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
02.11.2021 — 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
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
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
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
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
09.28.2018 — We are is pleased to announce that Principal, L. Leif Johnson, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, will be inducted into Building Design + Constructions “40 Under 40” Class of 2018 on November 14! Since 2006, editors have honored 40 individuals each year who are the next generation of rising stars, and to date, 520 AEC professionals form this select group.
Leif is sought out by owners and architects as a design collaborator for his creativity and leadership. While there is a lot of industry conversation about mass timber, less is actually getting built than the buzz would suggest—but Leif, through his ingenuity and focus, is making it happen! A recent notable project of Leif’s is T3 Minneapolis, a 7-story, 268,280-ft² mass timber office building—the first new construction mass timber office building in the United States of this scale. By paying attention to the wood grain orientation and optimizing the design around stresses always being parallel to the grains, Leif coined the term “Fiber Optimized Design” as a fundamental of the project. Building upon the idea of Fiber Optimized Design, Leif is now steering a MKA research effort around dimensional lumber created from laminated bamboo fibers. Leif is an active leader in the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF), a collaborative effort between academic, design, and construction professionals committed to a lower future embodied carbon footprint of construction.
Leif has led the engineering structural design for the World Trade Center Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City, NY; T3 Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion in San Francisco, CA; and the Nordic Heritage Museum and Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion in Seattle, WA.
» Leif Johnson, PE, SE, LEED AP Honored As
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
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
04.27.2017 — MKA’s Senior Principals, Jon Magnusson, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA and Drew Gangnes, P.E., S.E., were excited to be on hand for the 50th Anniversary of the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards in Washington DC. MKA’s entry for Seattle’s Elliott Bay Seawall Habitat and Public Space was honored with a Grand Award.
MKA’s design was recognized by ACEC for a number of innovations, including a stacked pedestrian promenade public space over the salmon migration corridor, complex daylight modeling and analysis of a custom light-penetrating sidewalk (LPS) solution, oversight of the LPS panels and of artistically textured face panels and habitat shelves fronting the new seawall, and more.
Congratulations to all the winners, including Seattle’s own SR 520 Floating Bridge which took home the highest ACEC honor of the evening – the Grand Conceptor Award.
Photo: Risdon Photography
» MKA Wins ACEC Grand Award
01.24.2017 — MKA was pleased to attend the 50th Annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards in Bellevue on Friday evening. The event, sponsored by the Washington State chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, honored 42 exemplary engineering projects in categories from structural systems to environmental design.
MKA received the top Platinum award for its work on the Elliott Bay Seawall along Seattle’s waterfront. MKA managed the design integration of the project’s public space and habitat restoration components, and their interface with the long-term concept plan for the viaduct-free waterfront. Among other habitat features below the sidewalk, the Seawall Promenade includes a light penetrating sidewalk (LPS) to bring natural light into the salmon migration corridor beneath it.
The top seven projects (one Platinum and 6 Gold) will advance to compete at the ACEC National competition in April. Congratulations to all the winners!
To read more, download the special section to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce here.
» MKA’s Elliott Bay Seawall Project Wins Platinum Award
11.04.2016 — Congratulations to our Chairman and CEO, Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, who received the Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) last night in Chicago.
Joining Ron at the awards dinner were MKA Senior Principals, Dave Eckmann, PE, SE, AIA and Jon Magnusson, PE, SE, Hon. AIA — along with MKA President Don Davies, PE, SE.
Jury member Abrar Sheriff said, "Ron Klemencic is inarguably one of the biggest influencers in the fields of structural and civil engineering today. Ron has acquired a reputation in the industry as a deviceful problem solver, and for good reason – he has the ability to craft solutions at the highest and broadest levels, a quality that shines brilliantly in all of his work. "
Congratulations to Ron for being recognized for his incredible leadership in the engineering community!
» Ron Klemencic Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award
02.08.2016 — The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Jon D. Magnusson, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, to its prestigious membership. The election is among the highest professional distinctions an engineer can be honored with. Jon’s nomination was for “building designs that enable high-rise buildings in seismic sensitive regions and for innovations in modern structural engineering practice worldwide.”
Jon’s career spans over 40 years in engineering. He joined MKA in 1976 and rapidly advanced to Principal, Senior Principal, CEO, and ultimately Chairman of the Board — a role he held for 18 years. Now a Senior Principal, Jon has worked on projects in 47 states and 49 countries and continues to show leadership inside and outside MKA.
In announcing Jon’s election to the MKA staff, current CEO, Ron Klemencic shared his thoughts — “Jon has truly redefined the profession and perception of structural engineering, and it is amazing that we, as a firm and individuals, can share his knowledge, talent, and leadership every day.”
The newly elected class to will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2016. Read more about the newly elected members here.
» JDM Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
12.04.2015 — Congratulations to our own Jon Magnusson, who on Friday was presented with the Inaugural ENR NW Legacy Award celebrating his career of engineering contributions in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Jon has been involved in the most significant buildings in Seattle over the past 20 years, including Benaroya Hall, EMP, Seattle Central Library, Washington State Convention Center, Safeco Field, and CenturyLink Field, to name just a few.
As Ron Klemencic stated — Magnusson took “a firm with a rich legacy of creativity in the 1950s and 1960s and leveraged it, propelling it to an even higher level. He polished it, focused it and brought in the talent required to carry that legacy forward.”
