Press Release: 05.15.2019

McCarthy Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ of Oklahoma Heart Hospital Super West Expansion Project

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New six-story hospital tower is scheduled to open in summer 2020, in part due to construction efficiencies achieved through Lean principles and advanced technology.

McCarthy joined Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Mercy and a group of community leaders at a May 7 ceremony commemorating the topping out of the Super West Expansion project at Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s south campus. This traditional construction milestone takes place as the final beam—signed by members of the project team — is hoisted onto the building to signify that the structure has reached its maximum height.

The $150 million Super West Expansion project includes the addition of a six-story, 228,338-square-foot hospital tower on the campus’ west side. Both Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Mercy will share the facility, advancing a 15-year partnership between the two healthcare organizations.

As construction manager, McCarthy is overseeing construction of the new building, which encompasses 44 patient beds; eight cardiac care unit beds; a catheterization lab; two inpatient pharmacies; imaging, prep and surgery areas; a post-anesthesia care unit; a chapel; a lobby and registration area; and administration and shell space. The project also includes construction of a two-level central energy plant, surface parking, a helipad, and a two-level, 180-space parking garage.

The construction team’s use of advanced technology and Lean principles, including pull planning schedules, is maximizing construction efficiency and quality.

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“We’ve worked hard to build a highly collaborative project culture focused on strong communication planning and engagement,” said McCarthy Senior Project Manager Joe Lewandowski. “The entire construction team is doing an exceptional job of weaving Lean principles throughout our processes.”

All construction work is being completed without negatively affecting the patients, staff and visitors using the adjacent hospital facility.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to serve this incredible community and bring the high-quality health care Mercy is known for to a growing area,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City and regional strategy officer for Mercy. “One of the most exciting aspects of this new facility is that we will have the ability to quite literally grow with the community. This hospital will have the space to be able to double our inpatient capacity in the future and expand services to meet the community’s needs.”

“We saw a need for additional health care services at our location in south Oklahoma City,” said Peggy Tipton, chief operating officer for Oklahoma Heart Hospital. “We knew this was a great opportunity to expand our partnership with Mercy and better serve our patients and community.”

McCarthy is serving as construction manager and general contractor, and WHR Architects/EYP Health is the project’s architect. Other project team members include Bernhard TME (mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer and commissioning) and Cardinal Engineering (civil engineer).

Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2020. Weekly video project updates are available at the construction project website.

McCarthy is also completing an expansion to the current hospital’s Emergency Department to support new expanded capacity of the new tower.

About Oklahoma Heart Hospital

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital (OHH) is a physician-owned hospital dedicated to providing excellence in quality and healthcare. Designed by cardiologists, OHH empowers cardiovascular specialists to bring world-class medical expertise and compassion to the care of every patient. OHH is the first of its kind in Oklahoma, the first all-digital hospital in the United States and has repeatedly been ranked first in the nation for patient satisfaction scores. OHH has two primary locations in the OKC metro– the North and South hospital campuses – as well as a network of more than 70 cardiovascular specialists at more than 60 clinic and hospital locations across the state. OHH remains at the cutting edge of advancements in heart health as one of the largest cardiovascular research sites in the nation. For more information about OHH, visit

About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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 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 and Instagram.

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