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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

We are Hiring – NYC Senior Associate Bridge Engineer

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.

Mega-Projects Discussion by ACE Mentor

Feb. 19, 2020
February 24, 2020
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Brookfield Properties
1 Manhattan West, 53rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Mega Projects Discussion by ACE Mentor

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.

New Florida PE

Feb. 14, 2020
New Florida PE

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.”

Award Winning Engineers and Staff at McLaren

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.

Service Awards
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

Merit Awards
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

Preservation Work in NYC Wins Awards

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.

  • TWA Hotel – Originally designed in 1956, the restored JFK airport terminal in Queens, NY now serves as the largest hotel grand lobby in the world.
  • Empire Stores – The adaptive reuse project transformed a pre-civil war era brick coffee warehouse, along DUMBO Brooklyn’s waterfront, into a trendy urban marketplace with a food hall and rooftop beer garden that provides beautiful views of the city.
  • Belvedere Castle –  Designed in 1865, this iconic Central Park structure provides stunning views as a backdrop as well as atop its rocky outcropping.

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!

Innovation & Technical Excellence at McLaren

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

Zboat Hydrographic Surveys

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.

Baltimore Engineering Group Celebrates 20 Years

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!

    1. Live! Casino Maryland
      Live! Casino - MarylandThe 2 million square foot, Live! Maryland Casino is the largest and highest revenue-generating gaming development of its kind in Maryland. The $200 million project includes a 300,000 square foot gaming facility along with five nationally acclaimed restaurants and entertainment venues. McLaren was engineer-of-record providing civil, geotechnical, and structural engineering services including the design of the foundation system and superstructure for the casino, porte cochere, central utility plant, 4,300-car / 6-level parking garage above the casino, and LED and static signage. McLaren utilized in-situ testing techniques to come up with a solution to increase the allowable soil bearing pressure, eliminating the need for a deep foundation system and saving the project more than $2 million. Live! Maryland was fast-tracked and went from initial design concept to grand opening in just 17 months!
    2. National Aquarium Floating Wetland PrototypeMcLaren NAIB Floating Wetland Prototype Baltimore, Maryland Engineering
      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 including crabs, mussels, wading birds waterfowl, eels, and other fish 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 in the Aquarium’s waterfront campus in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
    3. 400 Park Avenue Redevelopment
      Baltimore’s historic Chinatown district is being resurrected and 400 Park Ave is at the center of the revitalization. The adaptive-reuse of the development sets to transform a string of unoccupied rowhomes and a former electric substation (409 Tyson) into an 80,000 square-foot mixed-use apartment building. As the prime consultant, McLaren is providing structural and civil engineering as well as helping to coordinate with the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to maintain the items deemed historically significant.
    4. Diverging Diamond InterchangeLive! Casino - Maryland
      At MD-295 Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Arundel Mills Boulevard, the diverging diamond interchange was the first of its kind in Maryland. The interchange was redesigned to direct the flow of traffic over the bridge “on the wrong side,” passing right-to-right instead of left-to-left. The result was just one signalized intersection, improving traffic flow and accommodating the increased volume anticipated with the development of Live! Maryland Casino. McLaren’s Baltimore office provided site and civil engineering, roadway engineering, surveying, and construction oversight to keep the project on schedule. The interchange was opened just 12 months after design efforts began (33 days after the SHA Access Permit was issued), and just days before the grand opening of the Casino.
    5. MECU Pavilion Baltimore Inner HarborMECU Pavilion
      The waterfront entertainment venue located on Pier Six of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor opened in 1981 but has undergone an extensive renovation over the years with McLaren providing structural engineering, survey services and marine engineering for all phases. In 1991, structural engineering and design of the superstructure was provided along with marine engineering for the pier and concrete sheet pile bulkhead. In 2008, McLaren provide structural engineering for the repairs to damaged strut and tie-down assemblies. In 2016, the team provided a complete property condition assessment. For the renovation in 2018, McLaren’s structural, civil, and surveying teams worked on the pavilion, newly acquired by Live Nation.
    6. 1900 Arch Street
      1900 Arch Street – Light Gage Metal

