01.19.2018 — MKA was proud to accept the ACEC-Washington Platinum Award for our project – 150 North Riverside in Chicago, IL. The razor-thin concrete structural core allows this 54-story high-rise to be built on a base just 39 feet wide, perched between the Chicago River and an active set of railroad tracks! Congratulations to all of our engineering colleagues honored at the awards on Friday evening. See a full list of winners in this special section of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here.
» 150 N. Riverside Wins ACEC-WA Platinum
06.08.2017 — MKA is proud to announce that River Point Tower in Chicago has been awarded Best Project Over $150 Million by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). The tower’s innovative structural system utilizes an arrangement of inward sloping columns to avoid the railroad tracks below and the response to the challenging site conditions ultimately becomes celebrated in architectural form. It’s striking convex shape creates panoramic city views with efficient, column-free floor plates, and floor-to-ceiling glass. Congratulation to the entire River Point Tower team!
» River Point Tower Wins SEAOI Best Project
04.27.2017 — MKA’s Senior Principals, Jon Magnusson, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA and Drew Gangnes, P.E., S.E., were excited to be on hand for the 50th Anniversary of the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards in Washington DC. MKA’s entry for Seattle’s Elliott Bay Seawall Habitat and Public Space was honored with a Grand Award.
MKA’s design was recognized by ACEC for a number of innovations, including a stacked pedestrian promenade public space over the salmon migration corridor, complex daylight modeling and analysis of a custom light-penetrating sidewalk (LPS) solution, oversight of the LPS panels and of artistically textured face panels and habitat shelves fronting the new seawall, and more.
Congratulations to all the winners, including Seattle’s own SR 520 Floating Bridge which took home the highest ACEC honor of the evening – the Grand Conceptor Award.
Photo: Risdon Photography
» MKA Wins ACEC Grand Award
01.24.2017 — MKA was pleased to attend the 50th Annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards in Bellevue on Friday evening. The event, sponsored by the Washington State chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, honored 42 exemplary engineering projects in categories from structural systems to environmental design.
MKA received the top Platinum award for its work on the Elliott Bay Seawall along Seattle’s waterfront. MKA managed the design integration of the project’s public space and habitat restoration components, and their interface with the long-term concept plan for the viaduct-free waterfront. Among other habitat features below the sidewalk, the Seawall Promenade includes a light penetrating sidewalk (LPS) to bring natural light into the salmon migration corridor beneath it.
The top seven projects (one Platinum and 6 Gold) will advance to compete at the ACEC National competition in April. Congratulations to all the winners!
To read more, download the special section to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here.
» MKA’s Elliott Bay Seawall Project Wins Platinum Award
11.04.2016 — Congratulations to our Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, who received the Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) last night in Chicago.
Joining Ron at the awards dinner were MKA Senior Principals, Dave Eckmann, PE, SE, AIA and Jon Magnusson, PE, SE, Hon. AIA — along with MKA President Don Davies, PE, SE.
Jury member Abrar Sheriff said, "Ron Klemencic is inarguably one of the biggest influencers in the fields of structural and civil engineering today. Ron has acquired a reputation in the industry as a deviceful problem solver, and for good reason – he has the ability to craft solutions at the highest and broadest levels, a quality that shines brilliantly in all of his work. "
Congratulations to Ron for being recognized for his incredible leadership in the engineering community!
» Ron Klemencic Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award
02.08.2016 — The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Jon D. Magnusson, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, to its prestigious membership. The election is among the highest professional distinctions an engineer can be honored with. Jon’s nomination was for “building designs that enable high-rise buildings in seismic sensitive regions and for innovations in modern structural engineering practice worldwide.”
Jon’s career spans over 40 years in engineering. He joined MKA in 1976 and rapidly advanced to Principal, Senior Principal, CEO, and ultimately Chairman of the Board — a role he held for 18 years. Now a Senior Principal, Jon has worked on projects in 47 states and 49 countries and continues to show leadership inside and outside MKA.
In announcing Jon’s election to the MKA staff, current CEO, Ron Klemencic shared his thoughts — “Jon has truly redefined the profession and perception of structural engineering, and it is amazing that we, as a firm and individuals, can share his knowledge, talent, and leadership every day.”
The newly elected class to will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2016. Read more about the newly elected members here.
