Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving MKA

150 North Riverside

150 North Riverside, Chicago

Utilizing a unique core-supported structure with a very small footprint at grade, the design resolves considerable site challenges and provides a 54-story Class A office tower.

300 North LaSalle

300 North LaSalle, Chicago

This 60-story mixed-use building, located on the north bank of the Chicago River, features a sunlit waterfront public garden with access to the river's edge.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago

Lurie Children's Hospital is one of the top pediatric providers in the Midwest, and is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Aqua Tower

Aqua Tower, Chicago

The signature cantilevered balconies are breathtaking and exemplary of where concrete technology can take tall building design today.

Aspira Apartments

Aspira Apartments, Seattle

This residential skyscraper is located in the Denny Triangle neighborhood of Seattle and is designed to be eco-friendly with high walkability and public transit scores.

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower, Chicago

The design concept defined an initial building to serve a company’s immediate needs and planned for vertical expansion in the future.

Columbia Center

Columbia Center , Seattle

The 76-story Columbia Center features a famous public observatory and, at the time of its completion in 1984, was the tallest building on the West Coast.

MILA

MILA, Chicago

This residential building has two floors of retail and a series of lightboxes which visually conceals the parking levels from the street.

One Rincon Hill

One Rincon Hill, San Francisco

Located on the apex of Rincon Hill, this residential complex contains two skyscrapers that share a common townhouse podium.

River Point

River Point, Chicago

This 52-story building was constructed adjacent to and over active rail lines to enhance the character of this prominent river frontage while concealing the existing rail lines below.

Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life Residence Center

Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life Residence Center, Chicago

This vertical campus' glass and steel design is an architectural counterpoint to the grey limestone of the Auditorium Building its connected to.

Salesforce Tower

Salesforce Tower, San Francisco

Winning the 2019 CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide Award, this tapering building minimizes shadows and uses many techniques to improve environmental sustainability.

Shinsegae International

Shinsegae International, Seoul

Shinsegae International tactfully merges formal restraint reminiscent of High Modernism with symbolic gestures that align the tower with its function.

About MKA

MKA’s passion is creating structural systems for buildings of all shapes, sizes, and complexities and civil site and infrastructure designs for architectural projects. In addition to traditional structural and civil engineering services, they offer enhanced expertise in seismic, wind, vibration, existing building, performance-based, and blast engineering and site strategies for low-impact design, site infrastructure planning, strategic water planning, and excavation shoring.

MKA has been presented with a top national ACEC engineering design award (the most significant recognition by their peers) 26 times in the last 29 years–three times more than any competitor engineering firm in the United States; and the "Grand Conceptor" award three times. Collectively, their projects have won 500+ awards from a variety of industry organizations. If it can be done, MKA can do it.

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MKA at CTBUH

CTBUH Malaysia Hosts Seminar: The Public Realm of Tall Buildings

21 Feb 2019, Event Report – CTBUH Malaysia hosted a seminar exploring the relationship between the design and…

Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference

Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Performance-Based Seismic Design Working Group reconvened at the CTBUH…

