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04.13.2022 — MKA is thrilled to announce that MKA Senior Principal Shelley Clark, PE, SE, CDP, was named 2022 Engineer of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington (ACEC-WA)!  The award recognizes engineers of outstanding character who have made significant contributions to the profession in the areas of technical and service excellence.  It was presented during the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards banquet and celebration on March 25 at the Westin in downtown Bellevue.

Shelley joined Skilling Ward Rogers Barkshire—now known as MKA—as an entry-level engineer in 1984, became an Owner and a Senior Principal at MKA in 2001, and led the firm’s Retail/Mixed-Use Specialist Group until her retirement in December 2021.

Her impressive portfolio of engineering design work in Washington state includes Pacific Place, University Village, and the renovation and expansion of Northgate Mall in Seattle; The Landing in Renton; and Alderwood Village and the renovation of Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.  Nationwide, Shelley has led the structural design for hundreds of projects, providing innovative engineering solutions that transformed communities and the retail AEC industry alike, with projects such as City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Brickell City Centre in Miami, Florida—two of the nation’s largest mixed-use developments.

In addition to her project work, Shelley was President of the Seattle Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.  She is also a committed mentor inspiring the next generation of engineering professionals by promoting STEM education at local elementary and middle schools, and teaching graduate-level classes at the University of Washington.

Shelley is the third MKA employee in the past 21 years to receive ACEC-WA’s Engineer of the Year Award.  She is MKA’s 10th engineer to be named ACEC-WA Engineer of the Year.  Congratulations, Shelley, on this distinguished and well-deserved honor and an outstanding career!

» Shelley Clark Named ACEC-WA Engineer of the Year

04.12.2022 — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington (ACEC-WA) presented Rainier Square with a Gold Engineering Excellence Award in the Structural Systems category during the organization’s annual gala on March 25 in Bellevue. Completed in November 2020, Rainier Square is a 58-story, 850-foot-tall, mixed-use destination in downtown Seattle offering 1.4 million square feet of space for offices, luxury apartment homes, and retail stores.

Recognized by ACEC-WA as one of the state’s top projects demonstrating an exceptional degree of engineering innovation, complexity, achievement, and value, Rainier Square is the first high-rise building to be constructed using SpeedCore. This innovative, non-proprietary structural system uses modular, prefabricated core elements with assembly-line-like efficiency to erect high-rise towers faster, safer, and more economically. Championed by Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), Rainier Square’s Engineer of Record, SpeedCore’s steel Concrete-Filled, Composite-Plate Shear Wall (CF-CPSW) panels eliminate the need to place formwork or strip and install rebar, allowing developers to build entire structures at the rapid pace of steel construction.

At Rainier Square, SpeedCore cut 10 months off what would have been a 32-month schedule if constructed with a traditional structural system. Rainier Square was erected 43% faster than usual, with four floors completed weekly, resulting in a topping-out milestone just 10 months after the first steel arrived onsite. The attendant savings in general conditions, construction financing interest, and earlier rental revenue streams were significant. The prefabrication of SpeedCore’s modular panels meant less waste, fewer onsite workers, and fewer truck trips.

In addition to SpeedCore, Rainier Square’s design includes two bi-directional, 35,700-gallon water tanks, which serve as dampers at the roof to reduce wind motion, and performance-based seismic and fire engineering. Adding to the complexity, Rainier Square’s seven levels of below-grade parking required a 100-foot-deep excavation extending 50 feet below the mat foundation of the neighboring 40-story Rainier Tower, which was built in the late 1970s. Rainer Tower was supported by an impressive temporary earth retention system provided by geotechnical engineer Hart Crowser that allowed it to remain fully occupied during Rainier Square’s excavation and construction despite both towers’ snug proximities. More information about ACEC-WA’s 2022 Engineering Excellence Award recipients is available here.

With this ACEC-WA Gold Award, Rainier Square advances to ACEC’s national competition, which recognizes the industry’s top engineering achievements. Winners will be announced during ACEC’s Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on May 24 in Washington, DC.

» Rainier Square Earns ACEC-WA Engineering Excellence Award

02.24.2022 — MKA is proud to announce John D. Hooper, PE, SE, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering! An MKA Senior Principal and Director of Earthquake Engineering, John was recognized for the advancement of building code seismic design provisions and earthquake-resistant structural design of major buildings around the world. With more than 35 years of engineering experience, John is a nationally recognized specialist in advanced seismic design.

The impact of his work can be found throughout the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. He has made significant contributions to seismic-related research, particularly in developing the next generation of Performance-Based Seismic Design methodologies and the advancement of code-prescriptive seismic design approaches.

Since joining MKA in 1997, he has played an important role in almost every major project that the firm has designed in seismically active zones.

Election to the NAE is deemed one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Congrats, John!

» John Hooper Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

01.05.2022 — MKA’s Juliette Peyroux, PE, SE, was recently named one of Building Design+Construction (BD+C) magazine’s 2021 40 Under 40 honorees.

A Senior Associate at MKA, Juliette, 32, focuses on promoting structural solutions for seismically safe and resilient airport terminals, concourses, and inspection stations in areas known for high seismic activity, such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. She also is a WAsafe Program Certified Instructor and State Coordinator, allowing her to teach building safety evaluation classes to her colleagues. In addition, Juliette leads MKA’s in-house Earthquake Technical Specialist Team in its efforts to research the latest developments and trends in earthquake engineering. 

“I am deeply honored to be part of this year’s class of 40 under 40,” said Juliette. “Since major earthquakes do not happen frequently, it is easy to forget about the impact a large earthquake can have on an unprepared community. I am passionate about advancing the earthquake engineering field with respect to building designs and preparing Washington to respond quickly and effectively in the case of ‘The Big One.’  This recognition motivates me to continue to challenge myself and the AEC industry to do better when it comes to earthquake design and preparedness.”

Read more about Juliette’s honor online here.

» Juliette Peyroux Named BD+C 40 Under 40 Honoree

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