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McCarthy Design-Build

Beginning every project with the end in mind.

The most successful projects have strong, collaborative teams focused on owner outcomes. Starting every project with your goals in mind, we assemble those high-performing teams and build trust as the foundation — bringing every stakeholder perspective to the table to deliver value for all.

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Our Design-Build Leaders

Contact any of our team leaders to discuss how we can build you a high-performing team and create value on your next project.

Case Studies in Design-Build Experience

Robert A. Young Federal Building

2021 National Award – Merit | Rehabilitation | Renovation | Restoration

  • 20 Stories
  • 1 Million Square Feet
  • 100% Occupied

A seismic retrofit on one of St. Louis’ largest office buildings, McCarthy completed the project for the General Services Administration (GSA) while the building remained 100 percent occupied.

Structural seismic renovations typically include either all concrete or all steel sheer walls throughout the building. In order to complete both the seismic retrofit and other non-structural components of the project within the budget, the McCarthy design-build team developed an innovative and less invasive solution that included a combination of concrete shear walls and a seismic damper system. The solution reduced the number of shear walls required, reduced installation time and made the installations less disruptive for occupants.

The design-build team added 5,280 tons of weight to the building without using any cranes. View the full case study to find out how.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton


 

A model for best-practices in design-build delivery, partnering and lean methodology, this massive naval hospital was delivered six months early and $100 million under budget. Located on a 67-acre campus, the hospital features medical facilities for emergency, primary, intensive and specialty care. It also boasts numerous sustainable features and was designed to meet California’s stringent seismic regulations.

Design-build delivery played an instrumental role in realizing the project’s ambitious goals. As a part of this approach, the design team fully integrated with the construction personnel, including key subcontractors. From early design phases through project completion, they collaborated on each design submittal and package to ensure constructability, expedite work and control quality and costs. The design-build project team overcame many challenges — giving their all to further the Navy’s goal of delivering world-class healthcare to the region's military and their families.

$100M
Under Budget
67-Acre
Campus
500,000
square feet

The University of Arizona, Applied Research Building
 

Currently under construction, the Applied Research Building (ARB) is a very specialized, one-of-a-kind research facility designed specifically for UA applied research programs. This three-story building has a variety of programmed spaces, including high bay payload assembly areas, a large scale thermal vacuum chamber, unique research / customized laboratories, clean rooms, faculty offices, collaboration spaces, and conference rooms.

The ARB is a design-build project integrating University of Arizona Research Innovation and Impact, Planning, Design & Construction, and the McCarthy/SmithGroup team. Collaboration with the project partners was an essential part of the design-build process and will allow the team to truly bring this one of kind building to life.

McCarthy Design-Build Insights

Design-Build: The Owner’s Role in Successful Outcomes

by Jim Mynott, Senior Vice President Integrated Design Delivery

Six ways an owner’s involvement in design-build helps achieve their business goals and exceed design expectations.

Target Budget Design: Providing Value with Cost Certainty

by Jim Mynott, Senior Vice President Integrated Design Delivery

How using a Target Budget Approach within design-build can turn your budget into a proactive, integrated team alignment tool.

The Integrated Virtual Builder

by Alex Belkofer, Director Virtual Design & Construction

How closer collaboration among stakeholders controls costs, lowers risk and creates an exceptional client experience.

Awards and Recognition

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2021 National DBIA Award

Merit: Rehabilitation | Renovation | Restoration
Robert A. Young Federal Building
Design-Build Institute of America

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2020 Award of Merit

Canada College Math & Science Building
DBIA Western Pacific Region

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2020 Best Research Facility

GTRI South Cobb Campus
Design-Build Institute of America

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2018 ENR California #1 Design-Build

Top Contractor by Market Sector
Engineering News-Record California

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2016 Award of Merit

Educational Facilities
LA Valley College Monarch Center
Design-Build Institute of America

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2016 Award of Merit

LAX Central Utility Plant
Design-Build Institute of America

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2015 Alliant Build America Award

Design-Build Merit Winner
St. Jude Medical Center
AGC of America

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2014 DBIA Distinction Award

St. Jude Medical Center
Design-Build Institute of America

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2014 Design-Build Project of the Year

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
DBIA Western Pacific Region

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2014 National Award of Merit

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
DBIA Western Pacific Region