Ron Klemencic Wins ENR Award of Excellence

Ron Klemencic Wins ENR Award of Excellence

6 Apr 2018, CTBUH News – Former CTBUH Chairman Ron Klemencic has been awarded the ENR 2018 Award of…

MKA at CTBUH

CTBUH Malaysia Hosts Seminar: The Public Realm of Tall Buildings
21 Feb 2019, Kuala Lumpur – Event Report
CTBUH Malaysia hosted a seminar exploring the relationship between the design and planning of high-rise structures with the life and energy of the city that surrounds them.
Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Performance-Based Seismic Design Working Group reconvened at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai to outline an approach for updating their 2017 technical guide.
Ron Klemencic Wins ENR Award of Excellence
6 Apr 2018 – CTBUH News
Former CTBUH Chairman Ron Klemencic has been awarded the ENR 2018 Award of Excellence for his relentless pursuit of a better built environment.
CTBUH Seattle Hosts Tour of West Edge Tower
22 Feb 2018, Seattle – Tour Report
CTBUH Seattle hosted a site tour of West Edge Tower in downtown Seattle on Thursday, 22 February, featuring a blend of completed and in-progress spaces throughout the tower.
6th Annual CTBUH International Student Design Competition
31 Oct 2017, Sydney – CTBUH Research
The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design Competition, kindly sponsored by Woods Bagot, were determined at the 2017 CTBUH Conference in Australia.
CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
CTBUH Seismic Working Group Workshop Talks Industry Developments
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
During the CTBUH 2017 Conference, the CTBUH Seismic Working Group Workshop welcomed a handful of industry experts to discuss the latest advances in performance-based seismic design.
CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum
10 Oct 2017, Seattle – Event Report
CTBUH Seattle held its 2017 Fall Forum, kindly hosted by CallisonRTKL, on the topic of Building Resiliency & Design Optimization.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
CTBUH Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Team Holds Second Meeting
23 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
The second meeting of the research team involved in “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators” was held in Rottweil, Germany.
CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation
22 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
CTBUH Germany held a symposium to discuss the role of technical and technological innovation and its effect on the various disciplines within the construction industry.
CTBUH Italy Co-Hosts the 7th Tall Buildings Conference in Milan
7 Jun 2017, Milan – Event Report
CTBUH Italy co-hosted the seventh edition of the one-day International Tall Buildings Conference held in Milan, which focused on various challenges of tall buildings.
Second CAF-CTBUH Event Examines Tall Building Safety
18 May 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH, in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), held the second of the four-part “Building Tall” lecture series, this time focused on "Securing Tall."
CTBUH Seattle Debates HALA’s Impact on Downtown Development
18 Apr 2017, Seattle – Event Report
The annual CTBUH Seattle Spring Forum featured a panel discussion examining and interpreting the impact of Seattle’s "HALA" on future downtown development.
CTBUH Executive Director Honored as ENR Newsmaker
13-14 Apr 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood was recognized by ENR as one of the "Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016," attending an event in New York to receive his honor.
CTBUH Seattle YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
10 Apr 2017, Seattle – Event Report
The CTBUH Seattle Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held their first board meeting at the office of Magnusson Klemencic Associates.
Composite Megacolumns Report Now Available
12 Jan 2017, Venice – CTBUH Publication
The summary of the research project on composite megacolumns, sponsorsed by ArcelorMittal, and is now available on the CTBUH Shop.
150 North Riverside Holiday Tour
16 Dec 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
As an annual tradition, CTBUH HQ staff are given a tour of tall building during their holiday celebrations. This year, the staff visited 150 North Riverside by Goettsch Partners.
Seattle YPC Tours Troy Block
1 Dec 2016, Seattle – Tour Report
The Seattle Chapter of the Young Professionals Committee hosted a site tour of Troy Block, providing significant insight into the relationship of the historical and new.
CTBUH Seattle Fall Forum
8 Nov 2016, Seattle – Event Report
CTBUH Seattle organized and held their annual Fall Forum, this year on “Digital Technology in the Built Environment.”
CTBUH Florida: Construction Tour of Brickell City Centre
30 Aug 2016, Miami – Tour Report
The CTBUH Florida Chapter hosted a construction tour of Brickell City Centre, a billion-dollar shopping and mixed-use project that spans five blocks in downtown Miami.
CTBUH Hosts ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition Jurors
29 Jul 2016, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH was pleased to host the esteemed jurors for the 2015–2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition as they deliberated winners for the annual program.
CTBUH Seattle Hosts Spring Forum
14 Apr 2016, Seattle – Event Report
The CTBUH Seattle Chapter Spring Forum was hosted by CallisonRTKL and featured a panel discussion that examined opportunities to "Transform Downtown Seattle for Kids."
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Seattle Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Seattle – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Seattle, gateway to Asia and icon of the Pacific Northwest, where they witnessed a showcase of tall building and technological innovation.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference Gold Sponsor
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Sponsor
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
Interesting Results from Second Round of Megacolumn Tests
27-29 Jul 2015, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH research division members attended the second round of tests in Beijing related to the Megacolumn Research project, sponsored by ArcelorMittal.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Considering the Whole Life Cycle Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
This session brought building environmental performance issues to the forefront in building design, a field that has been criticized in the past for its resource-heavy construction.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Silver+ Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
Megacolumns Research – Update and First Deliverable
Sep 2014, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Progress is being made on the Composite Megacolumns research project, with a case study and laboratories selected for the destructive tests
YPC Presents on Complex Chicago Mixed-Use Project
16 Apr 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee of CTBUH facilitated a roundtable discussion on Chicago’s under-construction mixed-use development 455 North Park Drive, at Crown Hall, Illinois Instit
Ron Klemencic Receives Honorary AIA Membership
10 Mar 2014, Washington D.C. – CTBUH-Related News
Ron Klemencic, former CTBUH Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates has received an honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Leading Structural Firms Help the Council on LCA Research
Feb 2013, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Twelve of the world’s best-known structural engineering firms helped the CTBUH Research Team to perform a fundamental part of its LCA research project.
Young Professionals Hosts Meeting at the 2012 Awards Symposium
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Exactly one year after its establishment the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee gathered at the Awards Symposium on October 18 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Silver Sponsor
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 1 No. 3
Sep 2012, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 1: Number 3 includes 10 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
Young Professionals Committee Holds Inaugural Event
4 Apr 2012, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH’s newly-established Young Professionals Committee staged their first event, a multi-disciplinary presentation on the creation of Aqua, the landmark Chicago tower.
New CTBUH Fellows
Jun 2011 – CTBUH News
This year, three individuals are being recognized by the CTBUH for their contribution to the Council over an extended period of time: Ron Klemencic, Brett Taylor & John Zils.
CTBUH 4th Annual Awards Contributor
18 Oct 2005, New York City – Awards Event
The CTBUH 4th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in the Astor Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.
CTBUH 3rd Annual Awards Dinner Gold Sponsor
17 Nov 2004, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 3rd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 2nd Annual Awards Dinner Gold Sponsor
16 Oct 2003, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 2nd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

