The firm was also recognized by the AGC–NM with two “Best Building” awards for excellence in construction. The projects honored as “Best Buildings” are the University of New Mexico Science and Math Learning Center and the University of New Mexico — Yale Parking Garage.
The AGC-NM names Industry Choice Award winners through a vote by the group’s membership. Industry Choice Award recipients are recognized for their pursuit of best practices in (1) approach to conducting business, (2) dealings with customers, clients, employees, and peers, and (3) quality performance with respect to products and/or services. McCarthy NM earned highest honors with the Outstanding General Contractor award in this category. AGC-NM also awards “Best Building” projects, which are judged and awarded based upon the complexity of the construction process, and project challenges, such as budget, site constraints, schedule, and project delivery method. This year, the awards gala also served as a benefit to the ACE Leadership High School – the acclaimed cutting-edge charter school founded by AGC-NM Building Branch as well as future leaders of the industry and the NM community.
“We are honored and humbled to be named Industry Choice Outstanding General Contractor by the AGC-NM,” said Dennis Tucker, executive VP of McCarthy NM. “This recognition by other contractors in New Mexico, along with two Best Building awards, reinforces our commitment to doing all we can to build a strong community in New Mexico.
“It’s also a point of pride for McCarthy NM to support the ACE Leadership High School, which assists in developing our future industry and community leaders,” added Jaime Garrido, director of client services for McCarthy NM.
The $15 million Science and Math Learning Center at the University of New Mexico (UNM) main campus in Albuquerque won first place in the “Best Buildings” – $10-$20 million category. The Center completes the transformation of the University’s western boundary, and serves as a gateway to the technological heart of the campus. The design of the 62,000-square-foot building unites the previously scattered mathematics department and integrates technology-rich chemistry and biology classrooms with a 200-seat auditorium, a visualization lab,“smart” classrooms, distance learning facilities, and a café. The integration of sustainable design and construction strategies positions the project to achieve LEED for Schools Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The $12.8 million Yale Parking Garage, a state-of-the-art parking facility that added more than 780 parking spaces to the University of New Mexico’s main campus, was named runner-up in the same category (Best Building $10-$20 million). The six-story structure includes a pedestrian bridge from the third floor of the garage, providing direct access to the campus. Additionally, the top floor of the parking structure features a 180 kW photovoltaic solar array comprised of 840 individual panels that generate electricity for the university.
Other significant projects McCarthy NM has been involved with include: Presbyterian Rio Rancho (Rust) Medical Center; Presbyterian Main Campus East expansion, ER renovation, multiple floor renovations, and the addition of Rachel’s Courtyard; Hobbs Freshman High School; Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa; New Mexico State University Arts Complex; Sandia Resort & Casino; Upper Fruitland Casino Water Treatment Plant, and numerous schools across the state.
About McCarthy NM
Founded in 1864, McCarthy is one of the oldest and largest privately held construction firms in the nation. The firm has been building in the New Mexico market since 1981, with the construction of an APS Absorber Foundation in the Four Corners area, followed by a Four Corners Foundation project for the Navajo Nation. By the late 1990’s McCarthy’s NM office expanded into other areas where our nationally recognized construction expertise in healthcare, Native American developments, hospitality, correctional, higher-education and K-12 facilities has helped to build communities throughout the state. In addition to the firm’s Southwest divisional offices in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, McCarthy also has offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco; Dallas and Houston; St. Louis; and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. For more information, visit mccarthynm.com/.