McLaren teamed up with Rutgers University’s Engineers in Action Bridges to Prosperity program supporting education and safety. The program not only gives the engineers of tomorrow firsthand bridge-building experience, but it also helps families living in isolated communities safe access year-round to markets, schools and healthcare. The students gained an incredible experience culturally as well as in the field of civil engineering and construction. McLaren is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this wonderful organization.
Peacock TV will be hatching in April 2020, providing content not only from NBC Universal (which includes USA Network, SyFy, Bravo, Telemundo and Universal Kids) but also Lionsgate and Starz. McLaren’s entertainment engineers designed a 4-story tall, 46 feet wide and 15,000-pound peacock that is on display at Rockefeller Center in NYC to promote Peacock TV, a free streamlining service.
Our team engineered frames that hold the 15,000 feet of garland and 11,055 multi-colored LED lights. To create a supporting structure that is ‘invisible’ and satisfies artists’ vision, McLaren’s entertainment engineers designed a ‘grid’ of box truss resting on the ground to support the feathers, an internal tubular frame to support the bird’s body, and an assembly of Steeldeck®️ platforms with cladding to create the podium for the bird. McLaren reviewed the entire bird assembly for structural adequacy and sized the guy lines and ballast blocks that they attach to, providing stability for the structure.
Find McLaren at ACEC New York’s Winter Conference! Where McLaren expert Gerard Bartucci, PE, Vice President – Bridge/Highway/Rail will be presenting “Design-Build 48-Hour Replacement of LIRR’s Post Avenue Bridge Using SPMTs“, a PDH lecture. The presentation describes the methodology of a 3-track bridge superstructure replacement on a heavily trafficked commuter mainline railroad bridge within a single weekend. The owner of the railroad bridge stipulated a specific single 48-hour weekend where the railroad could be completely shut down for construction. The Design-Build team developed designs and construction methods, and an extremely comprehensive project schedule to coordinate the bridge replacement work. In addition, the Design-Builder developed an exceptionally detailed construction schedule to orchestrate the work items to be performed over the shutdown weekend.
The innovation of the Post Avenue Bridge replacement lies in its precisely orchestrated collaboration of teams to complete a full-bridge superstructure replacement within a 48-hour track outage. The replacement was timed down to the minute to ensure that there was no disturbance for the first rush-hour train on Monday morning. It is the first completed project within the wider LIRR Main Line Expansion and it set an example for the restoration and replacement of future infrastructure projects throughout New York City.
Learn more about the accelerated bridge construction project and meet Gerry along with our Vice President of Marine, Steve Famularo, PE, D.PE, Senior Bridge Project Manager, Jim Bridges, PE and Client Relationship Manager, Ron Javer at the conference in Albany, January 26-28th.
McLaren’s building envelope engineering team worked on the headquarters of Independence Blue Cross, the second-largest health insurer operating in Philadelphia, PA. 1901 Market Street, just minutes from McLaren’s Philadelphia office, underwent a 5-year complete building modernization which included the frontage expansion at the ground floor. McLaren structurally engineered the richly colored Trespa Meteon panel cladding and their connections to the rail system for the accent wall.
The cladding serves as the backdrop to the welcoming plaza that now boosts multiple colors and textures and brings a balance of hard and soft aesthetics to help nurture creativity, improve moods and enhance the ability to focus. The cladding, which matches the pavers on the path continues into the grand entrance.
This renovation was awarded two TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards from BOMA Philadelphia (Building Owners and Managers Association). BOMA’s TOBY awards recognize quality in buildings and reward excellence in building management. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement and site management to environmental and green policies and procedures.
The senior housing complex, Banyan Cove Apartments in Deland, Florida is now open! This Central Florida senior living community is geared towards income-restricted 55 and older residents. McLaren provided the structural design of the cost-effective wood-framed main buildings including 100 apartment units, a porte cochère, and other specialized facilities. All structures were designed to be wind resistant per Florida Building Code.
This senior housing complex has 100 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment units, computer classes, card games, a fitness center, and a pool table in the community room. It is also walkable to nearby shopping/dining. McLaren is happy to be a part of the creation of this tranquil and relaxed setting income-restricted seniors can call home.
Manhattan College juniors had an opportunity to shadow our New Jersey office this week and get an immersive look at what it means to be an engineer. We were able to give them a glimpse into some of the exciting things taking shape here at McLaren.
The soon to be engineers sampled every McLaren disciple including Structural, Marine, Civil, Geomatics, Entertainment, Bridge/Highway/Rail and Construction Engineering. They even were able to get a taste of some of our specialty disciplines like facades and geotechnical engineering.
Our junior engineers took on the role of mentor to give the students a firsthand look at applying the engineering concepts they learn in class to real-life projects. Thank you Moujalli Hourani, PhD, Director of Graduate Programs, Civil and Construction Management for making this happen. And thank you to our young engineers who helped make the experience impactful.
NYC mixed use building, 108 Chambers Street won the 2019 Metal Building and Roofing Award in New Metal Walls by Metal Construction News!
McLaren engineered the attachment of the 10,000 square feet of metal panel for this 10-story mixed use building with a staggering number 7 shaped façade. Designed to match its surrounding Tribeca neighborhood, the building was fabricated with aluminum wall panels and a Deco Bronze finish that mimics cast iron while producing a range of colors and appearances.
“This whole area of Tribeca is really rich with these cast iron facades,” Keith Sagliocca, associate at Woods Bagot in New York City says. “That’s just not a construction method that’s really used anymore, so we were trying to replicate that depth and that quality with contemporary materials. So that’s where we got the depth and the shingling, or the angling of the panels, that helps break down the façade into a rhythm that’s more relatable to the human scale. Rather than having a façade where everything is at the same depth across, breaking down of the façade into these angled modules helps make it a more relatable scale.”
Congratulations to the entire team! Find out more about this stunning project and its contributors here: https://www.metalconstructionnews.com/articles/protruding-pattern
Thank you to our community of clients, partners, consultants, colleagues, staff and friends who have made 2019 a great year. Together we have engineered innovative projects of every size, shape and scope across multiple markets throughout the nation. We look forward to continuing to build a better future with you. Here is to engineering 2020!
Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!