Jon continues to mentor the next generation of leaders in engineering both internally at MKA and also in the industry through his speaking engagements and his involvement in establishing the local branch of the ACE Mentor Program which exposes high school students in Seattle’s Puget Sound area to potential career opportunities in the architecture, construction and engineering professions. Our sincere congratulations to Jon!
» JDM Accepts ENR NW Legacy Award
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
06.22.2015 — Congratulations to Peter Somers, P.E., S.E. who was recognized by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) as the 2015 Seattle Chapter Engineer of the Year. Peter was honored at the Chapter’s Annual Awards event held Monday, June 22nd.
Peter is a Principal at MKA working on a variety of project types including office, residential and retail. He also specializes in seismic evaluations, renovations, and expansion of existing structures, including historic and landmark buildings. Peter has contributed to SEAW by serving on several committees as well as being a member of the Board of Directors and current Past President. We congratulate Peter on such a great honor!
Photo Credit: J Mark D’Amato
» Peter Somers SEAW Structural Engineer of the Year
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
04.01.2015 — Jon Magnusson has been named the Inaugural Recipient of Engineering News Record Northwest’s new Legacy Award, which recognizes “enduring contributions of industry professionals to their profession, their community and the built environment.”
Jon has had a hand in virtually every significant public building constructed in Seattle over the past two decades, including the Seattle Federal Courthouse; Safeco Field, home to Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners; and CenturyLink Field, home to the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks. He also founded the ACE Mentor Program of Washington, which pairs high school students with mentors in architecture, construction, and engineering. Read more here.
» Jon Magnusson receives ENR Northwest’s inaugural Legacy Award
03.03.2015 — Ron Klemencic was recognized as the 2015 Professional Engineer of the Year by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) at their annual awards banquet. He was selected “for his outstanding service to the engineering profession and his lifetime of achievement in excellence and innovation,” including the “advancement of performance-based seismic design methodologies.” He has led the design of 36 PBSD buildings—more than any other engineer in the country. Ron is the sixth MKA leader to receive this honor, which is given to a professional engineer who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession and to their community.
» Ron Klemencic wins 2015 PSEC Professional Engineer of the Year
01.26.2015 — Brian McIntyre was announced as “2015 Engineer of the Year” by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Washington at their annual awards banquet held Friday, January 23. The award is bestowed annually to an engineer who “embodies the highest level of service and integrity to the engineering profession.” Jon Magnusson, a former recipient of the award, nominated Brian and introduced him as this year’s winner during the ceremony.
» Brian McIntyre Named "Engineer of the Year"
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
06.30.2014 — Brian McIntyre, MKA’s former Chief Operation Officer, was recently recognized as a Life Member of Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW). This recognition places him the SEAW Hall of Fame, alongside 75 other professionals who have been SEAW members in good standing for a minimum of 25 years and have either retired or reached the age of 65. Congratulations Brian!
» Brian McIntyre recognized as 2014 SEAW Life Member
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
03.21.2014 — As we announced back in September, Jon Magnusson received ASCE’s “Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in Design”. Today, Jon officially accepted this honor—one of the highest in the engineering profession—at a black-tie gala in Washington D.C. As part of the presentation, ASCE put together this profile of Jon’s tremendous accomplishments during his 38-year career. Congratulations, Jon!
» Jon Magnusson Receives ASCE Opal Award
03.12.2014 — Ron Klemencic, Chairman and C.E.O, is awarded with an American Institute of Architects Honorary Membership, one of the highest honors the AIA grants to people outside the architecture profession. Congratulations!
» Ron Klemencic receives Honorary AIA
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
02.12.2014 — MKA’s engineers aren’t the only ones at the firm leading their field! A big congratulations to CFO Bill Christopher, who has just been named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s CFOs of the Year! Bill has been with MKA for nearly 14 years and, in that time, has made huge contributions to the firm and the industry. Way to go, Bill!
» Bill Christopher wins CFO of the Year
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
11.08.2013 — 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
09.30.2013 — A big CONGRATULATIONS to Jon Magnusson, who has been selected to receive an “Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in Design” from the American Society of Civil Engineers. From the ASCE website, “The awards are given to model civil engineers who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievement, leadership and a long-term commitment to excellence…Lifetime recipients represent a model of achievement to which future generations of engineers aspire to match or exceed.” Only five awards are given each year, and only one of those is in the Design category (the other four categories are Construction, Government, Education, and Management). This is a tremendous honor, as it is one of the most, if not the most, prestigious award given to individuals in our profession, and Jon is a very well-deserved recipient. The winners will be officially announced at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2014.
» Jon Magnusson Receives ASCE Opal Award
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
02.21.2013 — Ron Klemencic, MKA Chairman and CEO, presents "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - How Far Can You See?" at Purdue University while at the university to receive a "Distinguished Engineering Alumnus" award from the College of Engineering. This award has only been bestowed to 490 individuals in the history of the University.
» Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - How Far Can You See?
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
11.01.2012 — 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
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
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
05.01.2012 — Ron Klemencic, MKA President, receives notification that he has been recognized with Purdue University’s "2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award," presented to select alumni who have made outstanding contributions within their field; Ron already received Purdue University’s "2003 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award," and this latest award expands recognition of his contribution across all engineering disciplines
» Ron Klemencic Recognized With Purdue University’s "2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award"
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
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
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
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 — MKA CEO/Chairman Jon Magnusson is one of four people awarded a Designer Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction, recognizing "outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community
» MKA CEO/Chairman Jon Magnusson is one of four people awarded a Designer Lif
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