McCarthy Begins Build-Out Phase of UNLV Biomedical Facility

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (http://www.mccarthy.com), one the nation's leading research facility builders, recently began construction on the interior build-out of the Shadow Lane Biomedical Facility for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (http://www.mccarthy.com), one the nation's leading research facility builders, recently began construction on the interior build-out of the Shadow Lane Biomedical Facility for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

The interior build-out phase, designed by SmithGroup Inc of Phoenix, includes modifying 31,200-square-feet of existing shell space into medical classrooms, laboratories, hospital simulation spaces, offices and study rooms. McCarthy is also installing new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as relocating an existing chiller and other mechanical equipment.

Scheduled for completion in July 2009, the Shadow Lane Biomedical Facility was originally a state owned rehabilitation center that UNLV acquired to assist in accommodating future growth within the University's nursing and dental medicine schools. The project was divided into multiple phases to allow the University to continue utilizing the facility throughout construction.

Operating as Construction Manager at Risk ("CMAR") for the University, McCarthy previously completed the interior demolition and core and shell renovation of the former rehabilitation center. McCarthy upgraded the infrastructure of the 25,000-square-foot building by creating a "mid floor," between the facility's existing 23-foot ceiling and floor. The concrete work and utilization of a unique micropile foundation system, allowed McCarthy to add an additional 15,000- square-feet of future learning space.

"McCarthy's ongoing involvement, partnership and insightful recommendations have been instrumental to the project's success," said Roland Wisdom, project architect for UNLV'S planning and construction department. "Throughout the duration of this multi-phased project McCarthy has effectively managed the development of construction plans, operating budgets and time tables."

Once complete, the new Biomedical Facility will provide students with the most up-to-date learning facility and strengthen UNLV'S reputation as a top quality research institution.

Located on the corner of Charleston Boulevard and Shadow Lane, the Shadow Lane campus is in the heart of the city's medical district and serves as the focal point for the university's research, advanced training and professional services in biomedical sciences and biotechnology.

Recognized by the Nevada Contractors Association as the "Safest Contractor of the Year" in 2008, McCarthy has helped to define the Southern Nevada landscape for more than 30 years. McCarthy is the nation's 10th largest domestic builder offering general contracting, construction management and design/build services.

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