McCarthy will handle $14.5M renovation at UMKC

The Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences building hasn't seen an upgrade since the 1980s. Photo by Alex Dapp.

The Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences building hasn't seen an upgrade since the 1980s. Photo by Alex Dapp.

Photo courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies.

The Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences building at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will get a $14.5 million makeover. McCarthy Building Companies will lead the efforts to modernize 75,000 square feet of lab space and address deferred maintenance with outdated facilities. The labs haven’t been updated since the 1980s.

“Campus buildings with laboratory spaces are particularly complex and require a higher degree of construction expertise,” McCarthy Director Barry Sutherland said. “As UMKC’s construction partner, we will leverage this expertise to deliver state-of-the-art teaching and lab spaces that meet the needs of the modern learning landscape and today’s technology requirements.”

The team includes McCarthy as construction manager, PGAV Architects, M.E. Group, Leigh & O’Kane, Research Facilities Design, SK Design Group, and The Sextant Group. Construction will begin in December and finish in July 2018.