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McLaren Engineering Group is a leading full-service engineering firm renowned for its trusted, high quality, and innovative approach to solving complex challenges.

With industry experts in structures, civil, marine, survey, bridge, geotechnical, facades, forensics, entertainment, and construction engineering, our team has provided customized solutions for over 20,000 projects through consultation, engineering, design, inspection, and project management. 

With over four decades of experience and 11 offices worldwide, McLaren addresses every project’s specific needs with technical excellence and creative innovation.

Origin
Story

Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board Malcolm G. McLaren, PE is an engineering pioneer. Since founding the firm in his basement in 1977, his entrepreneurial spirit quickly propelled McLaren Engineering Group to the forefront of the AEC industry.

In the early days, Mal was a driving force behind the concept of the “engineer-as-diver” profession, combining his passion for recreational diving with his skills as a professional engineer to offer underwater investigative services. Since then, his out-of-the-box thinking, passion for innovation, and technical excellence quickly launched an ever-growing engineering empire.

“I started McLaren Engineering Group when I was 25 years old with a slide rule in one hand and a shovel in the other. Four decades later, I’m proud to say that the firm has developed beyond my expectations and we continue that trajectory of growth by adding more iconic projects to our portfolio and strategically expanding our service line offerings with some of the top talent in the industry. The entrepreneurial basis for our success is the ability to recognize opportunities, and act on them.”

