Blog/Events

Historic Bridge Conversion – Walkway Over the Hudson Celebrates 10 Years

Oct. 15, 2019
Historic Bridge Conversion - Walkway Over the Hudson Celebrates 10 Years

Walkway over the Hudson is celebrating 10 years, 5 million visitors and its 1.28 miles that dub it as the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge.

For this historic bridge conversion of the former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, McLaren provided a range of engineering services including a full underwater and climbing inspection, repair design, construction engineering and elevator design.

The steel cantilever bridge has become a global destination that showcases the natural beauty with unparallel views of New York’s Hudson Valley.

+Pool Light Illuminating Water Quality

Oct. 14, 2019
South Street Seaport
New York, NY
Now until January 4, 2020

+Pool Light designed by PLAYLAB INC. and Family New York in collaboration with Floating Point for Friends of + POOL, is illuminating the importance of water quality awareness at South Street Seaport in downtown NYC. Empowering people with data and engaging them visually, this + shaped floating public art display changes color, brightness, frequency and sharpness based on the quality of water passing through it.

McLaren was part of the permitting, engineering and project management for the framing and floating system of the 50 x 50 feet sculpture that changes direction in the current.

“Water quality data is incredibly complex, so access to data means very little to everyday people,” said Kara Meyer, managing director of Friends of + Pool. “We wanted to figure out a way to empower people with the data and engage them visually with what is happening in the water in front of them.”

+Pool Light will be on display now until January 4, 2020.

Renovated Track and Field for Franklin Middle School

Oct. 10, 2019
Renovated Track and Field for Franklin Middle School

Franklin Middle School’s track and field was renovated in time for fall sports. Our team worked with DMR Architects to refurbish the scoreboard, track and practice field. McLaren provided surveying, geotechnical and civil engineering services for the foundation design, sediment and erosion control plans, permitting and construction phase services for the Hamilton Street Campus in Somerset, NJ. Go Warriors!

Join us for the 3rd Annual McLarenFest in Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

Oct. 8, 2019
McLaren Engineering Group
Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:00-7:00p.m.
5100 West Tilghman Street, Suite 265, Allentown, PARSVP
Join us for the 3rd Annual McLarenFest in Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

Join us Thursday for our 3rd Annual McLarenFest! Come from 5pm to 7pm to our Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania office at 5100 West Tilghman Street, Suite 265, Allentown, PA. Dust off your lederhosen, bundhosen and dirndl and connect with us over beer, brats and mulled wine!

St. Pete Pier Shoring System

Oct. 8, 2019
St. Pete Pier Shoring System

St. Pete Pier™ is opening in spring 2020! The .6 mile pier broadens St. Petersburg Florida’s downtown with an interactive waterfront experience that extends to a pierhead building, holding event space and several restaurants.

Fun Fact: the concrete pour of the pierhead building’s fourth floor lasted 8½ hours and took 80 workers, 77 concrete trucks, and 767 cubic yards of concrete.

McLaren provided construction engineering services for the independent pile supported steel beams. The system enabled the concrete to be poured without loading the pier deck below by supporting the shoring for the building’s thick upper concrete slabs, at the top two levels of this 5-story heavy building.

McLaren’s value engineering efforts included assessment of alternate materials, pile types, pile layouts, beam layouts and member sizes — resulting in cost savings to the City of St. Petersburg of approximately $1.2M for the independent steel-framed shoring system.

How does laser scanning and lidar technology work?

Oct. 3, 2019
How does laser scanning and lidar technology work?

On a typical construction project, rework accounts for 12 to 15 percent of the cost of construction! With 3D laser scanning, the ability to catch conflicts before they occur has proven to reduce rework down to 1 to 3 percent which translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on change orders.

Laser scanning and lidar technology combine controlled swath angles with a laser range finding to provide precise accuracy of complex geo-data. The data collected can then be integrated into a complete BIM model to be used for clash detection and overall design automation. McLaren’s geomatics team is at the forefront of technology.

Have you tried laser scanning and lidar technology to mitigate rework and keep costs down?

We are Hiring – Summer Engineering Interns

Oct. 2, 2019
We are Hiring – Summer Engineering Interns

McLaren is accepting applications for 2020 summer engineering interns now through November 15th! Working with us, you’ll gain hands-on experience collaborating with industry leaders as they draw up revolutionary designs and concepts. McLaren offers an interactive experience where you’ll be fully immersed in various aspects of the engineering business. Find out more about our multiple opportunities here.

McLaren Engineers World’s Largest Permanent Indoor LED Wall

Sep. 30, 2019
McLaren Engineers World’s Largest Permanent Indoor LED Wall

Did you see McLaren’s feature in ASCE’s Civil Engineering Magazine this month? Bill Gorlin, PE, SE, SECB and Matt Saide, PE from our entertainment division discussed McLaren’s work engineering Asia’s first immersive theater experience and the world’s largest permanent indoor LED wall.

Read about our innovative approach used to create the LED Wall at MGM Cotai’s Hall of Stars Theater in the Civil Engineering September issue or learn more here.

We are Hiring – Marine Engineer – Technical Director

Sep. 26, 2019
We are Hiring – Marine Engineer - Technical Director

Be at the forefront of shaping the marine industry and join McLaren. We currently have an opening for a Marine Engineer – Technical Director in our New Jersey or NYC offices.

At McLaren, we believe it is the mix of talent, experience, passion and creativity that sets us apart. If you are a professional engineer, with an excellent technical background and strong leadership skills, who utilizes best practices to provide expert technical guidance, apply with us today!

McLaren Engineering Environmental Change

Sep. 26, 2019
McLaren Engineering Environmental Change

This week’s Climate Action Summit delivered a major step-up in private sector action and plans to transition from brown to green energy. A strong climate agreement backed by action on the ground will help us as a global community achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Three of the UN’s SDGs focus explicitly on engineered infrastructure, putting the AEC industry at the heart of change. Goal 6 ensures the availability of sustainable water management; Goal 7 ensures access to affordable reliable, sustainable and modern energy, and Goal 9 builds resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization–fostering innovation.

McLaren is helping engineer environmental change with projects like a resilient NYC ferry network, design and installation support of solar energy systems along the east coast, coastal shoreline protection and riprap design, green infrastructure underneath NYC playgrounds, the WEDG certified Domino Park Esplanade and green building engineering from LEED to passive house standards.

We are also doing our part to make wind energy a fundamental source in the U.S.