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UPCOMING EVENTS

01/18/18 – MKA will be at the 12th Annual University of Washington CEE Career Fair from 1:30 - 4:30pm

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02/1/18 – MKA will be at the UCLA CEE Career Fair

02/22/18 — MKA will be at the University of Illinois CEE Career Fair from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

12.15.2012 — Jay Taylor finishes his fall quarter design studio at the University of Washington Department of Architecture, where he serves as Affiliate Instructor as part of his Onouye Chair appointment.  Architects who participated with him include Ed Weinstein (Weinstein A|U), Rick Sundberg (Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young), Chris Butler (Mithun), Kristen Murray (Olson Kundig Architects), Brian Court (Miller Hull Partnership), and Mike Jobes (Miller Hull Partnership).

» Jay Taylor at the University of Washington Department of Architecture

12.12.2012 — Ron Klemencic attends the Charles Pankow Foundation Advisory Council Meeting in San Diego, where he spent 12 hours with 12 industry leaders directing the Foundation’s research agenda.

» Ron Klemencic attends the Charles Pankow Foundation Advisory Council Meeting

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

12.07.2012 — Jay Taylor, MKA Principal, serves as structural consultant for a design critique at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Atlanta, Georgia.

» Jay Taylor at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture

12.03.2012 — Terry Palmer serves as a panelist at the Airports Consultant Council’s 2012 Global Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

» Terry Palmerat the Airports Consultant Council’s 2012 Global Business Summit

11.14.2012 — Brook Jacksha, MKA Principal, attends GreenBuild in San Francisco, California, and co-presents "Iron Chef Meets Integrated Water" with Deb Guenther from Mithun.

» Iron Chef Meets Integrated Water

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

11.08.2012 — Joe Diesko, of HNTB, and Jon Magnusson, MKA President and CEO, present at the Engineering News-Record Conference "Sports Facilities of the 21st Century" on November 8, in New York City

» Sports Facilities of the 21st Century

11.05.2012 — The project team for the new 49ers stadium made the cover of Engineering News Record! Here’s how they managed to reduce construction time by an entire year to be ready for the 2014 football season. http://bit.ly/TZw9Hs

» 49ers Stadium project team on the cover of Engineering News Record

11.05.2012 — Terry Palmer, MKA Principal, moderates a session on current issues facing airport design and construction at the Airport Consultants Council Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida.

» Terry Palmer at the Airport Consultants Council Annual Conference

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

10.30.2012 — Andy Fry, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, is now Chief Operating Officer at MKA. Andy actually took over from Brian McIntyre as of July 1, but our announcement is just hitting the streets. See more details at http://on.fb.me/UxdSMk.

» Andy Fry, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, is now Chief Operating Officer at MKA.

10.20.2012 — Many MKAers participate as part of the MKA/Sellen team in the 2012 Puget Sound Heart Walk, and MKA made a donation on the team’s behalf.

» MKA at the 2012 Puget Sound Heart Walk

10.11.2012 — Derek Beaman, MKA Principal, participates in the "Imagine That" design workshop hosted by Populous in Kansas City.  Derek has participated in this invitation-only event, which brings together select individuals from a variety of disciplines, for the last few years.

» Derek Beamanparticipates in the "Imagine That" design workshop hosted by Populous

10.11.2012 — Rob Chmielowski, MKA Principal, co-presents the Roosevelt University Wabash Building (MKA project) with Jeff Hrubec of VOA and Julie Allman Power Construction at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture

» Rob Chmielowski presents at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture

10.10.2012 — Greg Briggs co-presents Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition (MKA project) with Todd Zima of Studio Gang Architects at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture.

» Greg Briggs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture

10.07.2012 — Derek Beaman, MKA Principal, and Andy Fry MKA Chief Operating Officer, ran all 26.2 miles of the Portland Marathon.  Derek ran it in 3:53:29, and Andy in 3:57:05.  Impressive!

» MKA at the Portland Marathon

09.15.2012 — Jon Magnusson, MKA President/CEO, ran the Disney Half-Marathon through California Adventure, Disneyland, and the Angels Ballpark.

