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
02.11.2021 — 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
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 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
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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
07.10.2018 — Congratulations to the project team of 150 N. Riverside in Chicago who was honored with national recognition in the 2018 IDEAS2 Awards for innovative design with structural steel by the American Institute of Steel Construction.
The 54-story office tower at the edge of the Chicago River captures attention with it’s innovative, tapered superstructure design, creating a footprint equal to just 30 percent of the tower’s floor area and below spans across seven active Amtrak lines. Its construction also includes the largest steel sections in the world!
To read more about the project award, visit the Modern Steel Construction website here.
(Photo credit: AISC)
» 150 N. Riverside Awarded with IDEAS2 Innovation Award
06.09.2018 — Congratulations to the entire Salesforce Tower project team for taking home the top award for SEAOI’s 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards: Juror’s Favorite/Most Innovative Structure! Chicago Office Leader, Dave Eckmann, P.E., S.E., FAIA, attended the awards banquet on Saturday, June 9 at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications. MKA has been awarded an SEAOI award 16 of the last 17 years!
Salesforce Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi based on highest occupied floor, also has the deepest foundations – 310 ft into solid bedrock. The structural design of this building offers wide-open office space with column-free leasing bays and corners and a crown that soars to 1,070 ft, making it the new beacon of San Francisco.
You can see all the winners on the SEAOI website here.
» Salesforce Tower Wins SEAOI Jurorâ€™s Favorite/Most Innovative Structure
04.18.2018 — MKA’s Jon Magnusson, Sarah Moline, and Rob Chmielowski were honored to accept a prestigious Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on April 17 in Washington, D.C. The award was in recognition of MKA’s innovative, engineering design for the 150 North Riverside project in Chicago.
MKA’s design was recognized by ACEC for a number of innovations and engineering “firsts” including the development of a razor-thin concrete central building core structural system. The sloping columns used to create the cantilevers utilized the largest rolled steel sections produced in the world to channel the loads from the tower to the narrow base. In the building columns above the cantilevers, MKA advanced the industry with the use of steel that is 40 percent stronger than has been used in modern buildings and the use of this high-strength rolled steel is a first in the U.S. MKA partnered with architect Goettsch Partners and contractor Clark Construction.
» 150 N. Riverside Wins ACEC National Grand Award
01.19.2018 — MKA was proud to accept the ACEC-Washington Platinum Award for our project – 150 North Riverside in Chicago, IL. The razor-thin concrete structural core allows this 54-story high-rise to be built on a base just 39 feet wide, perched between the Chicago River and an active set of railroad tracks! Congratulations to all of our engineering colleagues honored at the awards on Friday evening. See a full list of winners in this special section of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here.
» 150 N. Riverside Wins ACEC-WA Platinum
10.19.2017 — MKA is proud to be partnering with AISC, The Charles Pankow Foundation, Purdue University and others on development and research of a new Concrete-Filled Composite Plate Shear Wall system.
The system is being developed for use in high-rise towers and consists of two steel plates connected by steel spacing ties and filled with high-strength concrete. You can read more about the project in this AISC Press Release.
More exciting is that we will be putting this system into practice constructing the new Rainier Square high-rise tower in Seattle, WA. The project is anticipated to be delivered up to four-and-a-half months faster than a traditional concrete core, saving construction time and resources.
Our Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA and Professor Amit H. Varma at Purdue University are scheduled to present their research on this system at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 11-13 in Baltimore.
» MKA Research on CF-CPSW Systems
07.10.2017 — On July 10th, our MKA summer interns toured the Second and Pike residential project currently under construction in downtown Seattle. Representatives of Sellen Construction led the group to the uppermost residential floor that was near-ready for concrete placement.
Philip Beasley, an MKA design engineer on the project, led the tour and described some of the significant structural design features. The visit concluded with observations of the Level 8 amenity floor to see the installed curtain wall, MEP rough-in, and a steel canopy structure — with a final stop at a completed residential unit on Level 2.
