Work Continues on Texas Project Specializing in Technical Workforce Education

By SCN Staff

DALLAS, Texas—McCarthy Building Companies is currently working on the Collin College Technical Campus in Dallas, Texas, a 360,000-square-foot facility that specializes in a high-demand technical workforce education.

With a completion date slated for August 2020, the new $142-million project will feature a 42,000-square-foot shared classroom and dual credit building for Allen ISD, a 151,000-square-foot academic building for classrooms, administration, common spaces and student services, in addition to a 23,700-square-foot conference building housing meeting rooms and a full conference center.

The campus will also include a 177,646-square-foot trade building for technical and trade classrooms including open lab spaces, mechanical electrical and plumbing shops, welding shops, auto shops, carpentry shops as well as campus support areas. In addition, the campus will include an underground parking garage for approximately 600 cars.

McCarthy is self-preforming concrete—30,000 cubic yards of concrete and almost all exposed and cast-in-place tilt walls. Utilizing an innovative building technique, the trade buildings required a crane to lift/put walls in place. McCarthy had to use post shores—which had never been done before—to support the slab the crane was working on to put walls in place.

“One of the most difficult challenges on the project was developing and executing a plan to walk a 250-ton crane weighing over 500,000 lbs. on top of an elevated deck to erect tilt wall panels for the exterior of the building,” said McCarthy Senior Project Manager Matt Schrodel.

“It was a team effort and took multiple iterations of engineering and planning to come up with the design to execute the operation in a safe and successful manner. Over 10,000 reshores were required to support the structural deck during the erection process.

Perkins+ Will is the architect on this impressive project.