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Featured Buildings Involving MKA

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 Connected Global News

Upscale Gold Coast Condo Tower Gets Another Height Increase

Upscale Gold Coast Condo Tower Gets Another Height Increase

5 Sep 2017, Chicago – The Gold Coast luxury condo tower known as No. 9 Walton has been issued an updated…

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Chicago’s "Big Red" Building Scores Anchor Tenant, and Maybe a New Name

11 Aug 2017, Chicago – A Chicago-based bank has made a deal to lease 462,000 square feet (43,000 square meters…

New Renderings Revealed for Upcoming 76-Story Skyscraper in Chicago

New Renderings Revealed for Upcoming 76-Story Skyscraper in Chicago

9 Aug 2017, Chicago – New renderings have been released for 1000M, an 832-foot skyscraper that will replace a…

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Upscale Gold Coast Condo Tower Gets Another Height Increase
5 Sep 2017 – Chicago, United States
The Gold Coast luxury condo tower known as No. 9 Walton has been issued an updated construction permit allowing for a larger, taller, and more expensive penthouse unit…
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Chicago’s "Big Red" Building Scores Anchor Tenant, and Maybe a New Name
11 Aug 2017 – Chicago, United States
A Chicago-based bank has made a deal to lease 462,000 square feet (43,000 square meters) of the CNA Center, affectionately known as "Big Red," and landed naming rights…
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New Renderings Revealed for Upcoming 76-Story Skyscraper in Chicago
9 Aug 2017 – Chicago, United States
New renderings have been released for 1000M, an 832-foot skyscraper that will replace a vacant lot on Chicago’s historic Michigan Avenue. Updated designs include a green…
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Northwestern Mutual Tower Construction “Substantially Complete” in Milwaukee
21 Jul 2017 – Milwaukee, United States
Construction of the $450 million, 33-story Northwestern Mutual Tower is now “substantially complete,” according to developer Northwestern Mutual. “Which means most…
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Designs for Chicago’s Supertall Vista Tower Updated as Construction Continues
18 Jul 2017 – Chicago, United States
The design of the upcoming 98-story Vista Tower is still being refined, and recent updates include the replacement of residential space on the 83rd floor with an open-air…
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Meeting Reveals Details on New Developments in Chicago’s Lakeshore East
11 Jul 2017 – Chicago, United States
Even as it builds what will become the city's third-tallest skyscraper, a Chicago real estate developer is pushing ahead on a new wave of towers in its 11.3-hectare…
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Site Prep Begins for Wolf Point East in Chicago
7 Jul 2017 – Chicago, United States
Within a few weeks of receiving construction permits, crews are wasting little time getting to work at the site of the future 62-story apartment tower known as Wolf Point…
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Lakeshore East Developer Announces New Projects as Vista Rises in Chicago
29 Jun 2017 – Chicago, United States
After breaking ground in September, Chicago's Vista Tower is beginning to pop up into the city's iconic skyline. Meanwhile, one of its developers is preparing to unveil…
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Second Wolf Point Apartment Tower Cleared to Rise in Chicago
23 Jun 2017 – Chicago, United States
The second phase of the three-tower project at Wolf Point has scored its first building permit. With the official all-clear, the site will soon be swamped with crews…
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LED Artwork Proposed for Crown of San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower
8 May 2017 – San Francisco, United States
At a Planning Commission hearing on May 4, the city considered a proposal for a light display designed by a San Francisco-based LED artist for the top of the 326-meter…
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Chicago’s 150 North Riverside Gets LED Art Installation Ahead of Opening
17 Apr 2017 – Chicago, United States
A new art installation has been illuminated in the epic lobby of 150 North Riverside. At 150 feet (46 meters) in length and 22 feet (seven meters) in height, the “150…
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San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower Tops Out
6 Apr 2017 – San Francisco, United States
Developer Boston Properties has announced that Salesforce Tower has topped out almost precisely four years and two weeks after the project broke ground. The soon-to-be-…
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Second Wolf Point Tower Sets Groundbreaking Date in Chicago
9 Mar 2017 – Chicago, United States
News that the 48-story Wolf Point West tower is up for sale comes with a second exciting bit of information: the next phase of the project – an even taller residential…
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Foundation Pours Advance Construction of Supertall Towers in New York and Chicago
7 Feb 2017 – New York City, United States
On Saturday February 4, construction workers in New York and Chicago completed concrete foundation pours for One Vanderbilt and Vista Tower, respectively. The two…
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Site Prep Underway for 76-story South Loop Tower in Chicago
16 Dec 2016 – Chicago, United States
While the upcoming 887-foot (270-meter) skyscraper at 113 East Roosevelt has not officially started construction, site work has begun at the prime parcel located at the…
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Developers Reveal Plans for St. Louis’s Future Tallest Residential Tower
12 Dec 2016 – St. Louis, United States
The strikingly modern 36-story apartment tower, dubbed One Hundred, is expected to begin rising from a Central West End parking lot and top out as the city of St. Louis’s…
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Oceanwide Center Tower Breaks Ground in San Francisco
9 Dec 2016 – San Francisco, United States
