Builder of O’Fallon’s New Justice Center Celebrates ‘Topping Out’

Topping Out the O'Fallon Justice Center

At the new O’Fallon Justice Center under construction in O’Fallon, Mo., McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. celebrated a key project milestone during a November 16 topping-out ceremony. This traditional construction event takes place as the final beam—signed by members of the project team—is hoisted onto the building to signify that the structure has reached its maximum height.

Signing Beam at Topping Out Ceremony

“It’s so gratifying to me that our residents get to see our new Justice Center take shape right before their eyes,” said Bill Hennessy, Mayor of the City of O’Fallon. “Our residents gave their overwhelming support to this building, and I continue to receive extremely positive comments about the building and the professionalism of the men and women involved in the construction.”

As construction manager of the 80,000-square-foot facility, McCarthy serves as the City of O’Fallon’s agent for the preconstruction and construction phases of the project. Located on Bryan Road, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, the $28.7 million justice center will house a police station and municipal court. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of a modern police force while enabling the City of O’Fallon to continue providing the highest level of service to its residents and businesses and enable the department to grow to meet the projected needs through 2040.

Topping Out the O'Fallon Justice Center

“Topping out represents an important construction milestone, and McCarthy is honored to collaborate with other team members and the City of O’Fallon to bring this important civic building to life for the City and region,” said Ryan Freeman, vice president of operations at McCarthy.

As part of the topping-out ceremony, the project team also celebrated the project’s safety milestones at a safety lunch, commemorating 147 work days without a OSHA-recordable or lost-time incident.

Wilson Estes Police Architects designed the new building.

Construction of the new O’Fallon Justice Center is expected to be completed in late 2017.