Awards + Press

RECENT Awards

2017

Premiere on Pine, Seattle, WA

ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards

2017

Tower 12, Seattle, WA

2017 Cast-in-Place Structures,
Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association

2016

Highrise category
2nd place

HONORS WINNER, COMMERCIAL OFFICE

Cast-in-Place
High-Rise

Honors Winner, Multifamily Residential

National Silver Award -
Structural System

Honors Winner, Multifamily Residential

2015

2015
Awards of Merit

Cast-in-Place

National Gold Award - Structural System

2015
Awards of Merit

merit award - residential

Press

2017

Tower 12 Wins WACA Award
Seattle DJC, May 2017
Tower 12 in Seattle wins first place in the cast-in-place structures category from the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA).

Economical Long-Span High-Rise
Structure Magazine, April 2017
Viktoria is a 25-story upscale apartment with no internal columns, creating an open floor plan that offers spacious layouts with maximized usable square footage.

On a Quest to Improve Concrete Construction in Seismic Zones
Engineering News Record, January 2017
Earthquake engineer pioneered the use of high-strength steel fiber as a much needed rebar decongestant in shear-wall link beams.

2016

CKC Wins Top Awards for 3 Projects
Seattle DJC, November 2016
CKC was the structural engineer on three projects that won 2016 honors awards from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute.

Making Better Connections
Engineering News Record, September 2016
Northwest teams improve steel-fiber-concrete link beams to reduce rebar congestion in seismic-zone shear walls.

CKC San Francisco and Chicago Celebrate 1st Anniversary!
CKC Forward Thinking, August 2016
CKC’s San Francisco and Chicago offices recently celebrated their very first birthdays! And, thanks to you, it's been a great year for both!

CKC Wins Three National CRSI Awards
August 2016
Premiere on Pine, Hollywood 959, and Viktoria have been selected as award recipients in the 2016 CRSI Honors Design and Construction Awards Program.

Tower 12 Tops Out in Belltown
Seattle DJC, August 26, 2016
CKC and the project team celebrated the topping out of Tower 12, a 34-story residential tower in Seattle.

Light-gauge Steel Design Hits the 'Sweet Spot' for Mid-rise Buildings
Seattle DJC, May 2016
The hybrid system at the Spring District Apartments uses light-gauge steel to resist gravity and concrete shear walls to resist seismic forces.

Premiere on Pine Wins WACA Award
April 2016
Premiere on Pine in Seattle wins the best cast-in-place high-rise structure award from the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA).

CKC Promotes 3, Adds 2
March 2016
In the Bellevue office, CKC promoted Koren Copps and Brian Nielsen to project manager, and Angelia Tanamal to Senior Design Engineer; and hired Kellie Filips as design engineer and Joyce Valera as administrative assistant.

Lincoln Square Expansion Tops Out
Seattle DJC, March 11, 2016
Lincoln Square expansion hit a milestone on March 11, placing the final large beam on what will be Bellevue's largest office tower.

Controlling Construction Cost with Efficient Structural Design
CKC Forward Thinking - Winter 2016
Today’s construction market is highly competitive and increasingly expensive. Nevertheless, opportunities exist in the design office to help control construction cost without compromising quality.

SEAW Firms and Student Showcase, January 26
January 26, 2016
Join us on January 26th for the SEAW Firms Showcase and Student Project Showcase at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center. Click here for details and to register.

CKC Sponsors Louis Kahn exhibit at BAM
January 2016
Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) will be hosting the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture. Currently on a world tour, the first US venue of this landmark retrospective of one of America’s greatest architects will open at BAM on January 29, 2016 and run through May 1.

CKC Sponsors "The Center for Architecture & Design"
January 2016
We are thrilled to share exciting news about the Center for Architecture & Design - AIA Seattle's new home. Construction is almost complete and the Center is set to open this spring. CKC is delighted to support this project as a Gold Sponsor. Visit cfadseattle.orgfor more information.

Featured Article

"High-Rises, High Seismicity: New Materials and Design Approaches"
CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue III


The Lincoln Square Expansion (LSE) in Bellevue, Washington is an excellent example of how innovative structural design can add value to a multi-use project. CKC's unique solutions to the design challenges resulted in an efficient structural system, and use of steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) created a new approach to high-rise building design and construction in high seismic regions.

Performance-Based Design (PBD) provided a means to implement SFRC.

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Press Archives

2015

CKC Sponsors SEFW's Fall Forum, "World Trade Center: Then & Now"
November 2015
CKC is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington (SEFW)'s Fall Forum on November 10th. Register at sefw.org/news.html for a lecture on "World Trade Center: Then & Now" by Dr. Rahimian at Benaroya Hall.

