Press Release: 04.23.2015

McCarthy Completes Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Center

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently completed the new $15.3 million Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) Cancer Institute in Carterville, Ill. Built to improve community access to the latest in cancer care and treatment, SIH held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility on February 18 and they are now seeing their first patients.

Exterior of Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) Cancer Institute with fountain

Construction began on the new 44,000-square-foot full-service SIH Cancer Institute in September 2013. The facility combines existing radiation therapy locations and medical oncology clinics in one convenient location. Situated on a 15-acre site east of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge north of Illinois Route 13, the new facility alleviates the need to travel great distances to receive care. Bringing patients, doctors and services under one roof will increase efficiency and improve the quality of service.

The state-of-the-art facility includes two radiation vaults, medical oncology infusion spaces, medical clinic suites, administrative offices, a lab, a rehab gym, meeting rooms, retail space, and a self-service eating area. Lawrence Group provided architecture and interior design services. TKH Inc. provided healthcare facility planning services, and McClure Engineering provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services.

The team relied heavily on communication to all stakeholders to ensure the project was completed on time, on budget, safely and with the highest level of quality. “The communication was some of the best I have experienced on a project,” stated Dan Boeckman, corporate director of facilities for SIH. He noted that “the McCarthy team was on top of all the changes as the project progressed and was able to keep all users happy while still completing the project in a timely manner.” 

The building’s design incorporates a number of sustainable elements. Natural materials, natural light and views of the surrounding landscape will promote wellness and healing in the cancer patients who visit the facility. The project was designed and built to meet the requirements for LEED certification by the United States Green Building Council.

”While there are numerous elements to this project that I consider successful, one of the most rewarding aspects was building the relationship with SIH, LGA, and McClure. The collaboration of the team is to be commended and was integral to completing this project on time and on budget,” said Andy Poirot, McCarthy’s senior project manager.

About McCarthy
Headquartered in St. Louis, and founded in 1864, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the oldest and largest commercial builders in the Midwest. McCarthy has constructed more than 800 significant healthcare facilities and renovated thousands more – while consistently appearing on Modern Healthcare’s list of leading healthcare construction management companies.

For 150 years, McCarthy has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance. Knowing how to build from preconstruction through completion is a tradition that will continue as McCarthy endeavors to advance the value of its expertise and deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best final project costs. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,700 salaried employees with offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. 

About Lawrence Group
Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. With over 160 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, a retail furniture showroom (Niche), landscape architecture, graphic design, town planning, construction management and real estate development services to healthcare, hospitality, academic, commercial, and housing clients. Lawrence Group is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. More information is available at 

About Southern Illinois Healthcare
Carbondale-based Southern Illinois Healthcare is the region’s largest and most accomplished health care provider, with national accolades in cardiac and stroke care, rehabilitation and bariatric services, breast imaging and quality. As the second largest employer in southern Illinois, SIH is 3,300 employees strong with an overarching mission to promote the health and well-being of all of the people in the communities they serve. SIH is a three-hospital, 285-bed system with over 300 medical staff physicians and mid-level providers serving over 350,000 people in the southernmost 16 counties. Specialty services include obstetrics, pediatrics, surgical services, neurosciences, heart, cancer, emergency services and rehabilitation. More information is available at

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