      McLaren’s Baltimore engineering team provided structural engineering services for this luxury mixed-use building constructed on a former parking lot, at the corner of 19th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia’s Logan Square. The 330,000 square foot, three-tiered building has showcased the strength capacity of light gage metal in a high-rise development. It is one of North America’s tallest pre-fabricated metal load-bearing wall panel projects and stands 14 stories tall. McLaren was brought into this project well after the design development phase was underway to perform a significant structural redesign without threatening the architectural aesthetic of the structure by using a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated light gage wall and floor panel system. This innovative design expedited permitting, required a shorter construction time and helped the project stay within budget.
    7. Round House Theatre Renovation
      Dubbed by the press as “the current meteor in DC Theater”, the Round House Theatre underwent an impressive 8-month, $9 million renovation. McLaren provided structural engineering to help bring this project center stage with an expanded lobby featuring a new staircase, back of house modernization, acoustic improvements and so much more. For the theatre’s entryway, McLaren provided structural design of the new feature staircase, extension of the second-floor lobby plate to include two new cantilevered balcony elements and everything around the box office. All the elements work together to create an inviting area for theater goers to keep the conversation going
    8. Inmar Headquarters
      Inmar Corporate Headquarters Stairs - Adaptive Reuse
      Our Baltimore office engineered the transformation of two historic tobacco warehouse buildings, in North Carolina, into one 240,000 square-foot LEED Platinum corporate headquarters and Class A office space. McLaren designed the conversion of the space into a four-story modern office in a 15-month design and construction schedule. Early in the design phase, the State Historical Preservation Office notified the design team that the existing second-floor slab of the warehouse had to be preserved, which reduced planned floor to floor heights from 14’ (standard for an office) to under 11’. With an innovative plan, the team designed a floor system solution, combining traditional framing systems into a slim floor package. McLaren also worked closely with the architectural designers to accommodate several signature design features. McLaren’s work on the adaptive reuse design preserved the historic structure while accommodating Inmar’s modern, high-tech workspace.
    9. Frederick Path Open Space Park - Baltimore, Maryland EngineeringCity of Frederick Shared Use Path
      McLaren worked closely with key community members to design a pedestrian bridge and tunnel necessary to traverse pathway obstacles that included a highway and a flowing creek. McLaren’s work helped expand the path which connects the west and east sides of the city, carrying bicycles and pedestrians safely to and from the Golden Mile, Rock Creek Trail, Waterford Park, Baker Park, Carroll Creek and downtown Frederick. As part of the work for this project, McLaren was designed and coordinated efforts for a 100-foot long by 10-foot wide pedestrian bridge over Carroll Creek, a 2,000 feet-long of 12 foot-wide shared-use path, and a 70-foot long by 14 foot wide shared use tunnel beneath U.S. Route 15 exit. With limited site access, McLaren created a design that worked in harmony with the slopes and angles in the landscape.
    10. Salisbury State University, Devilbiss Science Hall Henson School of Science and Technology
      Devilbiss Hall is one of the smaller buildings on campus. It is an extension to the Henson School of Science. This building has more classrooms that are used for science majors; there are little to no laboratories.McLaren provided structural engineering services for Devilbiss Science Hall at Salisbury State University. The Henson School of Science and Technology is a four-story, student-centered environment located at the site of the current Devilbiss Science Hall. Project highlights included the design of sloped steel framing to accommodate “stadium” seating in the theatre-lecture hall, curtain wall design and exposed structural steel trellis on the third floor. In addition to 22 classrooms and 27 offices, the school houses seven different departments dedicated to careers in STEM.
    11. Parking Over the Pond at Live! Maryland / West Side Parking Lot & Underground Storm Water Detention Facility Live! Casino Maryland Hotel - underground detention and water quality facility
      To support the expansion of the iconic Live! Maryland project, McLaren converted an existing stormwater pond into an underground detention/retention and water quality facility. The project provided environmental benefits while reclaiming the land for an additional surface parking for the event center. Design of the underground detention/ retention and water quality facility included consecutive bays of 10-foot perforated corrugated metal pipe totaling 4,700 linear feet, plus approximately 10,000 linear feet of 2-foot perforated corrugated metal pipe. The innovative design re-imagined a new solution that saved the client space, time and money while improving the environmental outcome.
    12. 706 Giddings Avenue706 Giddings – Class A Office Revitalization
      McLaren completed structural engineering work on the award-winning 22,000 square-foot renovation project at 706 Giddings Avenue in Annapolis, Maryland. Through a complete redesign, the project team added 9,000 square feet both vertically and horizontally to the existing 13,000-square-foot building, transforming it into a Class A property. McLaren was able to design a solution to maintain the structural integrity of the floor framing, while removing an obstructive column in the elevator lobby. A new roof was also designed to cantilever 25-feet by 16-feet out in two directions. The contemporary building now brings a touch of modernity to West Annapolis.
    13. National Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef Exhibit- Baltimore EngineeringNational Aquarium Black Tip Reef Exhibit