» JDM Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
12.04.2015 — Congratulations to our own Jon Magnusson, who on Friday was presented with the Inaugural ENR NW Legacy Award celebrating his career of engineering contributions in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Jon has been involved in the most significant buildings in Seattle over the past 20 years, including Benaroya Hall, EMP, Seattle Central Library, Washington State Convention Center, Safeco Field, and CenturyLink Field, to name just a few.
As Ron Klemencic stated — Magnusson took “a firm with a rich legacy of creativity in the 1950s and 1960s and leveraged it, propelling it to an even higher level. He polished it, focused it and brought in the talent required to carry that legacy forward.”
Jon continues to mentor the next generation of leaders in engineering both internally at MKA and also in the industry through his speaking engagements and his involvement in establishing the local branch of the ACE Mentor Program which exposes high school students in Seattle’s Puget Sound area to potential career opportunities in the architecture, construction and engineering professions. Our sincere congratulations to Jon!
» JDM Accepts ENR NW Legacy Award
07.01.2015 — The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) recently announced their selections of the Fifty Significant Projects designed by SEAOI members over the last 50 years. MKA is proud to have engineered three of these projects. Pictured from left to right: Aqua, 111 South Wacker and 300 East Randolph (Vertical Completion Project).
» SEAOI Fifty Significant Projects in Fifty Years
06.22.2015 — Congratulations to Peter Somers, P.E., S.E. who was recognized by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) as the 2015 Seattle Chapter Engineer of the Year. Peter was honored at the Chapter’s Annual Awards event held Monday, June 22nd.
Peter is a Principal at MKA working on a variety of project types including office, residential and retail. He also specializes in seismic evaluations, renovations, and expansion of existing structures, including historic and landmark buildings. Peter has contributed to SEAW by serving on several committees as well as being a member of the Board of Directors and current Past President. We congratulate Peter on such a great honor!
Photo Credit: J Mark D’Amato
» Peter Somers SEAW Structural Engineer of the Year
06.06.2015 — Saturday, June 6th the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) held their annual Excellence in Structural Engineering awards ceremony.
MKA was pleased to be the recipient of the award for "Best Project >$150 million" for Levi’s Stadium. Judge’s comments included, "Creating a design solution which allowed the construction of 1 billion dollars of work at such a pace is truly impressive." This is the 13th time in 14 years that MKA has won a top SEAOI award.
Also during the evening, MKA Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic, received the John F. Parmer Award, which "honors a structural engineer whose distinguished career was acknowledged by his peers to be an example of excellence."
Celebrating the evening were MKA Chicago staff including Senior Principal and Chicago Office Leader, David Eckmann, Adam Theiss, Bethany Myelle, Lucas Cusack, Haley Gunst and their guests.
» SEAOI Awards 2015
04.01.2015 — Jon Magnusson has been named the Inaugural Recipient of Engineering News Record Northwest’s new Legacy Award, which recognizes “enduring contributions of industry professionals to their profession, their community and the built environment.”
Jon has had a hand in virtually every significant public building constructed in Seattle over the past two decades, including the Seattle Federal Courthouse; Safeco Field, home to Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners; and CenturyLink Field, home to the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks. He also founded the ACE Mentor Program of Washington, which pairs high school students with mentors in architecture, construction, and engineering. Read more here.
» Jon Magnusson receives ENR Northwest’s inaugural Legacy Award
03.03.2015 — Ron Klemencic was recognized as the 2015 Professional Engineer of the Year by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) at their annual awards banquet. He was selected “for his outstanding service to the engineering profession and his lifetime of achievement in excellence and innovation,” including the “advancement of performance-based seismic design methodologies.” He has led the design of 36 PBSD buildings—more than any other engineer in the country. Ron is the sixth MKA leader to receive this honor, which is given to a professional engineer who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession and to their community.
» Ron Klemencic wins 2015 PSEC Professional Engineer of the Year
01.26.2015 — Brian McIntyre was announced as “2015 Engineer of the Year” by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Washington at their annual awards banquet held Friday, January 23. The award is bestowed annually to an engineer who “embodies the highest level of service and integrity to the engineering profession.” Jon Magnusson, a former recipient of the award, nominated Brian and introduced him as this year’s winner during the ceremony.
