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McLaren's FEMA Experts are helping build resilient coastal properties.

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.

We are Hiring - Facade Structural Engineer

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.

International Women’s Day creativity and innovation today and every day

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.

Canned Goods Build SpongeBob CANpants

Mar. 6, 2020
March 4-18, 2020
New York State Museum Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
4th Floor Terrace
Albany, NY 12230
For this year’s CANstruction, McLaren’s Albany office turned 3,737 canned goods into “SpongeBob CANpants,” sitting on a crabby patty next to his pineapple house.

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 for Bank of America at Capitol Tower in Houston

Fitwel 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 Fitwel Certification System classification. For the 35-story, high-end office space, McLaren’s glass and 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.

How much can a crane can hold? industrial cold rolled steel mill

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.

Celebrating 20 years with the National Aquarium in Baltimore

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.

McLaren Welcomes Civil Division Principal - Charles Thorn, PE

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.

Pennsylvania Regional Director Named ENR Top Young Professional

Congratulations Pennsylvania Regional Director, Matthew Kawczenski, PE, SE, FSEI for being named one of ENR’s 2020 MidAtlantic Top Young Professionals. Touted as “a team-builder in-and-out of the office”, Matt has been making an impact throughout the AEC industry and in his community.

As head of QA/QC, inter-office coordination, marketing strategies and regional development for McLaren’s Pennsylvania operations, “Kawczenski knows that just as sound structural designs are fundamental to successful building projects, solid teams are essential to successful engineering businesses,” says ENR.


Through hard work, attention to detail and delivery of code-compliant economical design, Matt has progressed from Entry-Level Engineer, to Project Engineer, to Project Manager and now to McLaren Engineering Group’s Pennsylvania Regional Director.

A licensed Professional Engineer with over 15 years of expertise in structural design and construction, Matt has managed projects from conception to construction with an affinity for steel structures. His technical skills and experience have helped build some of the Northeast’s most iconic structures of every size shape and scope.

A few of Matt’s standout projects include the luxury 53 West 53rd Museum of Modern Art Tower, two towers at Hudson Yards and Mount Airy Resort and Casino. He pushes himself to continually grow personally and professionally, in both the workplace and in the community.


Matt continually strives to mentor, educate and inspire engineers both in and out of the office.

While working on challenging and complex projects, he dedicates his time to training junior staff and actively shares structural engineering’s latest developments with his peers. Matt has participated in multiple local and national committees and organizations, often sharing his experiences in dealing with the intricacies of building codes through presentations by speaking at industry events.

At the NASCC conference series, Matt presented both “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Drawing Notes” and “Structural Design of Staircases…Don’t Get Tripped Up” in 2017 and “Drawing Details: The Good, the bad, and the Ugly” in 2019. Both presentations were a direct reflection of his real-world experiences and were presented to help engineers understand some of the building codes intricacies and how not to fall into the same mistakes.


Matt is also committed to building inspired, enthusiastic teams dedicated to strengthening communities. An adjunct professor at Lehigh University, Matt helps first-semester seniors prepare for the workforce by teaching a class focused on the professional development of engineers. Teaching them elements of professionalism; professional ethics; engineering registration; continuing education; responsibilities of an engineer in industry, government, private practice; and the role of professional and technical societies.

The local Lehigh Valley community also has benefited from his hard work and multiple charitable endeavors. For the past two years, Matt and his teams have also donated over 13,000 cans to the local food bank through the CANstructuion competition. Combining art, design, fun and local community support, Matt has had a hand in the design planning, fundraising, and exhibit “CANstructuion” for the neat sculptures (i.e. Mack Truck and Comic Can) the competition builds.


In April, you can meet Matt at the:

  • NASCC: The Steel Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is presenting “Shear Connection Beam Reinforcement.” The PDH lecture will review how to properly design web doublers, size welds, and detail doublers and alternate details — such as haunch plates with single or double shear tabs.
  • SEI’s Structures Congress in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is on a panel for “Classroom to the Boardroom: Transitioning to an Entry-level Engineer.” This interactive panel discussion will provide information specific to standing out at the beginning of an engineering career. The ability to effectively transition to a new position is crucial to long term success and you can expect to walk away from this session with new tools for building your dream career. Your future is in your hands: learn how to seize this exciting opportunity.
McLaren Celebrates EWeek 2020

How do you inspire the engineers of tomorrow? Be an active role model.

For EWeek 2020, some of McLaren’s engineers joined NYC Parks Waterfront Structures Project Manager, Gabrielle Czernik, P.E. and the ASCE New Jersey in bringing engineering principles to life with awe-inspiring, hands-on activities for elementary school kids at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. Coastal Engineering & Resiliency Senior Associate, Bethany McClanahan P.E., ENV SP, CFM, WEDG (and her daughter) dug into a soil reinforcement exhibit, Marine Engineer, William Gilroy was a force to be reckoned with during his toothpick bridge load test, and Marine Lead Technical Specialist, Matthew McCarty, S.E., P.E. shook the crowd with an earthquake engineering shake table.

Matt also joined Recruiter, Veronica Grace to mentor college students on the importance of “Soft Skills” in the engineering field through COPRI’s EWeek 2020 event at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Mock interviews and resume critiques gave these students tips on how to transition into their professional engineering careers.

Happy Engineers Week to all the current and future engineers! #EWeek2020