Entertainment Projects

Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project

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Project Overview: 
The Fabiola Project consists mostly of paintings and are all reproductions of a single lost 1885 painting of the saint by French artist Jean-Jacques Henner. Belgian artist, Francis Alÿs, began collecting the images in the early 1990s upon moving to Mexico City, and has since expanded with the help of friends during travels throughout the world. The collection has been showcased at the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, the LACMA in Los Angeles, CA, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibit, in Houston, is available from May 2016 through January 2018.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided engineering services for the Menil Collection in Houston, TX to renovate the Byzantine Fresco Chapel in preparation for the installation of the Fabiola Project on May 21st. McLaren designed a new 25 foot high by 40 foot wide hanging wall that was built in modular sections and raised via chain motors, in order to facilitate installation without messy construction in the exhibit hall. The wall assembly that appears to float above the floor was fabricated by the Texas Scenic Company and showcases over 450 artistic works of Saint Fabiola.
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Structural Engineering
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Rigging Engineering
Location: 
Houston, Texas
Client: 
The Menil Collection
Project Type: 
Art Gallery
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2016
Construction Cost: 
N/A

Shanghai Disney Store Outdoor Plaza Clock Tower

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Project Overview: 
McLaren reviewed and analyzed all mechanical and structural components encompassing both the Show Action Equipment and the structural elements of a 60 feet tall Glockenspiel-Style Clock Tower. The Shanghai Disney Store is the largest Disney retail location in the world and the first Disney Store to have an outdoor plaza and clock tower.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided a Basis of Engineering document, weight summary, analysis of all structures and elements in each load path, engineering calculations and explanatory diagrams for each analysis, factors of safety results for each analysis of purchased commercial items, graphic results, computer aided analysis, load path summaries, and a summary report with assumptions. McLaren reviewed and redlined drawings produced by the Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc.
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Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Connection Design
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Façade & Cladding Design
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Animatronics Engineering
Location: 
Shanghai, China
Client: 
Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc.
Project Type: 
Structural and Mechanical Design
Role: 
Subconsultant
Contract Period: 
2013-2016
Construction Cost: 
N/A

TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion

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Project Overview: 
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion hosted a variety of running-themed events throughout the week of the NYC marathon including runs led by the New York Road Runners, Q&A sessions with expert nutritionists and healthcare professionals, book signings, and even film screenings.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided engineering services and on-site expertise for the installation of this multi-level temporary structure furnished by Arena Americas. The pavilion consists of four (4) independent tent structures that when combined create a building that is over 200 feet long, 120 feet wide, and has a maximum height of almost 40 feet. The pavilion is more than just a simple tent; it has carpeted floors, rigged lighting, multiple levels, windows, and even an elevator. McLaren both reviewed the structural stability of the tent and used modeling software to recommend ballast quantities which would protect the public during any adverse weather conditions that may occur during the week. During installation, McLaren engineers were on site to provide any necessary last minute calculations and adjustments to get the tent ready in time for opening day.
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Structural Engineering
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On-Site Inspection
Location: 
New York, NY
Client: 
Arena Americas
Project Type: 
Temporary Structure
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2015
Construction Cost: 
n/a

Arthur Ashe Stadium Roof A/V Fit-Out

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Project Overview: 
McLaren provided engineering for the A/V fit-out for the new Arthur Ashe Stadium roof at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in Queens, New York, which hosted the 2015 U.S. Open.
McLaren's Role: 
For IC Technologies, McLaren engineered the supports for four large LED screens, each measuring 34½’ X 19½’. The screens have a very refined LED pitch for a high quality image, which required a support structure ensuring a very flat and consistent surface that has much tighter tolerances than conventional construction. During construction, McLaren’s survey team provided accurate as-built survey information to assist the LED assembly team. For Sapsis Rigging, McLaren engineered the rigging for 20 large hung audio speaker stacks, each weighing over 1000 lbs. Each speaker stack is rigged with two cables to an electric winch to allow the speakers to be lowered in for maintenance. When the speaker stack is raised to the roof, it has pins that engage receiver tubes to secure the speakers in place. The bracket was engineered to allow field adjustment of the engagement tubes in order to ensure plumb alignment of the tubes. For both projects, McLaren worked with these specialty contractors on a fast-track basis, improving the spectators experience during the most exciting tennis in the world.
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Structural Engineering
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Rigging
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Winch Machinery
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Surveying
Location: 
Queens, New York
Client: 
IC Technologies / Sapsis Rigging
Project Type: 
Structural Engineering & Rigging
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2015
Construction Cost: 
N/A

Barclays Center Portable Court Lighting System Rigging

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Project Overview: 
Brooklyn’s brand new, 1 billion dollar, Barclays Center Arena features the newest trend in sports lighting. The Nets owners wanted to generate energy inside the arena and give the team a home-court advantage with lighting effects that make the basketball playing surface pop like a "Broadway theater stage." The Portable Court Lighting System (PCLS) aims to provide a more theatrical experience.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren developed the rigging system, specialty mounting attachments, personnel access, and fall protection, working with Goldstick Lighting Design and Baxter Controls. This was comprised of 400 feet of folding Baxx-Truss suspended 75 feet above the arena floor. The rigging system houses 468 tungsten-halogen fixtures that beam a warm glow squarely onto the court. McLaren also worked closely with Atlanta Rigging Systems, who furnished and installed all of the rigging components. In addition to the structural and operational factors, McLaren’s staff of trained engineers utilized provisions of upcoming standards within the industry, ensuring the system complies with future needs and demands for overhead lifting and safe access. McLaren’s rigging specification for the PCLS conforms to the European BGV D8+ and BS 7906-1 Category A standards, making it one of the first such installations used in the United States.
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Rigging
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Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Site Observations
Location: 
Brooklyn, New York
Client: 
Goldstick Lighting Design, Ltd.
Project Type: 
Structural and Mechanical Rigging
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2012
Construction Cost: 
$900,000