrollment programs, the University has been ranked among the top institutions in the region offering the best value in education. Special initiatives of the University include the Small Business Development Center through the College of Business that offers one-on-one counseling to new and existing businesses in South-Metro Atlanta region, and the Film and Digital Media Center which provides a path to working in the film industry and boasts a 10,000 square foot professional production and sound studio, Lucy Huie Hall. Clayton State competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

About McCarthy
At McCarthy, we’re just getting started. For over 150 years, McCarthy has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance.  Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work, McCarthy has approximately 1,600 salaried employees with offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston, Texas; Albuquerque; San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Collinsville, Ill.; Denver, Colorado; and Kansas City, Kan. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company’s history is available online at

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