The AEC community, typically responsible for building the world around us, is now tasked with helping to keep our cities, states and countries running during these unprecedented times. From supporting our healthcare community with the building of temporary structures and retrofit spaces, to performing essential construction work on infrastructure projects, we are all working together along the path to recovery.
McLaren has historically led the industry through momentous events like 9-11, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, and we will continue to engineer the proper emergency response, recovery and resiliency measures as we get through this, stronger than before.
Engineering Resiliency…Whether working from home or 6+ feet apart in the office, McLaren teams across the nation are, as always, fully operational and connected. While we continue to build our communities and keep them safe, we are doing our part to flatten the curve. Check out some of our expanded work from home office locations – a few already equipped with new “in-house assistants.” See more photos on how people in the industry are working.
As building codes and city needs change, waterfront projects like adaptive-reuse, waterborne transportation, new construction and waterfront parks will need to be engineered with resiliency in mind—especially as climate change and the severity and frequency of storm events increase. Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) are mitigating efforts to alleviate the cycle of damage-rebuild-damage and their Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and P-FIRM knowledge is at the forefront of building safe and sustainable infrastructure.
McLaren has three Certified Floodplain Managers, Coastal Engineer and Resiliency Sr. Associate, Bethany McClanahan P.E., ENV SP, CFM, WEDG, Senior Engineer, Long Xu, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, and Marine Technical Designer, Kaitlyn Frega, ENV SP, CFM, WEDG along with dozens of other FEMA experts who are working to protect coastal developments from damage and flooding.
Are you looking to build your career in facades? McLaren has an opening for a Facade Structural Engineer in our New Jersey office.
At McLaren, our façade structural engineers can be found designing the glass, aluminum, and stainless-steel cladding for several award-winning buildings across the country. The Facade Structural Engineer will be responsible for the design and detailing of building envelope systems, running structural and thermal analyses, reviewing building movements and their interactions with the façade systems and coordinating project work with our exciting and dynamic team. Our ideal applicant has 2 to 5 years of experience in the structural design and detailing of facades in commercial projects. Come build your future with us! Apply here.
We are each an equal part of a collective whole. Together, we celebrate the individual, diverse perspectives that foster McLaren’s collective creativity and innovation – today and every day. Our New York City and Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey offices hosted internal networking events, celebrating International Women’s Day. Stay tuned to see what our other offices are doing during Women’s History Month.
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? For this year’s Capital Region #CANstruction, McLaren’s Albany office teamed up with Hyman Hayes Associates and turned 3,737 cans into “SpongeBob CANpants,” sitting on a crabby patty next to his pineapple house.
CANstruction is an annual exhibit and design competition that connects talented architects, engineers, contractors, and students to imagine and create colossal structures built completely out of canned food items. SpongeBob CANpants will be on display at the New York State Museum in Albany until March 18th, then all the canned goods will be donated to 56 local food pantries. There is still time to donate canned goods and help pick a winner – so if fighting local hunger is something you wish, then stop by our structure and donate a dish. Do you see the secret formula?
Fitwell Certification — Committed to Building Health for All™. Built with a goal of optimizing the health and wellness of its occupants, Bank of America at Capitol Tower in Houston, Texas achieved a 3-star Fitwell Certification System classification. For the 35-story, high-end office space, McLaren’s glass & glazing team worked on the lobby and entrance façade, helping the building achieve a feeling of wellbeing with a modern, light-filled space. It is the first project in Houston to receive any certification under Fitwel, and among the largest with a three-star Fitwel rating, is second only to the Bloomberg headquarters in New York City, read more.
Ever wonder how much a crane can hold? When Maxim Crane Works, LP’s industrial cold rolled steel mill in Huntington, West Virginia needed to determine the load capacity to move two mill stands, McLaren performed a peer review of the gantry crane.
Our construction engineers reviewed the drawings and calculations for the pick, confirming the capacities of rigging, gantry header beams, gantry jacks, gantry tracks and support beams. McLaren found that if assembled and executed as instructed, it could lift a whopping 221,000 lbs.
McLaren also performed a finite element analysis of the mill stand assembly’s housing screw component. In the findings, McLaren included a preventive option to mitigate bending of the housing screw when lifted and moved.
As McLaren’s Baltimore office celebrates its 20th year, we also want to celebrate our longstanding relationship with the National Aquarium. Having watched Baltimore develop over the past two decades, McLaren has had a part in engineering many of the area’s iconic landmarks and we are honored to have been part of NAIB’s growth into the largest tourism attraction in Maryland.
McLaren has been part of helping visitors to the aquarium “see the world from below the surface” with work on exhibits including Amazon River Forest Exhibit; Dolphin Pool Restoration, Seahorse Exhibit and Blacktip Reef Exhibit. As we look back on the relationships, we have built with NIAB, we also remember the incredible sea life that these exhibits house, including Calypso, who passed a way this month. The 500lb rescued sea turtle was a species ambassador for conservation and visitor favorite—also a favorite of our PE Divers.
Our team has also performed a structural assessment of all of the National Aquarium’s facilities on both piers and helped renovate an existing warehouse building, that occupies an entire city block, into the Animal Care & Rescue Center for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The project doubled the capacity it previously had for the rehabilitation of rescued animals for release.
Currently, as part of the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Master Plan, they hope to one day transform the canal between Piers 3 and 4 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into a 15,000 square foot floating wetland habitat. The aim is to provide an ecosystem to numerous native species while allowing visitors a unique perspective of the salt marsh habitat of the Chesapeake Bay. To test the stability and resiliency of a large-scale project, McLaren’s Marine team engineered a 15-foot by 20-foot small-scale prototype that is currently exceeding expectations.
Join us in welcoming, Charles Thorn, PE – McLaren’s Civil Division Principal. With 20 years of civil engineering experience, Charles is a Professional Engineer in six states and has led a variety of public and private jobs in land development, construction and transportation.
As a dynamic leader, he brings a solid track record of providing direction to build strong teams and adding unparalleled value to projects. He has overseen multi-million dollar infrastructure programs, rebranding efforts for retail stores like Target and slew of new construction and redevelopments nationwide.
Thorn is a native of Texas and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. This Civil Division Principal will be working out of our New Jersey office, and we are looking forward to having his knowledge and expertise elevate McLaren’s civil team.