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
Are you a Bridge Engineer looking to join a growing team in NYC? McLaren has an opening for a Senior Associate Bridge Engineer who will be involved in all phases of structural bridge project development including planning, scheduling, inspection, analysis and design. The right candidate is a detail-oriented leader with a desire to mentor, coach and develop professionals. Our ideal applicant has 10+ years of experience in railroad, highway and pedestrian bridge design, and load rating. Come build your future with us! Apply here.
Engineer. Educate. Mentor. Senior Associate, Jesse Chrismer, PE, SE is using his diverse structural engineering portfolio, technical expertise and leadership skills to give back to the AEC industry.
“I am passionate about being an educator. I seek opportunities to empower others with knowledge that can naturally progress projects with informed decisions and enable their success”.
An adjunct professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Jesse brings his enthusiasm for teaching to our NYC office where he mentors junior staff. He has also been heavily involved in ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY over the years, having won multiple awards and currently serving as the ACENY Mentor Committee Professional Development Chair.
On February 24th Jesse will be moderating the ACENY mentor-the-mentor event “How to Enable Success on a Mega-Project- A Case Study of Manhattan’s New Far West Side”. His work on mega-projects like Manhattan West and for Hudson Yards will help propel the discussion with panelists from Brookfield Properties, Schlaich Bergermann Partner’s and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
More about the discussion. While each of our industry’s projects aim to improve a property, Mega-Projects aim to transform entire neighborhoods. Recently these have sprouted up in many neighborhoods throughout NYC. None have been more influential on the city than the development of Manhattan’s New Far West Side. Starting at Penn Station and moving west to the Hudson River, new construction, enabled by the 2005 rezoning, would dwarf the entire downtown areas of most global cities. The development is the largest in NYC since Rockefeller Center. Major projects include (but are by no means limited to): Manhattan West, Hudson Yards, The Moynihan Train Hall, The 7 Line Extension, The Javits Center Expansion, and The Spiral. ACE’s diverse set of speakers have been integral to the development of this area and will offer their insights into how this massive undertaking has been so successful.
Congratulations to our newly certified Florida PE, Bryan Nortz! Bryan is an engineer in our Structures Division, who just received his professional engineering license in Florida. Way to go!
“Getting my PE license has been my goal from day one; it’s truly the culmination of my college and work experience over the years. This is a big step in my engineering career path and I’m excited to see what opportunities follow.”
The votes are in! Congratulations to all our award winning engineers and staff recognized at last week’s all-company meeting. Your contributions and hard work are what help make McLaren a success.
25 Years of Service: Donna Brangaccio / Jay Issa
20 Years of Service: JoAnne Giordano / William Gorlin, PE, SE, SECB
15 Years of Service: Andrew Habel, PE / Brian Moody, PE
10 Years of Service: Stephen Zaskey, PE
5 Years of Service: Jennifer Anderson, PE / Jonathan Bashan, PE / Troy Brandt / Carline Cadichon-McKoy / William Evans / Christopher Gerding, PE / Eric Helt, PE / Artur Kukulka, PE / Masiel Melo, PE / Robert Peiffer / Ranya Rozeik / Matthew Saide, PE / Ian Sanderson, PE
President’s Award: Peter Koklanos, PE, SE, LEED® AP BD+C
Rookie of the Year: Denisa Moss-Heitlager / Shaun Cox
Team Player Award: Caitlin Carbone
Spirit of McLaren Award: Ashley Laurentino
Award for Innovation: Alexis Rosner
Multidisciplinary Excellence: Albert Johnson, PE
Client Hero Award: Brendan Kelly, PE
Business Development Award: Peter Koklanos, PE, SE, LEED® AP BD+C
“Applied Ingenuity” Award: Dennis O’Heney / Cranes Team
Project Management Award: Diego Eras, PE / Dominic DeSantis, PE
Project of The Year: Empire State Trailway – Maybrook Trailway Section
Group Award: Support Staff / Construction Engineering Team
McLaren is working to keep NYC’s history alive! At The New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards in April, the following three projects McLaren helped restore will receive the highest honors for outstanding preservation work.
For these historic preservation projects, McLaren provided an array of civil, geotechnical, structural and construction engineering services including site development, geothermal, building envelope, connection design and miscellaneous metals. Congratulations to everyone involved and kudos on keeping these landmarks a viable part of our history!
We are McLaren! At this week’s all-company meeting we celebrated our innovation, technical excellence, professionalism and most importantly our people. All hands were on deck, from across all regions and divisions, as we got excited for the future of technical excellence with a 2020 Look Ahead from our President, Jeremy Billig, PE and a talk about the Engineer of 2050 by Rutgers Professor, Franklin Moon, PhD. We learned McLaren’s history, growth and development from our Founder and CEO, Malcolm McLaren, PE, SECB and each of our teams were able to showcase their greatness at our “McLaren Expo”. Collaborative brainstorming activities, inspiring breakout sessions and time together helped us connect and grow stronger. #JoinMcLaren
McLaren’s surveying team has been performing hydrographic surveys around New York with the Teledyne Marine zboat. This new technology can handle shallow water and safely access difficult marine environments where conventional methods utilizing our manned boats are not feasible.
Our surveyors collected single-beam sonar data using this remote-control Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) on recent projects like the bulkhead / shoreline stabilization for private upland development and NYC outfall inspections. Our USV’s can be outfitted with a variety of hydrographic and oceanographic sensors.
Our team knows how to work hard, have fun and make a difference.
McLaren’s Maryland office officially opened its doors 20 years ago in the center of Baltimore City. It was the year 2000 and structural engineer, David McLaren, P.E., SECB was working for a local engineering firm (George Evans & Associates) when he was presented with an opportunity to acquire the business. Dave decided to call his cousin, Malcolm McLaren, P.E., SECB who was running a successful engineering practice headquartered in New York. Mal had already expanded his firm with an office in Florida five years prior, and Dave wondered if Mal would be interested in entering the Baltimore market next.
Long story short, the answer was yes. McLaren quickly grew into Baltimore and took root on St. Paul Street with a 3-person engineering crew consisting of Dave at the helm, and two of George Evan & Associates’ former employees: Administrative Assistant, Diane Cunningham and Engineer, Mark Cunningham. Soon after, they were joined by CADD Technician, George Kolb. In their early days, the small Baltimore team focused primarily on structural engineering services around Maryland.
Fast forward 20 years and the office has undergone an impressive trajectory! Today, McLaren’s Baltimore office sits in the heart of the Inner Harbor at the Pratt Street Power Plant building. The group has grown to 30+ staff and includes all four original members of the team! McLaren’s Baltimore engineering team is now an industry staple with full-service capabilities including structural, civil, marine, bridge/highway rail, construction engineering, in-house survey, forensics, and entertainment. David McLaren, P.E., SECB serves as the Maryland Regional Director and the company’s Vice President of the Structures.
The work generated by the Baltimore team over the past 20 years has ranged widely in size, shape and scope. The group has made a name for themselves throughout the industry for engineering some of the most iconic projects across multiple markets in Maryland and throughout the nation.
Here is a look at the Top 20 Compelling Projects engineered out of McLaren’s Baltimore engineering group over the past 20 years!
McLaren teamed up with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 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.