McCarthy Building Co.'s Award Winning NADEV Printing Facility Achieves LEED Silver Certification

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.’s ( award winning project, NADEV Printing Facility, recently earned LEED-Silver designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Institute (GCBI).
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McCarthy Building Companies’ Award Winning NADEV Printing Facility Achieves LEED® Silver Certification

U.S. Green Building Council Recognizes Project’s Key Environmental Elements

SAN FRANCISCO – Feb. 1, 2010 – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.’s ( award winning project, NADEV Printing Facility, recently earned LEED-Silver designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Institute (GCBI).  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  The 335,660-square-foot project, located in Fremont, Calif., is the first printing facility of its kind in the United States and incorporated a number of sustainable design and construction elements to meet the LEED-Silver certification standards set forth by the USGBC.

“At McCarthy, we are committed to building high performance facilities, and are thrilled to have achieved LEED-Silver status on the NADEV project,” said Mike Lipton, project director.  “We worked in tandem with all project partners to ensure that NADEV would meet the green design and construction requirements of the USGBC.  Furthermore, nearly all of the project management team received their LEED accredited professional designations by the time this project wrapped up.  It is gratifying to create a building that will have a positive impact on our environment.”
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USBGC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USBGC.  “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, NADEV is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”

The environmental design elements of the NADEV facility included the incorporation of designated parking stalls for carpool and low-emission/fuel-efficient vehicles; 98,000 square feet of bioswale; 43,000 gallon capacity retention pond; high-efficiency adjustable drip irrigation; low flow showers, kitchen and lavatory faucets; dual flush toilets; and ultra low flow urinals.

Other sustainable features included utilizing recycled materials for the exterior walls, such as precast concrete and composite metal skin panels, the installation of an Energy Star-rated siphonic roof drain system and a Dolphin non-chemical water treatment system.  All of the building finish materials are industrial in character and, at the same time, demonstrates the progressive aspect of industrial design.  McCarthy achieved Indoor Environmental Quality credits for the incorporation of low-emitting materials, including adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, carpet systems, and composite wood and agrifiber products.

During the course of construction, McCarthy diverted more than 95 percent of total construction waste, and also achieved a number of credits for surpassing the requirements for using recycled content and materials.  The facility’s energy efficiency resulted in 17 percent more energy savings than required by California State Title 24 and earned a rebate from the Savings by Design program.


The NADEV Printing Facility is owned by Canada-based Transcontinental Printing, Inc. and consists of a 97,275-square-foot press hall and a 238,375-square-foot mail room, as well as office space, high bay storage and mechanical equipment rooms.  The facility houses the printing of the Bay Area’s primary daily newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and is considered one of the most significant new construction projects in the Bay Area in the last year.  Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc. in San Francisco served as the architect.

About McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

McCarthy Building Companies, named the 2009 Contractor of the Year by California Construction, is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2009), and the fourth largest general contractor in California (California Construction, April 2009).  With more than 145 years of experience, McCarthy is one of the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firms and one of California’s premier commercial builders.  Committed to the construction of high performance buildings, the company provides general contracting, construction management, and design-build services for industrial, educational, healthcare, commercial, parking structures,  science and technology facilities; office buildings; tenant interiors; mixed-use; bridges; and highways.  In addition to Sacramento and San Francisco, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach and San Diego, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; St. Louis and Atlanta.  McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.  More information about the company is available online at
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