Young Members Forum Mentor Roundtable Event
September 2015
The 2015 SEAOC Convention is this week! We welcome you to join Nic Rodrigues, managing principal of our San Francisco office, at the Young Members Forum (YMF) mentor roundtable event on Friday 9/11. Save the date!

SEAOC Convention in Bellevue, 9/9-12
August 2015
The 2015 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. We welcome you to join our presentations on Fri, September 11: "Lincoln Square Expansion" at 9AM, and "Premiere on Pine" at 10AM. For more information visit http://convention.seaoc.org

CKC Promotes 6
August 2015
We are thrilled to announce the promotion of our colleagues! CKC recently promoted Andy Tu to project manager/associate, Elaine Peng and Jason Thome to senior design engineer/associate, Joel Kipple and Jerry Lee to senior design engineer, and Jacob Lanquin to senior BIM modeler.

CKC Adds 3
August 2015
CKC recently hired Richard Hawksworth and Stephanie Vincent as design engineers, Allison Tran as HR specialist, and Natalie Sika as administrative assistant. Welcome aboard!

CKC Forward Thinking - Spring 2015
May 22, 2015
Our spring 2015 newsletter features 1200 South Figueroa and Lincoln Square Expansion.

Viktoria Wins 2015 WACA Award
May 18, 2015
Viktoria received an Excellence in Concrete Construction award in the Cast-in-Place Structures category from Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA).

SEAOI Awards Program Finalists
April 2015
The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) selected Viktoria and The Martin as finalists in their 2015 Awards Program. Winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner on June 6th.

Massive Concrete Pour Anchors 41-Story Hotel-Residential Tower
February 2015
The Lincoln Square Expansion in downtown Bellevue, WA. broke the state's record for the largest continuous concrete pour on Feb 28.

Viktoria wins National Gold Award from ACEC Washington
January 2015
Viktoria Seattle received an Engineering Excellence Gold Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Washington Chapter.

2014

CKC Opens New Offices
November 2014
CKC has opened new offices in San Francisco and Chicago to better serve clients in California and the Midwest. The headquarters will remain in Bellevue.

CKC Promotes 3, Adds 5
October 2014
CKC recently promoted Matt Hopper to Managing Principal, Bill Liang to Assistant BIM Manager and Pam Beltz to Office Administrator; and added Nicolas Rodrigues as Managing Principal, Brian Nielsen as Senior Design Engineer, Koren Britt as Senior Design Engineer, Ben Tarassoli as Design Engineer, and Adriana Torres as Administrative Assistant.

Boosting Consumer Confidence in Post-Tensioned Structures
Concrete Construction, September 2014
Will upcoming code changes be the tipping point for PT to become a preferred structural system?

High-Strength Concrete Comes of Age
STRUCTURE Magazine, September 2014; By Cary Kopczynski
As recently as 25 to 30 years ago, the steadily increasing availability of concrete with compressive strengths above 6,000 psi had the industry's rapt attention. Fast forward to 2014, and designers are specifying strengths of 10,000 psi, 12,000 psi and higher...

CKC Promotes 3, Adds 4
June 10, 2014
CKC recently promoted Ron Mirahsani to Principal, Andy Tu to Senior Project Engineer, and Jason Thome to Senior Project Engineer; and added Angelia Tanamal as Design Engineer, Angela Wang as BIM Modeler, and Stephanie Vincent and Kellie Fillips as Engineering Interns.

The Martin Wins 2014 WACA Award
May 9, 2014
The Martin Apartments received an award from Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA) for its innovative use of steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC).

PTI Announces Award Recipients
May 5, 2014
Our CEO Cary Kopczynski has received the James Cagley Medal from the PTI Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for his outstanding contributions to PTI.

Avalon Towers & Noho III Win 2013 CRSI Honors Award
Seattle DJC, May 14, 2014
CKC received 2013 Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) Honors Awards for structural design of Avalon Towers, a 16 and 25-story mixed-use towers over a parking podium in Bellevue, WA, and Noho III, a 9-story Class-A office space with adjacent parking in North Hollywood, CA.

Revised Structural 'Cookbook' will Follow a Simpler Recipe
Seattle DJC, "Building with Concrete", May 9, 2014; Cary Kopczynski
When structural engineers reach for concrete building code documents late this year, they may be surprised at what they find. The ACI 318 building code is getting its biggest makeover since 1971 to make it easier for engineers to use.

