As champions for the industry, we are motivated to advance our craft and to make
our profession stronger for the long term. The research of today is setting the
standards of tomorrow in the building industry.


Transforming building design through cutting-edge research.


The MKA Foundation supports research projects directly benefiting the building design industry. Researchers and practicing engineers can explore the resulting research reports, articles, and tools to benefit their work.


Do you have a research idea that could benefit our industry directly? Apply for a research grant.


We are proud to work with our Industry Partners! As valuable industry champions, they join MKA in advocating and supporting new research.


Seattle’s 58-story, Rainier Square received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for being the world’s first high-rise to incorporate the innovative SpeedCore structural system into its design. This non-proprietary innovation—16 years in the making and championed by the MKA Foundation, Purdue University, the Charles Pankow Foundation, and many others—allowed Rainier Square’s construction to occur 43 percent faster than conventional methods.


Cooperative R&D and a relentless pursuit of a better and more constructable built environment – Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, established himself as a research champion through his tenure as the volunteer chairman of CTBUH as well as serving on the board of the Charles Pankow Foundation. In 2017, Klemencic and his MKA Partners created the Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. MKA and the MKA Foundation thoughtfully advance the profession with both collaborative in-kind structural and civil engineering support and financial sponsorship.