Site work has commenced on the development set to include San Francisco's second-tallest building. Tower 1 will rise 61 stories and 277 meters once completed in 2021,…
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76-Story Chicago Tower Lands Construction Permit
18 Oct 2016 – Chicago, United States
Chicago’s third skyline-altering tower of 2016 has been given the official go-ahead from the city to begin foundation work. The building features a fresh take on the…
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Construction Scheduled for Wolf Point’s Second Tower in Chicago
30 Sep 2016 – Chicago, United States
The developers behind the multi-tower Wolf Point complex are planning to launch the construction of a 66-story apartment tower in early 2017 – the second of three planned…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Chicago's Future Third Tallest Building
7 Sep 2016 – Chicago, United States
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 7 for Chicago’s future third tallest tower. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to break ground at the site of the upcoming…
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Renderings Revealed for Oceanwide Center Hotel Tower in San Francisco
8 Aug 2016 – San Francisco, United States
Renders have been revealed of the Foster + Partners’ design for the Waldorf Astoria hotel tower in San Francisco. Located in the South of Market (SoMa) district of the…
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Chicago’s Vista Tower Expected to Begin Construction in August According to Developer
22 Jul 2016 – Chicago, United States
Construction of the supertall Vista Tower planned for Wacker Drive will begin in "the next week or two," its developer says. Initial site prep will come later in July,…
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Chicago’s Upcoming Vista Tower Has Sold $200 Million in Condos Since March
7 Jun 2016 – Chicago, United States
According to sources, Lakeshore East’s upcoming supertall Vista Tower has sold $200 million worth of condominiums since March of 2016. The project is expected to break…
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San Francisco Approves Plans for Oceanwide Center
13 May 2016 – San Francisco, United States
Foster + Partners has won planning approval for a pair of faceted glass skyscrapers in San Francisco, which will be among the tallest buildings in the city. The pair of…
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Wolf Point's Eastern Tower to Break Ground by Early 2017 in Chicago
22 Apr 2016 – Chicago, United States
Fresh off the success of the 486-foot (148-meter) Wolf Point West Tower at the confluence of the Chicago River’s three branches, developers are looking to proceed with…
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Construction Start on Chicago’s 113 East Roosevelt Street Tower Scheduled for June
11 Apr 2016 – Chicago, United States
After following the City of Chicago’s zoning and design review protocols to the letter, an upcoming 76-story, 792-unit residential tower at 113 East Roosevelt Street is…
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Construction Progresses on Pasig’s Capitol Commons
28 Mar 2016 – Pasig, Philippines
Capitol Commons – a 10-hectare mixed-use development in Pasig – will include two residential towers, already under construction. Upon completion, The Royalton will stand…
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Chicago’s 150 North Riverside Up for Sale 10 Months Before Completion Date
25 Mar 2016 – Chicago, United States
An office building along the Chicago River – 150 North Riverside – is going up for sale 10 months before its scheduled completion date, in a deal that could value the 53-…
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Plaza Designs Approved for San Francisco’s Future Second-Tallest Skyscraper
21 Mar 2016 – San Francisco, United States
Oceanwide Center at 1st and Mission streets will feature two enormous high-rises – one slated to be the second-tallest building in San Francisco, at 277 meters. Now, city…
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South Michigan Avenue Tower in Chicago Trimmed During Design Change
1 Mar 2016 – Chicago, United States
A South Michigan Avenue tower has been redesigned after an initial reveal in 2015. The proposal, which cuts the tower's height by nearly 200 feet (60 meters), would still…
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Insurance Giant to Become Anchor Tenant of Proposed Chicago High-Rise
17 Dec 2015 – Chicago, United States
After 43 years in the iconic red skyscraper painted in its corporate color, CNA is ditching 333 S. Wabash Avenue and moving half a mile northwest. The insurance giant is…
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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Vista Tower
20 Nov 2015 – Chicago, United States
Plans for a $1 billion hotel and condominium tower that would be Chicago's third tallest skyscraper easily won approval on November 19 from the Chicago Plan Commission.…
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Helmut Jahn Designing 86-Story South Loop Residential Tower in Chicago
24 Sep 2015 – Chicago, United States
Architect Helmut Jahn is designing an 86-story South Loop residential tower that would resemble a stack of four tall boxes, with the widest at the top. The glassy tower…
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Construction Ready to Begin on Pricey Chicago Condo Tower
12 Aug 2015 – Chicago, United States
One of Chicago's priciest condo developments is ready to begin construction in the Gold Coast. The No. 9 Walton tower has just been issued a building permit by the city…
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New Designs Revealed for Wolf Point Towers in Chicago
15 Jul 2015 – Chicago, United States
Construction is well underway on Wolf Point West Tower, which will be one of a trio of new buildings coming to the site, but the two other towers have just been given a…
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Innovative Project Would be Seattle’s Second Tallest Building
9 Jul 2015 – Seattle, United States
A local team is hatching plans for Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper, built around an unconventional atrium that would bathe the interior offices with natural light and…
