Our Projects

Sentosa Crane Dance, Singapore

Sentosa Crane Dance (rendering)
Project Overview: 
The Sentosa Cranes are two articulated robotic sculptures located at Resorts World Sentosa in the Sentosa Harbor Front Precinct. The 100-foot tall figures are abstract representations of a pair of Cranes, a bird with a strong cultural significance in Singapore. More impressive still, the Cranes stand in the middle of Sentosa Bay, on a concrete platform on steel piles 200 feet off the shoreline of the resort.
McLaren's Role: 
With each “bird” weighing in excess of 150,000 lbs, a significant challenge was to produce graceful yet accurate and safe movements. McLaren worked with the owners, designers and prospective fabricators to develop structural and mechanical approaches that could satisfy the project budget, uphold the designer’s vision, allow shops to easily fabricate the structures, and withstand a highly unfavorable environment – an exposed saltwater marine environment within a major shipping lane is hardly ideal for precision servo-controlled mechanics or complex electronics – while delivering a reliable showcase event.
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Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Marine Engineering
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Conceptual Studies
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Computer Modeling
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Bid Phase Support
Location: 
Singapore
Client: 
Resorts World International
Project Type: 
Award Winning Project
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Prime
Contract Period: 
2007-2009
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park

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Project Overview: 
Not your ordinary Merry-Go-Round, the Carousel’s unique design combines modern multi-axis ride technology with state-of-the-art multimedia projections, music and lighting. Patrons will ride inside glittering and rainbow hued translucent fish, which swim, swoop and swerve through a simulated underwater environment within the graceful spiral structure.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided complete structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering for the ride system while also providing the site/civil work for the building. The firm produced comprehensive 3D models of the ride and coordinated space, geometry and functional issues with the various disciplines to ensure an integrated design. McLaren also performed motion and velocity studies to ensure the ride was both exciting and interesting, while still technically feasible. Finally, McLaren produced complete bid documents for the ride, including both comprehensive design drawings and a technical performance specification. We also advised on and assisted in the pre-qualification of interested vendors.
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Land Surveying
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Site/Civil Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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Electrical Engineering
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Bid Phase Support & Construction Admininstration
Location: 
Manhattan, New York
Client: 
Battery Park Conservancy
Project Type: 
Structural and Mechanical Design
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Structural/Mechanical Engineer
Contract Period: 
2008-2015
Construction Cost: 
$16,000,000
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U2 360° Tour Stage

U2 360-Degree Tour Stage
Project Overview: 
U2’s 360° Tour is reportedly the largest stage set to ever tour the world. It is transported in over 50 tractor-trailers. Load in and take down are so complex and time-consuming that there are actually three identical “jump” sets, leap-frogging each other around the world so that the band can achieve their aggressive touring schedule. The decision to do a full, in the round, 360° rock and roll show in a stadium presents various complexities above even the usual difficulties of a major touring event.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren performed a structural and mechanical engineering evaluation of the stage equipment for the Tour. This review included performing calculations on the customized main stage decks, the B-stage decks, and several mechanical lifts. In addition, McLaren was engaged to perform a third party review of the complex and spectacular “Claw” Structure – an 85-foot tall structure that overarches the entire stage on four radial legs – as well as its associated overhead rigging, which had been previously certified for use in Europe.
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Structural Inspection
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Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Engineering
Location: 
Worldwide
Client: 
Live Nation UTours (USA), Inc.
Project Type: 
Mechanized Stage Effects
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2009
Construction Cost: 
$40,000,000
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Tina Turner: Live in Concert Tour Stage

Tina: Live in Concert Stage (Under Construction)
Project Overview: 
McLaren was retained by Tait Towers to provide structural and mechanical engineering services for Tina Turner’s newest world tour – Tina: Live in Concert. This project includes a new stage set combined with a custom performer “boom lift” revamped from the 24/7 World Tour, in which McLaren also participated.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren performed structural and mechanical engineering, including finite element analysis for complicated mechanical assemblies. In order to complete the evaluation, McLaren engineers assessed all of the stage elements from the Main Stage to the modified JLG man-lift used as a performer lift. This tour included a hydraulic platform lift that was constructed of five-stage telescoping hydraulic actuators that are constantly pressurized, each of which works in conjunction with a corresponding cable winch. Additionally, McLaren re-evaluated Tina’s signature boom lift. The lift consists of a 54 ft cantilevered arm that rises out of the stage and then pivots Tina back and forth over the audience below, thereby creating a thrilling, personal interaction between the performer and her audience.
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Structural Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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Finite Element Analysis
Location: 
Worldwide
Client: 
Tait Towers
Project Type: 
Mechanized Stage Effects
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Prime
Contract Period: 
2008-2009
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Longacre Theater Structural Renovation

The Renovated Longacre Theater - Photo by Whitney Cox, courtesy of the Shubert Archive
Project Overview: 
McLaren served as the structural engineer for the renovation of the 89-year-old Longacre Theater. The 2-year, multi-million dollar renovation was meant increase the amount of usable space, make lobbies more patron friendly, and restore the architectural detail to its original elegance. The primary challenge was limited construction documentation, which placed an emphasis on design creativity and preservation technique. McLaren won the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award as a result of its efforts.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren’s involvement began with the backstage area, where the firm helped design gridiron reinforcing, a new stage floor, and basement renovations. The house and lobby overhaul then began, which included converting the top floor to a patron lounge, expanding the basement lounge and restrooms, improving stair and elevator access, adding a doorman vestibule, and upgrading MEP equipment. McLaren provided engineering services for an 800 sq. ft. basement addition, an expansion into unexcavated soil and bedrock. Without structural drawings, McLaren had to coordinate several investigatory probes and provided daily consultant services to develop immediate solutions.
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Structural Engineering
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Geotechnical Engineering
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Foundation Engineering
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Historic Preservation
Location: 
New York, New York
Client: 
Shubert Organization
Project Type: 
Structural Renovation
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2006-2008
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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