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McCarthy Breaks Ground on $25 Million Renovation of Macelwane Hall at Saint Louis University


Fast-track project will renovate science building previously damaged by fire and water.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has broken ground on a $25 million renovation of Macelwane Hall, a four-story science building on the campus of Saint Louis University.

The 82,770-sq.-ft. project includes the complete renovation of all four floors of the facility after a May 2017 fire and subsequent water damage resulted in the temporary closure of the original building.

As construction manager, McCarthy will lead a team overseeing the comprehensive renovation of the structure into a state-of-the-art teaching and research environment that includes laboratories, classrooms and office space. The project will follow a fast-track, 13-month schedule to be completed in time for the spring 2019 semester that begins in January 2019.

Previously, McCarthy oversaw the fast-track conversion of a former charter elementary school into an interim science building to accommodate students, faculty and staff while Macelwane Hall remained closed. McCarthy completed that project in seven weeks to ensure the building would be available for the start of fall 2017 classes.

“We’re proud to continue our long-term partnership with Saint Louis University as we restore and enhance Macelwane Hall for the next generation of students and future scientists,” says Ryan Freeman, vice president at McCarthy Building Companies.

Designed for sustainability, the renovated building will exceed the city of St. Louis’ minimum energy code requirements through an energy upgrade that includes the replacement of windows and other green design and construction strategies.

The construction team will also employ advanced 3D technology, including building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC).

“McCarthy is a reliable construction partner we can always count on to deliver maximum quality and efficiency,” said Dustin Montgomery, Assistant Director of Construction Services at Saint Louis University.

McCarthy’s previous experience working on the SLU campus includes the construction of the Center for Global Citiizenship, Morrissey Hall, Shannon Hall, Spring Hall residential tower, and exterior improvements to St. Francis Xavier College Church and DuBourg Hall.

Hastings + Chivetta is serving as architect on the Macelwane Hall renovation. Other project team members include 8760 Engineering (MEP engineer), CR2 Engineering (systems engineer), Alper Audi (structural engineer), Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation (mechanical design-build contractor), Guarantee Electric (electrical design-build contractor) and Gateway Fire Protection Systems (fire protection design-build contractor).

The project is anticipated to be completed in December 2018.

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.


McCarthy Completes Fast-Track Construction of Interim Science Building at Saint Louis University


Construction team transforms former charter elementary school into research, teaching and office space in seven weeks. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has completed the conversion of a former charter elementary school into an interim science building for Saint Louis University (SLU). The 50,000-sq.-ft. renovation, which was undertaken and opened in time for fall 2017 semester, now houses research, teaching and office space for the University’s Department of Biology. Located on SLU’s South Campus, the new facilities will serve students, researchers and faculty while the University renovates Macelwane Hall, which experienced a fire and subsequent water damage in May 2017.

McCarthy completed the fast-track construction project in seven weeks to ensure the building would be ready for the start of classes on August 28.

“We quickly mobilized our team and collaborated closely with SLU’s staff and Fox Architects to convert the vacant school into a state-of-the-art science learning environment,” said Ryan Freeman, vice president at McCarthy Building Companies. “The project involved a lot of hands-on ingenuity and innovation to meet the very quick timeframe.”

To avoid project delays and reduce costs, the construction team proactively surveyed and sourced laboratory casework and equipment salvaged from the fire, then reworked it to fit the programs and layout in the new spaces.

Located at the corner of Spring and Chouteau Avenues, the former Imagine charter elementary school building required installation of lab exhaust and other systems and equipment, as well as extensive rework of mechanical and electrical systems to accommodate advanced research and teaching labs.

“We relied on McCarthy’s efficiency and specialized expertise in building complex research and education spaces to complete the project on time,” said Dustin Montgomery, assistant director of construction services of Saint Louis University.

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.


Saint Louis University Students Call for Clean Energy on Campus


Student Government Association passes bill calling upon University Administration  to acknowledge climate crisis, demand clean energy from Ameren Missouri

Saint Louis University (SLU) Student Government Association recently passed in an unanimous vote on a bill calling upon the SLU Administration to show regional leadership on clean energy and climate.

“SLU just cut its Sustainability Masters Program as well as the Sustainability Director position. Not only does this show a lack of foresight on the university’s part, but it is also not in line with what students here on campus want. So as the student representatives, SGA has taken the step to express to the administration that clean energy, climate action, and sustainability are a priority for students and for our future,” said Erin Kollar.

While schools such as Missouri S&T have shown leadership in committing to 100% clean energy, SLU is reliant on Ameren Missouri for the campus electricity needs.  Ameren is only getting about 1 percent of its energy from wind and solar, but other utilities in Missouri are getting over a third of their electricity from clean sources.

The resolution points out that the SLU mission of ‘the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity’ demands that we acknowledge the truth of climate change and act in a way that serves our neighbors.  The bill language outlines several steps that the SGA would like to see SLU Administration take to show leadership in line with its stated mission.

They are strongly encouraging the Administration call upon Ameren to provide campus with clean energy. The resolution also calls for the Administration to sign the St. Francis Pledge, a Catholic Climate Covenant, as well as publish a statement of solidarity with Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical, which focused on the humanitarian threat of catastrophic climate change. Saint Louis University was interestingly the only Jesuit University to not sign the statement of solidarity with Laudato Si, or the Saint Franciscan pledge of action to respond to climate change.

At the end of the academic year, this resolution will be taken to the Administration for review and consideration.  Students are enthusiastic that the resolution is reflecting their efforts towards bringing clean energy to SLU and the St. Louis region. Students are hopeful that their Administration will become a stronger leader regarding sustainability in the St. Louis community.

“Cities, businesses, and universities are making the commitment to transition to 100% clean energy.  While efforts to address climate at the National level are being thwarted, we still have power at the local level to address fossil fuel pollution.We believe this goes hand in hand with SLU’s mission and so we are committed to fight for a cleaner future.” said Tommy English.

The full resolution language can be viewed