Press Release: 11.04.2015

McCarthy Breaks Ground on Phase I of the Museum of Fine Arts

Rendering of Houston Museum of Fine Arts

McCarthy recently broke ground on a project to expand the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), one of the largest museums in the United States and also the oldest art museum in Texas.

“We look forward to building a dynamic, one-of-a-kind facility for Houston tourists and residents to enjoy long into the future, and we are excited to be working with a local institution like the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,” said McCarthy Houston Division President Jim Stevenson. “Our team is proud to be working with quality partners including The Projects Group and architects Steven Holl and Kendall Heaton to make the museum’s vision come to fruition.”

The project is located in the heart of the Museum District, a culture-filled area that attracts more than 8 million visitors each year. The redevelopment of the 14-acre campus consists of a new exhibition building, a new art school, a below ground, two-level parking garage, a rooftop garden, architecturally significant tunnel connectors, extensive site development and a central plant.

Phase I of the $350-million campus expansion project includes the construction of the Glassell School of Art, a highly-regarded art school that serves as the teaching wing of the MFAH, with a variety of classes, workshops, and educational opportunities for students diverse in age, interests, experience, and needs. The new facility will replace a 1979 original building. Nearly doubling the size of the previous building, the new Glassell School will be 80,000 square feet and will include space for the junior and adult schools, which serve 7,000 students each year. Some features of the new facility include fully digital studios and classrooms, exhibition space, an auditorium and street-level café.

McCarthy has a long-standing history of building complex, architecturally significant projects in the entertainment and arts industry. In addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, McCarthy’s Texas portfolio of entertainment and institutional projects includes 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, among others.

About the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tracing its origins to 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the largest cultural institutions in the country. Its main campus is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District and comprises the Audrey Jones Beck Building, the Caroline Wiess Law Building, the Glassell School of Art, and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. The Beck and Law buildings are connected underground by the Wilson Tunnel, which features James Turrell’s iconic installation The Light Inside. Additional resources include a repertory cinema, two significant libraries, and public archives. Nearby, two house museums—Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi—present collections of American and European decorative arts. The encyclopedic collections of the MFAH are especially strong in Pre-Columbian and African gold; Renaissance and Baroque painting and sculpture; 19th- and 20th-century art; photography; and Latin American art. The MFAH is also home to the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), a leading research institute for 20th-century Latin American and Latino art.

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 strong 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. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,700 salaried employees with offices in Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Denver, 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 the website or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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