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McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently erected steel framing for the expansion and renovation of the Biomedical Library for the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. McCarthy is serving as the construction manager/general contractor for the $16 million project. Pfeiffer Partners Inc. of Los Angeles is the project architect. Completion is expected in summer 2006.

The project entails the addition of 39,600 square feet of space to the existing biomedical library, as well as renovation of the attached existing structure. Upon project completion, the facility will be one contiguous space totaling 74,690 square feet.

The next step in construction for McCarthy will be construction of an articulated cast-in-place roof structure designed to match the connecting building. The so-called concrete "flying wing" will be built, mostly for aesthetic purposes, around the perimeter of the new building. Protruding 11 feet from the building, the cantilevered frame also slopes upward at a 20 percent angle and poses significant construction challenges for the McCarthy team.

The library expansion and renovation is McCarthy's fifth project at UCSD. The contractor recently completed the $83 million Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, and is currently building the $30 million Student Academic Services Facility. The Newport Beach-based firm's other completed projects at the school include the Leichtag Family Foundation Biomedical Research Building and the Powell-Focht Bioengineering Building.

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