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Proposed Skyscraper Could Be Third-Tallest – or Fifth-Tallest – in Chicago
14 Apr 2015 – Chicago, United States
At 1,144 feet (350 meters), Wanda Vista would be eight feet taller than the city's current third-tallest building, the Aon Center, provided it conforms to the standards…
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$500 Million 706 Mission St. to Break Ground in San Francisco
12 Mar 2015 – San Francisco, United States
After more than a decade of planning, workers will break ground this summer on San Francisco’s 706 Mission St., a $500 million luxury condo and office high-rise, and the…
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Abu Dhabi Rebrands Sowwah Square as “Global Market Square”
11 Feb 2015 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The office component of Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, once known as Sowwah Square, is set to form the beating heart of what is soon to become the capital’s new…
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Miami’s Billion-Dollar Brickell City Center Tops Off First Tower of Six
19 Dec 2014 – Miami, United States
The first of six buildings under construction at Brickell City Centre has topped out. The tower will house the project's luxury lifestyle hotel "EAST, Miami", and is on…
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Chinese Developer Plots Massive Skyscraper on Chicago River
18 Dec 2014 – Chicago, United States
Plans for the $900 million, mixed-use mega-tower, called Wanda Vista, boast impressive numbers — and beg the question about where the high-rise would rank among the…
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European Pension Fund Breaks Ground on Seattle Residential High-Rise
6 Nov 2014 – Seattle, United States
Construction has started on Luma, a 24-story, 168-unit condominium tower at 1321 Seneca Street in Seattle. The project is the first condominium high-rise building to be…
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Ground Broken on Chicago’s 200 North Michigan Avenue
7 Oct 2014 – Chicago, United States
On October 3, The John Buck Company broke ground on Michigan Avenue's first new skyscraper in five years: a 41-story residential apartment development with 2,045 square…
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Amazon’s Seattle Campus to Acquire Warmth From Data Center Waste Heat
19 Sep 2014 – Seattle, United States
In what is believed to be the first system of its kind, waste heat generated from a data center will provide much of the heat for a nearby high-rise campus under…
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Dates Set for McCormick Place Hotel and Arena Construction in Chicago
22 Aug 2014 – Chicago, United States
The 51-story hotel building at McCormick Place, set to be a Marriott Marquis with 1,200 rooms and considerable conference and event space, as well as the 10,000-seat…
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JAHN’s Leatop Plaza in Guangzhou Receives LEED Gold Certification
12 Aug 2014 – Guangzhou, China
JAHN’s 303-meter Leatop Plaza has achieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first LEED Gold-certified building in south (…
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Skyscraper Duo Unveiled for San Francisco’s Transbay District
1 Aug 2014 – San Francisco, United States
A planning application for a 186,000 square-meter mixed-use, double-tower scheme in San Francisco has been submitted. The taller, 260 meter-high mixed-use element will…
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Wanda Group Plans 350-Meter High Rise in Chicago
9 Jul 2014 – Chicago, United States
Wanda Group intends to build a 350-meter high, 89-floor skyscraper, which would have a gross floor area of 131,400 square meters. The building would also house a 240-room…
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Chicago’s 200 N Michigan Receives Foundation Permit
1 Jul 2014 – Chicago, United States
With the demolition of a concrete mid-rise building at 200 North Michigan Avenue completed, developer John Buck is ready to begin erecting a sleek 42-story glass tower on…
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San Francisco’s SOMA Hosts 16 High-Rises in Development
3 Jun 2014 – San Francisco, United States
HomesSF.com points out the significance of the level of development in the South-of-Market Area (SOMA). It took 60 years to develop 21 high-rises in the financial…
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Record-Setting Chicago Skyscraper Sale
20 May 2014 – Chicago, United States
In a record-setting $850 million deal, developer Irvine Co. has agreed to purchase the 60-story building at 300 N. LaSalle St, Chicago. The office tower presents a good…
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McCormick Place Redevelopment Plans Updated
17 Apr 2014 – Chicago, United States
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority revealed an updated master plan for the McCormick Place Convention Center district in Chicago, which will include a 55-…
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That’s “Salesforce Tower” to You
14 Apr 2014 – San Francisco, United States
Software company Salesforce.com will lease half the planned Transbay Tower, placing San Francisco’s largest tech company in its future tallest building. The tower will be…
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First and Mission Project Gets New Architects - Again
7 Apr 2014 – San Francisco, United States
Foster + Partners and local firm Heller Manus have been named as the architects of the on-again, off-again two-tower scheme at First and Mission streets, the nexus of San…
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WOHA’s 10-Tower Cuffe Parade to Complete by 2018
21 Mar 2014 – Mumbai, India
Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA has lent its unique brand of sky greenery to a new project in Mumbai, the New Cuffe Parade, consisting of ten 64-story residential…
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Skyline Writer Honored
13 Dec 2013 – Chicago, United States
