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Left to right: - Jeff Wagner, McCarthy Construction Co. - Andrew Bennett, Principal, BOKA Powell - Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School, Parish Episcopal School - Angela Keefer, Director of Operations, Parish Episcopal School - Karl Reiss, Director of PARISHarts, Parish Episcopal School

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., recently broke ground on a new performing arts center at Parish Episcopal School’s Midway Campus. The Noble Family Performing Arts Center will host student performances, community and milestone events, awards ceremonies and high-caliber speakers and cultural events. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2021.

“McCarthy is pleased to work with Parish Episcopal on another project and an exciting performing arts facility,” said Joe Jouvenal, McCarthy’s senior vice president. “We have vast experience in constructing cutting-edge fine arts facilities, and we take pride in creating a space that will inspire student creativity for decades to come.”

The new state-of-the-art facility is a 55,000-square-foot expansion of the campus that will consist of a 515-seat performance hall and a 120-seat black box theater, rehearsal rooms, a film screening room and a dedicated dance studio. It will also house associated back-of house spaces including a scenic shop, dressing rooms and tailoring shop. Other features include a gallery to display student and works by visiting artists, concessions area, storage, offices, a dedicated storm shelter and a relocated loading dock.

“At the Noble Family Performing Arts Center, Parish will highlight student performances in a venue worthy of their talents, celebrate community milestones, and showcase artists and speakers to broaden our students’ understanding of the global society,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School for Parish Episcopal School. “The potential in this new edifice will far exceed its walls, because it will cultivate limitless possibilities for young people of impact.”

The chamber of the performance hall is more than 50 feet tall and will be constructed by tilt-up panels for acoustics.  Also, precast panels in a unique shape with glass will align the exterior wall along the entrance of the building. McCarthy was also the general contractor of the school’s most recent expansion, the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center, which opened for the 2017-2018 school year. The activity center consisted of a new 24,000-square-foot gym with storage and restrooms. The architect for the activity center and the performing arts center is BOKA Powell.

McCarthy’s extensive resume of constructing arts centers and institutional projects makes it ideally suited to successfully deliver complex performance spaces. McCarthy’s Texas portfolio includes the highly anticipated Plano ISD Fine Arts Center, The AT&T Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, Moody Performance Hall and the Klyde Warren Park and Amphitheater in Dallas. In Houston, McCarthy’s arts-related projects include the recently completed Holocaust Museum Houston Lester and Sue Smith Campus, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art and the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building as well as the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston.




About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 155 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 12th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2019). With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; 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 and Instagram.

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