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01.10.2022 — With heartfelt sadness, we share the passing of our friend and colleague, Bill Ward. Bill joined our firm in June 1954 as the firm’s name was transitioning from W.H. Witt Company to Worthington & Skilling and served in many capacities until his retirement at the end of 1991.  His influence can still be felt in the culture of our firm.  He was known as an engineer’s engineer and a very kind, fair, and considerate person.

Bill earned his BSCE at Santa Clara University in 1950.  When Bill joined the firm there were 13 employees.  He was a very versatile engineer with the ability to work on both structural and civil engineering assignments.

In 1978, Bill was promoted to Partner and was responsible for firm operations as COO.  He brought a new, more progressive approach to the human resources part of firm management.  Many of his initiatives still benefit the firm today. In 1983, Bill was elected President and COO and served in that capacity until his retirement.  At the time of his election to President, the firm name changed to Skilling Ward Rogers Barkshire.

Bill was active professionally in both the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and the American Council of Engineering Companies – Washington.  He was elected as the SEAW Seattle Chapter President in 1973 and was selected as the SEAW Engineer of the Year in 1985.  He was also named ACEC-Washington Engineer of the Year.

For those that knew Bill, we all share the sadness of losing a great friend.  We are better people having known Bill Ward.

» Honoring Bill Ward, 1926-2022

01.05.2022 — MKA’s Juliette Peyroux, PE, SE, was recently named one of Building Design+Construction (BD+C) magazine’s 2021 40 Under 40 honorees.

A Senior Associate at MKA, Juliette, 32, focuses on promoting structural solutions for seismically safe and resilient airport terminals, concourses, and inspection stations in areas known for high seismic activity, such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. She also is a WAsafe Program Certified Instructor and State Coordinator, allowing her to teach building safety evaluation classes to her colleagues. In addition, Juliette leads MKA’s in-house Earthquake Technical Specialist Team in its efforts to research the latest developments and trends in earthquake engineering. 

“I am deeply honored to be part of this year’s class of 40 under 40,” said Juliette. “Since major earthquakes do not happen frequently, it is easy to forget about the impact a large earthquake can have on an unprepared community. I am passionate about advancing the earthquake engineering field with respect to building designs and preparing Washington to respond quickly and effectively in the case of ‘The Big One.’  This recognition motivates me to continue to challenge myself and the AEC industry to do better when it comes to earthquake design and preparedness.”

Read more about Juliette’s honor online here.

» Juliette Peyroux Named BD+C 40 Under 40 Honoree

12.02.2021 — MKA’s Travis Corigliano, PE, SE, was named an ICSC+CenterBuild 2021 Leader Under 40 during the organization’s conference this week in Phoenix, Arizona.

An Associate at MKA, Travis, 32, is a leader of MKA’s Retail Specialist Group and a go-to resource for clients such as Brookfield, Simon Properties, Macerich, and others looking to successfully retrofit, reposition, and transform big-box anchor stores at malls and shopping centers into modern and lively entertainment and mixed-use destinations.

“For me, success is about creating community spaces and experiences that feel personal,” said Travis, whose portfolio of more than 60 projects includes City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, California, and Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia. “The challenge has never been greater for retail developers to create spaces that draw people away from their screens. I plan to be a key leader every step of the way as we ensure our retail centers are vibrant, experienced-filled places that bring people back together.”

The ICSC+CenterBuild Leader Under 40 Awards honor professionals under the age of 40 for their accomplishments and contributions toward advancing the retail marketplace industry. More information about this year’s honorees is available online here.

» Travis Corigliano Named ICSC+CenterBuild Leader Under 40

11.02.2021 — The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) selected MKA’s Chase Center project in San Francisco to receive a 2021 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Honor Award.

The 1.74-million-square-foot, LEED-Gold Chase Center—a remarkable new landmark for the city’s growing Mission Bay neighborhood and the Bay Area at large—showcases unprecedented engineering solutions and innovations on a highly challenging site to deliver multi-dimensional community engagement. The complex project is home to the NBA Golden State Warriors’ 18,000-seat arena, team headquarters, and practice facility. In addition, the site includes two office towers, 29 retail locations, multiple plazas, foundations for a future hotel, and many other features and amenities. All these elements are integrated successfully into a common podium.

