When it comes to steel, Dave Eckmann wrote the guide. Literally. Eckmann, Managing Principal for Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) in Chicago, co-authored “Designing With Structural Steel: A Guide for Architects,” the American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC's) handbook for architects using structural steel in their designs. That kind of cross-disciplinary project—an engineer helping architects better understand how to use materials—is one example of how innovation comes with every one of Eckmann's projects.
Founded in 1920, MKA is a structural and civil engineering firm that specializes in unique and complex projects worldwide. “We are leaders in our industry and have an incredible opportunity to work with amazingly talented people on some really exciting projects,” Eckmann says.
With 34 years in the industry, Eckmann’s notable work includes Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5, River Point Tower, Wolf Point East, and The Northwestern Mutual Life corporate headquarters.
Even though he is licensed as a structural engineer and professional engineer, Eckmann brings another superpower to his toolkit: He also is a licensed architect, offering years of experience and an architect’s unique eye to each construction project.