What’s Happening at MKA

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

06.13.2017 — The ACE Mentor Program of Washington held its Industry Leaders Reception last week and awarded $85,000 in scholarships to ACE seniors! 160 students completed this year’s ACE program which mentors high school students in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering fields.

Senior Principal, David Fields, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, was on hand along with ACE President Rob Widmeyer of LMN Architects, to present a $5,000 Magnusson Klemencic Associates Award to Kevin Garcia of Bothell High School.  Kevin also received a $5,000 ACE Award, for a total scholarship award of $10,000. Kevin will study civil engineering at the University of Washington next year.

MKA is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of ACE and our dedicated Design Engineers proudly volunteer their time to mentor the students.  For additional photos of the event, visit the ACE Seattle Facebook page here. Congratulations to all!

(Photo Credit: LMN Architects)

» ACE Industry Leaders Reception 2017

05.04.2017 — MKA engineers Meagan Hedlund, James Mahoney, Jeremy Hasselbauer, and Joey Piotrowski spent a Friday afternoon touring the SR-99 Replacement Tunnel and its tunneling machine, nicknamed Bertha.

The SR-99 Tunnel is a massive engineering effort happening right under Seattle’s feet and is part of a larger program that includes improvements like the Elliott Bay Seawall Project — a recent ACEC Grand Award winner project that MKA’s Civil group provided coordination for public-realm and habitat restoration elements, as well as the seawall’s interface with the long-term plan for a viaduct-free waterfront.

What was the coolest part of the tour? Learning that the end of the tunnel is pressurized to hold back soil when workers make repairs to Bertha’s cutting heads. Because of the pressurization, there is also a decompression chamber for the workers — similar to what deep-sea divers use.

Bertha has reached the end of her journey beneath Seattle as crews continue to construct the tunnel’s double-deck roadway inside.  The project is anticipated to be completed in 2019.

» MKA Engineers Tour SR-99 Tunnel and Bertha

04.18.2017 — A new guide for design professionals is set to be released in mid-2017 with a focus on water use and reuse. Water being a finite resource, new building projects benefit from considering some level of water self-sufficiency that is good not only for the bottom line of the building but also for the impact on the environment.

The guide entitled, the Non-Potable Water Reuse Practice Guide, is written in language that can be easily understood and easily shared with clients, building owners and operators, and the public.

MKA was happy to provide sponsorship for developing the practice guide and MKA Principal, Matt Jones, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is serving as a member of the Water Reuse Practice Guide Working Group.

For more information and to read an excerpt of the upcoming guide, visit the AIA California Council’s website here.

» MKA Sponsors Water Re-Use Guide

02.13.2017 — We are proud to announce Senior Principal, David Eckmann, SE, PE, FAIA has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, approximately three percent of members are recognized as fellows.

Dave’s training as both an architect and a structural engineer gives him a unique perspective and understanding of both aesthetic and technical requirements. Many of Dave’s projects feature structure as architecture. Both aesthetically compelling and structurally innovative, these projects also feature systems that push material limits. Most recently on River Point Tower in Chicago, his design of sloped columns at the base allowed the tower to fit on a constrained site with a solution that is celebrated in the architectural form.

The 2017 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando. Congratulations, Dave!

» Dave Eckmann Elevated to AIA Fellow

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