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Ron Klemencic

Ron Klemencic

CTBUH Chairman, 2001 – 2006
Seattle, United States

Don Davies

Don Davies

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – Present
Seattle, United States

Rob Chmielowski

Rob Chmielowski

CTBUH City Representative, 2012 – 2013
St. Louis, United States

CTBUH Leaders at MKA

Ron Klemencic

Ron Klemencic

CTBUH Chairman, 2001 – 2006
Seattle, United States

Don Davies

Don Davies

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – Present
Seattle, United States

Rob Chmielowski

Rob Chmielowski

CTBUH City Representative, 2012 – 2013
St. Louis, United States

Joey Piotrowski

Joey Piotrowski

CTBUH Future Leaders Committee, Global, 2018 – Present
Seattle, United States

Alex Wiley

Alex Wiley

CTBUH Future Leaders Committee, Seattle, 2018 – Present
Seattle, United States

Matthew Streid

Matthew Streid

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Chicago, 2011 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Farshad Berahman

Farshad Berahman

CTBUH Working Group: Building Damping Technologies, 2016 – 2018
Seattle, United States

Leif Johnson

Leif Johnson

CTBUH Working Group: Tall Timber, 2014 – Present
Seattle, United States

Rob Chmielowski

Rob Chmielowski

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
Seattle, United States

Jon Magnusson

Jon Magnusson

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 1995
Chicago, United States

Derek Beaman

Derek Beaman

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2012
Seattle, United States

Dave Eckmann

Dave Eckmann

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2019
Chicago, United States

Jeremy Hasselbauer

Jeremy Hasselbauer

CTBUH Student Competition First-Round Jury, 2017
Seattle, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving MKA

What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper?

18 May 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Fire Safety: Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk; Structural Engineering: Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Urban Realm: Nicole Dosso, SOM; Architecture: Antony Wood, CTBUH

What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper? (Highlights)

18 May 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Fire Safety: Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk; Structural Engineering: Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Urban Realm: Nicole Dosso, SOM; Architecture: Antony Wood, CTBUH

2016 Awards - Session 2 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: David Malott, KPF

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Engineering Properties of Composite Mega-Columns with Separately Encased Hot Rolled Steel Profiles

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Congzhen Xiao & Chen Tao, China Academy of Building Research; Fei Deng, Tsinghua University; et al

Steel and the Skyscraper City: A Study on the Influence of Steel on the Design of Tall Buildings

26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations
Shelley Finnigan, ArcelorMittal; Barry Charnish, Entuitive; Robert Chmielowski, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Life Cycle Analysis: Are We There Yet?

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Donald Davies & Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

