NYAD 48 Hour Swim Benefiting Superstorm Sandy Recovery


McLaren engineered the structural elements to support the signage and LED screens, for Diane Nyad’s 48 hour swim. Almost a year from when Superstorm Sandy hit, Ms. Nyad used her ambition to help raise funds for the Superstorm Sandy Recovery Effort. At age 64 Ms. Nyad became the first person to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida, without a shark cage.

McLaren was retained by the Event Producer - Stuart Weissman Productions, for this fund raising event held in Herald Square, New York on October 8th and 9th. Due to limited space, McLaren engineered the scaffolding so it didn’t interfere with the bike lane and other green space. McLaren engineered ballast systems that occupied minimal footprint to accommodate spacial requirements; while avoiding direct connections to the deck or pool. McLaren’s solutions provided adequate overturning and uplift resistance to the Designer’s - Jeremy Thom and Architect’s - A Form Architecture vision, while avoiding basing damage to the plaza itself.