Press Release: 04.19.2017

New Math, Science & Tech Building at Canada College

Rendering of exterior of new Math, Science & Tech building at Canada College

Sustainable facility will showcase client’s commitment to educate tomorrow’s tech-savvy workforce

April 19, 2017 – McCarthy and HGA Architects and Engineers have been selected as the design-build team for a 50,000-square-foot, three-story, Math, Science and Technology classroom and lab building at Cañada College in Redwood City, California. Construction of the facility is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring of 2018.

“With a student body of more than 6,000 individuals, modernizing the math and science facilities is essential to the long-term success of the college,” said Kaveh Amirdelfan, principal-in-charge of the project on behalf of HGA. “Working with the college to develop a state-of-the-art facility for students and faculty alike will serve as an excellent model for future developments.”

The new building will feature flexible classrooms, labs and faculty offices, and will provide a modern learning facility for science education. Supporting the philosophy that learning happens everywhere, the design will propose such features as an indoor/outdoor “learning commons.” An enhanced plaza adjacent to the building will create a functional and attractive outdoor gathering space, drawing students to this new heart of the north campus.

“The modernized building will be perfectly suited for 21st century students and teachers, especially in disciplines that directly relate to the region’s dominant professional industries,” said McCarthy Project Director Bill Niemann. “The sustainability features that will be incorporated will support the academic success of the students and ensure the longevity of the facility. We’re thrilled to partner with HGA and the College on this project, which will leave a lasting impact the community for years to come.”

The building will be designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and to be Net Zero Energy-ready –meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to or less than the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Additionally, the project will participate in the PG&E Savings by Design Program, which provides services to help meet and exceed California’s Title 24 energy efficiency requirements. 

“The sustainable design of the new facility will not only reduce the college’s operational costs, but will also provide a healthier environment overall,” added Kevin Day, design principal at HGA. “The building will become an integral part of the science education on campus, and the learning environments provided there will help these students succeed in our 21st century workforce.”

The HGA project team includes Samara Lull, project manager; David Lang, project designer; Peter Kimelman, project architect; and Tiffany Coyne, project coordinator. William Niemann is the project director for McCarthy.

About HGA

HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm that helps prepare its clients for the future. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, California; Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Washington DC, the nationally recognized firm has developed expertise in the healthcare, corporate, government, arts, community, education, and science/technology industries since 1953. HGA’s culture for interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge sharing and design investiga­tion enables its clients to achieve success with responsive, innovative and sustainable design. Visit or follow the firm on Facebook or Twitter.

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 spans all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with advanced technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 15th largest domestic general builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,850 salaried employees, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; 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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