Press Release: 10.15.2015

Delivering Results in KC

McCarthy’s full-service Kansas City office has been open for two years and is already delivering results for clients and partners in western Missouri/eastern Kansas. Activity in the market is strong with the emergence of the international and national animal health corridor running from Columbia, Mo., to Manhattan, Kan., and advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare and higher education. McCarthy has been providing building solutions for a number of area clients.

Barry Sutherland, McCarthy director of business development, commented, “We are immersed in the local business, civic and social community, collaborating with a diverse array of customers. It’s an exciting time in the region, and we are pleased to be a part of it.”

A few of the projects McCarthy has underway or recently completed for clients in the region include:

Saint Luke’s East Hospital
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

As the second largest healthcare builder in America, McCarthy was pleased to be awarded two projects totaling nearly $2 million from Saint Luke’s East upon its arrival in KC. The first was 1,500 square feet of new construction for an MRI Room and conversion of existing office space into a break room for physicians and nurses. The second involved fitting out approximately 5,000 square feet of previously unfinished space to accommodate a Saint Luke’s Medical Group primary care clinic. Both projects were completed at year-end 2014.

Frauenshuh Medical Office Building
Mercy Regional Health Center
Manhattan, Kansas

Building on a relationship with Frauenshuh Healthcare Real Estate Solutions that began at the medical office building for the new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Ill., McCarthy was awarded a $14 million, 60,000-square-foot medical office building on the campus of Mercy Regional Health Center.

ATK Lake City Plant
Independence, Missouri

A $57 million design-build project awarded by Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, is currently in progress. An upgrade to the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system will consist of adding process and comfort cooling systems to the plant’s two main manufacturing buildings, totaling 860,000 square feet. A new Central Utility Plant will be built to accommodate the new load, and the envelopes (or separators) of the two buildings will be upgraded to make them more energy efficient. Completion is expected by June 2016.

While McCarthy’s full service office in Kansas City may be relatively new, many of its local team members are not, having worked on numerous high-profile, complex construction assignments throughout the Midwest including:

National Bio & Agro-Defense Facility
Manhattan, Kansas

An 87,000-square-foot, free-standing Central Utility Plant (CUP) to house boilers, chillers, emergency diesel generators and other support elements for the main laboratory facility of the NBAF, a research space housing advanced research, diagnostic testing and validation, countermeasure development (i.e., vaccines and anti-viral therapies) and diagnostic training for high-consequence livestock diseases. Construction of the CUP is projected for completion October 2015. In May 2015, McCarthy also received the contract for the third and final phase of the NBAF – the main lab facility itself expected to be completed in 2020 with full operational capability achieved by 2022.

Mars Chocolate North America
Topeka, Kansas

The first chocolate candy plant built by Mars in 35 years, McCarthy constructed the 550,000-square-foot, one-story food grade production and manufacturing facility on a 150-acre site. Highly automated, LEED Gold, and a model of modern food manufacturing, the plant has seven structures including production, administration, central utilities and rail buildings, a guard house, wastewater treatment plant, fire pump house and a 286-car surface parking lot. The facility was named 2015 Food Plant of the Year by Food Engineering, the leading national food manufacturing publication.

Mercy Hospital Joplin
Joplin, Missouri

The new 875,000-square-foot, seven-story hospital replaces the former St. John’s Regional Medical Center demolished by an EF5 tornado on May 22, 2011. With an immediate commitment to re-building, hospital leadership turned to longtime partner McCarthy to take on the urgent and vital work. Completed under budget and in less than half the time for a comparable scope of work, the building has set the standard for tornado readiness at the hospital level. Mercy has come to represent not just a new building, but the re-birth of a community.

McCarthy excels at building high-profile, technically challenging projects and is proud to have been recognized by professional and business community peers in Kansas City for our efforts. Accolades include:

  • 2014 Safety Excellence Award for Best General Contractor from The Builders’ Association
  • 2014 Excellence in Concrete Design and Construction Award for Mars Chocolate North America from the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute
  • 2015 Kansas City Healthiest Employer Award from the Kansas City Business Journal
  • 2015 Food Plant of the Year for Mars Chocolate North America from Food Engineering, the leading national food manufacturing publication
  • 2015 General Contractor of the Year from the Kansas City Area Subcontractors Association

Helping to strengthen our local community is at the heart of McCarthy’s Kansas City efforts. The team regularly makes time to give back through the firm’s “Heart Hats” program. For example, Kansas City team members give their time and effort to Heartland Therapeutic Riding in Stillwell, Kan., an equine-assisted therapy facility. This past spring, team members constructed a ramp and loading platform making it easier for riders to mount horses. More community service initiatives with the riding facility are planned.

So, what about the next two years for McCarthy Kansas City? And, the next two? And the next? Greg Lee, director of business development, aptly sums it up. “We will keep doing what we do best. Being true builders who build strong structures and mutually beneficial partnerships with authenticity, teamwork and an ‘all-in’ attitude.”

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