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McCarthy wins Mesa College contract

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has been awarded the contract for the construction management of the new 180,000-square-foot, four-story Math and Science Building at San Diego Mesa College at 7250 Mesa College Drive.

The $92 million instructional building is being funded by the $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, which is providing for new teaching and learning facilities, major renovations and campus infrastructure projects at Mesa, City and Miramar colleges, and six continuing education campuses.

Construction is expected to begin in early September 2010, with completion slated for November 2012.

Designed by Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker, the building will house four floors of classrooms, laboratory space and offices for the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physical sciences.

The will be constructed of structural steel with concrete shear walls and an exterior curtain wall.

The building is designed to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

According to McCarthy Project Director Robert Betz, the biggest challenge facing the construction team is the project's location on a compact 200,000-square-foot site right in the middle of the campus.

Project team consultants include Hope Engineering for structural engineering, and X-nth for mechanical and electrical engineering.

The program manager for the Propositions S and N construction program for the San Diego Community College District is Gafcon.

This is the second major project McCarthy has been awarded by the San Diego Community College District at San Diego Mesa College.

The company also built the new three-story, 50,000-square-foot Allied Health Building, which was completed in August.

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