McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a Texas builder for 35 years, has been awarded two projects with the city of Fort Worth - The Hemphill Street Connector project and the Village Creek Peak Flow Storage project – both utilizing the Construction Manager at-Risk (CMAR) delivery method. The two projects, totaling $41 million, will provide the city with a safe pedestrian area and improved traffic flow between downtown Fort Worth and the city’s medical district, as well as a wastewater storage system that will accommodate for peak flow conditions at the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility. 

“McCarthy is looking forward to furthering our relationship with the city of Fort Worth,” said McCarthy Texas Region President Mike McWay. “Our expertise in transportation and water services construction is evident through our past projects, and we are thrilled to be given another opportunity to demonstrate this expertise to the city. Utilization of the CMAR delivery method continues to grow in the market, and our firm is highly experienced with this technique.  McCarthy is looking forward to working with the city of Fort Worth on these important projects, and we believe everyone will be pleased with the results.”

The Hemphill Street Connector project is a $12 million CMAR project that includes the construction of a roadway and pedestrian pathway tunnel underneath Interstate Highway 30 and a new rail bridge to support four existing Union Pacific Rail Road lines. The project will extend from Hemphill St. beyond Vickery Blvd., via tunnel. Plans consist of a four-lane major arterial street comprised of 12-foot lanes, a railroad bridge, retaining walls, streetlights and traffic signals. Pedestrians and local residents will enjoy the installation of wide sidewalks and bike lanes, and drainage improvements; irrigation and landscaping will also be incorporated. Community cohesion and increased safety will benefit the surrounding area upon project completion. Construction on the Hemphill Street Connector project is currently expected to start in January 2015 and be completed by July 2016.

The $29 million Village Creek Peak Flow Storage project is another CMAR project involving preconstruction services and the construction of three large, earthen and concrete-lined storage basins, a 7,000-linear-foot, large diameter pipeline and modifications to a junction structure and pump station at the city’s largest wastewater plant, located in north Arlington - Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility (VCWRF). The city of Fort Worth Master Plan recommended construction of this storage system to meet the increasing two-hour peak flow rates at the plant before 2016. This new storage unit will enable the city to divert wastewater flows after screening at the VCWRF and pump the wastewater to, what will be, the newly constructed Peak Flow Storage basin at the biosolids processing site, approximately 1.5 miles north of the plant. The wastewater will remain stored at the Peak Flow Storage basin until it can be conveyed back to the VCWRF plant for treatment. The Peak Flow Storage basin is anticipated to be approximately 340 million gallons and will have a two or three basin configuration – one concrete and two earthen. The concrete basin will be approximately 40 million gallons and the two earthen basins will be approximately 70 million gallons and 230 million gallons, respectively. Construction will begin late 2014.

McCarthy has extensive and diverse experience constructing civil and infrastructure projects.  The firm brings past expertise with many transportation projects,  including a very similar project to the Hemphill Street Connector – the Texas A&M Wellborn Road Grade Separation project. This project included the construction of a four-lane vehicular underpass roadway and two 30-foot wide pedestrian pathways that reduced heavy traffic over existing railroad tracks and Wellborn Road at Texas A&M University College Station campus. Similar to the Village Creek Peak Flow Storage project in Fort Worth, McCarthy completed the Tarrant Regional Water District Constructed Wetlands — a $42 million CMAR project that created 1,300 acres of wetlands near the Richland-Chambers Reservoir near Corsicana, Texas, and is the second largest constructed wetlands in the United States. McCarthy also completed the $47 million  Westside Water Treatment Plant, a new surface water treatment facility for the City of Fort Worth with an initial treatment capacity of 12 million gallons of water per day.


Celebrating 35 years of building in Texas, McCarthy is the nation’s ninth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2014) and a leading community builder. At McCarthy, we’re just getting started. For 150 years, McCarthy has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance An employee-owned company, McCarthy performs general contractor, construction management and design/build services for the following project types: bridges and highways, water/wastewater, hospitality/entertainment, mixed-use, retail, educational, parking structures, office buildings, federal, port/marine, healthcare, laboratory, biotechnology, microelectronic, industrial facilities, and tenant interiors construction. In addition to Dallas, McCarthy has offices in Houston; Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego and Newport Beach, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; New Mexico; Kansas City, Kan.; Collinsville, Ill.; and, Atlanta. More information about the company’s history is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.