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02.13.2020 — MKA is excited to announce that 2020 is a historic year for our firm as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary! Looking back on the last 10 decades, we are humbled by the innovators and intellects we have partnered with and are grateful to the many clients, employees, families, and mentors who have shaped our path. Be sure to check out our 100-Year Video here to see some of our story and visit the About MKA History page for a timeline of our work and company milestones.

Thank you to all those who have played a role in our firm. We are excited to embark on the journey of the next 100 years and eager to take on the challenges we have yet to encounter!

» Happy Anniversary MKA!

02.10.2020 — MKA is pleased to announce that on Friday, January 24th, The American Council of Engineering Companies Washington awarded the Amazon in the Regrade project a Gold Award in the Structural Systems Category for Engineering Excellence. The award ceremony took place at the ACEC Gala in Bellevue, Washington, where several MKA employees were on hand to receive the award. The Amazon in the Regrade project celebrates the recently complete Amazon Rufus 2.0 headquarters in downtown Seattle, which covers three city blocks and includes three, 38-story office towers, street-level retail, large assembly rooms, outdoor public areas, and “The Spheres” as the iconic centerpiece. The modern, innovative, and sustainable corporate design, was successfully delivered by the design and construction team, consisting of architects NBBJ, structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates, owner representative/development managers Seneca Group, and general contractor Sellen Construction, who collaborated to achieve Amazon’s vision for a connected, community-invested campus, seamlessly integrated into the city’s core.

Congratulations to the other 24 projects that were also honored in this year’s program. To read more, download the special section to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here.

» ACEC Gold Award Amazon in the Regrade

02.10.2020 — MKA’s Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering’s Class of 2020. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to field of engineering. Ron was recognized for his innovation in the design of high-rise buildings worldwide, and for research and design guidelines to advance structural engineering practices. Ron joins past MKA leaders, John Skilling, Les Robertson, Jack Christiansen, and Jon Magnusson in receiving this honor. Congratulations, Ron!

» Ron Klemencic NAE Class of 2020

01.30.2020 — Congratulations to MKA’s Sonya Gabrielson, P.E., an inaugural WEDG® Associate credentialed professional. WEDG, which stands for Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines, is a sustainability rating system similar to LEED, but specifically for waterfront resilience. Sonya is the leader of MKA’s Water Resources Technical Specialist Team and brings an enhanced understanding of state-of-the-art approaches to all of her projects. Sonya has worked on many landmark designs across the country including the phased modernization of a 39-acre, “net-zero” Port in San Ysidro, and an iconic 119-acre island park in New York Harbor. Learn more about WEDG in the article from the Waterfront Alliance here.

» Sonya Gabrielson Earns Inaugural WEDG Credential

10.17.2019 — MKA’s Josh Brickman, Bethany Myelle, and Cody Harvey participated in the Chicago CANstruction competition with a team consisting of SCB, MKA, and Walsh Construction. CANavera, based on the calavera or "sugar skull," is commonly a part of Dia de los Muertos celebrations and is a nod in honor of the many ethnic communities that are essential parts to the richly diverse Greater Chicago area. Our team took home second place in the “People’s Choice” competition and won the “Best Meal” award. Most importantly the team donated almost 6,000 cans to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and over 160,000 cans were donated from all the teams combined! Awesome job!

Take a look at the time lapse construction on our Vimeo channel here: https://vimeo.com/371513061

» Team CANavera Wins Best Meal

10.14.2019 — The University of Washington’s new Burke Museum had its grand opening on Saturday, October 12th! The grand opening festivities included featured poets, singers, dancers, and DJs to celebrate the completion of the facility’s six new galleries, 12 labs and workrooms, and artists’ workshop. The new design is 66% larger than the original building and features a Coast Salish-inspired roof and climate-controlled collection storage areas that allow for future growth. The project hopes to achieve LEED-Gold certification. MKA’s engineering team was led by Principal-in-Charge Jay Taylor and Project Manager Leif Johnson. The museum’s grand opening transformed the outdoor space into a festival where visitors found multicultural music performances, food trucks, weaving demonstrations, live art showings, and other family-friendly activities. The grand opening event concluded at the end of the day on Monday, October 14th — but be sure to put a visit to the museum on your list! 

» New Burke Museum Grand Opening!

09.14.2019 — On Saturday, September 14th, MKA staff, family, and friends participated in our Community Service Project — our 6th year! This year we gathered, 85 strong, at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Seattle. The overall project and breakout design teams were led by Patrick Burns and Catherine Cai. Planning for the event begins months in advance to select a project and collaborate with the chosen organization to best fill their needs.

This year we constructed an outdoor learning classroom for the school. The centerpiece is a 25-foot diameter garden constructed of planters and benches. We also designed and constructed kid-sized picnic tables, a tool storage bin, and a worm bin! As you can see from the photos there was a lot of activity, but with the large crew of volunteers and amazing planning by the design teams, we wrapped up our work by mid-day. As the school year progresses, we are excited to see this “community garden for all” come to life!

» 2019 Community Service Project

08.16.2019 — Congratulations to the Spheres Team! Pictured is Jay Taylor, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA Sea. and Robert Baxter, P.E., S.E. receiving the 2019 Presidential Award of Excellence in Fabrication from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

The Spheres were recognized as part of the IDEAS2 Awards honoring excellence in the use of structural steel in the built environment.

Learn more about the projects honored in this video from AISC here.

