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McCarthy Building Companies Began Tower Construction at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center This Month

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New parking garage recently completed, which paves the way for Tower D addition.

Phoenix, Ariz — July 29, 2019 — McCarthy Building Companies broke ground on construction of a new 220,000-square-foot medical tower at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center earlier this month.

Slated to open in spring 2021, the tower addition and expansion project will add 96 patient beds and is expected to also add approximately 200 jobs. Chandler Regional’s fourth patient tower, Tower D, will bring the medical facility’s total bed count to 429. The hospital originally opened in 1961 with just 42 beds.

“This expansion project is very exciting for all of us at Chandler Regional, and for the community at large,” said Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “The new tower will not only bring new jobs to the East Valley, but it will allow us to further our commitment to providing the best care possible to our growing and aging community.”
The new medical tower will be built south of Chandler Regional’s current main entrance on what is now a parking lot. In addition to the 96 patient beds, the five-story tower will also have space on the first and fifth floors for additional growth in the future. The tower will increase surgical capacity, add cardiac-rehabilitation services, and will also feature:

  • First floor: a new main hospital entrance and lobby, patient admitting, cardiac rehabilitation, ambulatory therapy unit, gift shop and chapel
  • Second floor: a surgery registration area, pre-operation and post-anesthesia care units and 24 thoracic patient rooms
  • Third floor: 36 intensive care unit patient rooms
  • Fourth floor: 36 additional standard patient rooms
  • Fifth floor: shell space for future beds
  • Basement: new pharmacy, materials management department and a new loading dock

“Through Design-Build project delivery and providing innovative design and construction solutions, our team has been able to maximize the patient experience and operational efficiency of this new space at Chandler Regional Medical Center,” said Lee O’Connell, project director at McCarthy Building Companies. “Our design and construction teams have collaborated closely with stakeholders at the hospital from day one to efficiently plan the new state-of-the-art tower.”

The tower’s project team also includes Devenney Group Architects, WSP, Stantec, RVi, Buehler Engineering, Cannon & Wendt Electrical Co., TDIndustries, The Berg Group, and Schuff Steel Management Company. 

McCarthy Building Companies will also renovate 55,000 square feet of the hospital’s existing Tower C, which opened in 2014. The renovations will allow for eight new surgical suites and the expansion of outpatient services and operational departments. Renovations to Tower C will be completed in 2022 as part of phase two of the project. 

McCarty Building Companies recently completed the first phase of construction for this expansion project which involved a five-story parking garage that added 944 new parking spaces to the hospital campus in addition to two other surface lots with another 246 spaces.


About McCarthy Building Companies 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 21st largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2019). With approximately 1,800 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram.

About Dignity Health’s Arizona Division
Dignity Health’s Arizona Division includes six hospitals – Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which includes Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Westgate Medical Center, Arizona General Hospital – Laveen and Arizona General Hospital – Mesa. From this foundation, Dignity Health’s Arizona Division has expanded into a comprehensive health care system, which includes imaging centers, clinics, specialty hospitals, urgent cares, insurance providers, an accountable care organization and other clinical partnerships. The Dignity Health Medical Group includes more than 40 practices and covers a wide range of specialties. The Arizona division is part of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. For more information, please visit

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Sara Patterson, [email protected], (602) 406-3312





Publish date: 

Monday, July 29, 2019

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Sara Patterson, External Communications Manager

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