Each summer MKA is proud to bring on 5-7 interns, letting them experience true hands-on engineering! Welcome to this year’s interns (from left to right), Iris Kwong, Olga Pavlenko, James Gaitan, Marissa Gelms, and Eric Fleet.
» 2017 Summer Interns Tour 2nd and Pike
06.17.2017 — The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix Park had its official unveiling on Saturday, June 17 in Seattle’s Central District. The park’s design echoes many of the themes found in Jimi’s music. The walkway to the central plaza incorporates Jimi’s life and career in a purple ribbon timeline featuring lyrics from timeless Hendrix songs, such as “Little Wing” and “Angel.”
MKA’s Cultural group assisted Murase Associates with the structural design of the central shelter, reminiscent of butterfly wings. The shelter will serve as an amphitheater for live performances. Design Engineer, Katie Reif, P.E., explained, "It was a very organic shape, which they loved, but made it potentially really expensive to build. Instead, we developed a parametric model in Rhino and Grasshopper to generate similar geometries that could be constructed entirely out of single curvature rolled plate and HSS sections. Since it was a parametric model, the architect could tweak the parameters to create a form that kept the organic feel – while maintaining the easy constructability."
Jimi Hendrix Park is located in at 2400 South Massachusetts Street, adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum. To learn more about the project, visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation website, www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org.
(Photo credits: Mike Savoia and Murase Associates.)
» Jimi Hendrix Park Grand Opening
06.08.2017 — MKA is proud to announce that River Point Tower in Chicago has been awarded Best Project Over $150 Million by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). The tower’s innovative structural system utilizes an arrangement of inward sloping columns to avoid the railroad tracks below and the response to the challenging site conditions ultimately becomes celebrated in architectural form. It’s striking convex shape creates panoramic city views with efficient, column-free floor plates, and floor-to-ceiling glass. Congratulation to the entire River Point Tower team!
» River Point Tower Wins SEAOI Best Project
05.03.2016 — In the central courtyard of the new Trinity Place apartments in San Francisco, a 92-foot sculpture of “Venus” is currently under construction. The twisting stainless steel sculpture was designed by artist Lawrence Argent and will be only slightly shorter than the Statue of Liberty at its crown. Imagine looking eye-to-eye with this grand sculpture from your 10th floor apartment!
MKA’s structural team led by Senior Principal David Fields, P.E., S.E. LEED AP, worked on all three phases of the Trinity project and also provided the design of the structural frame for the sculpture, which includes gravity and lateral force-resisting systems. The sculpture’s superstructure is a cantilevered steel space frame with a central steel column filled with reinforced concrete over the lower 23 feet. The external skin is linked to the internal space frame “ribbons” and central column through a system of outrigger angles and hangers.
For construction photos, see the article in SF Gate here. When finished, the sculpture will be the tallest in San Francisco!
» Trinity’s Venus Sculpture Largest in SF
10.13.2015 — MKA is certainly familiar with engineering in Chicago. Our projects currently under construction include 150 N. Riverside, 200 N. Michigan, River Point Tower, and the McCormick Place Marriott Hotel — to name just a few. But on the horizon are a collection of supertall high-rises which will be among the 20 tallest buildings in Chicago (pictured above, l-r: Wanda Vista, 113 E. Roosevelt, and 1000 S. Michigan.
These supertall designs will make their mark on Chicago’s famed skyline in the coming years.
» Supertall High-Rises on Chicago’s Horizon
09.22.2015 — MKA’s Panama Museum of Biodiversity, a project we partnered on with Frank Gehry, is this month’s featured cover story for the September 2015 issue of ASCE’s Civil Engineering magazine. The article offers an interesting and colorful review of the structural elements of the museum, described by Robert Reid as having an “eclectic aesthetic” design approach. Jay Taylor, Senior Principal at MKA and leader of the Cultural, Civic, and Education Specialist Groups, provides insight as the structural engineering Principal-in-Charge on the project, and relates how MKA worked to bring the vision of the architect alive and overcome the structural design complexities. This project, a prime example of MKA’s continued leadership in engineering, was designed entirely in 3D to achieve the intricate interior configuration and the 16 separate geometric roofs. The Museum opened to the public last fall and is considered the first museum focused on biodiversity. Click the link below to read the full article and learn more about this unique project.
