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10.19.2015 — Team MKA participated in the 2015 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk this past Saturday at Seattle Center. Combining individual donations and an office-wide bake sale, the team exceeded their fundraising goal of $1000. As you can see, the baking presentations got creative with Rice Krispies Treats stacked as a replica of one of our projects, SkyRise Miami.

» Team MKA at the 2015 Puget Sound Heart Walk

08.31.2015 — If you live in the Seattle area, you know this past Saturday’s weather was a bit hectic with wind and rain.... however, our amazing MKA Community Service Team spent the day at Lake Samm Foursquare Church building a sensory playground, nature trail, activity panels, tricycle storage, playground seating and fences.

The centerpiece of the playground is a large octopus made of concrete with mosaic and tactile surfaces. Cleverly, the head of the octopus covers a tree stump in the middle of the playground area that would have been tough to remove. These spaces were designed to engage children on the autism spectrum, specifically a group called FEAT of Washington (Families for Effective Autism Treatment), just one of the many groups that Lake Samm hosts at their location.

Again this year we partnered with Seattle Works for logistics and coordination. We are thankful to Katie Tiehen for all her help and Lake Samm for their support and day-of snacks that kept the team going! We will return this week to put finishing touches on — and sincerely look forward to seeing the kids put their new playground and nature trail to use.

» MKA’s 2015 Community Service Project

03.11.2015 — The Chicago Architecture Foundation maintains a very elaborate (and famous) model of Chicago buildings, a permanent exhibit that is updated annually and grows along with the city!  A team constantly watches the Loop for new construction, then each year adds new projects and takes out demolished buildings.  Once a project begins, the team contacts the architecture firm for an exterior file of the building that can be used as a guide to 3D print the building’s model. This year, 4 of the 16 new buildings were MKA designs:  151 North Franklin Street, 200 North Michigan, 150 North Riverside, and River Point at 444 West Lake Street (MKA also did a peer review of OneEleven at 111 West Wacker).  With a Chicago office and over 50 projects in the area, MKA has made quite an impression on the city’s skyline. Check out the link to read more and see pictures of the impressive model. Can you spy any MKA projects?


Photo Credit: Kate Gardiner

» MKA Projects added to Chicago City Model

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