Our award winning work has been published in a wide range of media. We’re proud to share some recent highlights.


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.


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 for more information.

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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 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

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.


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!


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.


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.


McGuire misfortune spurs building code changes

Seattle DJC, October 27, 2011

Corrosion of post-tensioning floor cables in the concrete structure of the McGuire Building caused it to be unsafe, and ultimately demolished. CKC is quoted as an expert in the story.

Steel fiber will make shear walls faster, cheaper to build

Seattle DJC, April 29, 2011

A new method for strengthening concrete shear walls has the potential not only to remove significant quantities of costly reinforcing steel, but also to make construction faster and easier.

CKC wins ACEC Silver Award

CKC won a Best in State Silver Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for Vulcan Real Estate’s 2201 Westlake/Enso in recognition of original or innovative application of new or existing techniques.


Creating successful projects in a difficult market

Seattle DJC, October 28, 2010

Cary Kopczynski’s suggestions for staying relevant during a slow market.

CKC Wins NCSEA National Finalist Award

Seattle DJC, October 27, 2010

The National Council of Structural Engineers Association recognized Escala as the National Finalist for its unique seismic system combining frames, shear walls, and cantilever elements.

CKC announces promotions & additions

CKC promoted Martin Maingot to senior associate, Matt Hopper to associate, and added Jorge Gamboa as senior CAD designer.

CRSI Honors Concrete Projects

Seattle DJC, March 5, 2010

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute honored eleven projects in its biennial awards program. 2201 Westlake/Enso received an honorable mention for Commercial Buildings, the only award given in that project category.

Envisioning the future of building design & construction

CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference, February 5, 2010

The design and construction of large urban buildings is changing dramatically. The use of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery is radically changing design offices; the same revolutionary events combined with improved construction materials and jobsite productivity is creating no less significant a metamorphosis on jobsites. Combine this with the current worldwide shift from consumption to sustainability and it becomes clearly apparent that our industry is in the middle of massive change. Cary Kopczynski’s presentation shows that today's designers can participate in a very exciting, impactful and positive worldwide revolution in urban building design and construction.

New Residential Towers Employ High-Strength Rebar, Other Efficiencies

Structure Magazine, January, 2010

Avalon Towers’ two towers, rising 25 and 16 floors, are not only one of the City of Bellevue’s first high-rise apartment projects, but also the first construction job in the U.S. to use high-strength, 90-ksi rebar product in the structure’s columns and shear walls for seismic confinement purposes.more

Coupling structural design with formwork efficiency

Structural Engineer, January, 2010

Designers of cast-in-place concrete structures have a unique opportunity to shape not only the structure of the building, but the volume of materials used and its efficiency to construct. Martin Maingot discusses the constant search to build faster with less.

Escala wins ACEC Gold Award

CKC Seattle DJC, January 25, 2010

Escala won the American Council of Engineering Companies Gold Award as a National finalist for Structural Systems from the 2010 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards.


High-Strength Rebar Market is Heating Up

Engineering News Record (ENR), December 2, 2009

Gains made using 90-ksi and 100-ksi rebar for seismic confinement of high-strength concrete makes high-rise towers faster to build using less material.

Changes Coming in 2009 for Concrete Structures

Seattle DJC, November 6, 2009

As a member of the American Concrete Institute’s Committee 318, Cary Kopczynski shares recently adopted changes that will become part of the International Building Code in 2009.

2201 Westlake gets LEED Gold

Seattle DJC, October 22, 2009

The 450,000 square foot mixed-use project in South Lake Union has 300,000 square feet of office space, 135 luxury condos called Enso, 25,000 square feet of street-level retail, and underground parking.

Sustainability and Post-Tensioned Concrete

PTI Journal, August, 2009

A case study about the use of post-tensioning as a green strategy on 2201 Westlake, a LEED Gold project.

Revit Structure Fulfills BIM’s Promise

Ideate Customer Success Story, 2009

CKC adopted Revit Structure for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to integrate the design process.


Living large featuring Kinects

Condo Monde, 2008

A hybrid structural design proves to be the best solution for a residential tower that has bigger floors at the top.

The First Green Condominium Building in Seattle

PTI Journal, August 2008

A case study of Mosler Lofts’ structural system.

Formwork Efficiencies

Concrete International, June 2008

Thinking ahead about constructability can result in savings of time and materials during construction.

The Cosmopolitan wins national award from PTI

Seattle DJC, June 11, 2008

The Post Tensioning Institute recognized The Cosmopolitan and CKC with its residential building award during its annual awards program.

The Tall, Gray, and Green Trends

Structural Engineer, April 2008

Martin Maingot reviews several approaches to designing structural systems that are faster to build and use less material which makes the projects more sustainable as well.

Awards Showcase Trends in Concrete

Portland Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2008

The Centennial Parking Plaza in Bend, Oregon won an award for parking structures from the Oregon Chapter of the American Concrete Institute and the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association.

Cary Kopczynski named as one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers” for 2007

Engineering News Record (ENR), April 2008

The Centennial Parking Plaza in Bend, Oregon won an award for parking structures from the Oregon Chapter of the American Concrete Institute and the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association.

Sky Radio interview with Cary Kopczynski

aired on Northwest Airlines in April 2008 and on American Airlines in March 2008.

High-strength rebar expanding options in concrete towers

Structure Magazine, April 2008

A case study of Mosler Lofts’ structural system.


Buildable Design with BIM

Autodesk Customer Success Story, 2007

With Revit Structure software, CKC gains extraordinary insight, improves communication, and increases productivity by up to 15 percent.

High Strength Rebar Called Revolutionary

Engineering News Record (ENR), September 3, 2007

CKC got the okay to use high-strength reinforcing steel for seismic confinement on a project two years before it was allowed by the existing code. more

Escala – Post-Tensioning is Obvious Choice

PTI Journal, July 2007

Thinking ahead about constructability can result in savings of time and materials during construction.

Cosmopolitan Tower Wins at WACA 2007

Seattle DJC, May 4, 2007

Cosmopolitan Tower won for cast-in-place structures at the annual Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association awards.

Tower Design Breaks Out of the Box

Seattle DJC, May 4, 2007

Advances in modeling software, high performance concrete, and advanced forming systems allow designers to design and build structures that go beyond the rectangular box while expanding the open space inside.

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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