Structural Projects

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Lizard Pit at Las Vegas Springs Preserve (construction)
Project Overview: 
The Nassal Company – and several other specialty contractors – retained McLaren to engineer exhibits, rockwork environments and signage at the 180-acre Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The Preserve, a subsidiary of the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, is an interactive museum that takes you through the history and culture of Las Vegas.
McLaren's Role: 
Hired as a structural expert, McLaren provided engineering support for incorporation of the exhibits, rockwork, and signs into the existing Preserve structure. This coordination of elements included accounting for the possibility of natural factors such as wind and earthquakes. It also considered the daily wear and tear of patron interaction. Since exhibit design occurred concurrently with the Preserve’s construction, McLaren performed a facility impact evaluation to demonstrate how the structural systems needed for the exhibits affected the structure. The need to ensure that all new systems introduced to the Preserve were adequately and safely supported was vital.
Service: 
Structural Engineering
Service: 
Scenic/Cultural Design
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: 
The Nassal Company
Project Type: 
Structural Engineering
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2005-2007
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Historic Theater Renovations

Historic Theater Renovation (Winter Garden & Longacre)
Project Overview: 
McLaren has provided engineering services in numerous Broadway theaters, working for Owners, Scenic Contractors, Architects and Producers. This work for theatrical productions includes engineering of scenery, lighting supports, temporary platforms, rigging for shows, evaluating show loads on the building structure, and when needed, engineering reinforcing and attachments to the building.
McLaren's Role: 
In addition to show-related work, McLaren has provided engineering for building renovations, restoration, and general maintenance in more than a dozen facilities constructed prior to 1930. Many of these projects involve façades, interiors, or entire buildings that have been land marked by the City of New York. McLaren has investigated existing conditions, developed engineering recommendations and/or designs to suit the goals of the projects, and observed the ongoing and completed work. The investigations have been extensive and have resulted in drawings that record the existing structure and features very accurately. The types of work include exterior elements, interior architectural elements, and facility theatrical features.
Service: 
Structural Engineering
Service: 
Special Structures Engineering
Service: 
Structural Assessment
Location: 
New York, New York
Client: 
Various
Project Type: 
Structural Engineering and Preservation
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2000-Present
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Highbourne Cay Residential Development

Highbourne Cay, Bahamas
Project Overview: 
McLaren is providing structural and site/civil engineering services for the new residential development on Highbourne Cay, Bahamas. This 500-acre island is a private island in the Exuma Sound, approximately 60 miles south of Nassau. Development includes the design of 6 exclusive guest cottages, a new marina bar and restaurant, and planning for 3 private residences on the island. The project provides the challenge of designing for tropical conditions on a remote island. Simplification and design of materials is critical to meeting local construction, trade issues and meeting project budget.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren is providing structural and site/civil engineering design services including site investigation, layout and grading; irrigation design; structural design; drainage design; and construction administration.
Service: 
Structural Engineering
Service: 
Site/Civil Engineering
Location: 
Highbourne Cay, Bahamas
Client: 
Highbourne Cay Yacht Club, Ltd. (HCYCL)
Project Type: 
Site Development
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2008-2010
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Hayden Planetarium

Hayden Planetarium Glass Wall
Project Overview: 
As the engineers for W & W Glass Company, the curtain wall contractor, McLaren was responsible for providing structural analysis of the glass curtain wall enclosure and the supporting space frame structure for the new building. The six-story glass cube enclosure comprises the largest tension-glass curtain wall in the nation. The 95-foot-high glass wall is hung from the top of the vertical trusses with the help of tension rods and long posts, and held in place by stainless steel horizontal tension trusses. These horizontal tension trusses are supported by vertical steel trusses spaced 21-ft on center that also support the roof space truss.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided structural analysis of the horizontal tension trusses and the supporting space truss. We also provided erection procedures for the glass enclosure and it’s supporting stainless steel elements.
Service: 
Structural Engineering
Location: 
New York, New York
Client: 
W & W Glass Company
Project Type: 
Structural Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
1997-1998
Construction Cost: 
N/A
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Delaware Center for the Arts

University of Delaware Center for the Arts
Project Overview: 
McLaren Engineering Group was chosen to provide engineering services for a new performing arts center at the University of Delaware. The University of Delaware Center for the Arts is a facility that house performance spaces and various arts programs for the University. The Center for the Arts occupies approximately 90,000 square feet of space including a 450-seat proscenium theater, a 300-seat orchestra rehearsal hall, a 200-seat recital hall, lobby, practice rooms, and supporting spaces.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided foundation and structural engineering services for the Center for the Arts building. Our role involved coordination with architect, mechanical engineer, acoustics consultant, and theater consultant to integrate structural layout with program, mechanical, and acoustic requirements. Technically speaking, the project involved design of 12-inch thick concrete and masonry walls, 3-foot thick mat foundations, and framing support on neoprene pads to satisfy acoustic requirements; design of sloped concrete seating bowls, performance hall balconies, and hanging gridiron and catwalks; and comparative analysis of alternative framing schemes.
Service: 
Structural and Foundation Engineering
Service: 
Schematics
Service: 
Design Development
Service: 
Construction Documents
Service: 
Construction Administration
Location: 
Newark, Delaware
Client: 
Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners
Project Type: 
Educational Building Design
Role: 
Sub-consultant
Contract Period: 
2003-2006
Construction Cost: 
$48,000,000
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