Entertainment Projects

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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“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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“Twister…Ride It Out” at Universal Studios

Twister...Ride It Out
Project Overview: 
McLaren was retained to provide structural and mechanical engineering services as part of the design of Universal Studios “Twister…Ride It Out” experience. Based on the movie Twister, this experience simulates a tornado event. Show effects include a rapid floor drop, awning drop, a splitting tree, a swaying tree, a falling neon sign, a tear-away screen, and shaking doors. Environmental effects include wind, noise, lightening simulator, and rain.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided structural development and analysis, performed dynamic analysis of structures in motion using LARSA® and STAAD® modeling programs, provided fatigue analysis, performed mechanical design, and provided mechanical component and hydraulic and pneumatic component selection. Fabrication and installation was by Production Resource Group (Scenic Technologies).
Service: 
Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Fatigue Analysis
Location: 
Orlando, Florida
Client: 
Scenic Technologies, Inc.
Project Type: 
Structural and Mechanical Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
1996-1998
Construction Cost: 
$2,000,000
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Wynn Casino, Macau - Mechanized Show Equipment

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Project Overview: 
McLaren was retained to engineer a "Kinetic Atrium" at Wynn Casino in Macau, China. Winner of the 2009 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement, the elegant and unique atrium is driven by several large, custom mechanical assemblies, morphing from one architectural form to another. The star of the show – the golden “Tree” – is unveiled through a partial dome in the atrium’s floor, which breaks into six parts and creates an opening for a mechanical lift to elevate the Tree into full view. The Tree revolves as it rises and is a symbol of good luck in the local culture.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren was involved in this project beginning with concept level feasibility studies and continued all the way to fabrication and construction. In between, the firm performed computerized pre-visualization animations, preliminary engineering, development of technical specifications, bidding support, and final design of the major effects. The firm’s participation also included full-time technical representation on behalf of the Owner in the fabrication shop and then on site during installation.
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Structural Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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Engineering Analysis
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Bid Phase Support
Location: 
Macau, China
Client: 
Confidential
Project Type: 
Show Action Equipment
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2005-2008
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Wynn Casino, Las Vegas - Special Structures

Wynn Casino Las Vegas
Project Overview: 
The new Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino contains striking architectural features, some of which McLaren helped design. A public space centerpiece features an atrium with eighteen unique, colorful “parasol” styled hanging elements. These elements rise and lower very slowly to create an ever-changing visual effect highlighted by sunlight through a large, adjacent glass wall. Another notable feature is a large porte cochere at the north side of the building.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided structural engineering services for the framing and overhead rigging schemes of the parasol elements, and for the curved polycarbonate lighting panels with its steel framing that surround the chandelier at the north porte cochere. McLaren engineers worked closely with the contractor to develop the fabrication and construction techniques and conducted a shop visit to view the fabrication progress.
Service: 
Structural Engineering (Special Structures)
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Fabrication Inspection
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Complex 3D Analytical Modeling
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: 
Wynn Las Vegas
Project Type: 
Special Structure Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2004-2005
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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