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Videos

What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper?
18 May 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Fire Safety: Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk; Structural Engineering: Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Urban Realm: Nicole Dosso, SOM; Architecture: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the second event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by Simon Lay, Director, Olsson Fire & Risk UK (kind sponsors for the…
What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper? (Highlights)
18 May 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Fire Safety: Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk; Structural Engineering: Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Urban Realm: Nicole Dosso, SOM; Architecture: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the second event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by Simon Lay, Director, Olsson Fire & Risk UK (kind sponsors for the…
2016 Awards - Session 2 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: David Malott, KPF
Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Joseph Chou, Chairman, Taipei Financial Center Corporation; Mark Sarkisian, Partner of Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Rupa Garai, Structural Engineering Associate,…
Finding Tailored Solutions to Common Problems
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
As Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Ron Klemencic has played an active role in shaping the direction of the structural engineering community. His pioneering work in the field of Performance-Based Seismic Design for tall buildings…
Interview: Ron Klemencic
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, discusses some of his personal favorite projects with Chris Bentley, during the 2016 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Klemencic is the 2016 recipient of the…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Panel,"Tall Buildings and Context: How High Can We Go and Why Should We?"
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup present in the 2016 China Conference…
Life Cycle Analysis: Are We There Yet?
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Donald Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
To help advance Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for building systems, this presentation reviews the history and state of LCA practice in the U.S. from a structural engineering perspective. The recently released Revit LCA module “Tally” is utilized for case…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 04 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 04 Questions & Answers session with speakers Don Davies, MKA; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Dario Trabucco, CTBUH / Iuav University of Venice; Mic Patterson, Enclos; and Maurice Hermens, Royal…
2013 CTBUH YPC Presentation
4 Feb 2013 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Roosevelt Tower Student Workshop
The Young Professionals organized a Student Workshop at IIT to cover the design and construction of Roosevelt Tower. The presentation was led by: Joe Dietz, VOA Associates; Matthew Streid, MKA Associates; and Pete Huey, Power Construction, all…
Future Vision: Where is the tall building heading in the future and what will the next generation of supertall
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Richard Cook, Cook + Fox Architects; George Downing, Downing Development; Bruce Lake, McHugh Construction; and more.
The Past: What have been the most striking tall building developments in the past 10 years?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urban
Industry leaders answering this question include: Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; Lawrence Pak, Singapore Housing and Development Board; Jim Loewenberg, Magellan…
Embodied Carbon and the Case for Longevity
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Donald Davies, MKA
The sustainability and longevity of today’s tall buildings is an often-neglected subject. Embodied carbon can be used as a metric for making important decisions regarding the life of a structure. This presentation makes a case for 100-year design…
Track 5: Retrofit & Lifecycle Considerations Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
The Track 5 panel consisting of: Paul Sloman, Arup; Donald Davies, MKA; and Mic Patterson, Enclos took questions from delegates.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Dinner
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2011
The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2011 “Best Tall Building Overall” award went to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, Germany. The…
Architecture and Engineering as One
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Integrating and even celebrating the structure of a building through the architectural design often leads to dramatic and memorable buildings. To achieve the best outcome requires close collaboration between architect and engineer, each having a…
Seismic Design Guidelines for Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ron Klemencic, MKA
The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, as part of its Tall Buildings Initiative, recently published Seismic Design Guidelines for Tall Buildings, an alternative to the prescriptive procedures contained in standards such as ASCE 7 and the…
Interview: BIM and Integrated Project Delivery
21 Oct 2010 – 2010 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers
Ron Klemencic of Magnusson Klemencic Engineers (and past Chairman of the CTBUH) is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2010 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Ron reflects on the history of the CTBUH, and also…
A Tale of Two Cities: Collaborative Innovations for Sustainable Towers
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; John Lahey & Martin Wolf, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Ron Klemencic & Ola Johansson, MKA
John Lahey, Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates presented two of their collaborative projects at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. In Chicago, 340 on the Park is the city’s first and tallest all-residential…
Report on Council Working Group Activities: Seismic Design and Sustainable Design
26 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Mike Willford, Arup; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Mike Willford, Arup present the Seismic Design Report on Council Working Group Activities at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held in the Herman Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology. This is…