» Panama Museum of Biodiversity is Featured on the Cover of ASCE
08.17.2015 — It’s the talk of the town and has been called "Chicago’s most spectacular engineering show." Here’s your chance to see it up close as the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) hosts a FREE lunch/presentation and site tour of 150 North Riverside. The event is on Friday, August 28, beginning at 11:15 a.m., and leaders from MKA will be on hand, as well as Zalk Josephs Fabricators and Chicago Steel Construction to give insight on the innovative structural solutions for this project.
Please visit the AISC website here for more information and to RSVP.
Photo: Riverside Investment & Development Company
» AISC Tour of 150 N. Riverside
07.01.2015 — The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) recently announced their selections of the Fifty Significant Projects designed by SEAOI members over the last 50 years. MKA is proud to have engineered three of these projects. Pictured from left to right: Aqua, 111 South Wacker and 300 East Randolph (Vertical Completion Project).
» SEAOI Fifty Significant Projects in Fifty Years
06.06.2015 — Saturday, June 6th the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) held their annual Excellence in Structural Engineering awards ceremony.
MKA was pleased to be the recipient of the award for "Best Project >$150 million" for Levi’s Stadium. Judge’s comments included, "Creating a design solution which allowed the construction of 1 billion dollars of work at such a pace is truly impressive." This is the 13th time in 14 years that MKA has won a top SEAOI award.
Also during the evening, MKA Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic, received the John F. Parmer Award, which "honors a structural engineer whose distinguished career was acknowledged by his peers to be an example of excellence."
Celebrating the evening were MKA Chicago staff including Senior Principal and Chicago Office Leader, David Eckmann, Adam Theiss, Bethany Myelle, Lucas Cusack, Haley Gunst and their guests.
» SEAOI Awards 2015
05.14.2015 — At any given time on a city’s skyline you can look across and see a collection of construction cranes. Right now in Miami there are 11 tower cranes working together to create just ONE project — the new Brickell City Centre.
This extensive project includes 5.4 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, retail and entertainment space, all on a tight downtown 9.1 acre site. The tower cranes are positioned for simultaneous lifting, as well as being suitable to meet hurricane wind-load ratings for safety. Read more about the cranes and their intricate lifting configurations at the ForConstructionPros.com website here.
And learn more about this MKA project on our website here.
» 11 Tower Cranes Work Simultaneously at Brickell
02.05.2015 — One of the Elliott Bay Seawall project’s defining features will be its emphasis on habitat restoration. This includes a Seawall Promenade with a light-penetrating sidewalk (LPS), which will provide required natural light to the salmon migration corridor beneath. Dozens of layouts were tested to determine which offered the optimal amount of light. Other habitat restoration measures include textured seawall panels, which encourage the attachment of sea life, and a new habitat beach. The project will replace 1,128 linear meters (3,700 linear feet) of deteriorating seawall dating back to 1916, along with an abutting city street, utilities, and public spaces. Pedestrians will enjoy the restoration of the historic Washington Street Boat Landing pergola. Read more about the Elliott Bay Seawall project here.
» Elliott Bay Seawall from a Salmon’s Perspective
01.26.2015 — MKA was honored with an ACEC Washington Platinum Award for its role in the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (SYLPOE) Modernization. SYLPOE, located just south of San Diego, is the busiest land border crossing in the world. Working alongside The Miller Hull Partnership, MKA’s civil and structural teams carefully orchestrated the modernization, setting new standards for efficiency, security, aesthetics, and sustainability – all while the port continued to function on a 24/7 basis. MKA’s entry will now move on to the ACEC National Competition held in April in Washington, D.C. Read more about our project and other ACEC winners in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce special section.
