01.10.2022 — With heartfelt sadness, we share the passing of our friend and colleague, Bill Ward. Bill joined our firm in June 1954 as the firm’s name was transitioning from W.H. Witt Company to Worthington & Skilling and served in many capacities until his retirement at the end of 1991. His influence can still be felt in the culture of our firm. He was known as an engineer’s engineer and a very kind, fair, and considerate person.
Bill earned his BSCE at Santa Clara University in 1950. When Bill joined the firm there were 13 employees. He was a very versatile engineer with the ability to work on both structural and civil engineering assignments.
In 1978, Bill was promoted to Partner and was responsible for firm operations as COO. He brought a new, more progressive approach to the human resources part of firm management. Many of his initiatives still benefit the firm today. In 1983, Bill was elected President and COO and served in that capacity until his retirement. At the time of his election to President, the firm name changed to Skilling Ward Rogers Barkshire.
Bill was active professionally in both the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and the American Council of Engineering Companies – Washington. He was elected as the SEAW Seattle Chapter President in 1973 and was selected as the SEAW Engineer of the Year in 1985. He was also named ACEC-Washington Engineer of the Year.
For those that knew Bill, we all share the sadness of losing a great friend. We are better people having known Bill Ward.
» Honoring Bill Ward, 1926-2022
08.03.2021 — Every year, MKA looks forward to participating in Food Frenzy, two fun-filled weeks of events where businesses and community groups raise money in support of Food Lifeline’s important work to end hunger in Western Washington.
While last year’s Food Frenzy was held virtually, this year MKA staff was thrilled to gather in person and bond through friendly tournaments of Jeopardy!, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, whirlyball, and cornhole, along with raffles for board games and bottles of wine. Our leadership team raffled off multiple community-building events, such as a boat tour of Lake Washington, stand-up paddleboarding, a golf outing, oyster-shucking competitions, a scenic flight around Seattle, a cocktail night, and more.
During the two-week period from July 16-30, MKA staff and generous matching sponsors raised $20,147, which is a record for Team MKA and allows Food Lifeline to provide 100,735 meals! A huge thank you to everyone who donated. If you would like to volunteer or donate to Food Lifeline anytime, please visit https://foodlifeline.org/.
» MKA Sets Food Frenzy Fundraising Record
10.01.2020 — Every summer, the staff of MKA participates in two fun-filled weeks of events to raise money in support of Food Lifeline, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Bake-sales, raffles, and friendly competitions like an intense cornhole tournament, chili cookoffs, and jeopardy game night, provide a way to raise funds and also provide some extracurricular excitement.
You would imagine 2020 and the current COVID-19 crisis might put the brakes on that, but Team MKA not only met but exceeded its fundraising goal, surpassing the donations from 2019 with a GoFundMe online campaign, in-lieu of in person activities!
The collective contributions will allow Food Lifeline to provide over 50,000 meals to those in our community in need of food assistance. A huge thank you to everyone who made a donation.
MKA’s GoFundMe website (click here) will be available for donations until Monday, October 5th if you are interested in donating, or please visit https://foodlifeline.org/ to donate or volunteer anytime.
» MKA Exceeds Food Frenzy Fundraising Goal for 2020
02.13.2020 — MKA is excited to announce that 2020 is a historic year for our firm as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary! Looking back on the last 10 decades, we are humbled by the innovators and intellects we have partnered with and are grateful to the many clients, employees, families, and mentors who have shaped our path. Be sure to check out our 100-Year Video here to see some of our story and visit the About MKA History page for a timeline of our work and company milestones.
Thank you to all those who have played a role in our firm. We are excited to embark on the journey of the next 100 years and eager to take on the challenges we have yet to encounter!
» Happy Anniversary MKA!
10.17.2019 — MKA’s Josh Brickman, Bethany Myelle, and Cody Harvey participated in the Chicago CANstruction competition with a team consisting of SCB, MKA, and Walsh Construction. CANavera, based on the calavera or "sugar skull," is commonly a part of Dia de los Muertos celebrations and is a nod in honor of the many ethnic communities that are essential parts to the richly diverse Greater Chicago area. Our team took home second place in the “People’s Choice” competition and won the “Best Meal” award. Most importantly the team donated almost 6,000 cans to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and over 160,000 cans were donated from all the teams combined! Awesome job!
Take a look at the time lapse construction on our Vimeo channel here: https://vimeo.com/371513061
» Team CANavera Wins Best Meal
08.06.2019 — Each year MKA participates in two weeks of exciting office events and competitions to raise money for Food Frenzy benefitting Food Lifeline. A sample of this year’s activities included an Art Walk, Chili Cookoff, Homebrew Competition, Wine Raffle, Bake Sale, and an Oyster Party!
