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Zoning For Coastal Flood Resiliency (ZCFR)

Apr. 23, 2021
Author: Kaitlyn Frega, CFM, ENV SP

Kaitlyn Frega, CFM, ENV SPPermitting + Regulatory Specialist No single flood event demonstrated the vulnerability of NYC’s 520 miles of coastline like Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The resulting historic storm surge flooded neighborhoods well beyond the FEMA-defined 1% annual chance floodplain. In fact, it inundated nearly half of the lots further inland in the 0.2% […]

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Innovative Engineering: THE HALL at LIVE!

Feb. 4, 2021
Author: David McLaren, PE, SECB; Brad Fallon, PE; Cassandra Dutt

Construction was completed on time and without disruption to daily business operations or traffic flow due in part to innovative engineering, thoughtful material selection, and cohesive teamwork. Today, the newly erected entertainment venue sits as one of the largest performance venues in the State of Maryland and is slated to feature marquee musical acts, comedians, championship boxing, and other events.

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Specifying Columns in Computer Analysis + Design of Steel Frames

Nov. 11, 2020
Author: Muangsangop Seniwongse, Ph.D., P.E., CPEng, M.ASCE

A new thought-provoking whitepaper by Muangsangop Seniwongse, Ph.D., P.E., CPEng, M.ASCE, Lead Technical Marine Specialist at McLaren has been published by ASCE rethinking the specification of fixed-base and/or pinned-base columns in computer analysis and the design of steel frames.

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NYC Healthcare Engineering Post COVID

Sep. 23, 2020
Author: Jeremy D. Billig, PE

Jeremy Billig, PEPresident COVID-19 accelerated the trending move to bring high-quality healthcare from hospitals directly to underserved parts of the community and into patient homes. As such, it hurried the adaptation of emerging technology and interoperability initiatives like telehealth. The pandemic also solidified the necessity of trends like community based-outpatient models of value healthcare and […]

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Monumental Stairs Vibration Serviceability

Sep. 17, 2020
Author: Brad Fallon, PE

Monumental stairs are a major architectural feature in high-end designs of all types of commercial, institutional, and residential/mixed-use developments. As designers continue to push the envelope of material properties, producing ever-more beautifully complex, slender, and awe-inspiring forms, the tendency of these forms to resonate (or vibrate) in response to human activity, is becoming an increasing concern. As a result, mitigation of vibration issues has become a primary driver of the structural design of stair systems in many cases.

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4K LED Wall for MGM Theater

Jul. 10, 2020
Author: William B. Gorlin, PE, SE

MGM Theater is Asia’s first truly adaptive and dynamic performance venue installed with the world’s largest reconfigurable 4k LED wall for a fully immersive theatrical experience. Engineered by McLaren, the nearly 10,000 sq ft of LED display screens stands roughly 200 feet long end to end and wraps around nearly half the perimeter of the performance space.

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Capital District Gondola

Jun. 25, 2020
Author: Malcolm G. McLaren, PE, SECB

Modern urban planning has been struggling to rise above the challenges being posed by urban density, economic constraints, geographic barriers and an ever-growing carbon footprint. Major metropolitan areas in the United States grappling with congestion and traffic issues have recently begun considering a progressive, cost-effective and innovative way to move people—urban aerial ropeway gondolas.

The Capital District in New York represents an ideal location for an aerial ropeway installation.

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Ferry System – Resilient NYC Infrastructure

Jun. 17, 2020
Author: Stephen A. Famularo, PE, D.PE

With many subways and buses at near or full capacity and the highest commute time of any major US city, New York has been finding options to bring the best service and quality-of-life to residents and commuters at the water’s edge. With top priority placed on expanding citywide connectivity and modernizing infrastructure across all five boroughs, the waters around New York City have become part of the solution.

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Pop-Up Drive-Ins and Safety

May. 22, 2020
Author: William B. Gorlin, PE, SE

Is the Drive-In Experience Really Safe? With Covid-19 forcing the entertainment industry to reimagine a “new-normal” for the upcoming summer season, business owners are scrambling for innovative and safe ways to generate socially distanced events. The biggest challenge centers around how to bring the public together, while avoiding tightly packed gatherings and providing a new standard of cleanliness demanded by both patrons and local authorities. One solution gaining much traction across the nation is the resurgence of the drive-in movie theater.

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LIRR Post Avenue Bridge Orchestrated Precision

Jan. 31, 2020
Author: Gerard J. Bartucci, PE

A historic transformation of the Long Island Railroad has recently been underway to strengthen the region’s transportation infrastructure and usher in a new era of economic growth. By rebuilding the LIRR Post Avenue Bridge and paving the way for the historic Third Track project, we are showing that it’s possible to upgrade the rail on time, on budget, and with community input at every step of the way. While others talk about infrastructure, New York is getting it done”. With the complete renovation of the LIRR line, New York has aimed to make significant upgrades to its infrastructure and service, incorporating the considerations of the community throughout the entire scope of the project.

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