Spurred by growing business in the Omaha area, a national construction company has broken ground on a local office complex spanning 15,000 square feet.
McCarthy Building Cos. plans a move early next year into the facility rising near 132nd and I Streets. Tetrad Property Group is the development partner; McCarthy will lease the structure.
“It’s a busy market and has been for sometime,” said Ryan Sawall, McCarthy vice president who heads the Omaha office. “We’re thrilled to expand our Omaha presence and reinforce our commitment to our employees, clients and industry partners throughout the region.”
McCarthy has been doing business in the Omaha area since around 2001, and said it currently is overseeing more than $200 million in construction work across Nebraska.
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Among McCarthy’s current local projects is an $86 million, 57,000-square-foot Omaha Veterans Administration Ambulatory Care Center projected to open in 2020; a $70 million Omaha Public Schools high school; a $10 million emergency department renovation at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney; and a $38 million cancer center and surgery addition at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
The private, employee-owned McCarthy is based in St. Louis and is ranked by Engineering News Record as the 20th-largest domestic general contractor. About 150 years old, McCarthy counts 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals.
The company’s Omaha workforce peaked this year at about 90 workers, Sawall said, and he expects to reach at least 100 this summer.
That’s up from about 35 employees assigned to the office in mid-2017. At that time, Sawall projected that the workforce would double within five years.
Growth happened at a quicker clip than anticipated, Sawall said in a recent interview. He projects the Omaha office to maintain its size or see “moderate growth” in the future.
The World-Herald reported the company’s move about two years ago into a 10,000-square-foot local office, which now is to be replaced by the under-construction 15,000-square-foot facility that includes a single-story office building, warehouse and adjacent construction yard.
The new complex is to include modern conference facilities and space to pre-assemble building components. The flexible, multipurpose warehouse will accommodate training and community gatherings. Partners include DLR Group and Thiele Geotech.