What’s Happening at MKA

11.21.2016 — Ian McFarlane, Senior Associate at MKA, was named one of Building Design + Construction’s "40 Under 40" class of 2016.  The youngest of 13 engineers with a Senior Associate title, Ian stands out as an exceptional leader whose contributions to the engineering profession during his 9-year career with MKA exemplify both design leadership and professional excellence.  Ian is sought out for and remains an active contributor and participant in the development of codes and practices for the national structural engineering profession.  Congratulations Ian!

» Ian McFarlane Named Top 40 Under 40 By BD+C

08.30.2016 — A new CTBUH research group is rethinking the traditional notion of the elevator in tall building design. The group’s discussions center around MULTI, an innovative rope-less, non-vertical elevator system being developed by thyssenkrupp AG.

Surprisingly, in its over 150-year history, the basic concept of the elevator has not changed, but the new technology being developed by thyssenkrupp allows mobility in both vertical and horizontal directions within a building by replacing ropes with linear motors.

Identified for his expertise in tall building structural design, MKA’s Principal, Rob Chmielowski, P.E., S.E., participated in the kick-off meeting of this special CTBUH research group in Chicago on August 30th. Research on the topic will continue for the next two years and investigate how this new technology could impact future designs of our tall buildings and our cities.

For more information on this research project, visit the CTUBH website here.

» Rob Chmielowski Joins CTBUH Research Group

06.01.2016 — Another successful year of the ACE Mentor Program of Washington is complete! On May 24th our own CFO, Bill Christopher, emceed the Eastside presentation night as two teams made their final presentations, and the following evening six Seattle teams made their presentations at the University of Washington. There were 165 students and 130 mentors who participated this year, meeting bi-monthly at mentor firm offices.

The ACE Mentor Program of Washington is free to high school students who want to explore the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Special thanks to the 19 MKA staff who volunteered their time and talents to mentor the students this year, including Emily Carlip and Brad Strandquist who co-lead Team 2. This is now the 16th year that MKA has been a participant in this great program!

» ACE Mentor Program 2016

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.

Congratulations Jon!

» JDM Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

01.27.2016 — MKA’s Chicago office was pleased to recently host a group of engineering students from MIT. The group led by Senior Principal and Chicago Office Leader, Dave Eckmann, P.E., S.E., AIA and Associate, Adam Theiss, P.E., toured two of MKA’s projects going up simultaneously along the Chicago River’s edge — River Point Tower and 150 N. Riverside. The next day the students were inspired to visit another MKA project, the pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo. You can view the progress of the two towers by visiting the construction webcam, here.

Photos courtesy: Professor John A. Ochsendorf, MIT.

» MKA Chicago Hosts MIT Students

01.19.2016 — MKA President, Don Davies, P.E., S.E., and Senior Associate, Farshad Berahman, Ph.D., are contributors to the current CTBUH research effort studying damping technologies in tall buildings. Don and Farshad are providing their professional knowledge and real-world experience with damping — an advancement that MKA has been putting into practice for decades as we design structural systems for high-rise projects, buildings in seismic zones, and projects that require minimizing vibrations such as performance halls and long-span convention centers. Damping systems specific to tall buildings complement the structural system, providing increased resistance to structural vibrations that can cause discomfort to the building occupants and possible structural damage.

This research will produce a comprehensive study of the damping technologies available for tall buildings, describing their function and relationship to other building components. The project is anticipated to conclude in November 2016, and the group involved is pictured above at a recent New York City meeting. For more detailed information about CTBUH and this study, visit here.

» MKA Contributes to CTBUH’s Damping Research

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