» SYLPOE Wins Platinum Award
12.10.2014 — Years in the making, contractors have finally broken ground on the long-awaited 150 North Riverside development in the heart of Chicago. Located on an incredibly challenging site – bounded on one side by the Chicago River and bisected by active Amtrak rail lines – the Goettsch-designed office building features a striking tapered profile that enables the 53-story building’s footprint to only occupy 25% of the site. Engineering News-Record’s recent article provides more details on the engineering challenges overcome by MKA and the rest of the design team.
» 150 North Riverside Groundbreaking
10.06.2014 — The long-awaited Panama Museum of Biodiversity is now open! After years of construction, the eye-catching Panama Museum of Biodiversity (BioMuseo) dramatically beckons visitors to the Isthmus of Panama, a narrow strip of land that forever changed Planet Earth and Panama. It’s only fitting that the joyously iconic BioMuseo also serves as an agent of change, protecting the country’s increasingly fragile environment while increasing tourism, promoting development, and even advancing the A/E/C industry! The Panamanian government sought to create an inspiring, provocative tribute to Panama’s natural history and legacy of creation on the Isthmus at the entrance to the Panama Canal. An alliance of interested entities, including the Smithsonian, engaged a team led by architect Frank Gehry, world renowned for his transformational designs. The next-generation Gehry architecture demanded a first-of-its-kind structural system, featuring intricate geometries joined by complicated overlapping and interlocking surfaces. It was also designed entirely in 3D and primarily steel, technologies and materials unfamiliar in Panama.
The museum developed was exactly as hoped…but, could it be built in Panama? In an unprecedented international exchange of knowledge and technologies, MKA spent months collaborating with Gehry/EnSitu and U.S./Panamanian steel fabricators, detailers, and contractors to explore capabilities, define alternatives, create partnerships, and proactively educate until vision became reality.
The 40,000-ft² museum features eight unique galleries sheltered by a canopy of 16 folded steel plate roofs supported by an understory of steel and concrete “trunks,” evoking the surrounding rainforests. Expected to attract 600,000 visitors each year, the museum symbolizes and celebrates Panama, with an educational reach that began before it was built.
» Panama Museum of Biodiversity Opens
09.29.2014 — Construction has begun on Skyrise Miami, a new 305-m- (1,000-ft-) tall asymmetrical observation tower rising above Biscayne Bay. Slated to be the tallest building in Florida, Arquitectonica’s architecturally expressive tower will feature including three viewing decks, an event ballroom, a domed theater, exhibition space, restaurants, a nightclub, and shops. Visitors to the tower will be able to take a thrill ride that drops from the upper floors to the bay. MKA’s structural design resists wind speeds of 299 kph (186 mph) and the tower incorporates wind turbines to create green power for the area.
» Skyrise Miami Breaks Ground
08.20.2014 — MKA is proud to see one of our projects making a difference – even while it is being constructed!
3-year old Renzo, who suffers from a rare form of kidney cancer, stepped in as construction foreman at the site of Trinity, a 20-story residential tower in San Francisco.
Read Three-year-old with cancer gets to be foreman for a day for more.
» 3-Year-Old Boy’s Wish Comes True at Trinity
07.31.2014 — Jon Magnusson, MKA’s Principal-in-Charge for Levi’s Stadium, and Brian Dickson, the MKA’s Project Manager, attended the stadium’s Grand Opening Gala on July 17, 2014. The event celebrated the opening of the new 176,515-m² (1.9-million-ft²), 72,000-seat stadium, the first U.S. professional football stadium to achieve LEED Gold certification. The multi-purpose facility has the flexibility to host soccer, football, motocross, and concerts – and is expandable up to 75,000 seats for major events, such as Super Bowl 50 to be held at Levi’s Stadium in February of 2016. The first public event at the new Levi Stadium will be an MLS match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders FC on August 2, 2014.
» MKA at Levi’s Stadium Grand Opening Gala
06.09.2014 — Panama Museum of Biodiversity was awarded “Best Project - $50 Million to $150 Million” by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois on Saturday at the 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards banquet. This keeps MKA’s streak alive, with SEAOI wins 13 of the last 14 years!
