McLaren Engineering Group provided civil engineering and construction survey services for the LEED Gold Certification, 115,000+ sq ft, 2-story Walter C. Johnson Health and Wellness Center that opened in January 2018. The facility includes a cardio fitness center, wellness studio, three basketball courts, 8-lane pool, eight squash courts, fencing studio, wrestling room, free weights room, modified indoor track, three classrooms, teaching kitchen, café concession area, student common areas, locker rooms and office space for the Hackley School, a private prep school in Tarrytown, New York.
McLaren’s civil engineering services included site plan approval and civil design of the site amenities, roadways, parking and stormwater management.
The project’s design goal—which posed a significant challenge—was to incorporate the new building into the natural landscape while saving as many existing boulders and trees as possible. In addition, the project was sited over a New York City aqueduct. McLaren’s civil engineers worked closely with the architect and landscape architect to integrate the grading, drainage and stormwater management into the complex site that seamlessly incorporated the new building into the natural mountain landscape. McLaren worked with the Town and NYCDEP to submit regulatory permits. McLaren’s survey team provided project control and monitoring stakeout during construction.
The project was named New York Region Best K-12 Education Project by ENR.