Chris Gillott, the head electrician of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield building, died of a heart attack at age 57. He was the man responsible for setting up the building's…
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Seattle’s Next Tallest Planned
6 Dec 2013 – Seattle, United States
Real estate developer Greg Smith plans to build a 77-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, on a site where a popular 30-year-old restaurant, the Metropolitan Grill,…
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Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi
11 Nov 2013 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Rosewood Abu Dhabi became the first ultra-luxury hotel to open in Al Maryah Island, the new Central Business District (CBD) of Abu Dhabi. The hotel, designed by Handel…
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One Brickell CityCentre Height Announced
6 Nov 2013 – Miami, United States
Swire Properties has revealed the height of its latest proposed skyscraper project, One Brickell CityCentre. The building is slated to be built to the height of 1,102…
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Jon Pickard Details Milwaukee Tower’s Gestation
1 Oct 2013 – Milwaukee, United States
Following the announcement of the latest Pickard Chilton-designed tower, to be built in Milwaukee, The Wall Street Journal released an interview with co-founding…
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Aqua Doppel-Gang-er Sprouting in Houston
1 Oct 2013 – Houston, United States
PM Realty has started construction in Houston on a 40-story high-rise which is drawing criticism due to its close resemblance to Studio Gang's famed Aqua Tower in Chicago…
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City Provides Major Funding for Northwestern Mutual Tower
25 Sep 2013 – Milwaukee, United States
Plans for Milwaukee's tallest new office building in decades, a $450 million, 32-story office tower, have been revealed by Northwestern Mutual Life (NML). At 1.11 million…
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Brickell CityCentre to Add Sixth Tower
23 Sep 2013 – Miami, United States
Swire Properties Inc. announced details of the future addition to its Brickell CityCentre project, unveiling a mixed-use tower at 700 Brickell Ave., a site purchased in…
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Newcastle Hastens Gold Coast Tower
11 Sep 2013 – Chicago, United States
Chicago-based real estate investment firm Newcastle Limited has announced imminent plans to begin constructing a 35-story building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of…
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200 N Michigan Nods to Art-Deco Neighbor
4 Sep 2013 – Chicago, United States
bKL Architecture has designed a 45-story skyscraper for 200 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, including retail space and 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of…
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O'Donnell Launches "Wine-Glass" Riverside Tower
5 Aug 2013 – Chicago, United States
Developer John O'Donnell has unveiled a plan for a 53-story office tower on the west bank of the Chicago River. The 1.2 million-square foot (111,000-square meter) office…
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Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum
3 Apr 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, has updated the design of the podium façade. Instead of a transparent, sinuous glass façade,…
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San Francisco Welcomes Future Tallest
28 Mar 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Yesterday, San Francisco celebrated the groundbreaking of the Transbay Transit Tower. The 1,070-foot tower at First and Mission, which, if completed tomorrow, would be…
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Boston Properties Takes Transbay Terminal
21 Mar 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Boston Properties has replaced Hines as the main developer of Transbay Tower, slated to be San Francisco’s tallest building. Hines reduced its ownership interest in the…
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One of Three Wolf Point Towers Approved
28 Jan 2013 – Chicago, United States
Chicago city planners approved one tower of the three-tower development backed by the Kennedy family for Chicago's coveted Wolf Point. Developers will first build the 50-…
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Chicago River Point Tower Construction Begins
17 Jan 2013 – Chicago, United States
Construction crews launched a 45-story office tower on Tuesday at Lake and Canal streets in the Fulton River District of Chicago. This ceremony marked the first office…
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Transbay May Be Joined by Sibling Tower
7 Dec 2012 – San Francisco, United States
A 52-story mixed-use building has been proposed for the Transit Center District Plan area of San Francisco. The Heller Manus-designed 700-foot (213-meter) 181 Fremont…
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Radioactive Dirt Stalls Chicago Tower Construction
9 Nov 2012 – Chicago, United States
Construction work on 435 North Park was halted due to the discovery of radioactive soil on the site. The area was contaminated 80 years ago with 40,000 tons of…
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Kennedy Family Revises Chicago Tower Plan
2 Nov 2012 – Chicago, United States
Faced with a laundry list of complaints from neighbors, the development team behind a three-tower project on the Chicago River has submitted new plans for the development…
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Transit Center Officially Receives Final Approval
19 Oct 2012 – San Francisco, United States
San Francisco's Planning Commission on Thursday gave its final approval to plans to build the 1,070-foot (326-meter) tall Transbay Tower, the San Francisco Examiner…
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Transbay Tower Defeats Another Round of Naysaying
16 Oct 2012 – San Francisco, United States
The San Francisco Planning and the Recreation and Park Commissions have agreed that the shadow of the proposed Transbay Tower at 101 First St. won't have a significant or…