3 Local Firms Win ACEC Awards
April 3, 2014
ACEC said The Martin is a harbinger of a new approach to construction in seismic areas. A breakthrough material called Steel Fibrous Reinforced Concrete (SFRC) was used in the shear wall link beams to increase strength and ductility, eliminating cost and design issues associated with conventional methods.

Holland tops out Pine tower
Seattle DJC, March 20, 2014
Holland Development today expects to top out its 42-story apartment tower at 815 Pine St. At 440 ft tall, CKC specified 15,000-psi concrete for the project, which allows for smaller shear walls and columns than typical towers of this size.

The Martin wins a National Recognition Award from ACEC
March 2014
"The Martin" has earned a National Recognition Award in the ACEC 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition - the "Academy Awards of the engineering industry."

Three join CKC
February 2014
CKC has added three new staff: Dan Yeager as project manager, Lindsey Jones as junior engineer, and Vlada Bordewick as administrative assistant. Welcome!

2013

ProCure Center wins Excellence in Concrete award from WACA
Seattle DJC, May 17, 2013
ProCure Center received the cast-in-place structures award from Washington Aggregate and Concrete Association (WACA). Developed in partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, it is the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to offer proton therapy to cancer patients.

Cary Kopczynski joins Board of Direction for American Concrete Institute
Concrete International, May 1, 2013
Four ACI members have been elected to serve on the Board of Direction—each for 3-year terms starting in April 2013.

2201 Westlake/Enso Wins National Award
April 11, 2013
2201 Westlake/Enso and CKC will be honored on May 6th with an Award of Merit for the Building category at the Post-Tensioning Institute Convention.

The Martin tower is first to implement Steel Fiber in link beams
Concrete International, April 2013
After more than a decade of research, review, and code implementation, structural engineers can now offer an alternate design for concrete link beams in high-rise towers, significantly reducing congestion and dramatically improving constructability.

CKC New & Noteworthy
February 26, 2013
CKC’s newsflash outlines the problem and the ground breaking solution that steel fiber provides in concrete high-rise construction.

Seismic High-Rise Debuts Steel Fiber as Link-Beam Rebar Decongestant
ENR, February 25, 2013
Trailblazers seeking a faster, safer and less costly way to build concrete shear walls in seismic-zone high-rises have pioneered the use of steel fibers as link-beam reinforcing-steel "decongestants."

CKC Promotions
February 21, 2013
CKC promoted Joe Ferzli, PE, SE to Principal, Jason Thome, PE, to Senior Project Engineer, and Chi-ying Wang to Senior BIM Modeler.

Escalating Seismic Design
Structural Engineer, February 2013
Award-winning Seattle high rise innovative reinforcement allows for wide open spaces.

Steel fiber concrete cuts need for rebar
Seattle DJC, January 31, 2013
A new mix allowed crews to build shear wall link beams with 40 percent less rebar at The Martin apartments in Belltown. Vulcan’s 25-story tower in Seattle is the first building anywhere in the world to use steel fiber for this purpose.

2012

CKC adds staff
October 3, 2012
CKC hired Al Leaverenz as an associate and BIM/CAD manager, Elaine Peng, PE, as senior design engineer, Gregg Vernon as senior CAD designer, and Allison Tran as administrative assistant.

CKC adds staff
July 5, 2012
CKC hired Joel Kipple, PE as a design engineer, Jacob Lanquin as a CAD designer/drafter, and Aiko Hollinger as an administrative assistant.

CKC wins ‘Most Innovative Structure’ Award
June 9, 2012
Joining some of the most notable high rise structures in the world, Escala was selected by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois as the Most Innovative Structure, announced June 9th at their annual awards banquet in Chicago.

Escala, and CKC as the structural engineer, stand in very good company to be honored in a city known for its tall buildings and in a competition open to buildings all over the world. Prior winners in the Most Innovative Structure category include Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in 2010, and Trump International Hotel, Chicago in 2011, the second tallest building in the U.S.

Escala and CKC win award for steel work
Seattle DJC, May 16, 2012
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recognized Escala and CKC for engineering achievement, aesthetic expression, function, innovation, and economy. The jury praised the project for detailed planning, sustainable elements, resilient materials, and exceptional execution. This is Escala’s third national design award.

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center earns “Green Globes” designation
May 2, 2012
Featuring solar panels feeding the regional power grid, energy efficient lighting, and a 660-stall, five-level parking garage built with recycled concrete and other materials, the latest green addition to the transit center is 10 electric vehicle charging stations opening May 5. Green Globes is a designation by the Green Building Initiative for buildings built to standards that reduce environmental impact, save energy, and lower maintenance costs. The transit center opened in 2009 to meet growing transit demand in the south Snohomish County area.

