McCarthy and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Celebrate Topping Out of The Glassell School of Art


Campus expansion makes MFAH one of the largest art campuses in U.S.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. celebrated an important milestone on Tuesday

- the topping out of the new Glassell School of Art for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) campus, part of a two-phase expansion project for Texas’ oldest art museum. The Glassell School of Art will be an 80,000 square-foot facility designed for MFAH’s teaching institute.

To celebrate the construction milestone, more than 300 people gathered at the site of the school and attendees were treated to a catered lunch as they listened to remarks from Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH; Jim Stevenson, President of McCarthy's Houston Division; and Chris McVoy (This may change now to Steven Holl) of Steven Holl Architects. Those in attendance included McCarthy's 175 craft workers, McCarthy's executives, team members from Steven Holl Architects, MFAH leadership as well as friends of the MFAH.

Located in the heart of Houston’s museum district, the Glassell School of Art will serve more than 7,000 students each year and will include a Studio School for adults; a Junior School with classes for students ages three- to-18; and the distinguished Core Residency Program for postgraduate artists and critics. The school will link to two existing gallery buildings and a sculpture garden, as part of a redevelopment of the 14-acre, Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. McCarthy broke ground on the new facility in late 2015 and it is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2018.

“McCarthy is pleased to be constructing such an architecturally interesting and important project that will offer a lasting legacy to Houston. This project has been challenging and the structure alone is a work of art,” said McCarthy Houston Division President Jim Stevenson. “We are excited to reach this topping out point and looking forward to the next phases of crafting the Glassell School of Art.”

McCarthy has a long-standing history of building complex, architecturally significant projects in the entertainment and arts industry. In addition to the MFAH, McCarthy’s Texas portfolio of entertainment and institutional projects includes the award-winning AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, the Dallas City Performance Hall and the recently topped out Kinder High School for Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, among others.

About McCarthy

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. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in Dallas, Houston; St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

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