» Panama Museum of Biodiversity wins SEAOI Award
05.19.2014 — On May 15, 2014, Peter Somers and Brian Dickson of MKA attended the AGC 2014 Build Washington Awards event, where Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington celebrated some of the state’s most successful projects and people. Three MKA projects were recognized with awards, including the Grand Award (the highest across all categories):
2020 Fifth Avenue Data Center (w/ Lydig Construction)
Husky Stadium Renovation (w/ Turner Construction)
Via6 (w/ Lease Crutcher Lewis)
» MKA projects at AGC 2014 Build Washington Awards
05.14.2014 — The MKA-engineered Husky Stadium Renovation receives the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association Excellence in Concrete Construction award for cast-in-place structures and Grand Ridge Plaza receives the award for architectural decorative concrete.
» Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association 2014 Winners
04.09.2014 — MKA Engineer Taylor Bowen presents a "University of Washington Husky Stadium Renovation" tour with Kevin Hallstrom and Dave Johnson of Turner Construction for the Washington ACI Chapter Dinner Meeting in Seattle, Washington.
» Univ of WA Husky Stadium Tour ACI
03.27.2014 — Yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of the Kingdome implosion. A thin-shell concrete roof stadium designed by our own John Christiansen, the Kingdome was the largest concrete dome ever built. The implosion meant losing an iconic project of our firm’s history on the Seattle skyline, but made way for two new innovative MKA sports projects -- CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahawks) and Safeco Field (home of the Mariners).
» Kingdome Implosion
02.28.2014 — The MKA-engineered Veterinary Medical Research Building at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, receives a “High Honors Award” in R&D Magazine’s 2014 Laboratory of the Year Competition.
» WSU Veterinary Medical Research Building
01.24.2014 — MKA won a Platinum Award for structural design of the Panama Museum of Biodiversity at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards competition held by the American Council of Engineering Companies (Washington) on January 24. Judged on a variety of factors, including complexity, innovation, and contribution to society, MKA’s entry will now move on to the ACEC National awards held in April in Washington, D.C. Seattle’s Daily Journal of Commerce has a great write-up on our project and fellow winners!
» MKA ACEC for Panama Museum of Biodiversity
11.15.2013 — Construction of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Central Seawall begins next week! MKA’s seawall replacement design includes a light-penetrating sidewalk to improve salmon migration. For more details check out the Waterfront Seattle website: www.waterfrontseattle.org
» Elliott Bay Central Seawall Construction Starts
11.14.2013 — Drew Gangnes and Rita Greene attended the Trust for Governors Island completion celebration for the first 30 acres of new park on Governors Island.
» Drew Gangnes and Rita Greene Governors Island
11.08.2013 — Peter Somers and Brook Jacksha attended NAIOP’s Night of the Stars Awards Gala in Bellevue where three MKA projects were recognized with awards: Via6, an apartment building with two 24-story towers (shown at left), won Mixed-Use Development of the Year; 2020 Fifth Avenue Data Center, a renovation, expansion, and structural conversion of a 5-story parking garage into an 8-story data center, won Redevelopment of the Year; and the University of Washington Husky Stadium, a complete renovation of a university football stadium, won the Judge’s Award.
» NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards
10.09.2013 — The new LEGO Architecture Studio set features the MKA-engineered Seattle Central Library on the side of the box! Inside are 1,210 white and clear pieces and a 272-page guidebook endorsed by leading architects and highlighting a few MKA projects.
» LEGO Architecture Studio
09.18.2013 — The MKA-engineered new Federal Way Library is holding their grand opening celebration on September 28! Did you know the new building is supported by wood beams salvaged from the old library?
» Federal Way Library Grand Opening
» MKA CenturyLink Field Guinness World Record
08.31.2013 — After 2 years of renovation, Husky Stadium reopened on Saturday, with a season-opening win against #19 Boise State (UW = 38, BSU = 6!).
