Press Release: 06.25.2018

McCarthy Begins Renovation at Northern Arizona University

nau science annex rendering

McCarthy recently began construction on an extensive renovation of Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Science Annex in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The $12 million renovation project includes a complete remodel of the third and fourth floors of the 73,000-square-foot Science Annex facility, which is located in the North Campus Science Corridor. The 34,000-square-foot space is being converted from chemistry laboratories to an open office workspace where collaboration will be a major focus. The scope of work includes exterior glazing, replacement of mechanical systems, the addition of a fire sprinkler system, new electrical service and distribution, and the addition of a new elevator. 

“This is an important project for our Flagstaff campus and we are very pleased to be working with McCarthy Building Companies,” said Daniel Okoli, NAU’s vice president for Capital Planning and Campus Operations at NAU. “Their work on other NAU projects has been exceptional and they continue to maintain a strong reputation in the construction industry.”

In addition to general contractor McCarthy, the project team includes architect HDR Inc. The Science Annex renovation project is slated for completion in May 2019.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Northern Arizona University on this extensive renovation project, which represents McCarthy’s first major project on the NAU campus,” said Bryan Kuster, McCarthy vice president of operations. “We have an established track record of successful higher education projects in Arizona and we look forward to continuing our partnership with NAU.”

To date McCarthy has completed both new construction and renovation projects to support NAU’s College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, including the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the School of Communications. 

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 14th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2018). With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has 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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