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McCarthy Building Companies makes a “splash” with video shot at new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

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The construction workers from McMcCarthy Building Companies, Inc. who are busy building the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station took a fun, well-deserved break to reach out to all the “Baby Shark” song lovers in St. Louis and beyond. Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/stlouisaquarium/videos/216395465978922/

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will open in late 2019. The 120,000-square-foot aquarium will include one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks featuring thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world housed in 1.3 million gallons of water. It will bring together state-of-the-art technology, animal care, education and conservation with the excitement of aquatic creatures. The two-story aquarium — built inside the footprint of a nearly 500,000-square-foot, 19th century iron umbrella train shed that is designated as a National Historic Landmark — is a key piece of the $160 million family entertainment complex planned for Union Station by the station’s owner, St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM).

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Awarded Project for St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

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Part of $160 Million Family Entertainment Complex Planned For National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com) broke ground today for a new  aquarium at St. Louis Union Station in downtown St. Louis.  The announcement was made by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM), which owns Union Station.  St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations will be the designer.

The 120,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be located in the former mall area and will feature one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks with 1.3 million gallons of water housing thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world.  Construction of the unique leisure and entertainment destination is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

During construction, the project will create 500 jobs and once operational, will bring more than 100 permanent jobs to the downtown St. Louis area.

“We’re very excited to have the nation’s top construction and design firms working with us on this project,” said Bob O’Loughlin, chairman and CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). “The fact that both McCarthy and PGAV Destinations are based in St. Louis means that they appreciate the value of Union Station’s history and its importance to our community.”

McCarthy brings extensive experience in hospitality and entertainment construction, including the 200,000-square-foot OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Ariz., the largest aquarium in the Southwest, and expansion to the St. Louis Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

“We want to thank LHM for their investment in our community.  Everyone at McCarthy and staff who will work on the project are all very excited,” said Ryan Freeman, Vice President of Operations at McCarthy.

“The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is an important and challenging project for the region.  Building this aquarium, which is extremely complex construction, inside of the historic train shed is unique in its array of complexities.  Having been headquartered here for the past 100 years, we’ve been able to build some of the most challenging projects around the region and we’re pleased to be a part of adding this exciting new landmark,” said Freeman.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be part of a $160 million family entertainment complex planned for St. Louis Union Station. Other components will include the previously announced St Louis Wheel. Wheel passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 10-to-12-minute ride. Located on the south side of the historic train shed.  The St. Louis Wheel will be a new iconic attraction on the St. Louis skyline and will be operational every day of the year, accommodating an estimated 500,000 visitors annually.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

The National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station at 1820 Market Street in downtown St. Louis opened to the public on September 1, 1894 and was owned by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.  Designed by Theodore Link, it included three main areas: the Headhouse, the Midway and the 11.5-acre train shed. 

St. Louis Union Station is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). The hotel has been named one of the world’s top railway themed hotels by Condé Nast. For information, visit www.stlouisunionstation.com/union-station-hotel/.

McCarthy Building Companies Collaborates with PrecisionHawk to Scale its Drone Services in Construction

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One of the nation’s largest general contractors, [ McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is collaborating with PrecisionHawk, a provider of enterprise-grade, commercial drone technology, to help scale its growing drone program. Using PrecisionHawk’s open software architecture, the companies will develop custom software and algorithms, to empower the construction industry using aerial intelligence.

McCarthy will deploy several near-term initiatives, including:

  • Automatically generating as-built 3D/4D BIM models from photogrammetry data captured by drones on job-sites
  • Applying Ground Penetrating Radar data to provide more accurate information to critical construction projects while reducing survey times
  • Implementing augmented reality techniques for more accurate information visualization.

“It is our aim to build a process that can automatically generate as-built 3D models with photogrammetry data and integrate those models across all phases of a project from early in the design phase through construction completion and turnover,” said McKenzie Lewis, McCarthy field solutions manager. “As drones become an increasingly important technology tool in our process, PrecisionHawk brings experienced and sophisticated development and deployment solutions that can scale with our business needs.”

A number of years ago, McCarthy began its evaluation of how enterprise drone programs can increase efficiency, improve safety, reduce risk and ultimately provide value for clients across all of its jobsites. Their test of drone platforms and aerial stitching software proved that drones improve data analysis on complex building projects.

“For the enterprise, we know the first step to building a drone program is simply proving the value of the technology. But to truly be an industry pioneer, you need to think beyond the ability to fly a drone or create a map,” said Jeffrey Freund, VP Construction Services at PrecisionHawk.

“McCarthy understands that to lead the industry in photogrammetry technology means integrating an entire platform, which includes rapid data capture, intelligence and visualization, into the enterprise workflow. We are excited to bring our expertise in scaling a drone program to support their efforts.”

McCarthy is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and located in Raleigh, NC.

 

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