By Eric Althoff
ATHENS, Ga.ÔÇöMcCarthy Building Companies along with project partners Newcomb & Boyd, Koons Environmental and FLAD Architects jointly announced the delivery of the 70,000-square-foot Poultry Science Building at the University of GeorgiaÔÇÖs College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
The $54 million facility features classrooms incorporating the latest technology, laboratories as well as collaborative meeting spaces. The six-floor building is also home to cold storage rooms, avian vivarium, biosafety labs, and staff and support offices. Specific areas are devoted to graduate and postdoctoral study areas, with large conference rooms also accessible throughout the building.
The builders applied a green energy model to ensure that the Poultry Science Building would meet certification from the Georgia Peach Program. The recognition demonstrates that a state-owned or -managed building delivers on energy efficiency, utilizes construction materials from within the Peach State, as well as respects the stateÔÇÖs natural resources throughout its construction processÔÇöand will also be efficient in terms of resource consumption moving forward.
Bobby Campell, business unit leader and executive vice president at McCarthyÔÇÖs Atlanta location, said that the pandemic, materials delays and additional cost overruns threatened to detail the project timeline, but the firm was able to maximize its team power to ensure timely delivery of the Poultry Science Building in time for spring classes.
ÔÇťWe are proud to deliver this project to the students and faculty at the University of Georgia, as the new Poultry Science Building stands as a testament to the universityÔÇÖs dedication to advancing agriculture in Georgia, a state at the forefront of poultry production in the nation,ÔÇŁ said Campell.
ÔÇťFrom the office to the jobsite, we did our best to respect the environment and tap in our extensive Georgia Peach building expertise to exceed sustainability,ÔÇŁ added Lizzy Burge, project director at McCarthyÔÇÖs Atlanta location. ÔÇťWe are excited to be a part of this exceptional building and the future it will provide for its students.ÔÇŁ
The Poultry Science Building is McCarthyÔÇÖs first construction buildout at the University of Georgia, and the company will soon commence work on the schoolÔÇÖs West Campus Parking Deck II as well. The firm has completed various Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) projects and Board of Regents (BOR) educational work such as West Georgia Technical CollegeÔÇÖs Carroll Campus, Georgia State UniversityÔÇÖs College of Law and Petit Science Center Building, and Georgia Institute of TechnologyÔÇÖs Krone Engineered Biosystems Building.
McCarthy, which is owned by its employees, has been in business for over 150 years, and is AmericaÔÇÖs oldest privately held national construction company.