Papers/Research

Engineering Properties of Composite Mega-Columns with Separately Encased Hot Rolled Steel Profiles
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Congzhen Xiao & Chen Tao, China Academy of Building Research; Fei Deng, Tsinghua University; et al
This paper presents an experimental study on the behavior of composite mega-columns with separately encased steel profiles. Ten scaled composite columns were designed, including six 1/4-scaled test specimens and four 1/6-scaled test specimens tested…
Steel and the Skyscraper City: A Study on the Influence of Steel on the Design of Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Shelley Finnigan, ArcelorMittal; Barry Charnish, Entuitive; Robert Chmielowski, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
At the turn of the century, building design began to evolve. Improvements included indoor plumbing, the advent of escalators, and creation of the “Chicago window.” Perhaps the most notable change was the development of the skyscraper. Innovations in…
Life Cycle Analysis: Are We There Yet?
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Donald Davies & Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
To help advance Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for building systems, this paper reviews the history and state of LCA practice in the U.S. from a structural engineering perspective. The recently released Revit LCA module “Tally” is utilized for case…
Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities. In the face of unprecedented global population growth, urbanization, pollution increase and climate change, it is no longer enough to simply create buildings…
Performance-Based Seismic Design – State of Practice 2012
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ron Klemencic & J. Andrew Fry, MKA; Guo-Qiang Li, Tongji University
A summary and synthesis of the Performance-Based Seismic Design (PBSD) procedures and standards around the world is presented. The summary information draws from the papers written by leading technical experts in PBSD from the various countries…
Tall Buildings in Future Development of Metropolitan Universities
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates; Jon DeVries & John McDonald, Roosevelt University; Ron Klemencic, MKA
In the future, the University will need to consider vertical models to co-exist within their urban cores and create a living and working balance. With the rise of commercial real estate values and densities in many major metropolitan areas, the…
Embodied Carbon and the Case for Longevity
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ron Klemencic, Donald Davies, Derek Beaman & Ola Jonhansson, MKA
This paper explores the sustainability and longevity of today’s residential building construction. It makes the case for 100-year design criteria for building frames and enclosure systems. Embodied carbon as a metric for making decisions and areas…
Performance Based Seismic Design – State of Practice 2012 in the United States of America
1 Sep 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 3; Ron Klemencic, J. Andrew Fry, John Hooper, et al., Magnusson Klemencic Associates
This paper presents a summary of the state of the practice for Performance Based Seismic Design (PBSD) in the United States. While it is not included in the prescriptive provisions of the United States’ building codes, the PBSD procedure has been…
A Tale of Two Cities: Collaborative Innovations for Sustainable Towers
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; John Lahey & Martin Wolf, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Ron Klemencic & Ola Johansson, MKA
Policies in a number of American cities encourage increased residential density and height, as well as new standards for sustainability. However, creative and sensitive responses to the design, engineering, and cost challenges posed by this complex…
Performance of Post-Tensioned Slab-Core Wall Connections
Dec 2006 – PTI Journal 2006 Volume 4 No. 2; Ron Klemencic & J. Andrew Fry, MKA; Gabriel Hurtado & Jack P. Moehle, University of California Berkeley
The use of post-tensioned floor slabs and reinforced concrete core walls has become increasingly popular in highrise construction. Questions have arisen concerning the performance of this connection when subjected to gravity loads combined with slab-…
Learning from Structures Subjected to Loads Extremely Beyond Design
Mar 2004 – Modern Steel Construction March 2004.; Jon Magnusson, MKA
Structures are designed for certain loads and hazards, and structural engineers need to communicate clearly with the building owner, architect, and building officials about what loadings have been considered—and not considered— in a project design…
Shoring Wall and Subsurface Structural Systems: IDX Tower, Seattle, Washington
May 2003 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2003; David G. Winter, Shannon & Wilson; Douglas E. Loesch, MKA; Robert Hollister, Hines
This paper reports on the performance of the excavation shoring. The new building is supported on a mat footing that varies in thickness from 6 to 14 feet. This paper also discusses the design of the mat, and the building core wall support.
What Does September 11th Mean for Building Structure Design
May 2003 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2003; Jon Magnusson, MKA
The horrible events of September 11th have aroused many emotions and created many questions in the minds of the public, the media, political leaders, and design professionals. For officials charged with developing building codes and designers charged…
Where Do We Go From Here? - In the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Attacks
May 2003 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2003; Ron Klemencic, MKA
Ron Klemencic writes on the 9/11 attacks and the problem architects, engineers, planners and building officials face as problem solvers.

MKA Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 45 Completed12 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 3 Completed1 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 12 Years
Most Common Function office, 25 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 28 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving MKA

1   Vista Tower 2020 363 m Chicago
2   Suning Plaza Tower 1 2018 338 m Zhenjiang
3   Salesforce Tower 2018 326 m San Francisco
4   Leatop Plaza 2012 303 m Guangzhou
5   One Chicago Square East Tower 2022 296 m Chicago
6   Key Tower 1991 289 m Cleveland
7   Columbia Center 1984 284 m Seattle
8   Oceanwide Center Tower 1 2021 277 m San Francisco
9   NEMA Chicago 2019 273 m Chicago
10   Aqua at Lakeshore East 2009 262 m Chicago
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.

The building list and facts show buildings involving Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, Skilling Ward Rogers Barkshire, Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, Robertson, W.H. Witt Company, Worthington & Skilling, Worthington, Skilling, Helle, & Jackson