MKA surpased our previous year’s totals by raising over $10,000 for Food Lifeline! Way to go team! We look forward to surpassing this total again next year as we all work together to fight hunger in our communities!
» Food Frenzy 2019
04.15.2019 — MKA is proud to announce our Senior Associate and Associate promotions.
Standing (l to r):
» MKA 2019 Senior Associate and Associate Promotions
03.12.2019 — MKA is proud to announce our Principal promotions for 2019!
Farshad has 20 years of design and structural engineering experience managing large, complex projects up to 11.8-million square feet. He is also the leader of MKA’s High-Rise Structures Technical Specialist Team.
Sean is a key member of MKA’s Residential and Hotel Specialist Group with extensive experience across the country and internationally in residential, hospitality, and large mixed-use developments up to 4-million square feet, and high-rises up to 100 stories tall.
Danya is a key member of MKA’s Retail/Mixed-Use Specialist Group with a wide range of experience in retail, mixed-use, and hospitality markets globally. He has designed projects ranging from highly detailed boutique retail to multi-tower, mixed-use developments up to 5.4-million square feet.
Congratulations to all!
» 2019 Principal Promotions
09.15.2018 — On Saturday, September 15th, MKA staff, family, and friends came together at Magnuson Park in Seattle for our yearly Community Service project. This year MKA partnered with the Children’s Garden at the park to complete several projects enhancing the space. MKA designed and built one adult and two child-sized picnic tables (both with wheelchair accessible ends), two secure tool bins, two sets of three nesting benches, a custom-built outdoor sink, as well as, completing a full day of gardening work!
Although the weather threatened rain and sprinkled a bit at times, the team was able to complete all the projects planned. This is the 5th year of MKA’s Community Service project, serving five community partners. Engineers Kelsey Price and Jennifer Diggs led the project and breakout Team Leaders put in hours of design and pre-planning for the event. The Children’s Garden Team expressed the utmost gratitude, which is undoubtedly the biggest mark of success! #MKAServiceDay #MKAwesome
» 2018 MKA Community Service Day
08.28.2018 — As another summer comes to a close, so does another successful Food Frenzy event in Seattle! Food Frenzy is a fun competition between local Seattle businesses to raise money to support Food Lifeline, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. MKA goes head-to-head against other firms in the A/E/C industry raising money for this worthy cause. For two weeks in July, our staff participated in creative activities and events, including bake sales, a wine raffle and tasting, tickets auctioned off for a homecooked summer barbeque, an in-office “art walk,” and more. MKA upped the competitive spirit within the office with a jeopardy game night, arcade tournament, and cornhole match, pinning colleague against colleague for some extracurricular excitement! This year MKA raised a total of $8,745, and since every dollar contributes four complete meals to families in need, that’s 34,980 meals! We look forward to surpassing this total again next year as we all work together to fight hunger in our communities!
In an effort to further give back and keep the spirit of Food Frenzy alive year round, MKA employees are now participating in a volunteer night every last Tuesday of each month. Staff members volunteer to sort and repack donated and rescued food that will be distributed to over 300 food banks, meal programs, and shelters throughout Western Washington. To find out more about Food Lifeline or to donate, click here. Thank you to all who participated in Food Frenzy 2018!
» Food Frenzy 2018 Recap
08.18.2018 — MKA celebrated summer in style at our annual MKA Summer Event. This year staff and their families enjoyed a day at the Seattle Sounders Soccer match. It was a beautiful day and also a lucky day for the Sounders vs. the LA Galaxy. The final score... Sounders 5, Galaxy 0.
» MKA Summer Event at the Sounders
06.07.2018 — MKA is proud to announce our Senior Associate and Associate promotions — as these individuals continue to raise the bar and heighten industry expertise at MKA.
left to right (group):
Tyler Ranf, Ph.D., P.E., S.E. — Aviation and Vibration Technical Specialist
Janet Ranf, P.E., S.E., LEED AP — Cultural Building Specialist and MKA Continuing Ed Leader
Danny Currit, P.E., S.E. — High-Rise and Steel Technical Specialist
Amy Haaland, P.E., S.E. — Hospitality and Residential Specialist
Matt Streid, S.E. — High-Rise Office Specialist
Josh Mouras, P.E., S.E.
left to right (group):
Greg Rogers, P.E., S.E., LEED AP
» 2018 Senior Associates and Associates Promotions
04.09.2018 — On Monday, April 9th, we celebrated the retirement of our friend and colleague, Drew Gangnes. Drew’s family, clients, and MKA staff past and present were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Ron Klemencic and Matt Jones presented Drew with a gift — a donation to the Peace Corps in his name. The Peace Corps is near and dear to Drew’s heart and played a big role to the start to his civil engineering career. We also enjoyed the most amazing "Green Roof" cake! Congratulations Drew! We are excited to see what the next chapter holds for you!
