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
07.19.2018 — MKA is proud to be a co-sponsor of the exhibit, "Sculpture on a Grand Scale – An exhibit of the work of Jack Christiansen," researched by Tyler S. Sprague PE., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at of the University of Washington.
The exhibition is currently on display in Boston at the IASS Creativity in Structural Design Symposium and highlights Jack Christiansen’s innovative work in the use of thin shell concrete — charting his design trajectory from the 1950s through the 1990s.
The exhibit is also anticipated to be at the University of Washington in the Summer of 2019.
» Sculpture on a Grand Scale Exhibit by Tyler Sprague
07.01.2018 — June was a busy month for MKA both inside and outside the office. From running to triathlon to volleyball... our staff racked up some great achievements!
Hannah Bonotto competed in her first triathlon, the Ironman 70.3 Victoria in Victoria, BC. Congrats, Hannah!
MKA’s David Sand, Beatriz Arostegui, Brad Strandquist, and Michelle Wilkinson’s volleyball team named, “Bump, Set, Beer Break” won the Sand Volleyball Championship of the Underdog Alki Beach Volleyball League!
Ben Dupuy completed his first half-marathon at the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll, congrats Ben! Don Davies and his son, Ryan, also ran the half marathon.
Amy Haaland and her Hood to Coast Washington team, “Runners of Unusual Speed,” won the Mixed Open division of this 77-mile relay through Washington State, and finished the race 6th overall.
Kristine Svehla-Brown biked in Cascade Bike Club’s 47-mile “Flying Wheels” bike ride. And also competed in the Black Hills Sprint Triathlon in Lacey, WA.
That’s what we like to call #MKAwesome!
» June Staff Achievements!