Congratulations to all the winners!

» Sphere Team Honored By AISC IDEAS2

08.15.2019 — Thursday, August 15, we celebrated the topping out of Rainier Square Tower in Seattle. This project is the FIRST high-rise to use "SpeedCore", the Concrete-Filled Composite Plate Shear Wall system researched and developed by MKA’s Foundation along with collaborating industry organizations and universities. A building of this size would take a predicted 21 months to top out with a traditional concrete core. The first prediction for SpeedCore was 12 months... and this project topped out in just 10 months thanks to the amazing steel fabricators and erection crew! Congrats to all! 

» Rainier Square Tower Tops Out In 10 Months!

08.06.2019 — Each year MKA participates in two weeks of exciting office events and competitions to raise money for Food Frenzy benefitting Food Lifeline. A sample of this year’s activities included an Art Walk, Chili Cookoff, Homebrew Competition, Wine Raffle, Bake Sale, and an Oyster Party!

MKA surpased our previous year’s totals by raising over $10,000 for Food Lifeline! Way to go team! We look forward to surpassing this total again next year as we all work together to fight hunger in our communities!

» Food Frenzy 2019

04.15.2019 — MKA is proud to announce our Senior Associate and Associate promotions.

David Tayabji, P.E., S.E. 
Kevin Solberg, P.E., S.E.  
Ben Klingenstein, P.E., S.E., LEED AP  
Ben Niesen, P.E., ENV SP  

Seated (l to r):
Travis Corigliano, P.E. 
Krzysztof Zaleski, P.E., S.E. 
Katelin Kratsch, P.E. 
Katie Reif, P.E. 
Blake Doepker, P.E., S.E., LEED AP BD+C  

Standing (l to r):
Kevin Aswegan, P.E. 
Dan Riemann, P.E., S.E. 
Eleanor Reynolds, P.E., S.E. 
Stephen Pool, P.E., S.E. 
Alexander Lang, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

» MKA 2019 Senior Associate and Associate Promotions

04.12.2019 — Salesforce Tower has been named "Best Tall Building Worldwide" for 2019 by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The tower was recognized for its focus on occupant health, sustainability, structural efficiency, and its integration with the surrounding urban habitat. On-hand to accept the award was Edward Dionne from Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Paul Paradis from Hines, and our Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic. Congratulations team!  Read more on Salesforce and the other Best Tall Building winners at the CTBUH website here.

Photo credits: Jason O’Rear and CTBUH

» Salesforce Tower Named Best Tall Building Worldwide for 2019

03.22.2019 — 150 North Riverside in Chicago was recently awarded the 2019 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award, a top honor presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at their annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, Virginia. Accepting the award from MKA was Ron Klemencic, Rob Chmielowski, and Dave Eckmann—joined by Jim Goettsch from Goettsch Partners and Chris Phares of Clark Construction. Currently, 150 North Riverside is only the fourth building structure, and second tower to ever be recognized with this prestigious award!

Also recognized at the gala was MKA’s Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic, who was presented with the OPAL Award for Design. Ron is a pioneer in the field of Performance-Based Seismic Design (PBSD) for tall buildings, a new methodology that increases building safety, reliability, and flexibility (find out more about MKA’s PBSD approach here). “From experimental research needed to advance our practice to innovations with respect to new and novel structural systems, [Klemencic] has been on the forefront of our profession” said Farzard Naeim, a seismic specialist at John A. Martin Associates. Ron’s dedication to continuing research is also apparent in his long-standing position as a board member for the Charles Pankow Foundation, a past 5-year Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, numerous authored and co-authored journal articles, and memorable presentations at an international level.

To read more about the evening and other 2019 honorees, visit the ASCE website here.

» 2019 OCEA Honors

03.12.2019 — MKA is proud to announce our Principal promotions for 2019!

Farshad has 20 years of design and structural engineering experience managing large, complex projects up to 11.8-million square feet. He is also the leader of MKA’s High-Rise Structures Technical Specialist Team.

Sean is a key member of MKA’s Residential and Hotel Specialist Group with extensive experience across the country and internationally in residential, hospitality, and large mixed-use developments up to 4-million square feet, and high-rises up to 100 stories tall. 

Danya is a key member of MKA’s Retail/Mixed-Use Specialist Group with a wide range of experience in retail, mixed-use, and hospitality markets globally. He has designed projects ranging from highly detailed boutique retail to multi-tower, mixed-use developments up to 5.4-million square feet.

Congratulations to all!

» 2019 Principal Promotions

01.18.2019 — MKA was pleased to be on-hand Friday, January 18th for the Annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards in Bellevue. Our own John D. Hooper, P.E., S.E., was recognized as Engineer of the Year. John serves as MKA’s Director of Earthquake Engineering and has worked on over 100 projects, leading earthquake engineering efforts in seismic zones over the last two decades. “His knowledge on seismic issues is encyclopedic, “ says Jonathan C. Siu of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections. John also presents nationally on seismic design, as well as being active in code development and research.

Also honored with a Platinum Award was the team for Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Salesforce Tower is a 1,070-foot tall office tower that uses a first-of-its-kind “high-performance core,” or HPC. The tower required a robust foundation system including 42 load-bearing elements that are socketed into bedrock 310 feet below.

Congratulations to the 29 projects that were honored in this year’s program. To read more, download the special section to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here.

» 2018 ACEC Washington Awards

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