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Marina Resiliency for FDNY

Jul. 23, 2019
Marina Resiliency for FDNY

McLaren completed a Capital Project Scope Development (CPSD) study for two New York Fire Department (FDNY) marinas. Underwater inspections were performed to determine stability, anticipated life-span and restoration recommendations. Our marine engineering team then conceptualized alternative designs for piers, docks, fender systems and wave attenuators for each facility. The new wave screen design minimizes maintenance, improves performance and provides sufficient marina resiliency allowing for critical emergency operations during a disaster event.

Broadway Theater Engineering at McLaren

Jul. 18, 2019
Broadway Theater Engineering at McLaren

The McLaren team often comes together for internal Share and Learn lunches. Most recently, Laura Goodman, PE, a Senior Entertainment Structural Engineer, presented on the firm’s Broadway theater engineering work. With 41 Broadway theaters in Manhattan, McLaren has worked on the majority of them providing engineering of scenery, lighting supports, platforms, rigging and much more. Under the direction of William B. Gorlin, PE, SE, VP Entertainment Division, Laura and the entertainment team have worked to upgrade various theaters, for dozens of performances that have won Tony Awards. In many ways, she feels, “we’ve helped bring magic to the Broadway stage.”

Engineering Historic Library in Maryland

Jul. 17, 2019
Engineering Historic Library

Construction has begun on the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library! This historic library in Baltimore, MD, was originally erected in 1899 and was subject to strict historic preservation requirements and had confined urban site constraints. McLaren engineered all site improvements and landscaping, as well as the structural support of excavation design for the building, all while preserving the historic integrity of the building and property! It is anticipated that due to the complicated, yet effective design, the project will take about two years to complete.

Within the constraints of the property, McLaren designed ADA access ramps, sculpted an amphitheater space, designed and retrofitted retaining walls, coordinated permitting and more.

McLaren used micro-scale practices and environmental site design to manage stormwater quality and quantity on-site. Using a series of subsurface drywell facilities, connecting to the existing historic roof drains and the proposed underdrained infiltration trenches, the post-development discharge was reduced to below pre-development rates — while reclaiming surface area for additional landscaping/recreation area and community amphitheater.

McLaren Welcomes Director of Marketing

Jul. 16, 2019
McLaren Welcomes Director of Marketing

McLaren is excited to welcome Denisa Moss-Heitlager as our Director of Marketing! Denisa has 10+ years of experience as an award-winning marketing director, helping to build a trusted and authentic brand through various platforms and channels. With her vast background in content creation, community building and marketing technology, we are eager to see her strategies and visions come to life here at McLaren!

We are Hiring – Construction & Connection QA/QC Manager

Jul. 12, 2019
We are Hiring – Construction & Connection QA/QC Manager

Are you looking to join one of the top engineering firms in the country? We are in search of a Quality Assurance & Quality Control (QA/QC) Manager to join our construction engineering team! The right candidate is a knowledgeable, detail-oriented leader with a desire to provide and implement efficient solutions. The QA/QC manager will be responsible for implementing quality assurance procedures and providing final quality control review of technical designs which includes steel connection calculations and details, construction engineering submissions (i.e. temporary shoring and jacking procedures), crane plans, etc. Our ideal applicant has 15+ years of experience in the structural steel or construction engineering industry, is an expert on AISC/AASHTO/IBC/State and Local Building codes and has a valid PE license in New York and New Jersey. Come build a future with us!

Rumble – Boutique Fitness Engineering

Jul. 10, 2019
Rumble - Boutique Fitness Engineering

Are you ready to Rumble? McLaren worked with Rumble Fitness LLC, a boxing-inspired group fitness class, to recently open several locations – the latest located in Philadelphia. For this heavy-weight, high-impact workout facility, McLaren performed structural engineering services including coordination of the building’s acoustical isolation details, load rating/capacity analysis, structural reinforcement and signage connection design. McLaren has worked on over a 100 high impact facilities around the country – from boutique fitness outfits to major national brands!

McLaren Engineers Walkway Safely Connecting College Campus to Rail

Jul. 9, 2019
McLaren Engineers Walkway Safely Connecting College Campus to Rail

Mercy College Campus in Dobbs Ferry, NY, now has a walkway to the Ardsley-on-Hudson Train Station! McLaren was responsible for site/civil engineering, surveying and construction phase services for the design, approval and construction. The McLaren team also provided site design, grading, sediment and erosion control plans, site lighting isometric drawings, permitting services and more. This new quarter-mile walkway safely connects Mercy College campus to MNR’s Hudson Line, while providing students and the community beautiful views of the Hudson River.

Belvedere Castle Renovated with Geothermal

Jul. 3, 2019
Belvedere Castle Renovated with Geothermal

Belvedere Castle in New York City’s Central Park reopened last week after a 15-month restoration by the Central Park Conservancy! The whimsical structure was fully restored, addressing drainage, waterproofing and climate control systems. For more than a century, the Belvedere has provided visitors with some of the best views in the park, as it sits atop a rocky outcropping. McLaren engineered the utility improvements and helped make this building one of the two geothermal public facilities in NYC. The McLaren team is also providing civil engineering services for the design of an accessible route through the steep terrain to make this landmark accessible for all.

McLaren is Honored with Several Engineering Awards

Jul. 2, 2019
McLaren is Honored with Several Engineering Awards

Recently, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Lower Hudson Valley Branch and the NY State Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE-NY) Rockland Chapter held their annual engineering awards dinner. Please join us in congratulating Gerard Bartucci, PE who was awarded ‘Engineer of the Year’ by ASCE Lower Hudson Valley Branch and Steven Grogg, PE who received the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award from NSPE-NY! McLaren was also recognized by ASCE for its involvement on the Yonkers Toll Plaza’s all electronic cashless tolling system which won the ‘Large Project of the Year’ award. Congratulations to all the others that were awarded at this event!

