McLaren’s Wellness Committee hosted a 3-Part yoga series at their West Nyack office. The classes were taught by returning intern and certified yoga teacher Amanda Slawinski. During lunch, participants released stress and learned breath control, stretches, and postures to help throughout the day. Namaste.
Senior Marine Project Manager, Matt McCarty, PE, SE authored a paper and presented “A Case Study and Recommendation for Large Scale Floating Wetlands” at the ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure held in New York City last month. McCarty’s paper and presentation described the first of its kind floating wetland system McLaren designed for the National Aquarium. These floating wetlands are currently being tested just outside McLaren’s Baltimore office, between piers at the aquarium’s main campus, at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
As leaders in resiliency and sustainability McLaren also contributed through Chief of Staff, Ray Fusco who moderated the panel “Wetland Mitigation Banks: An Innovative Strategy for Permitting State and Federal In-Water Environmental Impacts” and Marine Engineer, Anand Agarwal, PE was co-author for the presentation “Water Edge Design Guidelines: LEED® for the New York Harbor” presented by Roland Lewis at Waterfront Alliance.
As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, we’re revisiting 10 of our favorite projects and moments from the past 40 years. Here is number seven!
2003: As part of our work on the Brooklyn Navy Yard revitalization, McLaren diver John St. Denis dove into 32 degree water in January to inspect timber piles underneath the berths. His inspection was just one part of an in-depth above- and below-water assessment of the site, including piers, low-level relieving platforms, bulkheads/seawalls, and wharves. The water was frozen solid when the dive team arrived, requiring them to break through the ice with a sledge hammer prior to the dive inspection.
Last Tuesday, McLaren Marine Engineer, Anand Agarwal, PE sat on a panel for WEDG: Resilient, Accessible, Sustainable—Designing for 2050+ at the Center for Architecture in New York City. The panel announced two new WEDG-certified projects, Greenpoint Landing and Starlight Park.
Anand proudly explained McLaren’s work on Greenpoint Landing, a 20-acre mixed-use development in Brooklyn, New York. The former lumber yard will now have native vegetation and a tiered waterfront esplanade that will act as a barrier to potential flooding and sea level rise. Anand said “this project is unique because of the variety of the existing shoreline that needs to be restored, which lends itself to the unique solution the design team came up with. It helps that WEDG rewards innovative solutions for creating a resilient shoreline”. In addition, a comprehensive flood protection strategy protects other elements of the project, including wet and dry flood-proofing, elevated and redundant mechanical systems, and deployable flood barriers for vulnerable entrances. McLaren is providing Marine Engineering, Underwater Inspection, and Permit Preparation services for this redevelopment project. Read the Case Study Greenpoint Landing: Phase 1 to find out more about this interesting project.
Watch the interesting panel discussion about how WEDG is helping design NYC’s waterfront to withstand a storm with the capability of coming back from it on YouTube.
McLaren engineer, Russell Vignali, volunteered at his alma mater Clarkstown North High School last week for the school’s first annual Job and Career Fair. Russ said “I had a lot of fun explaining engineering and what I do to the students. I found that they didn’t fully know just how wide-ranging the field of engineering is. They seemed to get a lot out of it, and I even got to say hello to an old teacher or two.” Russ interned with McLaren in our Bridge Division and has been working full-time in our Structures Division for the past 2 and-a-half years.
118 Fulton Street topped out at 67 stories, in NYC’s financial district! McLaren provided boundary surveys, crane plumbness certifications, floor flatness surveys, floor vibration analysis, grid surveying, and construction line and grade for this residential and commercial tower. McLaren’s professional approach and high quality survey helped move this project to the top.
Each of our offices hosted a pumpkin contest this Halloween! Top winners were entered into a company-wide pool for a chance to win an additional prize! Congratulations to company winner most “ayes”, Melissa Carey!
McLaren is proud to have partnered with Quennell Rothschild & Partners on renovating NYC parks that will not only help provide local green space for neighborhoods in need, it will also help keep our waterways cleaner. McLaren is engineering a variety of stormwater management features for these parks located within the NYCDEP’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Priority Watershed. Stormwater such as surface water running off city streets and paved lots is the leading cause of pollution of streams, rivers, and oceans. The goal of the project is to divert stormwater from adjacent streets to Green Infrastructure (GI) practices located in the facilities of the community parks. These practices will allow for water to be infiltrated or stored on-site, with overflow pipes to convey the water back to the existing combined sewers.
Read the article “Parks Progress” to find out more about the projects and challenges.
Our Pennsylvania office recently participated in the “Canstruction” of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s “Comic-Can – Comic Book Edition”. Enjoy this time elapsed video of the sculpture creation, which benefited the Second Harvest Food Bank!
McLaren recently attended a topping out celebration for 197 Van Vorst Street. Standing at 16-stories tall, this concrete building is situated next to 207 Van Vorst, another real estate project McLaren help develop in the heart of downtown Jersey City. McLaren is proud of the work they did on this neighboring upscale community, called The Quinn.
Visit our project case study to read more about this project.