530 Chestnut Hill Road in Woodcliff Lake — Courtesy: McLaren Engineering Group
By Joshua Burd
A Woodcliff Lake-based engineering firm has expanded its leadership team with two new hires.
The business, McLaren Engineering Group, announced this week that it has added Dawson Bloom as civil technical director, while Michelle Piechowski joins the firm as senior vice president of human resources. They will be based in the firm’s recently opened Woodcliff Lake office.
“We’re excited to welcome both of these professionals to the team,” said Malcom McLaren, the firm’s CEO. “Dawson will be taking on key duties, including companywide oversight for the technical work product for the site civil team and expanding this team across all markets. Michelle will help us move forward with the next phase of our expansion as we create scalable systems for growth.
“Their cumulative experience is a clear indicator that McLaren continues to recruit some of the best talent in the industry.”
Bloom brings more than 25 years of experience managing complex, multidisciplinary teams of design professionals and overseeing civil engineering projects across the tristate area, according to a news release. His specialties include transportation planning and design, site development, utility and infrastructure design, urban planning and design, municipal engineering and construction management.
Prior to joining the McLaren, Bloom managed significant projects throughout New Jersey, including Newark’s Broad Street’s Station Plaza, the Edgewater Marina Park and Ferry Landing and the Clinton Street Streetscape in Newark.
He holds a master’s in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he also served as an adjunct professor of civil engineering.
Piechowski is a seasoned human resources executive who has experience in building successful teams and leading organizational matters within both public and privately held companies, the news release said. Prior to joining McLaren, she was the vice president of global human resources for The Topps Co. in New York City, where she built and led an HR operation for the 500-employee organization, including planning, benefits and global talent acquisition.
They join a Woodcliff Lake office that currently has a staff of more than 130, with the capacity for 250 overall.