Our Projects

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.
Service: 
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.
Service: 
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
Role: 
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.
Service: 
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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“Switch” Restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas

Switch Restaurant, Las Vegas
Project Overview: 
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the newest hotel and casino property in Las Vegas, opened in December 2008. One of its signature features is Switch Restaurant, in which the architecture changes (or “switches”) dramatically several times during the guests’ dining experience. McLaren worked to develop complex moving elements, including moving walls, horizontally sliding wall panels and 1125-square foot ceiling that opens to reveal elegant draperies.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren was involved with the Switch project throughout the process, initially with concept level engineering assessments, computerized pre-visualization animations of the moving elements, preliminary engineering, development of technical specifications, bidding support, and final design of the major effects. Designs included structural design of the moving assemblies and their supporting catwalk systems, motorized electric actuation systems, winches, and incorporation of architectural elements. Engineering challenges included developing safe and reliable machinery that can operate safely and reliably near the public while also satisfying the aesthetic needs of the Interior Designers.
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Structural Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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Fabrication Inspection
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Complex 3D Analytical Modeling/Animations
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Bid Phase Support
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: 
Wynn Design & Development
Project Type: 
Mechanized Show-Action Equipment
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2007-2008
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Colosseum at Caesar's Palace - Stage Assembly

The Colisseum Theater at Caesar's Palace
Project Overview: 
McLaren was retained to perform a structural engineering evaluation of proposed stage assembly for use at the Colosseum Theater at Caesar’s Palace. As shown in preliminary drawings, design loading on the stage assembly is 150 psf of distributed live load and the decks are capable of carrying a concentrated point load of 2,400 lbs anywhere on the deck. Local seismic requirements were considered with the stage assembly braced to the building structure.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided an assessment report concerning the proposed decks and stage assembly to support the specified design load, including, as required, specifcal requirments or limitations. Local seismic requirements were considered as the stage assembly is braced to the building structure.
Service: 
Structural Assessment
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Specifications
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Seismic Analysis
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: 
Tait Towers
Project Type: 
Structural Evaluation
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2008
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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