Allentown, Pa. — McLaren Engineering Group is expanding its Lehigh Valley location. The full-service engineering firm will now occupy 2,700 square feet at 5100 West Tilghman Street in Allentown – tripling the amount of space of its previous location, which opened in 2016. The move allows the McLaren team to grow from six to 16 employees.
McLaren’s Lehigh Valley office provides services to the steel industry and specializes in aluminum paneling design work for office towers, mixed-use complexes and university buildings across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
“Since we opened three years ago, we’ve continued to expand due to the Lehigh Valley’s exceptional business climate and access to talent,” says Pennsylvania Regional Director Matthew B. Kawczenski, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, who leads the Lehigh Valley office. “One of our largest clients, BAMCO Inc., trusted us in designing significant projects that include American Water’s new headquarters in Camden, N.J., The View II tower in Philadelphia, and One Willoughby Square, a 34-story project in Brooklyn.”
Additionally, McLaren’s Lehigh Valley office engineered the steel egress stairs, railings and interior glass guardrail systems for Lafayette College’s Rockwell Integrated Science Center, opening this year in Easton. The office has also provided a range of engineering services for projects in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.
The Lehigh Valley office has strategic relationships with Lehigh University, Lafayette College, and Bucknell University’s engineering schools, which provide a steady pipeline of engineering talent. Kawczenski and his team are also regular speakers within Lehigh and Bucknell’s engineering programs.
“It’s important for engineering students to take engineering principles learned in school and apply them to real-world projects,” continues Kawczenski. “We provide a pathway for graduates in our region to become experts in our increasingly complex field – which continues to evolve based on changing architectural requirements.”
Kawczenski notes that comprehensive knowledge of design standards and codes is crucial within the space, as there have been measurable shifts in design work over the past decade. The regional director notes that straight, flat aluminum panels have given way to more complex designs – and these architectural requirements are accommodated by the Lehigh Valley staff.
“Due to the region’s business growth, proximity to talent and affordable costs, our Lehigh Valley office is well-positioned to continue its growth trajectory,” says Malcolm McLaren, CEO of McLaren Engineering Group.