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MCA Cardwell Collaborative Project Wins 2017 Project Achievement Award from CMAA

MCA Cardwell Collaborative Project Wins 2017 Project Achievement Award from CMAA - Jordan Foster Construction October 11, 2017

On October 9th, the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Cardwell Collaborative Building in El Paso was honored by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) with the 2017 Project Achievement Award in the category of Healthcare Projects less than $50 million.

As the cornerstone of the MCA Tech Park master plan development, the 57,761-square-foot Cardwell Collaborative Building represents a decade of effort initiated by a forward-thinking group of visionaries who are creating a technology hub in the Paso del Norte region.

The MCA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that’s working to develop the MCA campus and advance the region's biomedical innovation pipeline. The biomedical research and technology center is home to the MCA Foundation, MCA Innovation Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center offices, and several startup companies. The facility includes the 20,000-square-foot Biomedical Incubator, which offers office and lab space to private companies to conduct research.

Jordan Foster Construction built the structure, Philo Wilke Partnership was the architect, and Broaddus & Associates was the Construction Manager. The Jordan Foster Project Team included Ash Kamath as Project Manager, Chrys Delisser as Superintendent, Matt Pagliasotti as Project Engineer, Miguel Orozco as Project Engineer – Structural, and Monica Muniz as Administrative Assistant. The Jordan Foster Concrete Project Team included Project Manager Frank Licon, Superintendent David Hernandez, Field Engineer Manny Ortiz, and Administrative Assistants Kammy Villalobos and Mary Guerrero. The Jordan Foster Infrastructure Team, headed by Joseph Ureno, performed the site work.

Located atop a designated brownfield site, the project included hazardous waste remediation and the demolition of several dilapidated properties. Further development of the MCA Tech Park master plan will link the University Medical Center and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center campuses, providing a prominent entrance to the combined professional network of these institutions.

Construction highlights include:

  • Visually impactful, high-performance glazed curtain wall system
  • Rain screen system of aluminum composite metal panels over a fluid-applied moisture barrier
  • Horizontal and vertical aluminum-finned shading devices on the exterior
  • Structural concrete frame and drilled concrete piers
  • City of El Paso Smart Code compliant
  • LEED Silver Certified