McLaren Engineering Group provided structural and marine engineering design services for the reconstruction of Coney Island’s Steeplechase Pier after Superstorm Sandy damaged it in 2012. Immediately following the storm, McLaren began assisting the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR) to assess and rebuild. As the prime design consultant, McLaren, in collaboration with architectural and mechanical and electrical sub-consultants, prepared construction documents for the full reconstruction of Steeplechase Pier within six weeks.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, McLaren responded with action by providing engineering services for the reconstruction of the historic Steeplechase Pier including inspection, condition assessment, design and construction administration. McLaren conducted detailed underwater and above water visual inspections of the 1,100-foot-long pier and documented the inspection findings. In coordination with their sub-consultants, McLaren designed the full deck replacement that included new prestressed, precast concrete beams anchored to the existing concrete pile caps, as well as a dry fire line system on the Pier.
The pier re-opened as public space for play and recreation and featured recycled plastic lumber decking, integrated seating, observation platform; as well as aluminum railing system, aluminum and stainless steel shade structures and benches constructed from the reclaimed decking of the original pier.