» Drew Gangnes Retirement Celebration
02.05.2018 — MKA is proud to announce Senior Principal and Principal promotions for 2018.
Rob Chmielowski, P.E., S.E. — Design Leader for the Office Building Specialist Group, Rob has designed offices worldwide including towers up to 90 stories and multiple-block developments up to 3.8 million square feet. Rob recently led the successful completion of 150 North Riverside in Chicago, a multiple-award-winning 750-foot-tall office tower balancing on a 39-foot-wide base due to its constrained building site.
Matt Jones, P.E., LEED AP BD+C — Design Leader for the Civil Engineering Group, Matt brings a broad perspective to his designs. His focus has been on the development of public spaces achieving highly sustainable outcomes incorporating innovative stormwater intervention. Matt is an active member of the William J. Worthen Foundation Water Reuse Guide Working Group that recently launched the Onsite Non-Potable Water Reuse Practice Guide.
MKA has also elevated four individuals to Principal:
Robert Baxter, P.E., S.E. – Robert is the leader of MKA’s Advanced Geometry Technical Specialist Team.
Leif Johnson, P.E., S.E., LEED AP – Leif is the leader of MKA’s Wood and Sustainability Technical Specialist Teams.
Ian McFarlane, P.E., S.E. – Ian is the leader of MKA’s Foundations and Concrete Technical Specialist Teams.
Brian Morgen, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., LEED AP – Brian is the leader of MKA’s Performance-Based Seismic Design Technical Specialist Team.
» 2018 Sr. Principal and Principal Promotions
09.26.2017 — MKA staff, friends, and family joined together on Saturday, September 23rd, to complete another successful community service project! This year we worked with the YWCA on several projects at their downtown facility. We had 60 volunteers in all, an MKA Community Service record!
Projects included painting, purchasing and assembling 72 pieces of furniture, potting succulent planters to brighten resident’s rooms, and designing and building 3 standing planter boxes for the resident’s rooftop garden.
This year’s co-leaders, Jennifer Diggs and Kelsey Price, made sure everything ran smoothly from day-one to build day. Additionally, individual team leaders planned logistics, design, and lead their teams on build day.
Thanks to everyone who participated — you are truly #MKAwesome!
» MKA Community Service Day 2017
03.17.2017 — Continually raising the bar and always striving for better at MKA, the following six individuals have been promoted to new heights:
Sean Clifton, P.E., S.E. LEED AP — Sean is focused on the unique design aspects of residential, hospitality buildings, and mixed-use developments. Current projects include the Marriott AC/Le Meridien in Denver and the McCormick Place Marriott in Chicago.
Adam Theiss, P.E., S.E. — Adam has led the design of office and residential high-rise projects throughout the U.S. Current projects include the River Point Office Tower and Wolf Point East Residential Tower, both in Chicago.
James Mahoney, P.E., LEED AP — James is an active member of MKA’s Healthcare Specialist Group, currently working on the UW Medicine Phase 3.2 project.
Peter Range, P.E., LEED AP BD+C — Peter is an active member of MKA’s Sports Specialist Group, currently working on the Detroit Redwings Event Center.
Griffin Smith, P.E., S.E., LEED AP — Griffin is an active member of the Cultural Specialist Group, currently working on the Seattle Opera Expansion at Seattle Center.
Jana Tetikova, P.E. — Jana focuses on high-rise residential towers and luxury hotels, and is currently working on the Trinity residential development in San Francisco.
» 2017 MKA Promotions
01.26.2017 — MKA is pleased to announce that Kevin Carroll, AUTODESK CP, AIA, and Sarah Moline, M.B.A., have joined MKA’s management team. Kevin, Building Information Model (BIM) Manager, will lead MKA’s BIM department, and Sarah, Communications and Marketing Manager, will lead the marketing department.
Kevin brings 28 years of experience as an AEC professional with a passion for design technology and its effective use to further collaborative projects. He is a licensed architect and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Pierce College teaching Revit and 3D modeling.
Sarah has 15 years of marketing, communications, and management experience, most recently with Crane Aerospace & Electronics. She will be working closely with firm leaders to hone MKA’s strategic communication and marketing vision and goals, leveraging the firm’s rich 97-year history.
