Looking Back at McLaren’s 40th Year

Jan. 19, 2018

As we wrap up McLaren’s 40th anniversary year, we’re proud of the many milestones that we accomplished in its honor! In 2017 we provided entertainment engineering for Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour, worked on Brooklyn’s first Formula E electric car race and served as engineer of record for the $9.7M Post Avenue Bridge replacement. From putting on an engineering expo, to being professionally licensed in 49 U.S. states, to managing a give-back program with local nonprofits, we are proud of the year McLaren had honoring the firm’s creativity and skill over the last four decades.

McLaren Employee Awards

Jan. 18, 2018

On Friday, McLaren celebrated the hard work and contributions of the employees that helped make this milestone 40th year a success. McLaren is pleased to announce the following awards:

40 Years of Service: Malcolm McLaren, PE, SECB
25 Years of Service:
Carl Sundvik
15 Years of Service: William McCarthy III / Danny Vargas
10 Years of Service: Dominic DeSantis, PE / Robert Grip / Craig Plate, PE / Susan Schmidt
5 Years of Service: Thomas Broderick, PE, LEED AP / Patrick Doliber, PE / James Donnelly / Kyle Gilbert, PE / Brian Haggarty / Albert Johnson, PE / Brendan Kelly, PE / Peter Koklanos, PE, LEED AP / Porfirio Lantigua, PE / Jake Leventhal, PE / Jewel McLean / Stephanie Richmond, PE

President’s Award: Matthew Kawczenski, PE, SE
Rookie of the Year: Victoria Christini, PE / Dyi-Fen Jeng
Team Player Award: Constantine Panagakos / Jewel McLean
Spirit of McLaren Award: Constantine Panagakos
Award for Innovation: Brad Fallon, PE
Think Like an Owner ESOP Award: Donna Brangaccio
Award for Multidisciplinary Excellence: Matthew Kawczenski, PE, SE
Client Hero Award: Don Viele, PLS
Business Development Award: Matthew Kawczenski, PE, SE
Applied Ingenuity Award: Patrick Doliber, PE
Project Management Award: Diego Eras, PE
Project of the Year Award: MGM Cotai Theater Video Wall System
2017 Group Award: ESOP Social Committee

Hello, Dolly!

Jan. 11, 2018

McLaren provided structural engineering services for the Broadway production Hello, Dolly! The musical opened in 2017 and tells the story of a matchmaker named Dolly (Bette Midler) who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for a miserable ½ millionaire. McLaren provided structural engineering evaluation of the stage apron extension with scenic step units and production loads on house lighting supports, floor girder alterations, and stage right fly floor for loads on floor and from heavy scenic units at the underside. McLaren also provided a structural engineering evaluation for the show rigging loads, and continues to do so annually to help assure ongoing safety of the musical, for Bernadette Peters as she begins her role of Dolly starting January 20th.

Larissa Torres Elected ASLA Maryland President

Jan. 10, 2018

Congratulations Larissa Torres, PLA on being elected as the President of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects! In her role as President, Larissa is the leader of Executive Committee and the main point of contact between the chapter and the National ASLA organization through the Chapter President’s Council. In Larissa’s President’s Letter she stated “I am delighted to be your new Maryland Chapter of ASLA President”.

Join Us for an ASCE PDH Credit Lecture

Jan. 9, 2018

Join us on January 18th, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the McLaren headquarters for a very special ASCE, Lower Hudson Valley Branch, PDH Lecture.

Topic: Design-Build 48-Hour Replacement of LIRR’s Post Avenue Bridge Using SPMTS
Speakers: Gerard J. Bartucci, PE / Vahid Zanjani, PhD, PE / Shafique Islam from McLaren Engineering Group; as well as potential representatives from Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00‐8:30 PM
6:00 – 6:30 Introductions, Social Hour, Refreshments
6:30 – 8:30 Speaker Presentation and Discussion
Location: McLaren Engineering Group ‐ 100 Snake Hill Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
RSVP: or
Questions: Contact: William J. McCarthy, III 845‐353‐6400 x3354
Cost: Students and Retired Branch Members – No Charge; Younger Members (35 and younger) – $5; Members – $10; Non‐Members – $20
Checks payable to: ASCE Lower Hudson Valley Branch – Pay at Door or mail to: ASCE c/o McLaren Engineering Group, 100 Snake Hill Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
PDH Credits: Approval Pending for 2.0 PDH Credits.
Sponsors: For $150 your company/organization’s logo and information will be displayed at the registration area. Proceeds from this dinner meeting will be used towards LHV Branch activities and/or the LHV Branch Scholarship Fund. If you would like to be listed as a sponsor for this dinner meeting, please use the contact information above.

Remember the time we…flipped the design of the freeway?

Jan. 5, 2018

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, we’re revisiting some of our favorite projects and moments from the past 40 years. 

2012: The Diverging Diamond Interchange at MD-295 Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Arundel Mills Boulevard is the first of its kind in Maryland. The interchange was redesigned to direct the flow of traffic over the bridge “on the wrong side,” passing right-to-right instead of left-to-left. The result is just one signalized intersection, improving traffic flow and accommodating the increased volume anticipated with the development of Live! Casino Maryland at Arundel Mills Mall. Our Baltimore office kept this project on schedule and the interchange was opened just 12 months after design efforts began, and just days before the grand opening of the Casino.

Rolling Stones No Filter Tour

Jan. 3, 2018

McLaren was contracted by TDF Productions Inc. to perform a structural analysis of four LED screens used for the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ Tour. Designed by Set Designer Ray Winkler of Stufish and Creative Director & Lighting Designer, Patrick Woodroffe, these 64 feet tall LED screens are some of the tallest ever used for an outdoor concert. McLaren worked closely with Solotech and WI Creations, who provided the LED screen modules and framing system, to develop wind bracing back to the stage roof structure, which was supplied by StageCo.  McLaren collaborated with these suppliers to develop a High Wind Action Plan for the screens. The screen system evaluated also included custom frames that housed large moving lights for the show.

Holiday Cheer

Dec. 28, 2017

McLaren’s offices nationwide celebrated the holiday season. The Albany team had some fun with a grab bag gathering and an indoor snowball fight. The Baltimore and West Nyack offices had white elephant gift exchanges, and the New York City office hosted a gingerbread house making contest.

TEA Ugly Sweater Sponsorship

Dec. 20, 2017
McLaren’s Orlando office was a sponsor of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Eastern Division Annual Ugly Sweater Party last Wednesday. The TEA is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. McLaren is proud of our continued work with the TEA, through both our contributions in Orlando and New York as well as our award winning projects. Proceeds from this entertaining event were donated to the Hispanic Federation benefiting Puerto Rico.

Salvation Army Giving

Dec. 19, 2017

Our West Nyack and Baltimore offices came together to support the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program – collecting presents to give to over 90 children this holiday season. Continuing the spirit, our West Nyack employees also volunteered to be red kettle workers, ringing the bell and spreading cheer on several chilly evenings this month. We are proud to partner with the Salvation Army to make everyone’s holidays a little brighter this year.