Press Release: 03.30.2016

McCarthy Awarded High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a Texas builder for 36 years, was recently awarded the contract from the Houston Independent School District to build the new High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), which will be located at 790 Austin Street in downtown Houston. The prestigious HSPVA provides gifted young artists with highly specialized and rigorous arts training in addition to a challenging academic curriculum.   

“Since 1971, HSPVA has had a tremendous impact on young artists, and McCarthy is gratified to be a part of something that will continue to mentor and develop future generations of artists,” said McCarthy Houston Division President Jim Stevenson. “With extensive experience building complex performance venues and educational facilities, our team is excited to work on a project that combines the two and showcases our expertise.”

The new replacement school, located in close proximity to Houston’s renowned Theater District, will feature specialized performance and fine arts spaces to enhance the artistic environment of the unique school. Designed to accommodate 750 students, the five-story 168,000-square-foot building will feature a dramatic front entrance with double-high glass windows and a wide stairwell, and include an 800-seat main theater with a balcony, dance and music studios, a 300-seat black box theater, rehearsal rooms, a modern outdoor dining area, two levels of underground parking, and an outdoor roof terrace. More information on the HSPVA project is available here.

The downtown location of the project, which will cover an entire city block, poses several logistical and construction challenges for the McCarthy team. The underground parking garage must be excavated, shored and all excess materials hauled off, with no available storage capacity around the building or on adjacent blocks. With no staging area for materials, deliveries will require pinpoint scheduling to coordinate offloading and placement into the structure. Construction on the $80 million project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

McCarthy has a long-standing history of building complex, architecturally significant projects in the performing and visual arts industry. In addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, McCarthy’s Texas portfolio of performing and institutional projects includes the award-winning AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas and the Dallas City Performance Hall, among others.

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been a community builder across America for more than 150 years and in Texas for 36 years, creating and developing positive working relationships with clients in a diverse range of markets. Throughout all phases of a project, from early integrated design phase services, through construction and after completion, McCarthy builders utilize industry-leading construction techniques and the most sophisticated technology to deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best value. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at the website or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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