– Malcolm McLaren, PE

McLAREN
TIMELINE

Mal McLaren Early In His Career
Our Founder, Our Beginning
Bethesda, MD
Malcolm G. McLaren launches his engineering empire from the basement of his home in Bethesda, MD. With a slide rule in one hand and a shovel in the other, he literally builds his business from the ground up.
1977
Malcolm McLaren, PE
Mclaren Adds Underwater Investigation To Its List Of Engineering Services
New York, NY
Mal McLaren applies his passion for recreational diving and combines it with his skill as an engineer to offer underwater investigative services to the nation’s third-largest port city. The first NYC Dive job, Pier 99.
1978
Imagination Pavilion At Epcot in Orlando, FL
Imagination Pavilion At Epcot
Orlando, FL
This architectural centerpiece of Disney’s EPCOT, is a 27,000 square foot glass pyramid that features clear spans up to 90 feet with vertical heights rising to 78 feet. McLaren Engineering Group provided glass calculations for the design of this massive structure.
1980
Glass + Glazing
Glass + Glazing
Throughout the eighties, McLaren Engineering Group becomes an industry leader in the engineering of glass structures. Engineering everything from skylights to curtainwalls.
1983
McLaren Engineering Group's First Floating Ferry Terminal Design
First Floating Ferry Terminal Design
New York, NY
In a resurgence of waterborne transportation throughout New York harbor, McLaren Engineering Group undertakes a leadership role in moving commuters by ferry, in this underutilized transportation mode.
1987
First Emergency Response Hurricane Hugo – St. Croix Us Virgin Islands
First Emergency Response Hurricane Hugo
St. Croix Us Virgin Islands
Responding to the devastating impact of Hurricane Hugo, in September, McLaren Engineering Group offers innovative engineering solutions to the largest of the islands of this U.S. territory. This also marked the firm’s first PE license outside the continental United States.
1989
Skylights - Docklands Light Railway Station
First International Design
London, England
A Distinctive elliptical glass roof over the Canary Wharf Dockland Light Rail train station in East London. The structure towers over four tracks of the UK’s Dockland Light Rail (DLR) System.
1990
MECU Pavilion, a McLaren Engineering Group Project
Pier 6 Concert Pavilion
Baltimore, MD
A 220 ft. x 160 ft. fabric structure with 3 symmetrical bays supported by 6 central masts as high as 63 ft. underground concrete pile caps anchor cables with narrow tapering steel sleeves that receive the cables at grade. The Pavilion is surrounded by a sheetpile bulkhead also designed by McLaren Engineering Group.
1991
World's First Recycled Plastic Lumber Truss Bridge in New Baltimore, NY
Recycled Plastics Use And Development Research
Hudson Valley, NY
With marine life returning to New York’s Hudson River as a result of clean water initiatives, Malcolm McLaren outlines the beneficial uses of recycled plastic material in marine and shoreline construction. These eco-friendly alternatives offer real solutions to the natural deterioration caused by marine micros.
1993
Rolling Stones Concert, Voodoo Tour
Rolling Stones
USA + Canada
Over the past three decades, McLaren Engineering Group has made its mark on music history with work on six Rolling Stones concert tours! Our team has provided engineering for epic concerts beginning in 1994 with the Voodoo Lounge Tour.
1994
Mamma Mia Signage
First Theater Project Winter Garden Theater
New York, NY
McLaren Engineering Group begins its Broadway dominance providing engineering services for theatrical production of ‘Mama Mia’ at the Winter Garden theater.
1999
McLaren Engineering Group joins responders to the attacks of September 11
Emergency Response At World Trade Center Site
New York, NY
McLaren Engineering Group joins responders to the attacks of September 11, offering support in the cleanup of the lower Manhattan site.
2001
I-40 Bridge Collapse Forensic Engineering
I-40 Bridge Collapse
Webbers Falls, OK
First bridge collapse investigation begins Forensic Engineering Division.
2002
Crane Inspections
Construction Crane Inspections
Booming high-rise construction spawns more and more crane disasters. McLaren Engineering Group responds with a rigid inspection program, focused on safety and adherence to equipment use and specific cations.
2006
Walkway Over the Hudson - Bridge Conversion Sprat Inspection
Walkway Over the Hudson
Poughkeepsie + Highland, NY
McLaren engineers perform a climbing structural inspection of this 1889 railroad bridge prior to its conversion to a pedestrian walkway.
2008
Civil Infrastructure Roads DDI at Maryland Live Casino
Maryland's First DDI at Live! Casino
Hanover, MD
Civil engineering services were completed for permitting, design and construction of 14 different off-site and on-site roadway improvements, including engineering Maryland’s first Diverging Diamond Intersection.
2011
Steeplechase Pier Damage from Natural Disaster Superstorm Sandy
Emergency Response To Superstorm Sandy + Rebuild
NY, NJ, MD
Aftermath. The morning after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, even before the winds died down, McLaren Engineering Group responded to multiple municipalities. Our dedicated engineers traveled to all over parts of New York City, New York State, New Jersey, and Maryland working all hours of daylight, 7 days a week; checking the structural integrity of bridges, buildings, bulkheads, cranes, ferry terminals, piers, piles, private properties, and various other structures. Letting our clients know if their structures were safe to resume use.

Rebuild. McLaren Engineering Group worked with public and private agencies all over the tri-state area to rebuild more resilient infrastructure.

2012
Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour
Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour
Worldwide
For Taylor Swift’s fourth world concert tour, McLaren Engineering Group engineered the mainstage deck elements, band risers and self-climbing lifts – as well as rigging for lighting, video and sound for both indoor and outdoor venues.
2015
Rendering 4 - Proposed Albany Gondola - Train Station
NY Capital District Gondola Study
Rensselaer + Albany, NY
McLaren Engineering Group found that a new gondola could connect the 825,000 people arriving and departing each year at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to three important destinations: downtown Albany, the Capital Center and the Empire State Plaza.
2017
Maybrook Trailway Design-Build After - McLaren Engineering Group
Maybrook Empire State Trail
Hopewell Junction + Brewster, NY
McLaren Engineering Group engineered the 23-mile connector as part of the expansive Empire State Trail infrastructure development. This design build trailway project repurposed a portion of Metro North’s previous two-track Beacon line corridor into a 10-foot wide shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path.
2020
1 Hotel Nashville Green Wall Netting
1 Hotel Nashville Green Wall Netting
Nashville, TN
McLaren Engineering Group provided structural engineering services for the attachment of the green wall netting via webbing loops screwed to the building facade. Our team performed calculations for the net rigging as well as provided facility impact loads of the netting on the supporting structure.
2022
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