McCarthy Building Companies celebrated the beginning of construction on its new, multifunctional Innovation and Craft Workforce Center in Chandler with a wall-breaking ceremony on July 22, according to a news release from McCarthy. The training facility is set to be the future home of Builders U, the firm’s existing craft workforce training program, which will serve to further career development opportunities for those in the trades and the next generation of craft workers, according to the release.

"Through Builders U, the company will continue to expand its industry-leading craft training to the Southwest region through hands-on technical training and skill development for its current employees, trade partners, schools and workforce training programs," the release stated.

The facility is 40,000 square feet and two stories. The facility will also include office space, an equipment storage area and an outside yard featuring an area for team-building events, according to the release.

Builders U will serve approximately 500 Arizona-based craft workers and 2,000 regional craft workers, according to the release.

“Arizona and the Southwest region need more skilled trade workers to support the hundreds of construction projects being built now and in the future,” said Justin Kelton, president of McCarthy’s Southwest region, in the release. “With this new best-in-class facility that will house our Builders U training program, we are making impactful team experience spaces a reality and taking our vision for innovation to a new level. We’re also achieving the goal of extending career path opportunities to the next generation through our local partners—it’s everything we hoped it would be!”

Construction on the facility began in July and it is expected to open in January 2022.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the way our Builders U program and the Innovation and Craft Workforce Center are coming together,” said Amber Shephard, self-perform assistant manager at McCarthy, in the release. “Our teams are thrilled to have this new home for our formal training program—they genuinely appreciate having opportunities to grow and develop their skills as well as working with individuals who are new to the industry and sharing their knowledge.”