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Swinerton Builders San Diego: February 08, 2016

ENR California's Top 20 Under 40 Features Diverse Young Professionals

This diverse group of young industry professionals collaborates with colleagues, mentors younger generations and leads the way to a more sustainable built environment.

With just about every corner of California experiencing intense construction activity and worker shortages, it’s an employee’s market. But the young people profiled in this year’s Top 20 Under 40 list clearly do not rest on their laurels. Instead, these industry professionals manage megaprojects, dedicate themselves to improving their communities and foster teamwork within their organizations.

Selected from around 60 applicants, the 20 individuals profiled here include innovators, community leaders and industry mentors. Some balance a demanding job with family commitments. And several have turned serious health obstacles into inspirational examples
for others.

A majority of the Top 20 honorees incorporate energy efficiency in their design or construction activities, and several mentor or teach sustainability strategies to the next generation coming into the industry.

In its sixth year, the Top 20 Under 40 competition accepts entries through an online system for those under the age of 40 who work within the construction industry in California and Hawaii. Submitters provide information on a candidate’s work experience, industry leadership activities, efforts to improve the built environment and service to the broader community.

An independent panel of five judges evaluated the entries. One was a past Top 20 Under 40 honoree: Christopher Taylor, Southern California division leader with Southland Industries. Other judges included Danielle Feroleto, president of Small Giants; Mike Humphrey, San Francisco regional manager for DPR Construction; Brent Leif, project executive and branch manager of Hunt Construction Group’s San Francisco office; and Alan Laurlund, senior vice president of XL Construction.

Any candidate who worked for the same company or an affiliated company as a judge was assigned to a different judge.

Read on to learn more about the young women and men who are already making waves in the construction industry and in their communities.

Brian McCarthy
Led multimedia theater project at USS Midway Museum
39, Project Executive
Swinerton Builders
San Diego

A passionate leader with more than two decades of construction expertise, Brian McCarthy has led a number of award-winning projects, including the multimedia Battle of Midway Theater on the USS Midway aircraft carrier, which now serves as a museum in San Diego. From 2007−2010, he also completed the 22-story LEED Silver Strata luxury apartment tower in downtown San Diego, which featured the city’s largest eco-roof. He has also guided the remodel and expansion of Swinerton’s 24,000-sq-ft LEED Platinum, net-zero office in San Diego. McCarthy coordinates many community service efforts, including building homes for two deserving families in the local community and raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House.

To see the full list of winners, please click on the link below: