Performance-Based Seismic Design
Performance-based seismic design (PBSD) is a new methodology pioneered by MKA that is transforming the structural design of high-rise buildings in regions of high seismicity. The approach has created a fundamental shift in the industry and been adopted by many of the world’s leading engineers. PBSD increases design freedom while reducing costs, shortening the construction schedule, maximizing leasability, increasing sustainability, and enhancing safety.
Building Information Modeling
MKA was one of the first firms in the nation, way back in 1983, to provide steel fabricators with detailed computer information directly from a design and analysis database. They have continued to lead the industry in this area by being one of the only firms to actually supply steel fabricators with data files to cut exact steel shapes. In 1997, MKA successfully completed one of the most complex BIM efforts ever undertaken, the design and construction of Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project. The entire structure and all systems were modeled in Catia. Current BIM efforts include dozens of projects with personnel experienced in all of the leading software platforms (Catia, Revit, and Triforma).
MKA’s innovative urban storm water management approach of “self-mitigating buildings” employs a daisy-chain of natural-systems-based storm water management techniques to handle a project’s storm water control requirements. A combination of green roofs, storm water planters, and eco-streets eliminates the need for conventional detention tanks and pumps and provides other environmental benefits like reduced runoff volume, LEED storm water credits, lower runoff temperatures, and enhanced tenant amenities. MKA developed the LIDSWM design tool to analyze the storm water attenuation potential of various low-impact design techniques in any climatological zone.
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