McCarthy Building Companies Begins Construction on New Johnson Controls $150 Million Engineering & Test Facility


McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently started work on a $150 million Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center in Hopewell Township, near York, Pennsylvania. The center will consolidate testing facilities spread out over Johnson Controls’ existing campus, located 15 miles north in York, into a new state-of-the-art facility. The project is a joint venture between McCarthy, PJ Dick, and Stewart & Tate Contracting.

The Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center will comprise two separate buildings, a 250,000-square-foot test laboratory and a 107,000-square-foot engineering building. The test facility will include the latest testing technology for air handlers and chillers and will be the largest test facility in North America.

“This facility is a one-of-a-kind project, and ultimately the joint venture team was selected based on their depth of experience in constructing unique research facilities across the country and specifically in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Laura Wand, vice president of global chillers, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “This unprecedented investment supports our commitment to engineering and marketing the best chillers and air handling units in the world. Our new Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center and our highly technical workforce in York County and around the world will continue to drive global growth for Johnson Controls.”

An estimated 480 jobs will relocate from the current Johnson Controls campus to the new facility once it is complete. The current campus will also remain open.

“Our team is pleased to continue to expand our relationship with Johnson Controls, and we are ready to apply our expertise and technology to deliver this state-of-the-art facility for a valued client,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Molen.


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