Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Specialty: Structural, civil engineering

Management: Chairman and CEO Jon D. Magnusson, President Ron Klemencic, COO Brian J. McIntyre

Year founded: 1923

2003 revenues: $20.2 million

Projected 2004 revenues: $21.8 million

Largest current projects: 111 South Wacker, Chicago; Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.; Harborview Medical Center seismic upgrade and expansion and WaMu Center, both in Seattle; World Trade Center Performing Arts Center at Ground Zero, New York

Magnusson Klemencic Associates President Ron Klemencic said both the structural and civil engineering divisions of the Seattle firm will continue to grow. The civil side will grow faster, however.

That is because of two factors. One is civil work related to what Klemencic calls aesthetic design projects, such as Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park.

The second is the firm’s growing emphasis on sustainable design factors.

Drew A. Gangnes, KMA’s director of civil engineering, has been working with Vulcan Inc. on sustainability issues in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and applying lessons learned to projects elsewhere.

Engineering and architecture firms working in Seattle can’t help but focus on sustainability — the city has a policy that calls for city-funded projects over 5,000 square feet to achieve a silver LEED rating. “I think that’s a positive thing,” Klemencic said.

On the structural side, he said two markets will remain active over the next year or two.

One is highrise, high-density housing. “This is not just a Seattle thing,” Klemencic said. “This is across the country.”

The other is work related to medical projects. Klemencic said this is due to the aging population and the fact that many hospitals and clinics are in antiquated facilities.

MKA has approximately 140 employees and Klemencic expects that number to grow, but not through acquisitions and mergers.

It’s not about growing for the sake of growing, he said. “There’s no particular target” in terms of head counts and revenue. “Our target is to consistently work on the best and most interesting projects throughout the world."

The hard part, he added, is landing the right recruits. “We are very selective about who we hire. Finding the right people is a bigger challenge than finding work.”



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