Escala Condos win engineering award
Seattle DJC, May 2, 2012
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute selected Escala and CKC as 2012 National Design Award winner in the multi-family residential category. It’s the first building in North America to use 100-ksi steel for seismic confinement. more

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute announces 2012 Design Award winners
April 19, 2012
Evaluated on aesthetics, innovation, engineering achievement, functional excellence, and economy of construction, Escala won the National Design Award for multi-family residential projects. more

CKC finalist in Excellence for Structural Engineering Awards
April 12, 2012
The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois selected Escala as a finalist in their 2012 Awards Program. After finalists make oral presentations in May, winners will be announced June 9th at the annual awards banquet in Chicago.

CKC adds 3 staff
CKC hired Andy Tu as a senior design engineer, Jerry Lee as a design engineer and Dave Youngblood as a CAD designer.

Past Awards

Viktoria, Seattle, WA
Merit Award - Residential: ENR Northwest

The Martin, Seattle, WA
2014 Special Applications: Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

The Martin, Seattle, WA
2014 LEED Gold: US Green Building Council

The Martin, Seattle, WA
2014 National Recognition Award: American Council of Engineering Companies

Noho III, North Hollywood, CA
2013 Honors Winner: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

Avalon Towers, Bellevue, WA
2013 Honors Winner: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center, Seattle, WA
2013 Cast-in-Place: Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

2201 Westlake/Enso,Seattle, WA
2013 Award of Merit: Post-Tensioning Institute

Escala, Seattle, WA
2012 Most Innovative Structure & Juror’s Favorite
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

Escala, Seattle, WA
2012 National Design Award for Multi-family Housing
Concrete Steel Reinforcing Steel Institute

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center Parking Garage, Mountlake Terrace, WA
2012 Green Globes Certification

2201 Westlake/Enso, Seattle, WA
2011 Silver Award for Complexity: American Council of Engineering Companies Washington

Escala,Seattle, WA
2010 National Finalist: National Council of Structural Engineers Associations

2201 Westlake/Enso,Seattle, WA
2010 Honorable Mention: Concrete Steel Reinforcing Institute

Escala,Seattle, WA
2010 National Finalist Gold: American Council of Engineering Companies

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center Parking Garage, Mountlake Terrace, WA
2010 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

2201 Westlake/Enso,Seattle, WA
2010 LEED Gold: US Green Building Council

The Cosmopolitan, Seattle, WA
2008 National Award of Excellence for Residential Buildings
Post-Tensioning Institute

Centennial Parking Plaza, Bend, Oregon
2008 Special Honor: Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association

The Cosmopolitan, Seattle, WA
2007 National Council of Structural Engineers Associations

The Cosmopolitan, Seattle, WA
2007 Cast-in-Place: Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Cristalla/Façade, Seattle, WA
2005 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Lakeview Village Parking Garage, Lake Oswego, OR
2005 Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association

Resort at Seaside Trendwest, Seaside, OR
2004 Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association

Metropolitan Tower, Seattle, WA
2002 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Bremerton Transportation Center, Bremerton, WA
2002 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Ala Moana Shopping Center & Makai Parking Structure, Oahu, HI
2000 Hawaiian Cement

Riverstone Condominiums, Portland, OR
1999 Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association

One Pacific Towers, Seattle, WA
1998 Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute

Tri-Met Sunset Parking Structure, Beaverton, OR
1998 Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association, American Concrete Institute

Tri-Met Gresham Parking Structure, Gresham, OR
1998 Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute

Tri-Met Sunset Parking Structure, Beaverton, OR
1998 Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute

Key Arena Ice Slab, Seattle, WA
1998 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

 

Rose Garden Arena Parking Structure, Portland, OR
1997 Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association

Rose Garden Arena Parking Structure, Portland, OR
1997 Precast/Prestressed Cocnrete Institute

Bellevue Square - West Parking Structure, Bellevue, WA
1997 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Marketplace at Queen Anne, Seattle, WA
1997 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

520 Kirkland Way, Kirkland, WA
1997 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Bellevue Pacific Tower, Bellevue, WA
1996 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

One Pacific Towers, Seattle, WA
1996 Special Application: Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

One Pacific Towers, Seattle, WA
1996 Cast-in-Place: Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

BOMARC II, Everett, WA
1994 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

First Interstate Tower, Vancouver, WA
1993 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Marriott Residence Inn: Lake Union, Seattle, WA
1992 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Marriott Residence Inn: Lake Union, Seattle, WA
1992 American Concrete Institute

600 Broadway Medical Office Building, Seattle, WA
1991 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

Bellevue Place, Bellevue, WA
1989 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association

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