Structural 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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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

City Center Mall, Mixed-Use Retail and Residential Facilities

City Center Mall, White Plains, NY
Project Overview: 
The City Center Mall project is a mixed-use high-rise retail and residential facility at the former Macy's Department Store in downtown White Plains, New York. Three 35-story residential buildings were also designed at this location encompassing 727,900 square feet. A municipal parking garage was included providing both below and above grade parking, and a garage core encompassing 767,000 square feet.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided foundation and structural design for retail areas, loading docks, and below-grade parking. Within the retail space are the White Plains Performing Arts Center and a multiplex cinema with an IMAX Theater. The PAC includes a 400-seat theater with stadium seating, overhead pipe grids and catwalks, and mezzanine for storage, lighting and lobby. McLaren was involved with design of sloped raker beams and light gage framing that supports stadium seating; reinforcement of existing steel framing to support new theater loads; structural support for box booms, lighting equipment, and other theater features; and coordination with architect and theater consultant on layout and structural requirements for theater features.
Service: 
Foundation Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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Construction Administration
Location: 
White Plains, New York
Client: 
Cappelli Development Group
Project Type: 
Structural Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2001-2003
Construction Cost: 
$300,000,000
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Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel and Convention Center

Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore
Project Overview: 
McLaren was chosen to provide engineering services for the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel and Convention Center. The Hotel was designed and constructed in two separate phases. The original phase consisted of a 12-story hotel tower and a one-story steel frame low-rise that housed the convention facilities. The second phase consisted of another 12-story hotel tower and a two-story concrete frame low-rise that housed additional convention facilities in both phases.
McLaren's Role: 
Phase I required long clear spans to accommodate large meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Phase II required a framed ballroom floor, which necessitated heavy post-tensioned concrete beams and floor slabs to accommodate impact loads produced by ballroom activities (dancing). In addition, Phase II employed the use of post-tensioned concrete transfer girders, which clear spanned the ballroom and supported the hotel tower above. Hotel towers for both Phases were constructed from post-tensioned concrete flat plates supported on reinforced concrete columns and shear walls. The lower levels (street level) are reinforced concrete flat plates.
Service: 
Structural and Foundation Engineering
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Schematic Design
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Design Development
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Construction Documents
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Construction Administration
Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
Client: 
Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet, Inc.
Project Type: 
Structural Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
N/A
Construction Cost: 
N/A

Charles Center Place Residential Housing

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Project Overview: 
Park Charles is a 32-story irregular-shaped building that contains five levels of underground parking (160,000 s.f.), five levels of office facilities (151,000 s.f.), 21 stories of residential housing (340,000 s.f.), and a mechanical penthouse totaling approximately 651,000 square feet of mixed-use space. It is bound on all sides by existing construction; Mies van der Rohe’s One Charles Center and The Fidelity Building on the east, Liberty Street on the west, Charles Center Plaza on the south, and Two Charles Center on the north.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided design of the structural systems of the building, including foundations; pressure injected piles and auger cast piles; sheeting and shoring; concrete foundation walls; and the superstructure. The firm was also involved with design of reinforced concrete flat plate on the office levels, two-way post-tensioned slab on the residental levels, and exterior wall support.
Service: 
Structural and Foundation Engineering
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Schematic Design
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Design Development
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Construction Documents
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Construction Administration
Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
Client: 
Shelter Development Corporation
Project Type: 
Structural Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
N/A
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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