Press Release: 04.05.2018

Three McCarthy Projects win ENR ‘Best of the Best’ Awards

ENR best of the best

Three of our McCarthy projects were recently honored with prestigious Engineering News-Record (ENR) Best of the Best Projects for 2017 awards. A blue-ribbon panel that included dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team chose the best design and construction achievements in the country for projects completed between May 2016 and May 2017.

All three of the award-winning projects also received ENR Regional awards as well.

Best of the Best Energy/Industrial Project

At 72 megawatts, our Hazlehurst solar facility in Hazlehurst, Ga., is the largest in our partner Silicon Ranch’s vast portfolio. Winner of our 2017 Roger Burnet Award for best overall project, Hazlehurst featured the best of McCarthy collaboration and innovation. It was a combined effort by our Southwest and Southeast teams with additional help from MC Industrial and Castle. The project consists of 633,600 modules resting on 42,240 foundation piles covering 450 acres. It was brought online three months ahead of schedule in December 2016 despite a 3 ½-month permit delay and is expected to generate more than 134 kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year.

Best of the Best Excellence in Safety Award

Utilizing collaboration during the design phase with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and co-location was a major factor in the success of the $115 million Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center Emergency Department expansion project. This led to a smoother construction process, resulting in a savings of time and costs during a challenging 13-phase project spanning from 2013 to 2016. The rest of the hospital remained fully operational while construction crews used creative methods to limit noise, vibrations and any risk to patients, staff and visitors. McCarthy delivered client value by meeting complex construction schedules, coordinating multiple crews simultaneously and relying on best practices from our extensive healthcare construction experience regarding non-disruption of patients and hospital personnel.

Best of the Best Sports/Entertainment Project

At 200,000 square feet, the Odysea Aquarium located in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the largest aquarium in the Southwest. The two-story facility stores more than 2 million gallons of water, filtered through more than 300 pumps while traveling along 42,000 lineal feet of piping on a 14-acre site. The project required more than 12,000 cubic yards of concrete for structural footings, 16 cast-in-place concrete aquatic tanks, 121 concrete structural columns and 72 concrete tilt-wall panels. The largest panel weighed 220,000 pounds and is 60 feet high. Completed in 2016, the aquarium includes 60 exhibits, more than 30,000 sea creatures and more than 500 species. Able to accommodate more than 10,000 daily visitors, the facility also has more than 5,400 square feet of acrylic viewing windows.

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