» Brian McIntyre Named "Engineer of the Year"
01.26.2015 — MKA was honored with an ACEC Washington Platinum Award for its role in the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (SYLPOE) Modernization. SYLPOE, located just south of San Diego, is the busiest land border crossing in the world. Working alongside The Miller Hull Partnership, MKA’s civil and structural teams carefully orchestrated the modernization, setting new standards for efficiency, security, aesthetics, and sustainability – all while the port continued to function on a 24/7 basis. MKA’s entry will now move on to the ACEC National Competition held in April in Washington, D.C. Read more about our project and other ACEC winners in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce special section.
» SYLPOE Wins Platinum Award
06.30.2014 — Brian McIntyre, MKA’s former Chief Operation Officer, was recently recognized as a Life Member of Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW). This recognition places him the SEAW Hall of Fame, alongside 75 other professionals who have been SEAW members in good standing for a minimum of 25 years and have either retired or reached the age of 65. Congratulations Brian!
» Brian McIntyre recognized as 2014 SEAW Life Member
06.09.2014 — Panama Museum of Biodiversity was awarded “Best Project - $50 Million to $150 Million” by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois on Saturday at the 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards banquet. This keeps MKA’s streak alive, with SEAOI wins 13 of the last 14 years!
» Panama Museum of Biodiversity wins SEAOI Award
05.19.2014 — On May 15, 2014, Peter Somers and Brian Dickson of MKA attended the AGC 2014 Build Washington Awards event, where Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington celebrated some of the state’s most successful projects and people. Three MKA projects were recognized with awards, including the Grand Award (the highest across all categories):
2020 Fifth Avenue Data Center (w/ Lydig Construction)
Husky Stadium Renovation (w/ Turner Construction)
Via6 (w/ Lease Crutcher Lewis)
» MKA projects at AGC 2014 Build Washington Awards
05.14.2014 — The MKA-engineered Husky Stadium Renovation receives the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association Excellence in Concrete Construction award for cast-in-place structures and Grand Ridge Plaza receives the award for architectural decorative concrete.
» Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association 2014 Winners
03.21.2014 — As we announced back in September, Jon Magnusson received ASCE’s “Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in Design”. Today, Jon officially accepted this honor—one of the highest in the engineering profession—at a black-tie gala in Washington D.C. As part of the presentation, ASCE put together this profile of Jon’s tremendous accomplishments during his 38-year career. Congratulations, Jon!
» Jon Magnusson Receives ASCE Opal Award
03.12.2014 — Ron Klemencic, Chairman and C.E.O, is awarded with an American Institute of Architects Honorary Membership, one of the highest honors the AIA grants to people outside the architecture profession. Congratulations!
» Ron Klemencic receives Honorary AIA
02.28.2014 — The MKA-engineered Veterinary Medical Research Building at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, receives a “High Honors Award” in R&D Magazine’s 2014 Laboratory of the Year Competition.
» WSU Veterinary Medical Research Building
02.12.2014 — MKA’s engineers aren’t the only ones at the firm leading their field! A big congratulations to CFO Bill Christopher, who has just been named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s CFOs of the Year! Bill has been with MKA for nearly 14 years and, in that time, has made huge contributions to the firm and the industry. Way to go, Bill!
» Bill Christopher wins CFO of the Year
01.24.2014 — MKA won a Platinum Award for structural design of the Panama Museum of Biodiversity at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards competition held by the American Council of Engineering Companies (Washington) on January 24. Judged on a variety of factors, including complexity, innovation, and contribution to society, MKA’s entry will now move on to the ACEC National awards held in April in Washington, D.C. Seattle’s Daily Journal of Commerce has a great write-up on our project and fellow winners!
» MKA ACEC for Panama Museum of Biodiversity
11.08.2013 — Peter Somers and Brook Jacksha attended NAIOP’s Night of the Stars Awards Gala in Bellevue where three MKA projects were recognized with awards: Via6, an apartment building with two 24-story towers (shown at left), won Mixed-Use Development of the Year; 2020 Fifth Avenue Data Center, a renovation, expansion, and structural conversion of a 5-story parking garage into an 8-story data center, won Redevelopment of the Year; and the University of Washington Husky Stadium, a complete renovation of a university football stadium, won the Judge’s Award.
» NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards
09.30.2013 — A big CONGRATULATIONS to Jon Magnusson, who has been selected to receive an “Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in Design” from the American Society of Civil Engineers. From the ASCE website, “The awards are given to model civil engineers who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievement, leadership and a long-term commitment to excellence…Lifetime recipients represent a model of achievement to which future generations of engineers aspire to match or exceed.” Only five awards are given each year, and only one of those is in the Design category (the other four categories are Construction, Government, Education, and Management). This is a tremendous honor, as it is one of the most, if not the most, prestigious award given to individuals in our profession, and Jon is a very well-deserved recipient. The winners will be officially announced at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2014.
» Jon Magnusson Receives ASCE Opal Award
06.08.2013 — The Roosevelt University Wabash Building project wins “Best Project” in the $50 to $150 million category of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois’ 2013 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards competition. This keeps MKA’s streak alive, with SEAOI wins 12 of the last 13 years!
» SEAOI Award for Roosevelt University Wabash Building
04.23.2013 — Shelley Clark (MKA Senior Principal), Jon Magnusson (MKA Senior Principal), and Ron Klemencic (MKA Chairman and CEO) attend the American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards gala in Washington, D.C. They hosted a table of 10 for the City Creek Center team, with representatives from City Creek Reserve, Taubman, ZGF, Callison, Hobbs + Black Associates, and FFKR Architects. Shelley, Bill Williams of City Creek Reserve, and Ron Loch of Taubman went on stage to receive a national Honor Award for City Creek Center (MKA project). MKA was also a Host sponsor of the gala.
» MKA at the American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
02.21.2013 — Ron Klemencic, MKA Chairman and CEO, presents "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - How Far Can You See?" at Purdue University while at the university to receive a "Distinguished Engineering Alumnus" award from the College of Engineering. This award has only been bestowed to 490 individuals in the history of the University.
» Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - How Far Can You See?
12.11.2012 — LeMay – America’s Car Museum wins a Merit Award in the 2012 North American Awards Program sponsored by the Canadian Wood Council and Wood Design & Building Magazine. The competition presented an award to 10 of the 100 projects entered in recognition of excellence and innovation in wood design.
» LeMay – America’s Car Museum wins a Merit Award
11.09.2012 — MKA project LeMay – American’s Car Museum takes top honors at NAIOP’s annual Night of the Stars! Congratulations to the team!
» LeMay – American’s Car Museum takes top honors at NAIOP’s annual Night of the Stars
11.01.2012 — Northwest Construction Consumer Council recognizes the University of Washington Medicine Bed Tower Expansion (MKA project) as the Best Public Project over $10 Million.
» University of Washington Medicine Bed Tower Expansion is the Best Public Project over $10 Million
09.01.2012 — MKA project Ballard Commons Park won an "Urban Plazas Award" in the International Making Cities Livable 2012 Healthy Communities for All competition. The project was praised for its "high-quality design for an informal mix of diverse users in a safe and pleasing plaza." MKA provided civil engineering services for the 2-acre park, working with landscape architect Swift & Company. The park also recently won a "2012 Special Mention Award" from the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Congratulations to all involved!
