McLaren Engineering Group Completes Study for Possible Gondola in Albany

McLaren Engineering Group has completed a technical feasibility study for a Gondola in the Capital District.  McLaren Engineering Group and its partners have completed a technical feasibility study for an aerial gondola that would connect the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to downtown Albany, providing a new, reliable and efficient transportation option for commuters, visitors and tourists. The project team found that a Capital District Gondola is technically feasible and constructible with minimal impacts, and has strong support from local stakeholders.

The study, which was launched in July 2016 focused on a one-mile long operating corridor that would begin at the Amtrak Station and across the Hudson River to a station on South Pearl Street near the city’s arena; Times Union Center. The gondola would then continue to the Empire State Plaza.  map-of-proposed-gondola

“The findings to date have exceeded our expectations. A new gondola system can be built that will connect the 825,000 people arriving and departing each year at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to three important destinations: downtown Albany, the Albany Capital Center and the Empire State Plaza,” said Peter Melewski, P.E., National Director of Strategic Planning, McLaren Engineering Group. “Building off these initial findings, our project team will continue to work closely with stakeholders to secure funding, continue ridership and rider cost analysis, advance the design, and obtain necessary reviews and approvals.”  [Read more…]

McLaren Engineering Group Launches Gondola Study to Connect Albany’s Downtown with Albany–Rensselaer Train Station   

“Innovative, vital multi-modal transportation link will provide
the Capital Region with economic, tourism and environmental benefits.”


Albany, NY — July 7, 2016 –New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) Sustaining Member McLaren Engineering Group announced today the launch of a transportation feasibility study for an aerial gondola that would connect the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to downtown Albany – providing a new, reliable and efficient transportation option for commuters, visitors and tourists.

The study will be managed out of McLaren’s downtown Albany office by Peter Melewski, National Director of Strategic Planning. Currently, McLaren is self-funding the study and assembling a team to execute it. The team includes Doppelmayr, the world’s leading manufacturer of ropeway technologies for gondolas, which has a nearby Ballston Spa, NY, office.

“The gondola will provide a much-needed transportation link across the river for commuters, visitors and tourists,” says Malcolm McLaren, President and CEO, McLaren Engineering Group. “The Albany train station, Amtrak’s 9th busiest, is physically isolated from the capitol and downtown businesses. An aerial gondola system will provide a unique, cost-effective transportation mode that will benefit the entire region.”

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McLaren Engineering and Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects partner with Fields to create state-of-the-art Residential and Retail project


Fields Construction Company, McLaren Engineering Group and Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects announced that construction has commenced at 207 Van Vorst Street in Jersey City, New Jersey.   Situated adjacent to St. Peter’s Prep high school and within walking distance of NJ Transit’s PATH and light rail lines, the development will feature two 15-story buildings featuring 408 residences and approximately 14,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

The project, which is being developed by Fields Development Group, was designed by architectural firm Marchetto Higgins Stieve. McLaren Engineering Group is providing structural engineering design and construction support for the project.  “The latest among a multitude of multifamily buildings that we are constructing in Jersey City, 207 Van Vorst is a great example of the type of challenging project that Fields Construction excels at completing,” Fields Construction Principal Jim Caulfield said. “We’re excited to expand upon our hard-earned reputation here on New Jersey’s Gold Coast, where we’re building structures for many of the market’s premier developers.”4-291

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NYSSPE Sustaining Member News: Michael Stella and Henry V. Labarba, P.E. join GPI

 m stella     Albany, NY – GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., an engineering and construction services firm, is pleased to announce Mr. Michael Stella has joined the firm as a Civil Engineer in the Albany, NY office. Mike is a recent retiree of NYSDOT and has over 20+ years of diversified experience in transportation planning, design, construction, project management and implementation.

Michael currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY.



h labarba     GPI is also pleased to announce Mr. Henry (Hank) V. LaBarba, P.E. has joined the firm as a Civil Engineer in the Civil/Highway Dept. in the Albany, NY office. Hank is a Professional Engineer with a majority of his career as owner of HV LaBarba & Associates out of Albany and he maintains 33+ years of diversified professional experience in in planning and design of water and sewer systems, and environmental engineering.

GPI is a multi-discipline engineering firm with 1,100+ employees providing comprehensive professional design, planning, and construction inspection to all levels of government and industry from branch offices throughout the eastern United States, since 1966. GPI is included among the “Engineering News Record” top 100 national design firms, with specialties in civil and site engineering, transportation design and planning (bridge and roadway), structural engineering, building design, trail design, traffic design, protective coatings, survey and mapping, and construction inspection. Please visit their website at to learn more about GPI.

For more information contact:

Patrick A. Kenneally, PE
Senior Vice President | Branch Manager  | 518.453.9431, x206

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Director of Marketing  | 518.453.9431, x210

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