McLaren Engineering Group provided a variety of structural engineering services for the renovation of the four-story historic Hudson Theatre on Broadway in Manhattan. The theatre originally opened in October of 1903 and hosted Broadway productions for over 60 years. The building was given ‘landmark’ status by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1987. McLaren worked with the theatre’s owners and design team to modernize the space and make it appealing to today’s Broadway audience.
McLaren engineered stage house alterations, incorporating a new counterweight fly system to replace several wire guided sets and hemp rope rigging. In the auditorium, McLaren designed balcony rail lighting pipes, overhead rigging points and lighting supports. McLaren also supported modifications to new patron lounges on the second floor, as well as upgrades to the elevator, rooftop dunnage and show and banner signs on the theatre’s facade.