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Albuquerque, NM, United States, 2010/05/14 - McCarthy, one of the nation’s leading education facility builders, recently broke ground on a $14 million Science and Math Learning Center at the University of New Mexico (UNM) main campus in Albuquerque.
The Science and Mathematics Learning Center, which will include a 200-seat auditorium, visualization lab, classrooms, science labs, department and faculty offices, and study areas, will be designed to promote freshmen-level integration between four departments, including mathematics, chemistry, biology, and earth and planetary sciences. In addition, the project will be designed with long distance learning capabilities. Construction of the center began June 29 and is slated for completion in the fall of 2010. The building will consist of four floors, with three floors above grade and one below.
McCarthy will construct the Science and Mathematics Learning Center to meet the sustainability requirements of the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Silver Certification.
“The team at McCarthy really set themselves apart with their complete management plan encompassing the whole project displaying clear direction and responsibilities. Their plan also addressed the numerous site utility challenges and specialized teaching environment infrastructure supports that will be required” said UNM representative. “We are very pleased and looking forward to working with their team as offered for this project.”
“This is the first of what we hope to be many projects for the University of New Mexico,” said Jeff Clarkson for McCarthy. “The construction of the Science and Mathematics Learning Center will incorporate a number of sustainable design and construction initiatives, and allow us to exercise our knowledge of and experience with LEED prerequisites. This project will complement the campus and become an asset for students and faculty for generations to come.”
The project will also include specialized laboratory mechanical systems, structural steel framing, laboratory casework and equipment, acoustical lay-in ceilings, HVAC, and special systems work; site work improvements to pedestrian circulation; and site work infrastructure, including major relocations of sewer, telecommunications and electrical services.
Founded in 1864, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (mccarthy.com) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest commercial construction companies and is ranked among the top five education builders by Engineering News-Record. The firm operates as McCarthy NM in New Mexico and has been building in the state for more nearly 30 years. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.