» Department Head Additions at MKA
08.27.2016 — Since 2014, MKA has chosen a Community Service project to tackle in the Greater Seattle area. The year starts with a call for MKA volunteers and the selection of an overall project manager. Brainstorming and project selection happens next, and then the design teams go to work creating detailed plans, supply lists, and much more – in anticipation for a well-coordinated build day.
For this year’s project we planned several major improvements to Dr. Jose Rizal Park in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The park contains an orchard perched along the west slope, overlooking downtown. City Fruit, a non-profit organization, along with the park steward and volunteers maintain the orchard and harvest the fruit to benefit the Beacon Hill community and for use in local food banks.
MKA’s task was to extend an existing trail for better access to the orchard; build secure, on-site storage boxes for tools used in the maintenance of the orchard; and to build a 3-step composting system for fallen apples. After six months of planning and design, 40+ MKA volunteers were on-hand on August 27th to complete the project.
To find out more about the rich history of the park and its orchard, visit here.
» MKA’s 2016 Community Service Project
07.28.2016 — Food Frenzy for 2016 is a wrap. MKA participated in two weeks of fun events — all to raise money for Food Lifeline. Activities included everything from bake sales to trivia competitions. One office favorite was the “Cardboard Cutout Competition.” Staff donated dollars to send a large scale cutout to loom over their co-workers desk. Last year it was Justin Bieber, this year it was a T-Rex! And new for this year was the “Guess the MKA Baby Competition.” 25 photos were submitted to the contest. Our BIM Technical Lead, Ben Thomas, was the winner — identifying 16 of his co-workers from their baby photos!
MKA’s staff raised $8,016.93, far exceeding our 2015 totals. Staff also helped sort, pack, weigh, and stack nearly 2800 lbs. of food at the Food Bank Volunteer Night.
Thanks to Justin Grasse, Jessica Haas, Abby Taylor, Angela Bigelow, Kunal Vaswani, Megan Hays, Travis Corigliano, Eleanor Reynolds, Mandy Chen, Krzysztof Zaleski, Blake Doepker, and Michael Murphy for organizing the individual activities and to ALL our MKA staff for their participation.
» Food Frenzy 2016
01.08.2016 — The ACE Mentor Program for 2015-2016 is in full swing. High school students from the Seattle and Eastside areas are working with industry mentors to learn about architecture, engineering, and construction. MKA is participating as a mentor firm again this year and has 19 MKA staff participating!
This year’s project is to design a high-rise residential building located on Ninth and Virginia in downtown Seattle. Teams are given criteria for the building’s program that includes mixed use space, multiple floors of residential units and four stories of underground parking. The teams have 15 weeks to come up with their schemes. The final presentations will take place on May 25th. Good luck to all the teams!
To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program in Washington, click here.
» ACE Mentor Program 2016
01.07.2016 — Ending 2015 with the giving spirit, MKA staff raised $1,153.00 for Treehouse, a Seattle organization that supports foster children, teens and their families. Donations were collected online and also through a multi-day bake sale. Three boxes of toys and clothes were also delivered to the Treehouse Warehouse just in time for Christmas. Thanks to everyone who participated to support Treehouse!
» MKA’s Giving Spirit
07.31.2015 — It was another successful year for MKA participating in Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy fundraiser! MKA raised over $6,100 during two weeks of fun office events which included a bean bag toss competition, arcade games, bowling, jeopardy, a spare change contest, a beer brewing contest, the cutest pet contest and several raffles.
A new addition to the fun this year was a full-size cut out of Justin Bieber who made the rounds to desks in exchange for donations.
MKA also participated in two volunteer nights at the Shorline warehouse of Food Lifeline packaging meals. A special thank you to this year’s MKA staff who organized the events. Food Frenzy overall included 94 participating organizations and over 3.1 million meals provided for those in need.
» MKA Food Frenzy 2015
05.04.2015 — MKA would like to announce the following 2015 promotions. Chosen individually for their unique abilities, the group shares common traits of skill, specialization, and leadership. Collectively, they represent the future of MKA.
David Fields, PE, SE, LEED AP
Matt Jones, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Kris Dane, AUTODESK REVIT CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL
Brett C. Gourley, PE, SE, LEED AP
Sean P. Clifton, PE, LEED AP
» 2015 Promotions
11.19.2014 — MKA will be at the following career fairs in January and February 2015:
January 21, 2015 – University of Washington
February 7, 2015 – California Polytechnic State University
February 10, 2015 – University of California, Berkeley
February 12, 2015 – Stanford University
February 16, 2015 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
February 26, 2015 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Please stop by and say hello!