» University of Washington Stadium Reopens
07.30.2013 — A group of about 30 MKA employees made it down to Safeco Field for the Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners game last Friday. We got a warm welcome, but the Mariners still lost!
» MKA Safeco Field Mariners Game
06.29.2013 — Rita Greene (Civil Project Manager) and Greg Briggs (Structural Project Manager) attended the grand opening of the new wing of the St. Louis Art Museum on June 29.
» St. Louis Art Museum Grand Opening
06.08.2013 — The Roosevelt University Wabash Building project wins “Best Project” in the $50 to $150 million category of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois’ 2013 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards competition. This keeps MKA’s streak alive, with SEAOI wins 12 of the last 13 years!
» SEAOI Award for Roosevelt University Wabash Building
04.23.2013 — Shelley Clark (MKA Senior Principal), Jon Magnusson (MKA Senior Principal), and Ron Klemencic (MKA Chairman and CEO) attend the American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards gala in Washington, D.C. They hosted a table of 10 for the City Creek Center team, with representatives from City Creek Reserve, Taubman, ZGF, Callison, Hobbs + Black Associates, and FFKR Architects. Shelley, Bill Williams of City Creek Reserve, and Ron Loch of Taubman went on stage to receive a national Honor Award for City Creek Center (MKA project). MKA was also a Host sponsor of the gala.
» MKA at the American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
03.05.2013 — Theater Commons and Donnelly Gardens, an MKA project, is certified as a Sustainable Landscape under the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Pilot Program. It is the first such certification in Washington and one of just 15 nationwide. SITES is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at University of Texas at Austin, and the U.S. Botanic Garden and is a voluntary, national rating system for sustainable landscapes of all types.
» Theater Commons and Donnelly Gardens certified as a Sustainable Landscape under the SITES Pilot Program
02.04.2013 — Matt Streid, MKA engineer, co-presents (with Joe Dietz of VOA and Pete Huey of Power Construction) "From Conception to Completion: Chicago’s Roosevelt Tower," at the CTBUH Student Workshop (hosted by the CTBUH Young Professional Committee) at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.
» From Conception to Completion: Chicago’s Roosevelt Tower
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
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
11.05.2012 — 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
11.01.2012 — 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
10.11.2012 — 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
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
09.01.2012 — 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
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
08.16.2012 — 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
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
07.05.2012 — 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
06.21.2012 — 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
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
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
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 competition. ENR 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
11.15.2011 — The University of Washington Medicine Lake Union, Phase 2 (MKA project) is presented with an Award of Merit at the 2011 Design Awards for the American Institute of Architects, Northwest and Pacific Region
» UW Medicine Lake Union, Phase 2 presented with AIA 2011 Award of Merit
10.25.2011 — The Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects holds its annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, recognizing several MKA projects: University of Washington’s Paccar Hall (Merit Award); Peninsula College Maier Hall, Admiral Live/Work Residence, and Kenmore Library (all Commendations); and the Samsung International Hospital (Citation)
» MKA projects win AIA Honor Awards
09.01.2011 — The University of Washington Paccar Hall project (new home of the Michael G. Foster School of Business) and the North Seattle Community College Resource Center (both MKA projects) are both certified LEED Gold
» The University of Washington Paccar Hall project (new home of the Michael G
08.11.2011 — MKA Principal Greg Briggs presents Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum (MKA project) to an in-house group of architects at SRG Partnership in Seattle
» MKA Principal Greg Briggs presents Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum
08.01.2011 — Several buildings at City Creek Center earn LEED certification: The Promontory (Tower 1), The Regent (Tower 4), and Richards Court (Towers 6 and 7) all earn Gold, while City Creek itself receives a Silver for LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), one of the first mixed-use projects in the country to do so
» City Creek Center earn LEED certification
08.01.2011 — The Design/Build Institute of America announces that The San Jose International Airport Terminal Area Improvement Project (including MKA’s work on Terminal B and Concourse) will receive a Design/Build Excellence Award at its annual conference in October
