Press Release: 10.03.2017

McCarthy Awarded Holocaust Museum Houston Expansion Project

Expansion will make it the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the country

Rendering of Holocaust Museum expansion project

McCarthy was recently awarded the project to expand Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH), more than doubling its original size from 21,000 square feet to 57,000 square feet. This expansion will make HMH the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the United States. The new building, located at 5401 Caroline St. in the Museum District, will be named the Lester and Sue Smith Campus, a culture-filled location that attracts more than eight million visitors each year. Construction is slated to begin this fall.

"We're pleased to contribute to the thriving cultural hub that is the Museum District by constructing Holocaust Museum Houston expansion,” said McCarthy Houston Division President Jim Stevenson. "McCarthy has proven experience in providing state-of-the-art construction solutions to meet challenges of architectural design and functionality of arts and education facilities. We're honored to see this expansion develop into a quality structure of history and education."

A LEED certified project, HMH expansion will consist of razing two thirds of the current one-story building and replacing it with a larger three-story building. The first floor of the new building will hold new galleries featuring Anne Frank and human rights, expanding the already existing galleries. The second floor will recreate The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Auditorium, doubling the number of seats available. It will also add a gallery and learning center, a 2,000-square-foot classroom space and a three-story butterfly loft. The loft will house butterflies representing the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. The third floor will consist of new administrative offices and The Boniuk Library, which contains more than 10,000 volumes, 285 oral testimonies and additional educational tools used for in-house research and genealogical searches.

“McCarthy is a leader in the construction industry and a valued partner in this project,” said Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston. "Their specialization in museums makes them a perfect fit for our expansion needs."

McCarthy has a long-standing history of building complex, architecturally significant projects in the entertainment and arts industry. In addition to the Holocaust Museum Houston expansion project, McCarthy’s Texas portfolio of entertainment and institutional projects includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston expansion, Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts as well as the award-winning AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park located over Woodall Rogers Freeway and the Dallas City Performance Hall.

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 15th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,800 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; 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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