» MKA at the 2013 Disney Half-Marathon

09.07.2012 — This incredible photo was taken in Panama City, Panama. While that lightning sure steals the show, did you notice that other bright light on the tower under construction? That’s the soon-to-be 40-story Soho Mall, one of MKA’s projects in the area. Let’s hope they put a lightning rod on that thing! 

» Soho mall in Panama City, Panama

09.05.2012 — MKA is pleased to be chosen as one of ZweigWhite’s "2012 Best Firms to Work For"!  http://on.fb.me/Sy6lSg

» MKA is one of ZweigWhite’s "2012 Best Firms to Work For"

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

09.01.2012 — We had a great turnout at this year’s golf tournament at Echo Falls in Snohomish on Friday, August 24, with 45 players and 12 scramble groups.  The winning group included Brook Jacksha, Ben Thomas, Jeanette Lam, and Alex Dehoux—congratulations!  Women’s long drive winner was Jeanette Lam, and men’s long-drive winner was Greg Briggs.  Closest to the pin went to Brian Morgen, who was just 19 inches from the hole on 14 (which was 130 yards).  Additional group entertainment was provided at the 18th hole, where finished players could watch those who followed put a LOT of balls into the hole’s water feature.

» MKA Golf Tournament

08.29.2012 — MKA is proud to have provided civil and structural engineering services and a day of volunteer labor for Habitat for Humanity’s newest net-zero, modular home here in Seattle. Tours of the house start this weekend.  http://on.fb.me/U4Rc67

» MKA partners with Habitat for Humanity’s newest net-zero, modular home in Seattle

08.27.2012 — Here’s another update on UW Husky Stadium, this time from the Seattle Times. Interesting fact: 97% of the demolished structure (mostly crushed concrete, according to the article) is being reused in the new stadium!  http://bit.ly/SJzuc3

» UW Husky Stadium update

08.18.2012 — MKA had a good showing at the Covey Run!  MKA made a donation in support of the run, which goes towards uncompensated medical care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Runners completing the 10K included Amy Haaland, Krzystof Zaleski, Andy Fry, Janet Ranf, Adam Theiss, Elizabeth Theiss, and Tyler Ranf.  Katelin Crook and Emily Carlip completed the 5K (but missed the photo op!).  There were also 9 additional "MKA friends and family" participants, including the Fry and Theiss kids.

» MKA at the Covey Run

08.16.2012 — The Denny Triangle area of Seattle, Washington, right between the downtown core and the Space Needle, is undergoing some dramatic changes. Via6, a two-tower, half-city-block apartment development is going to be the first project finished since the area’s transformation from surface parking lots to high-rise office and residential towers began.  http://on.fb.me/U4QRR3

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08.09.2012 — One of the most unique college "campuses" in the U.S., the vertically stacked Wabash Building at Roosevelt University in Chicago (engineered by MKA) is fully operational and ready for the 2012 school year.  http://on.fb.me/NW64He

» Roosevelt University Wabash Building open for the school year

07.17.2012 — Food Frenzy continues at MKA headquarters. Yesterday, at the bake sale, there was a clear favorite: cookie-stuffed cookies. We were too busy eating to take a picture, but suffice it to say that these Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies raised some serious dough for Food Lifeline! Then, yesterday evening, MKA engineer Kevin Wang won the bowling tournament with a striking score of 196! Today’s events included the Bag Toss and the Minute to Win It airplane contest, where our structural engineers flexed their aerospace engineering muscles. Next up: Jeopardy (complete with the custom buzzer). http://on.fb.me/MMLvWs

» Food Frenzy 2012

07.12.2012 — Every July, Food Lifeline, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington, holds their annual Food Frenzy fundraiser. We’re participating this year by holding a ton of employee fundraising events, including a scavenger hunt, bowl-a-thon, and Jeopardy tournament. Lest it be forgotten that we are indeed an engineering firm, MKA Jeopardy participants will be using a buzzer system (shown here coming out of storage) designed and built by our very own engineer Robert Baxter. Learn more about Food Frenzy and Food Lifeline’s great work at http://on.fb.me/M5zgIy, and stay tuned for more pictures of MKA’s Food Frenzy events!  http://on.fb.me/Pbuxmb

» Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy at MKA

07.05.2012 — Two words we never thought we’d use—"super guppy"—have been flying around the office this week. NASA’s super guppy, a bulbous plane designed to haul pieces of oversized cargo, is the last one in existence that can still fly. This trip, it delivered the crew cabin of NASA’s Space Shuttle Trainer to the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, Washington, where it will be displayed in the "Human Flight Gallery," designed by MKA. The structure’s all-glass front wall will be perfect for nighttime viewing of the trainer, since the gallery illuminates when the sun goes down.  http://on.fb.me/LZnaCV

» NASA’s super guppy at the Museum of Flight Human Space Flight Gallery

06.28.2012 — MKA’s soccer team is ready for the summer season. Here they are working towards a 5-1 victory over fellow engineering firm KPFF on June 16. Great playing, everyone!  http://on.fb.me/Ma5Pq4

» MKA’s soccer team is ready for the summer season. Here they are worki

06.23.2012 — Seattle’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon/Half Marathon on June 23 drew many from MKA onto the streets of Seattle. Krzysztof Zaleski, Danny Currit, Amy Haaland, Andy Fry, Janet Ranf, Kristine Svehla-Brown, and Derek Beaman all put in great performances. Particularly impressive was Danny, who placed 50th out of more than 3,000 marathon runners with a time just over 3 hours! Congratulations to all.  http://on.fb.me/N4Fnst

» MKA at Seattle’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon/Half Marathon

06.22.2012 — Greg Briggs and Drew Gangnes, MKA Principals, present "Systems Sustainability: New Directions in Ecological Networks" as part of the Executive Education and Professional Development Program (XED) at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

» Systems Sustainability: New Directions in Ecological Networks

06.21.2012 — Continuing with the stadium theme, here’s a live view of the construction of the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, CA.  The stadium’s green roof will supply fresh herbs for the on-site restaurants...hot dog with cream cheese, grilled onions, and fresh cilantro, anyone?  http://on.fb.me/MVo79a

» Live view of construction of the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers

06.20.2012 — The new south stands of the University of Washington Husky Stadium are starting to rise!  http://on.fb.me/LNZo8V

» University of Washington Husky Stadium New South Stands

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

06.14.2012 — We don’t always use concrete and steel when designing structures to withstand earthquakes! We also use marshmallows and skewers, albeit only in VERY controlled situations…http://on.fb.me/NL3jqg

» MKA at the Seattle Science Festival

06.01.2012 — Thanks to the seventeen MKA engineers who volunteered their time to serve as mentors for the 2011-2012 ACE year!   http://on.fb.me/Lq2r9J

» MKA serve as mentors for the 2011-2012 ACE year

05.27.2012 — MKA engineers Ben Klingenstein, Ben Enfield, Drew Kirkpatrick, Ryan McKinney, and Mat Johnson competed in a seven-leg, multi-event relay known as the "Ski to Sea Race."  The event starts at the top of Mount Baker and ends in Bellingham Bay, and 500 teams competed.  The seven events were cross-country skiing (Ben K.), downhill skiing (Ben E.), running, road bicycling, canoeing (Drew), mountain biking (Mat), and sea kayaking (Ryan).  Their team finished in just over 9 hours, at 9:08:26.  Impressive!

» MKA at the 2012 Ski ti Sea Race

05.21.2012 — MKA is now on Facebook!  Check out our page, where we’ll be posting pictures of MKA projects, announcements, and updates on everything MKA!