As the engineer of record for the entire Chase Center development, some of MKA’s engineering innovations include:

  • A Hydrostatic-Resistant "boat" substructure and graduated-pile foundation system to address extreme soil and groundwater conditions;
  • Custom tools to simulate and analyze seismic ground motions for more reliable earthquake-response predictions and nine high-performance concrete cores to provide earthquake resistance;
  • A super-truss, long-span roof system creating a 90-by-60 "hole" at the center of the span to "garage" the largest scoreboard in the NBA;
  • Placement of Chase Center’s loading docks, practice facility, team headquarters, and other non-public elements below grade to create a dynamic, 360-degree, public-facing "front door" that engages and activates the surrounding neighborhood.

Presented during the organization’s annual convention—held virtually on October 8—the 2021 ASCE OCEA Honor Awards annually recognize the top nine projects that best illustrate superior civil engineering skills and represent significant contributions to civil engineering progress and society. More information is available online here.

» MKA’s Chase Center Earns ASCE-OCEA Honor Award for Engineering Achievement

08.03.2021 — Every year, MKA looks forward to participating in Food Frenzy, two fun-filled weeks of events where businesses and community groups raise money in support of Food Lifeline’s important work to end hunger in Western Washington.

While last year’s Food Frenzy was held virtually, this year MKA staff was thrilled to gather in person and bond through friendly tournaments of Jeopardy!, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, whirlyball, and cornhole, along with raffles for board games and bottles of wine. Our leadership team raffled off multiple community-building events, such as a boat tour of Lake Washington, stand-up paddleboarding, a golf outing, oyster-shucking competitions, a scenic flight around Seattle, a cocktail night, and more. 

During the two-week period from July 16-30, MKA staff and generous matching sponsors raised $20,147, which is a record for Team MKA and allows Food Lifeline to provide 100,735 meals! A huge thank you to everyone who donated. If you would like to volunteer or donate to Food Lifeline anytime, please visit https://foodlifeline.org/.

» MKA Sets Food Frenzy Fundraising Record

07.02.2021 — This summer, MKA was pleased to learn the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) selected Chase Center to receive a Grand Award during the organization’s 54th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala. The virtual event was held in June and honored more than 170 of the engineering industry’s most notable achievements in innovation, complexity, value, and design.

This is the second time this year ACEC has honored the Chase Center project. In February, the organization’s Washington State chapter selected the project to receive the 2021 Engineering Excellence Platinum Award.

Located in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, the 1.74-million-square-foot, LEED-Gold Chase Center is home to the NBA Golden State Warriors’ team headquarters, practice facility, and 18,000-seat arena. The site also includes two office towers, 29 retail locations, multiple plazas, and many other features. MKA was the engineer of record for the entire Chase Center development.

Read more about MKA, Chase Center, and the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards here.

» Chase Center Earns ACEC Grand Award

02.19.2021 — The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has selected John D. Hooper, PE, SE, a Senior Principal and the Director of Earthquake Engineering at MKA, as one of only five people to receive the organization’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.

With more than 35 years of engineering experience, John is a nationally recognized specialist in advanced seismic design. The impact of his work can be found throughout the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. He has made great contributions to seismic-related research and advancements, particularly in the development of the next generation of Performance-Based Seismic Design methodologies and advancement of code-prescriptive seismic design approaches. In addition, John has traveled to major earthquake sites throughout the world to research and analyze the performance of structures and aid in the advancement of seismic risk mitigation. 

Since joining MKA in 1997, he has played an important role in almost every high-rise building the firm has designed in seismically active zones. John is a member of AISC’s Task Committee 3 (Loads, Analysis, and Stability), Task Committee 5 (Composite Design), and the Committee on Specifications. He is the Chair of the ad hoc Task Group on Seismic Analysis. He also is an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow and Structural Engineering Institute Fellow.

