Our Projects

Colonie Center Building Expansion & Redevelopment

Colonie Center Mall Expansion and Renovation
Project Overview: 
McLaren was retained to provide structural design services for the expansion and redevelopment of the Colonie Center Mall in Albany, New York. Established in 1966, the 1.2 million square foot Mall underwent a $10 million renovation that adds a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, a Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and L.L. Bean store, and a Regal Cinema multiplex theater – additions aimed at increasing the Mall’s appeal in the region.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren’s most significant contribution to this large-scale effort was the design of a 74,000 square foot structure to house the Regal Cinema multiplex. The theater is a third-floor building constructed above the Mall’s roof, linked into but not reliant upon the existing structure. It is essentially a building on top of a building, made to appear as an organic part of the Mall. After assessing the original Mall structure, it was determined that constructing the new structure would be most efficient if done so without disturbing the existing portion. The theater, therefore, required its own lateral system and seismic analysis.
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Structural Engineering
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Foundation Design
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Seismic Analysis
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Construction Administration
Location: 
Albany, New York
Client: 
spg3 Architects
Project Type: 
Building Addition/Renovation
Role: 
Sub-consultant
Contract Period: 
2005-2008
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Yonkers Viaduct - Inspection and Design Rehabilitation

Rehabilitated Bridges and Retaining Wall in Yonkers
Project Overview: 
The Yonkers Viaduct project involved the rehabilitation of a system of structures carrying four mainline tracks and one sidetrack over the streets and station in the City of Yonkers. The ballasted deck structure, constructed in 1911, is comprised of four undergrade railroad bridges over local streets, namely Main Street, Dock Street, Wells Avenue and Ashburton Avenue, plus approximately 3,200 linear feet of concrete gravity-type retaining walls supporting the track embankment.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren performed an in-depth inspection, prepared contract design documents and performed construction administrative services for the rehabilitation the four steel bridges and approximately 3,200 feet of retaining wall. The structures were load rated and analyzed, and underwent various steel repairs to support Cooper E72 loading. McLaren coordinated its efforts with the City of Yonkers, utility owners, and other parties affected. Among the key aspects of the design rehabilitation was understanding the structures’ historical nature, documentating existing materials, and implementating appropriate preservation techniques.
Service: 
Structural Inspection
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Structural Evaluation
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Load Rating Analysis
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Bridge Design
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Construction Administration
Location: 
Yonkers, New York
Client: 
Metro-North Railroad
Project Type: 
Bridge Rehabilitation
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
1999-2004
Construction Cost: 
$7,300,000
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25th Street Wharf Rehabilitation

25th Street Wharf, Brooklyn
Project Overview: 
As part of a waterfront contract with Lafarge North America, McLaren was selected to provide waterfront rehabilitation services at the 25th Street Wharf, located along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The site is the operational home for New York Sand and Stone, a heavy industrial facility. As part of the lease agreement, Lafarge requested McLaren’s services to ensure the quality and life span of the structure.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren performed above water and underwater inspection of the wharf, which comprises a low-level relieving platform. The firm then provided preliminary and final design services with construction cost estimates for rehabilitation and life cycle cost analysis. Because the facility is an old, pile-supported structure, McLaren was exposed to and developed solutions for a range of conditions – in consideration of environmental regulations. Repairs included concrete encasement of deteriorated piles, replacement of failed timber members, and installation of a new timber fender system to accommodate large ship berthing. McLaren also provided permitting support and construction management services, including bid phase support.
Service: 
Marine Engineering and Design
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Above Water Inspection
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Underwater Inspection
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Construction Cost Estimating
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Permitting
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Construction Administration & Inspection
Location: 
Brooklyn, New York
Client: 
Lafarge North America
Project Type: 
Marine Structure Rehabilitation
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2003-2009
Construction Cost: 
$6,500,000
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Monroe Street Bridge Replacement Design

Monroe Street Bridge Replacement
Project Overview: 
The Monroe Street Bridge is a three-span overpass supporting four New Haven mainline tracks and two sidetracks, which service Metro-North Railroad’s Danbury Line. It is supported by stone masonry abutments and built-up steel piers supported by stone masonry pedestals. The primary objective was to replace the superstructure and piers and to improve the existing roadway vertical clearance.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren was responsible for complete reconstruction design of the bridge, which was complex due to superstructure height limitation. The three-span structure was replaced with a single-span steel structure spanning approximately 72 feet. A finite element model of the entire superstructure was performed. Longitudinal stringers with moment connections were provided in addition to the thru-girders to share the loads. An elaborate construction staging scheme was performed to maintain three main tracks in operation at all times. Reconstruction was accomplished in multiple stages to minimize the impact on railroad traffic.
Service: 
Bridge Inspection
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Bridge Design
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Roadway Design
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Construction Administration
Location: 
Norwalk, Connecticut
Client: 
ConnDOT
Project Type: 
Bridge Replacement
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
1998-2011
Construction Cost: 
$5,000,000
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Signature Place

Rendering of the proposed high-rise at Signature Place
Project Overview: 
Signature Place is a proposed 38-story residential high-rise complex in downtown Stamford comprising 1.6 million square feet of floor area. Phase 1 of the project consisted of Building 1, a 38-story tower, plus 289,000 square feet below grade. Phase 2 included Buildings 2 and 3 - two 30-story towers plus 318,000 square feet below grade.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided structural and foundation engineering for Signature Place. The structural system design is composed of conventionally reinforced concrete with shear walls. The use of high strength concrete (12,000 psi) was considered to diminish column sizes with increased leasable space. The foundation system design is a series of six foot diameter caissons that were to be drilled to quartzite bedrock. Groundwater management was a serious consideration for both constructability and serviceability, as the actual groundwater level is above the lowest floor level.
Service: 
Structural Engineering
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Foundation Engineering
Location: 
Stamford, Connecticut
Client: 
Roseland Contracting
Project Type: 
Structural Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
N/A
Construction Cost: 
N/A