» Upcoming Career Fairs in 2015
09.25.2014 — This year, MKA is sponsoring the Community Enhancement Program put on by NAIOP’s Washington State Chapter. Each year, NAIOP Washington selects an improvement project, supported by donations of time, money, materials, and expertise. This year’s project is Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, WA, a facility built during the Great Depression and named a National History Place in 1993. The camp has been a valuable community resource for 80 years and is now in need of some NAIOP TLC. For those interested in volunteering, project work is set for October 4th from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit NAIOP’s website for more details.
» NAIOP ’s 2014 Community Enhancement Project
09.13.2014 — After months of planning and coordination, MKA volunteers completed their first community service project for Lettuce Link at Marra Farm in south Seattle. The farm, one of the last historic agricultural plots in Seattle, was in need of two things: first, a Mushroom Shack, where the farm could cultivate a variety of edible mushrooms. Second, a secure and portable Market Stand, which would allow the farm to sell produce to the residents of South Park, where fresh, organic produce is a rarity. Volunteers from all departments at MKA set out to design and build both projects with financial support from the company and logisitcal help from SeattleWorks.
While the design and planning of the projects took several months, 35 MKA volunteers successfully built both projects in one (very long) day. Excellent work, everyone!
» MKA Community Service Project at Marra Farm
07.01.2014 — Andy Fry, Chief Operating Officer at MKA, was named one of with Building Design + Construction’s "40 Under 40" class of 2014. Andy stands out as an exceptional leader whose contributions to the engineering profession during his 16-year career with MKA exemplify both design leadership and professional excellence.
Andy was also named as ENR California’s Northwest Top Young Professional
» Andy Fry Named Top 40 Under 40 By BD+C
06.03.2014 — Over the last few months, MKA’s Community Service Committee has been brainstorming projects for 2014. Ideas ranged from installing cameras to monitor wildlife with Conservation Northwest, to beautification projects for Plymouth Housing, and even setting up a new Disc Golf course. And now, a decision has been made!
This year MKA will be working with Seattle Works and Lettuce Link on Marra Farm, a preserved farmland in the industrial area of South Park in Seattle. We will be designing and building two projects for Marra Farm: a Market Farm Stand and a Mushroom House.
Lettuce Link is not the only organization using the land at Marra Farm, other growers at the farm are either lower-income themselves, or are committed to making affordable produce available to low-income buyers. The Market Farm Stand will provide the growers somewhere appropriate for selling their fresh, quality produce, at affordable prices.
Marra Farm is also known for its hands-on gardening education programs, where they partner with local schools to bring children out to the farm to learn about nutrition and how to grow food. Building a Mushroom House will allow Lettuce Link to broaden the current education program to include cultivation of mushrooms and other fungi.
Design of the Market Farm Stand and Mushroom House is currently underway! Be sure to check back in a few weeks to see the designs underway and progress made.
» MKA Community Service Project
04.23.2014 — MKA would like to announce the following 2014 promotions:
Michael Jewsbury, P.E., S.E., Principal
Danya Mohr, P.E., S.E., Senior Associate
» MKA 2014 Promotions
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
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
09.05.2013 — MKA’s leadership continues to evolve, as announced in our recent mailer: Ron Klemencic, P.E., S.E., is now Chairman & CEO, and Derek Beaman, P.E., S.E., is President. Former Chairman & CEO Jon Magnusson, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, remains actively involved in project execution. Special thanks to the Seattle Art Museum for sharing their lobby for our photo shoot!
» MKA Leadership Evolution
07.31.2013 — Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy fundraiser just came to a close with MKA raising nearly $5,000 in donations as well as 90 hours of volunteer service accrued throughout the year! Nice work, everyone!
» MKA Food Frenzy
10.30.2012 — Andy Fry, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, is now Chief Operating Officer at MKA. Andy actually took over from Brian McIntyre as of July 1, but our announcement is just hitting the streets. See more details at http://on.fb.me/UxdSMk.
» Andy Fry, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, is now Chief Operating Officer at MKA.
09.05.2012 — MKA is pleased to be chosen as one of ZweigWhite’s "2012 Best Firms to Work For"! http://on.fb.me/Sy6lSg
» MKA is one of ZweigWhite’s "2012 Best Firms to Work For"
05.21.2012 — MKA is now on Facebook! Check out our page, where we’ll be posting pictures of MKA projects, announcements, and updates on everything MKA!
» MKA is now on Facebook
02.01.2011 — Attention College Students!! MKA representatives will be at several career fairs this winter at colleges around the country. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
» Attention College Students!! MKA representatives will be at several career