      Blacktip Reef is the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s breathtaking, 265,000-gallon saltwater habitat. Replicating an Indo-Pacific reef landscape in the heart of Maryland’s Inner Harbor, the exhibit was opened as a home to nearly 70 tropical species of marine animals including blacktip reef sharks and a 500-pound rescued sea turtle named Calypso. McLaren’s Baltimore engineering team helped give visitors get a closer look into their natural environment by providing a tank upgrade that features a large curved acrylic viewing pane and a floor-to-ceiling pop-out viewing panel (27-foot by 8-foot tall by 3-inch). For this complete restoration, McLaren’s Baltimore office performed structural investigation, design and construction phase services to help bring the spectacular display to life.
    14. The Pennant
      The Pennant is a five-story multifamily apartment building with common amenity spaces and integrated parking. McLaren is currently providing structural and marine engineering for this adaptive re-use waterfront development located in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD. The former Wolfe Street warehouse site is being transformed into a two-level parking garage, fitness center, residential entryway and storage space. A three-story addition will be added on top of the existing warehouse and a five-story addition will be constructed adjacent to the warehouse.
    15. Two Light
      Our Baltimore engineering team provided full-service structural engineering design services for The Cordish Companies’ $120 million luxury apartment development in downtown Kansas City, dubbed Two Light. Formerly a surface parking lot, the new 24-story glass tower has almost 500,000 square feet of space. The mixed-use building includes 296 residential units with floor-to-ceiling windows, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, a 436-space above-grade parking structure, and 20,000 square feet of amenities. McLaren’s innovative engineers worked actively with the architect and construction manager to create an efficient column layout that allowed for use of “flying framework” and uniform slab soffit. McLaren also worked with the signage contractor to attach static and LED signage to the facade of the building.
    16. The Equitable Building - 10 North Calvert Street - Mixed-Use Conversion - Baltimore, Maryland EngineeringEquitable Building
      Originally constructed in 1891, The Equitable Building is the oldest building in Monument Square and was considered Baltimore’s first skyscraper. McLaren provided structural engineering services for the adaptive reuse of the 225,000-square-foot historic office building at 10 North Calvert Street, into a mixed-use space with approximately 180 market-rate rental apartments and 26,000 square feet of retail space. Originally brought into the project to provide a second opinion on one element of the project, McLaren’s scope increased to include a range of structural engineering services, including an evaluation of the historic Turkish bath building in the central courtyard.
    17. Texas Live! Entertainment VenueTexas Live! & Live! by Loews
      McLaren’s Baltimore engineers provided structural engineering services for Texas Live!, Arlington’s dining, entertainment and hospitality district. From schematic design to construction administration, the McLaren team designed Texas’ new 200,000 square-foot restaurant and music venue using a combination of structural systems. Both the indoor and outdoor venues have a roof system that spans the entire space and are framed with 120-foot and 160-foot open web framing to create a column-free interior. The redevelopment transformed a surface parking lot between the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers stadiums – adjacent to the Rangers’ new Globe Life Field – into a world-class entertainment destination.
    18. Mechanicsville Fire Department - Baltimore, Maryland EngineeringMechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department
      McLaren provided comprehensive engineering services for the $7 million renovation and expansion of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department station. This included approximately 31,500 square feet of new construction. The project consisted of demolishing much of the existing fire station and creating a new facility that includes an office, training space, day room, kitchen, bunk rooms and apparatus bays. The social hall underwent extensive renovations to make it uniform with the new structure, and new parking areas were added. McLaren provided site planning and layout, site grading and stormwater management design, erosion and sediment control, utility design, paving design, landscape design and preparation of all required land development plans.
    19. The Appraisers’ Building - Adaptive ReuseAppraisers’ Building
      McLaren provided structural design and engineering services for the adaptive reuse of this historic ten-story steel-framed Appraisers’ Building in Baltimore, MD. McLaren’s structural engineers helped transform the former commercial building into mixed-use luxury apartments, located just blocks from Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor. The team worked closely with the client, contractor and architect to provide designs and on-site assistance throughout development and construction. This allowed design work to continue during construction, avoiding delays.
    20. National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center
      McLaren was hired to renovate an existing warehouse building, that occupies an entire city block, to house 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. The facility also serves as an additional program space for the Aquarium, with behind-the-scene access to portions of the facility for visitors. McLaren’s work involved two major aspects of the new Animal Care & Rescue Center, the relocation of a loading dock and the extension of an existing mezzanine. McLaren’s team created a new two-story space, providing an additional level of framing in such a way as to maximize available head-height.

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.

Bridges to Prosperity - Engineers in Action