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McCarthy celebrates ‘topping out’ new O’Fallon Justice Center

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. celebrated a key project milestone during a Nov. 16 topping-out ceremony at the new O’Fallon Justice Center. This traditional construction event takes place as the final beam—signed by members of the project team—is hoisted onto the building to signify that the structure has reached its maximum height.

“It’s so gratifying to me that our residents get to see our new Justice Center take shape right before their eyes,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “Our residents gave their overwhelming support to this building and I continue to receive extremely positive comments about the building and the professionalism of the men and women involved in the construction.”

As construction manager of the 80,000-square-foot facility, McCarthy serves as O’Fallon’s agent for the pre-construction and construction phases of the project. Located on Bryan Road, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, the $28.7 million justice center will house a police station and municipal court. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a modern police force while enabling O’Fallon to continue providing the highest level of service to its residents and businesses yet enable the department to grow to meet projected needs through 2040. 

“Topping out represents an important construction milestone and McCarthy is honored to collaborate with other team members and the City of O’Fallon to bring this important civic building to life for the city and region,” said Ryan Freeman, vice president of operations at McCarthy.

As part of the topping-out ceremony, the project team also celebrated the project’s safety milestones at a safety lunch, commemorating 147 work days, or 29 weeks, without a OSHA-recordable or lost-time incident. Wilson Estes Police Architects designed the new building. Construction of the justice center is expected to complete in late 2017.

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