University Of Georgia Wraps New Poultry Science Building

By Eric Althoff

ATHENS, Ga.—McCarthy Building Companies along with project partners Newcomb & Boyd, Koons Environmental and FLAD Architects jointly announced the delivery of the 70,000-square-foot Poultry Science Building at the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The $54 million facility features classrooms incorporating the latest technology, laboratories as well as collaborative meeting spaces. The six-floor building is also home to cold storage rooms, avian vivarium, biosafety labs, and staff and support offices. Specific areas are devoted to graduate and postdoctoral study areas, with large conference rooms also accessible throughout the building.

The builders applied a green energy model to ensure that the Poultry Science Building would meet certification from the Georgia Peach Program. The recognition demonstrates that a state-owned or -managed building delivers on energy efficiency, utilizes construction materials from within the Peach State, as well as respects the state’s natural resources throughout its construction process—and will also be efficient in terms of resource consumption moving forward.

Bobby Campell, business unit leader and executive vice president at McCarthy’s Atlanta location, said that the pandemic, materials delays and additional cost overruns threatened to detail the project timeline, but the firm was able to maximize its team power to ensure timely delivery of the Poultry Science Building in time for spring classes.

“We are proud to deliver this project to the students and faculty at the University of Georgia, as the new Poultry Science Building stands as a testament to the university’s dedication to advancing agriculture in Georgia, a state at the forefront of poultry production in the nation,” said Campell.

“From the office to the jobsite, we did our best to respect the environment and tap in our extensive Georgia Peach building expertise to exceed sustainability,” added Lizzy Burge, project director at McCarthy’s Atlanta location. “We are excited to be a part of this exceptional building and the future it will provide for its students.”

The Poultry Science Building is McCarthy’s first construction buildout at the University of Georgia, and the company will soon commence work on the school’s West Campus Parking Deck II as well. The firm has completed various Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) projects and Board of Regents (BOR) educational work such as West Georgia Technical College’s Carroll Campus, Georgia State University’s College of Law and Petit Science Center Building, and Georgia Institute of Technology’s Krone Engineered Biosystems Building.

McCarthy, which is owned by its employees, has been in business for over 150 years, and is America’s oldest privately held national construction company.