An engineering firm that has designed concert stages for big acts such as U2, Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones has found growing interest in its entertainment engineering division.
That’s according to Matthew Kawczenski, Pennsylvania regional director of McLaren Engineering Group, who has seen his firm’s Lehigh Valley office grow as it handles more diverse projects.
While the firm hasn’t taken on any big-name entertainment projects locally, that could change as it expands its services, according to Kawczenski.
The firm, based in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, opened a Lehigh Valley office in April 2016 at 5100 W. Tilghman St. in Upper Macungie Township and recently tripled the amount of office space it occupies.
“We were hiring one or two people per year and needed some more space to fit not only our local needs, but overall growth strategy,” Kawczenski said.
The firm has now six employees and 2,700 square feet of office space, with room to expand up to 16 employees, Kawczenski said.
The additional space also dovetails with the firm’s desire to add services such as forensics, civil engineering, entertainment engineering, and bridge, highway and rail engineering. Right now, the Lehigh Valley office is mainly working on structural engineering projects.
The firm has more than 220 employees across 10 offices throughout the U.S.
Kawczenski cited the firm’s relationships with Lafayette College in Easton and Lehigh University in Bethlehem as a factor in its ability to attract talented engineers.
One of McLaren’s local projects was for Lafayette College. The firm engineered steel exit stairs, railings and interior glass guardrail systems for the Rockwell Integrated Science Center, opening later this year at the college.
McLaren’s local office also works with the steel industry and specializes in design work for aluminum paneling for office towers, mixed-use complexes and university buildings.