MKA’s culture of leadership extends far beyond office walls. Our engineers engage and advance the industry through code development, commitee leadership, R&D, mentoring, education, writings, precedent-setting designs, and presentations, such as Don Davies, shown above speaking at a CTBUH conference in Shanghai. Staff involvement includes the Chicago AIA Board of Directors, the Charles Pankow Foundation Board of Directors, the NEHRP Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction, a Founding Member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, and President of SEAW Seattle, to name just a few. Contributing time and effort to enhance the profession and raise the bar of possibilities reflects our commitment to the future. Visit MKA News to learn more.
The safest, most effective designs of today consider the impacts of tomorrow. Our forward-thinking engineers are frequently invited to assist in the development of the "next generation" of codes and standards, including those shown above. Additional organizations with MKA staff input are ATC, EERI, FEMA, BSSC, NCSEA, ACI, ASCE, and NIBS, among others.
Our engineers regularly volunteer-teach University-level classes and workshops at many of the world’s most prominent institutions, including the University of California Berkeley, Purdue University, Lehigh University, Tongi University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Washington.
In 2000, MKA founded the ACE Mentor Program of Washington, whose mission is to "engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction" through mentoring and scholarships. Jon Magnusson is the Founding President of ACE Washington, and many of our engineers volunteer, guiding students through real-life, hands-on assignments cultiminating in "client" presentations.
Engineering is fun, and we think the more the public understands what it’s about, the better for everyone. In addition to the ACE Mentor Program, our engineers participate in a local science fairs and various school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.