DAVIS, Calif., June 7, 2024 ~ Journalist: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Gensler have announced their partnership on a new project at the University of California, Davis. The design-build team has been awarded the contract for the Segundo Infill Housing project, which aims to provide sustainable and high-quality residence halls for first-year students. This marks McCarthy's sixth and Gensler's seventh project with UC Davis, showcasing their successful track record in construction.

According to Jeff Fuller, Project Director at McCarthy, the team understood that this project needed to be more than just infill housing. It had to be a catalyst for the future of housing at UC Davis, incorporating innovation, program space, and a sense of cohesion with the campus. "We focused on these aspects in our design and worked collaboratively with McCarthy to create a new model for first-year housing," said Sandy Mendler, Project Director at Gensler.

The $77 million infill housing project will be executed in three phases: two focusing on design and one covering construction. The 116,000-square-foot building will feature a unique concrete podium structure with light-gauge steel walls prefabricated off-site. This approach offers significant schedule and cost benefits by eliminating on-site framing and enhancing overall construction quality. Additionally, McCarthy's self-perform capabilities in concrete work will be showcased, demonstrating their comprehensive skill set and allowing for greater control over project execution.

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The building layout is designed to reflect the active lifestyle of UC Davis students with ample bike parking to accommodate the university's bike-friendly culture. The residential arrangement will feature clusters of eight rooms sharing all-gender restrooms, study nooks, and lounges to foster a community-oriented living space. Other amenities include a demonstration kitchen, Zoom rooms, outdoor gathering areas, on-site laundry facilities, and various support facilities to enhance the student living experience.

McCarthy and Gensler have a successful history of collaboration with over 24 complex projects totaling more than $1.6 billion, including eleven design-build endeavors. In addition to their design-build expertise, the partnership brings a unique blend of experience in student and group housing. McCarthy's portfolio includes over 25 multi-story and group residential projects, while Gensler has led 50 student housing initiatives and over 391 affordable units. As the designated architect, Gensler brings contemporary insights into fostering efficient living and learning communities, aligning with the vision for the SIH project at UC Davis.

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Dawn Bertolani, business development manager at McCarthy Northern Pacific, believes that the Segundo Infill Housing project will set a new standard for student housing on campus. "Our team's design solutions offer a productive yet welcoming experience for students who are looking to embrace campus life through its enriching indoor and outdoor spaces, celebration of the UC Davis bike culture, and activation of the pedestrian promenade," she said.

The carefully curated design-build teams also include other key partners such as Buehler Engineering, Inc., Psomas, Helix Electric, PAE, Frank M. Booth Inc., Quadriga, and Guttman & Blaevoet. Superintendent Josh Gillmore will oversee the development with his exemplary leadership skills that have been demonstrated on past projects. Project management will be led by Jeff Fuller to ensure seamless coordination and delivery.

Construction is planned to begin in spring 2025 with an estimated completion date of spring 2027. This project is expected to become a benchmark for future student housing developments on campus and further solidify McCarthy and Gensler's successful partnership with UC Davis.
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