» Ballard Commons Park won an "Urban Plazas Award" in the International Making Cities Livable 2012 Healthy Communities for All Competition
06.18.2012 — The MKA-designed 25-story expansion of the 33-story 300 East Randolph tower, Chicago’s tallest vertical expansion, recently won "Best Project, > $150 million" in the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Awards Competition! http://on.fb.me/LtlfFx
» 300 East Randolph won "Best Project, > $150 million" in the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Awards Competition
05.01.2012 — Iskandar Investment (Iconic Tower) Headquarters (MKA project) in Nusajaya, Malaysia, wins an "Unbuilt Design Award" from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
» Iskandar Investment (Iconic Tower) Headquarters wins an "Unbuilt Design Award" from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
05.01.2012 — Ron Klemencic, MKA President, receives notification that he has been recognized with Purdue University’s "2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award," presented to select alumni who have made outstanding contributions within their field; Ron already received Purdue University’s "2003 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award," and this latest award expands recognition of his contribution across all engineering disciplines
» Ron Klemencic Recognized With Purdue University’s "2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award"
04.17.2012 — Aqua (MKA project) receives a Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Engineering Excellence Awards Gala Evening
» Aqua receives a Grand Award at the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
01.23.2012 — The American Council of Engineering Companies Washington awards Aqua and the Boeing 767 Production Line Relocation (both MKA projects) Gold awards in their categories; these projects now advance to the ACEC national competition
» Aqua and the Boeing 767 Production Line Relocation Earn ACEC Gold Awards
01.01.2012 — The Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition (MKA project) receives a 2011 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
» The Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition receives a 2011 American Architecture Award
11.15.2011 — The University of Washington Medicine Lake Union, Phase 2 (MKA project) is presented with an Award of Merit at the 2011 Design Awards for the American Institute of Architects, Northwest and Pacific Region
» UW Medicine Lake Union, Phase 2 presented with AIA 2011 Award of Merit
10.25.2011 — The Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects holds its annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, recognizing several MKA projects: University of Washington’s Paccar Hall (Merit Award); Peninsula College Maier Hall, Admiral Live/Work Residence, and Kenmore Library (all Commendations); and the Samsung International Hospital (Citation)
» MKA projects win AIA Honor Awards
08.01.2011 — The Design/Build Institute of America announces that The San Jose International Airport Terminal Area Improvement Project (including MKA’s work on Terminal B and Concourse) will receive a Design/Build Excellence Award at its annual conference in October
» The Design/Build Institute of America announces that The San Jose Internati
06.01.2011 — The Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition (MKA project) is named Best Small Project by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois in its 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering competition
» The Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition (MKA project) is named Best Small
05.25.2011 — The Michael G. Foster School of Business Paccar Hall project at the University of Washington (MKA project) receives an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects Washington Council in its 2011 Civic Design Awards competition
» The Michael G. Foster School of Business Paccar Hall project at the Univers
05.14.2011 — MKA CEO/Chairman Jon Magnusson is one of four people awarded a Designer Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction, recognizing "outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community
» MKA CEO/Chairman Jon Magnusson is one of four people awarded a Designer Lif
05.14.2011 — The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (MKA project) receives an Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects in its Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Regional and Urban Design
» The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (MKA project) receives an Honor Award for Architecture
05.12.2011 — The Columbia College Media Center in Chicago (MKA project) is named Best New Building by the Friends of Downtown in the Best of Downtown 2010 Annual Awards for Chicago
» The Columbia College Media Center in Chicago (MKA project) is named Best Ne
05.01.2011 — The JW Marriott in Indianapolis (MKA project) receives "Project of the Year in the Outstanding Achievements in Concrete" from the Indiana Chapter of the American Concrete Institute
» The JW Marriott in Indianapolis (MKA project) receives
04.01.2011 — The University of California San Diego Conrad Presbys Music Building is recognized with several awards: the Architectural Cast-in-Place Concrete award from the American Concrete Institute San Diego Chapter, and an Orchid from the San Diego Architectural Foundation
» The University of California San Diego Conrad Presbys Music Building is rec
03.30.2011 — The San Jose Mineta Airport Terminal B and Concourse (MKA project) is recognized with a National Award, the top award in its category of "Projects Greater Than $75 Million," in the 2011 IDEAS2 competition for the American Institute of Steel Construction
» San Jose Mineta Airport Terminal B and Concourse (MKA project) is recognized with a National Award
03.11.2011 — Chicago’s 300 East Randolph/Blue Cross Blue Shield Vertical Expansion (MKA project) wins the 2010 Development of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards
» Chicago’s 300 East Randolph/Blue Cross Blue Shield Vertical Expansion
03.01.2011 — The Intermountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute presents its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards, recognizing the Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, and the parking garage at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (both MKA projects)
» The Intermountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute presents its a
01.28.2011 — Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) presents its 2010 Project of the Year Awards, recognizing 155 North Wacker (MKA project) in the New Construction in Chicago category
» Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) presents its 2010 Project
01.21.2011 — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington holds its annual Engineering Excellence Awards banquet, recognizing the Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B and Concourse with a Platinum Award, the highest across all disciplines in the Washington state competition
» The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington holds its annua
01.20.2011 — 111 South Wacker (MKA project) receives The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Chicago Chapter
» 111 South Wacker receives The Outstanding Building of the Year
01.15.2011 — Aspira (also called 1823 Terry, an MKA project) receives the Emerald Award from the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
» Aspira (also called 1823 Terry, an MKA project) receives the Emerald Award