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MKA at CTBUH

Master's Thesis Challenge

28 Aug 2017, CTBUH News – CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level…

CTBUH Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Team Holds Second Meeting

23 Jun 2017, Event Report – The second meeting of the research team involved in “A Study on the Design…

CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation

22 Jun 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Germany held a symposium to discuss the role of technical and technological…

MKA at CTBUH

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
On June 7, 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.
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.
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 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

Donald Davies

Donald 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

Donald Davies

Donald Davies

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – Present
Seattle, United States

Rob Chmielowski

Rob Chmielowski

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

Matthew Streid

Matthew Streid

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

Jeremy Hasselbauer

Jeremy Hasselbauer

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Seattle, 2017 – Present
Seattle, United States

Joey Piotrowski

Joey Piotrowski

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Seattle, 2017 – Present
Seattle, United States

Alex Wiley

Alex Wiley

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Seattle, 2017 – Present
Seattle, United States

Farshad Berahman

Farshad Berahman

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

Leif Johnson

Leif Johnson

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

Jon Magnusson

Jon Magnusson

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 1995
Chicago, United States

Derek Beaman

Derek Beaman

CTBUH Conference, Session Chair, 2012
Seattle, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving MKA

Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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

18 May 2017 – CTBUH Chicago
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

Finding Tailored Solutions to Common Problems

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

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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? (Highlights)
18 May 2017 – CTBUH Chicago; 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 42 Completed20 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed3 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 11 Years
Most Common Function residential, 27 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 33 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 341 m Zhenjiang
3   Salesforce Tower 2018 326 m San Francisco
4   Leatop Plaza 2012 303 m Guangzhou
5   Key Tower 1991 289 m Cleveland
6   Columbia Center 1984 284 m Seattle
7   Oceanwide Center Tower 1 2021 277 m San Francisco
8   One Grant Park 2019 270 m Chicago
9   Aqua at Lakeshore East 2009 262 m Chicago
10   Highcliff 2003 252 m Hong Kong
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.