» The Design/Build Institute of America announces that The San Jose Internati
07.01.2011 — The Anchorage Museum Expansion project in Alaska (MKA project) is awarded LEED Certification
» The Anchorage Museum Expansion project in Alaska (MKA project) is awarded L
06.23.2011 — MKA Principal Brook Jacksha presents an overview of site sustainability features for the U.S. Land Port of Entry project in San Ysidro, California, at the Carbon Leadership Forum in San Francisco
» MKA Principal Brook Jacksha presents an overview of site sustainability fea
06.23.2011 — MKA Senior Associate Mike Jewsbury presents an overview of the Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital project (alongside colleagues from AEI and Power Construction) at the Healthcare Engineering Society of Northern Illinois meeting in Chicago
» MKA Senior Associate Mike Jewsbury presents an overview of the Lurie C
06.01.2011 — Chicago’s 155 North Wacker (MKA project) is one of the "battlegrounds" in the upcoming movie, "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon"; many scenes were filmed on location, and MKA even did tenant improvement work for rigging loads for camera equipment in the building lobby
» Chicago’s 155 North Wacker (MKA project) is one of the
06.01.2011 — The Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition (MKA project) is named Best Small Project by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois in its 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering competition
» The Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Addition (MKA project) is named Best Small
05.25.2011 — The Michael G. Foster School of Business Paccar Hall project at the University of Washington (MKA project) receives an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects Washington Council in its 2011 Civic Design Awards competition
» The Michael G. Foster School of Business Paccar Hall project at the Univers
05.14.2011 — The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (MKA project) receives an Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects in its Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Regional and Urban Design
» The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (MKA project) receives an Honor Award for Architecture
05.12.2011 — The Columbia College Media Center in Chicago (MKA project) is named Best New Building by the Friends of Downtown in the Best of Downtown 2010 Annual Awards for Chicago
» The Columbia College Media Center in Chicago (MKA project) is named Best Ne
05.01.2011 — The JW Marriott in Indianapolis (MKA project) receives "Project of the Year in the Outstanding Achievements in Concrete" from the Indiana Chapter of the American Concrete Institute
» The JW Marriott in Indianapolis (MKA project) receives
04.01.2011 — The University of California San Diego Conrad Presbys Music Building is recognized with several awards: the Architectural Cast-in-Place Concrete award from the American Concrete Institute San Diego Chapter, and an Orchid from the San Diego Architectural Foundation
» The University of California San Diego Conrad Presbys Music Building is rec
03.30.2011 — The San Jose Mineta Airport Terminal B and Concourse (MKA project) is recognized with a National Award, the top award in its category of "Projects Greater Than $75 Million," in the 2011 IDEAS2 competition for the American Institute of Steel Construction
» San Jose Mineta Airport Terminal B and Concourse (MKA project) is recognized with a National Award
03.11.2011 — Chicago’s 300 East Randolph/Blue Cross Blue Shield Vertical Expansion (MKA project) wins the 2010 Development of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards
» Chicago’s 300 East Randolph/Blue Cross Blue Shield Vertical Expansion
03.01.2011 — The Intermountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute presents its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards, recognizing the Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, and the parking garage at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (both MKA projects)
» The Intermountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute presents its a
01.28.2011 — Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) presents its 2010 Project of the Year Awards, recognizing 155 North Wacker (MKA project) in the New Construction in Chicago category
» Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) presents its 2010 Project
01.21.2011 — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington holds its annual Engineering Excellence Awards banquet, recognizing the Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B and Concourse with a Platinum Award, the highest across all disciplines in the Washington state competition
» The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington holds its annua
01.20.2011 — 111 South Wacker (MKA project) receives The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Chicago Chapter
» 111 South Wacker receives The Outstanding Building of the Year
01.15.2011 — Aspira (also called 1823 Terry, an MKA project) receives the Emerald Award from the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
» Aspira (also called 1823 Terry, an MKA project) receives the Emerald Award