Sept. 30, 2002

General Contractor Named for Moores UCSD Cancer Center Building

The University of California, San Diego has named McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., as the general contractor for the 270,000-square-foot Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center building.

Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center"We have worked with McCarthy Construction on many projects over time and are confident of their ability to do a world-class job on a project of this size and complexity," said Charles S. Kaminski, senior architect with the UCSD Facilities Design and Construction Department.

Pre-construction activities, such as site preparation and road realignment, have already begun on the 2.4-acre site, located southeast the UCSD Thornton Hospital on the University's east campus in La Jolla. Official groundbreaking is scheduled for November and completion of construction on the $100 million facility is planned for fall 2004.

The Cancer Center building will bring together more than 300 physicians, scientists and professional staff in one state-of-the-art facility, which will house nearly all the center's outpatient clinical activities, its core research programs, and space for community education and outreach programs. This will be the first time on campus that physicians, patients and their treatment functions, and researchers will be housed together, creating a synergistic environment.

Moores UCSD Cancer Center"The Cancer Center represents the best of class in treatment, technology and architecture," said W. Carter Chappell, president, Southern California Division of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. "McCarthy is privileged to be the contractor for this facility as we continue to serve UCSD, its clients, and the community."

Founded in 1864, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., is now one of the largest and most diversified construction companies in America, with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, MO., and its Southern California Division is based in Newport Beach. As of April 2002, the company became 100 percent employee owned.

Founded in 1979, the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center is one of just 40 centers in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

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