» MKA is now on Facebook

05.09.2012 — Don Davies, MKA Principal, presents on "Embodied Carbon and the Case for Longevity" at the 2012 International Concrete Sustainability Conference in Seattle

» Embodied Carbon and the Case for Longevity

05.07.2012 — Derek Beaman, MKA Principal, makes a presentation on "Performance-Based Seismic Design: Past, Present, and Future" at Rider Levett Bucknall’s Global Shareholder Meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle (with John Hooper, MKA’s Director of Earthquake Engineering, present for Q&A)

» Performance-Based Seismic Design: Past, Present, and Future

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 — MKA’s running group rushed out the door to get a glimpse of Seattle’s long-awaited spring sun...and they almost made it!

» MKA’s Running Group

05.01.2012 — Peter Somers, MKA Principal, is elected Vice President of the Seattle Chapter of Structural Engineers Association of Washington; he will serve as Vice President for 2012-2013 and as President for 2013-2014

» Peter Somers elected Vice President of the Seattle Chapter of Structural Engineers Association of Washington

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"

04.24.2012 — Structural Engineer Magazine features MKA Chairman/CEO Jon Magnusson on the cover of the April 2012 issue, calling him "The complete collaborator"

» Structural Engineer Magazine features Jon Magnusson

04.19.2012 — MKA engineers make multiple presentations at the 2012 NASCC Steel Conference in Grapevine, Texas:  Rob Chmielowski, MKA Principal, co-presents on "Engineering Work Flow" (with John Beier of Shelley Metz Baumann Hawk and David Odeh of Odeh Engineering); John Hooper, MKA Principal, presents the Providence Everett Medical Center Acute Care Tower (MKA project), focusing on optional performance-based seismic design at "Master’s Class: Top Designers and their Top Projects;" and Jon Magnusson, MKA Chairman and CEO, presents "Structural Steel Becoming Architecture:  Case Studies of Aesthetics, Form, and Efficiency

» MKA presents at the 2012 NASCC Steel Conference

04.18.2012 — Jay Taylor, MKA Principal, makes a presentation on "Diagrids, Cantilevers, and Folded Plates: Structure as Architecture," as part of the University of Washington Architecture 2012 Spring Lecture Series; the event kicks off Jay’s appointment to the newly-created Onouye Endowed Chair in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.  Jay has been named an "Affiliate Professor" in the University of Washington Department of Architecture and will teach a Design Studio in Fall Quarter of 2012

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» Diagrids, Cantilevers, and Folded Plates: Structure as Architecture

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

04.04.2012 — Matthew Streid, MKA engineer, co-presents "The Creation of Aqua" (with Mauricio Sanchez of Studio Gang and Ryan Keane of McHugh Construction) at a CTBUH Student Workshop (hosted by the CTBUH Young Professional Committee) held at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois

» "The Creation of Aqua" at a CTBUH Student Workshop

03.28.2012 — Jay Taylor, MKA Principal, serves as a Professional Consultant for "Degree Project Technical Pinup Graduate Student Worksessions" at Washington University’s School of Architecture in St. Louis, Missouri

» Jay Taylor serves as a Professional Consultant for "Degree Project Technical Pinup Graduate Student Worksessions"

03.05.2012 — Don Davies, Principal at MKA, gives a presentation on "Sustaining Structural Innovation: Creativity, Lower Carbon, and the Financial Case," at the Vertical Cities Congress in Hong Kong

» Sustaining Structural Innovation: Creativity, Lower Carbon, and the Financial Case

02.29.2012 — Terry Palmer, MKA Senior Vice President, serves as Chairman of the 2012 Airport Planning, Design, and Construction Symposium put on by the Airport Consultants Council/American Association of Airport Executives held in Denver, Colorado, on February 29, 2012.

» Terry Palmer serves as Chairman of the 2012 Airport Planning, Design, and Construction Symposium

02.28.2012 — A photograph of the LeMay Car Collection Center and Museum in Tacoma, WA, taken by MKA Photographer/Graphic Designer Michael Dickter, is chosen as a "Great Shot" in Engineering News Record’s 2011 "Year in Construction" photo competitionENR received more than 1,200 submissions, and the 30 winning shots were featured in the January 9, 2012, issue.

» "Great Shot" in Engineering News Record’s 2011 "Year in Construction" photo competition

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

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