McCarthy completes high school expansion project

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McCarthy Building Companies Completes
New Science Labs and Classroom Facilities at Ocean View High School

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., June 14, 2007 – McCarthy Building Companies recently completed construction management services for the $13.8 million expansion project at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach. The high school expansion is part of the $238 million Measure C school modernization program McCarthy is managing for the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
Located on the southwest corner of Warner Avenue and Gothard Street, the 25,478-square-foot school expansion included construction of six buildings that feature six new science labs, 11 classrooms, support space, landscape and hardscape.
The east side of the expansion includes three, single-level buildings that primarily support the Science Department. The west-side of the expansion includes three, two-level structures with a mezzanine and a below-grade level, which house the English Department, utilities and support services. A new elevator and ramps allow for ADA access among the multi-level buildings.
The new science laboratories, which replace those that are being converted into classrooms, are ADA compliant and provide ample storage capacity. The labs are equipped with new casework, fume hoods and lab stations with chemical resistant countertops, sinks, gas, power, high speed data connections, as well as emergency exhaust systems and showers. The new classrooms feature state-of-the-art technology for computer applications, including computer-ready LCD projectors and screens to enhance instruction. A new central energy management system has been added to control air conditioning and heating throughout the entire campus. Additionally, the project includes environmentally friendly features such as a new single-ply reflective roof and operable window systems that alleviate the need for excess air conditioning and allow natural lighting into the classrooms.
“We’ve utilized the natural sloping terrain of the site to build below-grade and maximize the space of the new structures while maintaining an attractive, consistent and low profile design for the new one- and two-level buildings,” said project architect Pat Locke of Y’Deen/Associates, Architects.
Other design features include walkways and covered breezeways incorporated among the buildings to enhance pedestrian circulation. Additionally, an amphitheater built in the center of the expansion joins the surrounding buildings, and two courtyards with landscaping and seating areas provide students with outdoor space to interact or study during class breaks.
Construction began on the expansion at Ocean View High School in September 2005 and the new facilities were occupied in January 2007. “We collaborated closely with the district, staff, consultants and other entities to complete the expansion project on time and under budget, while implementing a construction phasing plan to minimize disruption and maintain a safe learning environment for students and teachers in the existing buildings,” said Garry Attridge, AIA, McCarthy project manager.
McCarthy is also managing school improvement renovations and modernization work on other existing campus structures at Ocean View High School. These other renovations began in January 2007 and are scheduled to complete in fall 2008. Additional schools being modernized in the district include: Edison High School, Fountain Valley High School, Huntington Beach High School, Marina High School, Valley Vista High School and Westminster High School.
Y’Deen/Associates, Architects of Brea, Calif. is providing architectural services for Ocean View and Huntington Beach high schools. Irvine, Calif.-based LPA Inc. developed the facilities master plan for the district and is the architect for Edison, Fountain Valley, Marina and Westminster high schools.
Measure C Program Background
In March 2004, residents in the Huntington Beach Union High School District approved Measure C, which enables the district to conduct a thorough modernization and expansion program that will provide an enhanced learning environment for the students. Measure C modernizations are addressing mandatory code, ADA compliance, structural rehabilitation, fire and life safety, air quality, and building preservation and efficiency. Construction work has been prioritized, so that each school will be modernized simultaneously over a five-year period to ensure equity among the schools in the district. Construction began at the first school in the district in February 2005 and all of the Measure C work is scheduled to be completed by June 2009.
About McCarthy Building Companies
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s 11th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2006) and among the top 10 education builders (Engineering News-Record, October 2005). The firm has been building in the education market for the last 50 years. Committed to the construction of high performance buildings, the employee owned company has managed construction or built more than 400 k-12 school projects nationwide, totaling more than $2 billion in construction value, and more than 200 higher education projects on more than 40 campuses. In addition to Newport Beach, McCarthy has offices in San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Dallas and Atlanta. More information about the company is available online at

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