“If you build it they will come.” Baseball fans have (safely) made their way to Texas for this year’s unprecedented World Series. Parts of Arlington’s Entertainment District, considered a sports mecca of the South, has reopened as Globe Life Field hosts all seven games. Just steps away, McLaren provided structural engineering services for the massive, world-class entertainment venue, Texas Live! and its flagship hotel Live! by Loews. The redevelopment transformed a surface parking lot into a dynamic $250 million dining, entertainment and hospitality district nestled between the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium.
We are proud to announce that our President, Jeremy D. Billig, PE and our Vice President – Marine, Stephen A. Famularo, PE, D.PE, now join our Founder and CEO, Malcolm G. McLaren, PE, SECB as members of The Moles, an exclusive fraternal organization in the heavy construction industry. Moles members are leaders in their profession who are dedicated to promoting the industry and supporting their colleagues through outreach programs and networking opportunities. From marine terminals to roads, to highrises Jeremy and Steve have been building up NYC. Learn more about their NYC construction expertise below.
Having joined the firm in 2005 as a junior engineer and progressively moving his way up into various leadership roles within the company, Jeremy Billig, P.E. has led a distinguished career at McLaren Engineering Group. Today, as President, he is accountable for the overall coordination, technical guidance and growth of over 250 team members, 7 technical divisions and 11 offices worldwide. With his direction, the firm’s growth and expansion is being driven through out-of-the-box thinking, creative solutions and a dedication to high-quality work.
As an accomplished engineer, Jeremy has worked across the firm’s 10 markets, with projects ranging from bridge work to entertainment venues, healthcare facilities to comprehensive structural work, and the restoration of landmarked buildings. Through the course of his trajectory, Billig has always put a focus on working within the heavy construction industry by providing innovative solutions to assist contractors, fabricators, developers and erectors solve field constructability issues and take their projects from design to completion.
Billig is known throughout the AEC arena as a trusted leader with the ability to quickly gauge the needs of clients and develop custom-tailored solutions. He has a talent for communicating technical concepts effectively and is dedicated to maintaining high standards in the firm’s execution and delivery. Jeremy’s unquestionable integrity and ability to motivate and guide team members to reach their targets, is unparalleled.
Jeremy earned a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Cornell University and holds a Professional Engineering (P.E.) registration in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Vermont, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan and Wisconsin.
With 24 years of hands-on experience at waterfronts throughout the United States, Stephen Famularo, has dedicated his career to changing the landscape of the maritime industry. As Vice President of McLaren Engineering Group’s marine engineering services, Steve leads a team of over 45 engineers, divers, designers, and scientists on complex waterfront inspection, design, rehabilitation, and construction projects throughout the country.
As an accomplished professional engineer, commercial diver, and board-certified Port Engineer (D.PE, through the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers), Steve’s extensive expertise, passion for innovation and unparalleled quality of work has put him at the forefront of marine engineering. His innovative approaches and custom solutions are most evident in New York Harbor and New Jersey where he has been the engineer of record for over $500 million in construction and rehabilitation of marine structures. Steve is a visionary in the field of waterfront asset management, advocate for advancing waterfront sustainability and coastal resiliency, and a leader in expanding the region’s waterborne transportation system through new ferry landing and homeport facility design.
Steve has taught full-day seminars on waterfront rehabilitation, lectured at colleges and universities throughout the northeast, and presented at industry conferences across the country on subjects such as inspection-diver training, marine construction cost estimating, waterfront asset management system design and implementation, and service-life evaluation of marine concrete structures.
We are excited about the growth of McLaren’s marine group under Steve’s leadership and are looking forward to continued expansion through new services, additional markets and geographic reach.
It takes teamwork to bring positive changes to New York City‘s 700+ miles of coastline. Dedicated individuals and organizations like the Waterfront Alliance, are working alongside maritime leaders and groups (many of whom attended and were honored at last night’s Heroes of the Harbor) to make the water’s edge a shared, resilient and accessible resource for all.
Currently, more than 1 million people in the region are vulnerable to flooding. To prepare for the reality of sea-level rise and the next big storm, McLaren has been working with our clients to implement resiliency and access at the water’s edge through living shoreline development, flood plain management and stabilization, riprap revetment and life cycle surveying.
Our Marine and Coastal division understands the dynamics and interdependencies of the physical and ecological functions that are critical to the development of sustainable, resilient solutions. To best provide excellence in resilient design, four more of our engineers have become WEDG (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) certified last week. Great work Stephen Famularo, P.E., D.PE, Victoria Christini, P.E., Nicole Kapasakis and Jacqueline Scheid!
One of the most powerful features of BIM is its visualization capabilities. This week, Senior Structural Engineer Bradford Fallon, P.E. has been working on visualizing an erection sequence for a steel frame in Brooklyn. The visualization was carried out in rapid time (thanks to this integrated BIM model) enabling McLaren to quickly identify sequencing issues while providing a graphical representation of the steel erection process to our client for feedback.
Collaboration in BIM helps improve the communication process and in turn, project outcomes by connecting engineering, construction, and design teams with design data throughout the project lifecycle.
The new facility at Ossining Children’s Center is now open with COVID safety top-of-mind! The newly constructed, modern 27,000 square foot Rebecca and Arthur Samberg Building allows the center to host all of its programs, committed to creating a strong lifelong foundation for children’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth, under one roof. The 125-year-old non-profit organization now has even more room to provide children 6 weeks to 12-years-old with bright inspiring spaces to learn, grow and explore.
