New state-of-the-art facility focused on vocational training
DALLAS— McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has completed the construction of Collin College Technical Campus in Allen, Texas. The new campus, now open for all students for the Fall 2020 semester, specializes in high-demand technical workforce education. Courses are available in automotive, construction, health care, computer networking, electronics and more. The campus also offers dual credit classes for students from across Collin County and a shared use partnership for one section of the campus with Allen ISD.
“The Collin College Technical campus has been a unique and challenging project, from 50-foot cantilevers, tilt wall construction, innovating post shores to support the deck for cranes, to a roundabout in the parking garage. We are excited to be part of this exceptional building and the future it will provide for its students,” said Nate Kowallis, Vice President of Operations for McCarthy Dallas. “McCarthy has been working to combat the construction industry’s labor shortage, and our work with educational institutions such as Collin College and Allen ISD that will train our industry’s future workforce is exciting.”
Collin College’s Technical Campus consists of a three-story, 340,000-square-foot, four-building complex that can serve over 7,000 students at full occupancy. Learning spaces include 42,000-square-feet of shared classrooms and dual credit space for Allen ISD, an 85,000-square-foot academic building for classrooms, administration, common spaces, and student services. The campus has three buildings known as “trade bars” that focus on careers in automotive, construction, and HVAC/Welding and advanced manufacturing, for a total of 192,000-square-feet of technical and trade classrooms including open lab spaces, mechanical electrical and plumbing shops, welding shops, auto shops, and carpentry shops as well as campus support areas. Further, to accommodate students and staff, the campus includes an underground parking garage for approximately 450 cars. The campus features a central green space for students, integrated into an existing forested greenbelt with a low site impact design.
Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College President stated, “McCarthy was an excellent partner in building this beautiful, state-of-the-art and functional workforce campus. From the speed of construction to the attention to detail paid in the exceptional finished product, McCarthy worked with us to meet our vision of a workforce campus like no other.” Dr. Robert Collins, Collin College’s board chair added, “The Technical Campus is the perfect facility to offer our newest technical and trade programs, all of which were designed to fit Collin County’s growing job market needs.”
McCarthy was awarded the project in 2017 and served as the Construction Manager at Risk for all pre-construction and construction services. McCarthy also self-performed all concrete work.