McLaren Engineering Group provided design and engineering services to the Township of Weehawken for a new $3.1 million recreational pier, which opened in 2016. This pier project stretches nearly 500 feet into the Hudson River, directly opposite the Empire State Building. The unique pier features a “pod” design with a series of platforms and interconnected walkways, providing a variety of destination points for visitors.
McLaren developed the groundbreaking “pier pod” design concept as a bold, revolutionary new way to construct piers, compared to traditional box-like configurations. Because there is less structure, a pier designed this way is more cost effective to build and offers the ability to expand easily. Visitors benefit from numerous walkways and seating options, as well as stronger lighting—providing an enjoyable, safe way to view the Manhattan skyline. McLaren and the Township of Weehawken received a first place award from the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers for the design of the pier.