McLaren provided site/civil engineering services from schematic engineering to construction phase services for the new 2.5-acre site. The property’s large slope resulted in three-tiers that utilizes the site’s topography. The playground is positioned to have wonderful views of the Hudson River, and the siting of the building enables all of the infant, toddler, young k and pre-k rooms classrooms to have doors to the outside. This configuration is one safeguard against the COVID pandemic, allowing parents to pick up their children without creating more contact points in the building itself. Additionally, all classrooms have their own bathrooms and MERV13 filters have been installed on all HVAC units.
This nurturing facility has been a crucial resource for all families in the greater Ossining, NY community. They now have the space to expand their programming to enhance even more children’s lives.
Check out more of McLaren’s Education work here.
Today, September 30th is “Global Day of Action”. McLaren teams across the country are “lighting it in red” to show solidarity with our colleagues, clients and friends in the art and live entertainment industry.
Our locations across New York City, California, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, Albany, Pennsylvania and Connecticut are standing together with millions of people across the country to raise awareness of those impacted in the event supply chain – from manufacturers, production companies, catering, transport, security and others, to the huge freelance community, rigging companies, audiovisual, artists and the dreamers. #LightItInRed
To properly care for and protect the additional in-demand vessels, NYCEDC is planning to convert selected locations in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Basin into the NYC Ferry System’s Secondary Homeport. “Homeport II” will contain approximately 50 vessel slips, utility and finger piers for fleet maintenance, repairs and inspection with service of an additional travel lift. This centralized location provides both an upland warehouse already in place and protection from vessel traffic in the Buttermilk Channel. McLaren’s marine engineers and in-house dive team worked together to deploy an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) to measure the waves, current velocities and wakes caused by environmental conditions and other vessels that traverse the area. This hydroacoustic current meter, ADCP, will collect information for two months and relay detailed and accurate site data that our design team can then use to develop resilient coastal structures which meet the specific conditions of Homeport II.
The Tribeca Film Festival teamed up with Hudson Yards to create an unforgettable outdoor movie experience, Backyard Big Screen. This event running from September 14th to October 31st offers socially distant ‘pods’ with cabana-style seating, picnic boxes with seasonal delicacies and beverages for up to 2 or 4 guests for rental in front of a huge 20 x 20 foot LED Screen with the iconic Vessel at Hudson Yards in the background. Movies are shown every Thursday through Sunday and feature a short film curated by the Tribeca Film Festival followed by classics like Ghostbusters, Sleepless in Seattle, Wonder Woman, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and many more.
McLaren provided structural engineering for this temporary Hudson Yards LED Screen. Working with BNW Rigging INC the team engineered a reusable and adaptable LED screen supported by box truss, chain hoists and steel wire ropes with rigging hardware – all of which can be assembled in a short amount of time with in-house or easily rented materials. Assemblies like these are constructed by experienced rigging companies that work with these materials to create a seemingly unlimited number of exhibits, each with varying effects, sizes, and purposes to meet the demands of clients within the entertainment industry. A shipping container is located behind the screen providing ballast for stability as well as a shelter for the tech crew.
Backyard Big Screen also included showtimes for sporting events where in-person attendance was not permitted. The innovative theater space hosted the US Open, and currently has tickets available for the NY Giants, Formula 1 and the NY Yankees. Preferred seating is reserved for essential workers and the ticket price includes a local charity donation.
One secret behind theme park magic…the art of engineering. Some of the most epic and immersive work produced by our Entertainment Division is subject to strict confidentiality and can never truly be revealed. Although we absolutely cannot tell you which ones, we can say 3 of our projects received 2020 THEA Awards for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT from Themed Entertainment Association!
McLaren provided structural design for scenic show sets for two iconic theme park rides and structural scenery design for a stellar new themed attraction land.
While the healthcare industry is ever-changing with new policies and regulations, demand for new healthcare facilities and infrastructure upgrades continues to grow – especially in response to COVID. At this years’ Commerical Observer Healthcare Construction Forum, McLaren’s President, Jeremy Billig, PE will be part of the Development and Master Planning for Future Healthcare Needs seminar where he will share his insights on trends in increased outpatient facilities and on-demand healthcare centers.
The expert panel will discuss how facilities can accommodate healthy patient care in the wake of a pandemic and tailor their development and master planning strategies to respond to new COVID-specific requirements. This interactive, virtual conference is integral to all involved in healthcare design and construction as the market seeks to adapt its physical infrastructure to the effects of the pandemic.
Development and Master Planning for Future Healthcare Needs Panel
With a global pandemic top of mind, the healthcare industry has seen a continued trend of increased outpatient facilities and on-demand healthcare centers. To properly prepare for unpredictable circumstances and required shifts in healthcare practices, this panel will discuss how facilities will accommodate healthy patient care in the wake of a pandemic and how facilities will tailor their development and master planning strategies to respond to new COVID-specific requirements.
About the Healthcare Construction Forum
While the healthcare industry is ever-changing with new policies and regulations, demand for new healthcare facilities and facility upgrades continues to grow. With the added factor of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for a potential resurgence, the healthcare industry will continue to see a trend of increased outpatient facilities and interim healthcare centers. The unpredictable and fluid impact to the healthcare industry will continue to require new technology and research facilities, which influence decisions about new hospital locations, design and functionality. Speakers from the healthcare design and construction industry will discuss the effects of the pandemic, and how they are developing best practices for patients to come back to facilities for routine visits and procedures.