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose continued outstanding service has made a difference in the success of AISC; the structural steel industry; and the structural steel design, construction, and academic communities. Read more about the honor online here.

» John D. Hooper Earns AISC Lifetime Achievement Award

02.12.2021 — It is with highest respect, reverence, and admiration that MKA recognizes and celebrates the life of Leslie E. Robertson. The remarkable contributions Les made to the design of some of the world’s most important and amazing buildings, along with the inspiration he provided to countless architects and engineers, stands as a lasting legacy to his brilliance. MKA is proud to count Les among some of our firm’s most influential and impactful leaders, and we are grateful for his contributions to the firm’s success. He will be fondly remembered and surely missed by many.

PHOTO: Les Robertson and Saw Tee See with Ron Klemencic and Jon Magnusson at the CTBUH Conference in 2015.

Read more in ENR and The New York Times.

» In Memoriam of Leslie E. Roberton

02.11.2021 — This month, our staff was delighted to learn the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington (ACEC-WA) selected MKA’s Chase Center project in San Francisco to receive the organization’s top honor—the 2021 Engineering Excellence Platinum Award.

The award recognizes projects that represent a wide range of engineering achievements and which demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity. In the case of Chase Center, high degrees of skill and ingenuity were needed to build this iconic, world-class, mixed-use, mega-development project on the city’s waterfront.

Adjacent to San Francisco Bay and near the San Andreas and Hayward Faults, the development site had many soil and groundwater challenges, such as layers of 1906-earthquake fill, Bay Mud, and weak soil all ranging from 40’-to-130’ deep before reaching bedrock. In addition, the water table was located just five feet below grade. As the project’s Engineer of Record, MKA overcame these challenges by creating a water-tight “boat” structure below grade, designing a graduated-pile foundation system, building a “cocoon” to protect utilities in liquefiable soils, and utilizing nine high-performance concrete cores to provide earthquake resistance.

Additional design innovations included a super-truss, long-span roof system that created a 90’-by-60’ “hole” at the center of the span to “garage” the largest scoreboard in the NBA, allowing for an incredibly adaptable venue for a variety of events and audience sizes. Chase Center’s loading docks, practice facility, and team headquarters were also placed unconventionally below grade to create a dynamic, 360-degree “front-door.”

Today, Chase Center’s 1.74 million square feet include an 18,000-seat NBA arena, Golden State Warriors team headquarters and practice facility, two office towers, 29 retail locations, and other amenities and entertainment experiences that foster community engagement and activate the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Read more about MKA, Chase Center, and the ACEC-WA 2021 Engineering Excellence Platinum Award online here.

» Chase Center Earns ACEC-WA Platinum Engineering Excellence Award

02.02.2021 — MKA is thrilled to announce Kelsey Rose Price, PE, has been named one of Building Design + Construction (BD+C) magazine’s 40 Under 40 honorees for 2020.

An Associate at MKA, Kelsey, 30, was recognized with this honor for her focus on promoting structural solutions that encourage sustainability, carbon-consciousness, and environmentally friendly approaches. She played an important role in the development and launch of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), a free and open-access tool that helps identify lower embodied carbon building materials in an effort to reduce overall emissions during the design and construction of a project. Kelsey was one of the first beta testers for EC3 and its case study modeling, and she was instrumental in challenging initial EC3 approaches and establishing how the tool works within the typical design process.

“The 40 Under 40 recognition is truly an honor,” said Kelsey, who is the first and youngest female at MKA to receive BD+C’s 40 Under 40 Award. “More than a personal accolade, I believe it is indicative of the built environment’s commitment to greener building practices, which I am humbled to be a part of.”

In addition to her EC3 efforts, Kelsey is an active member of the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF), a collaborative group of academic, design, and construction professionals committed to lowering the construction industry’s embodied carbon footprint. She also leads MKA’s in-house Sustainability Technical Specialist Team and serves as an internal reference for MKA project managers seeking guidance around the latest technologies, standards, and issues related to sustainability.

» MKA Associate Kelsey Rose Price Earns BD+C 40 Under 40 Award

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