Structural Projects

Maryland Live! Casino

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Project Overview: 
Arundel Mills Maryland Live! Casino (Maryland Live!) is a 2 million sq. ft. structure and is the largest casino and entertainment venue on the East Coast. This project called for a fast track design process that included a construction phase that was completed in 17 months.
McLaren's Role: 
Structural engineering services included design of the foundation system, structural steel for casino, porte cochere, and central utility plant superstructures, precast parking garage layout (with precast concrete columns, structural steel for level 2, and precast concrete for levels 3 through 7), and review of calculations and shop drawings for precast concrete garage above. Design also included structural support of 2 LED (23’x150’ at north and south façade) signs and Static Signage on east and west facades of the building. McLaren was responsible for full subsurface investigation including testing and inspection services during ground improvement operations and foundation inspection.
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Site/Civil Engineering
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Roadway Engineering
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Structural Design & Engineering
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Geotechnical Engineering
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Construction Documents
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Permitting
Location: 
Arundel Mills, Maryland
Client: 
The Cordish Company
Project Type: 
Site/Civil and Structural Engineering
Role: 
Subconsultant
Contract Period: 
2010-2012
Construction Cost: 
$200,000,000

Sentosa Crane Dance, Singapore

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Project Overview: 
The Sentosa Cranes are two articulated robotic sculptures located at Resorts World Sentosa in the Sentosa Harbor Front Precinct. The 100-foot tall figures are abstract representations of a pair of Cranes, a bird with a strong cultural significance in Singapore. More impressive still, the Cranes stand in the middle of Sentosa Bay, on a concrete platform on steel piles 200 feet off the shoreline of the resort.
McLaren's Role: 
With each “bird” weighing in excess of 150,000 lbs, a significant challenge was to produce graceful yet accurate and safe movements. McLaren worked with the owners, designers and prospective fabricators to develop structural and mechanical approaches that could satisfy the project budget, uphold the designer’s vision, allow shops to easily fabricate the structures, and withstand a highly unfavorable environment – an exposed saltwater marine environment within a major shipping lane is hardly ideal for precision servo-controlled mechanics or complex electronics – while delivering a reliable showcase event.
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Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Marine Engineering
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Conceptual Studies
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Computer Modeling
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Bid Phase Support
Location: 
Singapore
Client: 
Resorts World International
Project Type: 
Award Winning Project
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2007-2009
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park

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Project Overview: 
Not your ordinary Merry-Go-Round, the Carousel’s unique design combines modern multi-axis ride technology with state-of-the-art multimedia projections, music and lighting. Patrons will ride inside glittering and rainbow hued translucent fish, which swim, swoop and swerve through a simulated underwater environment within the graceful spiral structure.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided complete structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering for the ride system while also providing the site/civil work for the building. The firm produced comprehensive 3D models of the ride and coordinated space, geometry and functional issues with the various disciplines to ensure an integrated design. McLaren also performed motion and velocity studies to ensure the ride was both exciting and interesting, while still technically feasible. Finally, McLaren produced complete bid documents for the ride, including both comprehensive design drawings and a technical performance specification. We also advised on and assisted in the pre-qualification of interested vendors.
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Land Surveying
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Site/Civil Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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Electrical Engineering
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Bid Phase Support & Construction Admininstration
Location: 
Manhattan, New York
Client: 
Battery Park Conservancy
Project Type: 
Structural and Mechanical Design
Role: 
Structural/Mechanical Engineer
Contract Period: 
2008-2015
Construction Cost: 
$16,000,000
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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.
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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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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.
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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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