ASCE LHV Engineer of the Year – Gerard Bartucci, PE

Gerard Bartucci, P.E. is one of McLaren’s newly appointed Vice Presidents, leading its Bridge Engineering Division. He is a professional engineer in eight states and has nearly 40 years of experience with challenging engineering projects that include bridge, highway, railroad and utility components. His technical expertise from project scoping through final design is strengthened by his knowledge of inspection and condition assessment, historic structure evaluation and rehabilitation, and seismic and fatigue analysis and retrofit.

Jerry’s experience encompasses a wide variety of complex bridge projects such as the challenging, award-winning (2018 Project of the Year; ASCE, Long Island Chapter) LIRR Post Avenue Bridge superstructure replacement, which was installed within a 36-hour timeframe; the award-winning (2017 Tappan Zee Large Project of the Year; ASCE Lower Hudson Valley Chapter) NYSDOT Region 8 Bundled Bridges Design-Build project; curved, multi-span interstate bridges such as the Long Island Expressway/Cross Island Parkway Interchange Bridges; and Interstate highway bridges on heavily travelled corridors including but not limited to the New England Thruway (I-95), LIE (I-495), Van Wyck Expressway (I-678), BQE (I-278), and the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87).

As Vice President of Bridge Engineering at McLaren, Jerry provides technical supervision; maintains quality assurance for the preparation of contract documents for new bridge design and bridge rehabilitation projects, ensuring compliance with McLaren’s Quality Management Program (ISO9001); assesses staffing needs; provides training; coordinates work with other disciplines; prepares technical and fee proposals, presentations and negotiating agreements, as well as assisting the other office leaders in preparation of business and marketing plans.

NSPE-NY Lifetime Achievement Engineering Award – Steven Grogg, PE

With over 40 years of site/civil engineering knowledge, Steven Grogg, PE has been an integral part of McLaren and changed the landscape of the firm’s civil division. In his 13 years with McLaren he has worked across all ten of the firms’ markets. Steven has designed projects of various size, scope and complexity. With his proven project management and civil engineering expertise, he has worked on adaptive reuse real-estate developments, new hospitals and even has rehabilitated waterfront parks.

Steven’s ability to breakdown tasks and solve issues in an instant has led to the successful completion of hundreds of projects. He has served as Project Manager or Lead Engineer for major design and development projects throughout the Northeast. Including a wide variety of award-winning New York projects such as the challenging Old Croton Aqueduct Retaining Wall Reconstruction Project in Yonkers, the Hackley School Walter C. Johnson Center for Health & Wellness in Tarrytown and the iconic NYC Parks Beach Restoration Modules in NYC.

Steven acted as the Project Manger for the NYC Parks recovery efforts, overseeing seven A&E sub-consultants with over $140M worth of construction, in response to beach damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. This unprecedented effort yielded the production of over 950 drawings in four separate contracts, within a 6-week period. Once completed, public access to the beaches was restored for the summer of 2013.

A leader in the field, Steven Grogg regularly speaks at events and has given several lectures over the years on stormwater regulations, hurricane impacts and green retrofitting of urban spaces.

Steven Grogg earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a professional engineer in six states, and he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, as well as the New York Society of Professional Engineers.

In 2013, he was awarded Engineer of the Year by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers – Rockland Chapter, and now he is pleased to except the organization’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

ASCE LHV Large Project of the Year Engineering Award – All Electronic Cashless Tolling at Yonkers Toll Plaza

The New York State Thruway Authority, as well as other transportation authorities nationwide, are turning to cashless tolling to reduce congestion, improve safety and reduce air pollution. The Yonkers Toll Barrier was converted to cashless tolling in November 2018. Located on the Thruway (I-87) near exit 6A (Stew Leonard Drive), the Toll Plaza serviced approximately 17.5 million motorists both north and south each year and accounts for more than 6.5 percent of the Thruway’s overall toll traffic volume.

The project team worked together to fast track the design and construction which encompassed: design report development; environmental permitting and SWPPP; highway reconstruction and rehabilitation; toll barrier and toll building demolition; drainage alterations; reconstruction of one tandem lot/maintenance yard, the addition of a second tandem lot; MPT and signage to support both TANY 18-9B and TANY 18-32B; guide rail and barriers; and electrical relocation. Hands-on project management was necessary to maintain the aggressive schedule.

As Designer of Record and prime consultant, McLaren provided complete design and environmental services. The design encompassed: design report development; environmental permitting and SWPPP; highway reconstruction and rehabilitation; toll barrier and toll building demolition; drainage alterations; reconstruction of one tandem lot / maintenance yard, and the addition of a second tandem lot; MPT and signage to support both TANY 18-9B and TANY 18- 32B; guide rail and barriers; electrical relocation. Hands-on project management was necessary to maintain the aggressive schedule, which included the following deliverables: Pre-Draft/Draft/Final Design Reports; Six Gantry Packages (coordination with On Demand Contractor for NY Division); Advanced Detail Plans; PS&E submittals.

Wills Wharf Topping Out in Harbor Point

Jun. 27, 2019
Wills Wharf Topping Out in Harbor Point

Work at the Wills Wharf building reached a new milestone last week as local leaders and developers celebrated, nearing 12-floors, at the ‘topping out’ ceremony! Uniquely positioned in Baltimore’s up-and-coming Harbor Point neighborhood, Wills Wharf is a mixed-use building offering more than 330,000 square feet of premiere office, retail, and hotel space for the Canopy by Hilton. McLaren completed various survey work (e.g. stake out, as-builts, ALTA Surveys, horizontal land condominium plats amendments, etc.) for the new high-rise building that offers unparalleled waterfront views.