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McCarthy Design-Build

Beginning every project with the end in mind.

Our priority is to build strong, collaborative relationships focused on positive owner outcomes at the start of every project. We assemble high-performing teams with trust as the foundation, bringing every stakeholder’s perspective to the table to deliver value for all, through all stages of the project life cycle – planning, designing, construction, and operation. 

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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.

Allegiant Stadium

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In construction the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the Mortenson | McCarthy Joint Venture led a team of more than 100 firms to complete one of the country’s largest design-build projects under budget and on time, despite a demanding 32-month construction schedule.  

The seven-acre ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof is suspended 195 feet in the air by 100 lightweight stainless-steel cables to create an outdoor feel in a temperature-controlled facility. To erect the 24-ton system, contractors spread the 800-foot cables across the stadium’s lower bowl and hoisted them into place.  

The Allegiant Stadium project schedule was developed in concert with trade partners and updated weekly with actual progress reports and fragments resulting from the week’s activities. The schedule was a 4D model, which was updated monthly. 

32-Month Construction Schedule
1.75 Million
Square Feet
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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.

Emory Johns Creek Parking Garage

The Emory Johns Creek Parking Deck is a design-build parking structure that provides an additional 640 spaces to support the needs of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital campus. With the existing parking being a single surface lot, the introduction of a new parking structure needed to be complementary to the existing hospital building architecture. Use of a similar materials pallet comprised of brick, cast stone, and metal panel cladding helped ensure a familiar aesthetic was maintained.  

Utilizing the design-build delivery method allowed the project team to build a fully functional parking structure as quickly as possible and allowed for strong coordination amongst the owner, program manager, architect, contractor and consultants. The team developed and implemented an integrated project schedule where all design and construction milestone dates were achieved, and the project team finished two weeks ahead of schedule. The high-quality design was realized and documented within the budget, and the project was completed with only one change order.  

San Jose State Interdisciplinary Science Building 

The 160,000-square-foot, 8-story interdisciplinary science building houses teaching laboratories, research laboratories, and laboratory support areas for the Biology and Chemistry departments, administrative space, instructional areas, conference rooms, high performance computing areas and student collaborative spaces. This project is a primary driver in elevating the university’s science programs, with goals including setting the new design standard for the campus and to be the most technologically advanced building on campus. 

As industry leaders in collaborative delivery and planning, McCarthy+Flad are pushing the boundaries of project delivery innovation and collaboration, developing an understanding that the foundation for effectiveness with an Integrated Delivery Team is the formation and utilization of Functional Teams to promote speed and advance team effectiveness. 

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West Facilities 

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The new 97-acre, $1.7 billion western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will provide safe, secure, and efficient facilities that will meet the agency's long-term requirements and vision for Geospatial-Intelligence. With more than 200 team members nationwide, the design-build team’s collaborative strategy was based on a four-tier governance structure comprised of project delivery teams, project leadership team, executive leadership team and senior executive board.  

Upon completion, the project will accommodate new technologies and processes that will generate beneficial synergies through integration, collaboration, and geospatial data immersion. The 'purpose-built' facility will provide an open flexible work environment that is scalable, reconfigurable, and adaptive to changing mission requirements and the associated changes in workflow and data sharing methodologies.  

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