Clancy & Theys shares its business acumen with construction’s next generation

February 8, 2018

In early February, Clancy & Theys’ Business Development Director Matt Chambers and Project Manager Mike Svirsko participated in a panel discussion with the YouthBuild program.

YouthBuild provides education, training, and hands‐on work experience to young people between 16 and 24‐years‐old from targeted zip codes within Wake County. It is designed for those who need to obtain a high school diploma or GED, and are facing other life challenges that make it difficult to find and retain meaningful work.

Sitting in the Raleigh Pathway Center, the audience included several young men and women hoping to forge their paths in the construction industry by gaining meaningful skills and experience. They have participated in the program for several months, which included work on a Habitat for Humanity house.

Matt and Mike spoke about their path into the construction industry, as well as their education and backgrounds. They also provided insight into the practice of Business Development and Project Management relevant to the industry.

Clancy & Theys is proud to partner with YouthBuild, and supports the program’s project‐based academic learning and construction skills training in preparation for career placement. YouthBuild participants are improving their future, as well as their communities, by building or renovating homes for low‐income families and transitional housing for the homeless.


Clancy & Theys project among the winners of NAHB’s 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards


In January 2018, Clancy & Theys, as part of the project team, was recognized again for its outstanding Overture Virginia Beach project at the National Association of Home Builder’s Best of 55+ Housing Awards. Hosted this year in Orlando, Florida, the awards are the industry’s only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for active adults—a showcase for quality housing, innovation and emerging trends that appeal to the demographic.

An active‐adult community in Virginia Beach, VA, Overture Virginia Beach won gold in the “55+ Market Rate Rental Community” category and also took home the grand prize, “Best 55+ Community of the Year.” Along with Clancy & Theys as builder, developer Greystar, Poole & Poole Architecture and interior designer studioSIX5 partnered on the project.

The new Overture Virginia Beach property capitalizes on the site’s waterfront views and includes approximately 20,000 square feet of high‐end amenities, including pickleball courts, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, a gaming room, an arts and crafts room, a yoga room, a salt water heated pool and whirlpool, a breakfast café and bar, a gourmet demonstration kitchen, a library lounge, and a pet spa.

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Clancy & Theys partners with Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School to expand after-school robotics program

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Clancy & Theys will partner with Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School in Cary for the 2017-2018 school year, to expand the after-school robotics program. As a Robotics Club Sponsor, Clancy & Theys supports the students’ use of important STEM skills, as well as critical thinking and problem solving, to design, build and program their own robots from scratch.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Reedy Creek teamed up with Cyberkids Robotics to offer FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics teams to its middle school students. The school competed against 20 other teams in RoboWake 2017, a local CyberKids event, earning the First Place Teamwork Award as well as the Overall Champions Award.

The partnership with Clancy & Theys will allow Reedy Creek to expand the after-school robotics program and continue its success. In addition to competing in FLL and FTC, Reedy Creek plans to add a CyberDrones team to its roster this year.


Harry McKinney, Clancy & Theys’ Director of Virtual Design and Construction, has teamed up with Reedy Creeks’ engineering and design faculty to create design lessons and modules for the program’s students. Together, they will lead students in an exploration of their own school building, while focusing on 3D modeling.

Through the after-school robotics program, students are exposed to the fundamentals of robot programming and emerging robotics technologies. Reedy Creek and Clancy & Theys hope to teach students real-world problem solving and applications of robotics technology.

Room to breathe: Clancy & Theys tackles expansion of the Onslow County Courthouse

Room to breathe: Clancy & Theys tackles expansion of the Onslow County Courthouse 

Since October 2016, Clancy & Theys has been working with architecture firm Smith Sinnet on a much-needed expansion of the Onslow County Courthouse in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018.


The courthouse’s operations have increased in the 40 years since the existing Summersill building was constructed and have since outgrown the space.  The four-floor expansion will add 60,000 square feet of new space with 12,000 square feet of renovations, allowing for a Register of Deeds office, new courtrooms and multiple offices for County Judicial employees. The new building also will boast a beautiful cupola at the top.

The Christ Church Project Team receives Award

The Christ Church project team receives the Rehabilitation / Historic Preservation Award at the 2017 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance

At the 2017 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance on September 6, Clancy & Theys was honored to be a member of the project team which received the Rehabilitation / Historic Preservation Award for its work on the Christ Episcopal Church addition and renovation. Vice President of Construction Baker Glasgow and Director of Business Development Matt Chambers were present to watch members of the Christ Church Building Committee accept the award.
Located across the street from the State Capitol, Christ Church was founded as Raleigh’s first Episcopal church in 1821 and its sanctuary is one of three National Historic Landmarks in the city. Clancy & Theys started the church’s renovation and expansion project nearly two years ago, including expanding the parish hall and creating a larger entrance and gathering space. The Clancy & Theys project team included Baked Glasgow, Project Manager Tom Clancy, General Superintendent Alan Brinson and Superintendent Randy Wood.

As stated by the Raleigh Appearance Commission, the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognize outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. Specifically, the Rehabilitation / Historic Preservation Award is given for preservation or rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially Raleigh’s historic resources.

Since 1983, the Commission has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches, and citizens.

BIM on the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

WRAL, WNCN and WTVD sit down with Clancy & Theys to Discuss the Construction of Raleigh’s New Cathedral

WRAL, WNCN and WTVD sit down with Clancy & Theys to Discuss the Construction of Raleigh’s New Cathedral

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On the eve of the church’s formal dedication, WRAL, WNCN and WTVD visited with Clancy & Theys’ Harry McKinney, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, to discuss the unique details of the construction of the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh.


The cathedral’s 162-ton dome has become a landmark for the city since it was lifted into place in March 2016. Speaking with WRAL’s David Crabtree, Harry revealed the dome’s copper skin hides a series of catwalks Clancy & Theys designed using 3D software.

Harry described the complexity of the design “like threading a thread through a fine needle hole.”

“To really understand this complexity and the number of catwalk levels you need to access the sprinklers and lights, just making it all fit turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of all,” he added.

Recalling the moment a crane lifted the dome into place last spring, with a margin of error of less than a half-inch, Harry shared that everyone was holding their breath. “Our company leaders were there. The bishop was there. A huge crowd was there,” he said.

The process was expected to take three hours, but all present were relieved when the dome was in place in just 30 minutes. “That’s when everybody finally exhaled and inhaled again,” Harry said.

Noting the longevity of the structure, WRAL said that while Clancy & Theys spent three months designing the steel interior of the cathedral, the rest of the dome was constructed with a longer timeframe in mind.

“The materials chosen, particularly the copper roof, is there because that material will last for centuries,” Harry explained. “That’s the intent – it will be here generation after generation.”

Harry also shared details of the cathedral’s construction with Raleigh’s WNCN and WTVD:



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