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12.08.2020 — On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the Amazon in the Regrade project in downtown Seattle was honored with a Grand Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The announcement was made during ACEC’s 53rd Annual Awards Gala, which was held virtually and drew more than 650 attendees.

The three-block, 5.2-million-square-foot development is a modern, innovative, and sustainable corporate campus integrated seamlessly into the city’s core. Completed in 2019, Amazon in the Regrade includes three 38-story office towers, street-level retail, large assembly rooms, outdoor public areas, and the iconic Spheres—three intersecting, glass-and-steel conservatories that aim to enhance employee creativity and collaboration by offering treehouse meeting rooms, waterfalls, a four-story “living wall,” and over 40,000 exotic plants from 30 countries. With an overall height equivalent to a nine-story building, The Spheres are 130, 100, and 85 feet in diameter. Their unique shape and design are comprised of structural steel sculpted to repeat a shape within the plane of a pentagon, then repeating that shape 60 times to make up a complete sphere.

MKA was part of the project development team, which included architect NBBJ, owner representative/development manager Seneca Group, and general contractor Sellen Construction. The team was tasked with creating a connected, community-invested campus that reinvented the traditional corporate suburban campus.

This year, ACEC considered more than 200 projects from around the world before selecting 15 Grand Award recipients, 20 Honor Award recipients, and one Grand Conceptor Award recipient. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC represents more than 600,000 engineers, land surveyors, and other technical specialists.

This is the second time this year ACEC has honored the Amazon in the Regrade project. In January 2020, the organization’s Washington State chapter selected the project to receive an Engineering Excellence Gold Award in the Structural Systems category.

» Amazon in the Regrade Wins ACEC National Grand Award

10.01.2020 — Every summer, the staff of MKA participates in two fun-filled weeks of events to raise money in support of Food Lifeline, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Bake-sales, raffles, and friendly competitions like an intense cornhole tournament, chili cookoffs, and jeopardy game night, provide a way to raise funds and also provide some extracurricular excitement.

You would imagine 2020 and the current COVID-19 crisis might put the brakes on that, but Team MKA not only met but exceeded its fundraising goal, surpassing the donations from 2019 with a GoFundMe online campaign, in-lieu of in person activities!

The collective contributions will allow Food Lifeline to provide over 50,000 meals to those in our community in need of food assistance. A huge thank you to everyone who made a donation.

MKA’s GoFundMe website (click here) will be available for donations until Monday, October 5th if you are interested in donating, or please visit https://foodlifeline.org/ to donate or volunteer anytime.

» MKA Exceeds Food Frenzy Fundraising Goal for 2020

07.10.2020 — MKA is excited to announce that the recently completed Chase Center project in San Francisco, California, has received the Jurors’ Favorite/Most Innovative Structure Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering from The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.  The 1,740,000-square-foot, first-in-class venue features an 18,000-seat arena for ecstatic Golden State Warriors fans; a team headquarters; two, 11-story office towers; a jewel-box gatehouse; 29 retail outlets; two atrium entrances; and a unique, cantilevering “Skybar." Chase Center successfully transformed a deteriorating portion of San Francisco’s Mission Bay District and established a new benchmark for world-class sports and entertainment venues. First-of-their-kind engineering solutions and exemplary team collaboration contributed to successful construction despite extreme site challenges and ambitious program demands. The complex project was successfully delivered by the design and construction team, consisting of architect of record Kendall/Heaton Associates, arena design architect Manica Architecture, and arena interiors architect Gensler, structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates, general contractor Mortenson | Clark JV, and the engagement from dozens of local engineering firms and local sub-contractors to achieve The Golden State Warriors’ vision for a world-class sports and entertainment venue!

MKA has received the top award from SEAOI for 18 of the past 19 years! Congrats to the Chase Center team on this well deserved honor!

» Chase Center Wins SEAOI Most Innovative Structure Award!

06.25.2020 — Last night, the ACE Mentor Program of Washington celebrated the conclusion of this year’s program with a virtual reception and scholarship event. The event was hosted by Jon Magnusson, who dubbed himself, jokingly, the "low-key MC" for the night.

Congratulations to all the ACE participants and mentors this year for their perseverance and to the 14 scholarship recipients awarded last night. It certainly was an unusual year where mentors and participants were challenged to complete their final projects and presentations virtually.

Handrae Henthorn was the recipient of a $7,000 scholarship sponsored by MKA and ACE and will attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall to study structural engineering. MKA is a proud Platinum sponsor and has been part of the ACE Mentor Program in Seattle since its inception in 2001. Congratulations to all and best wishes for your bright futures!

» ACE Mentor Program of WA 2020

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

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