January 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Rainier Square: Game Changer!

The Rainier Square development in Seattle includes a 1.4 million square-foot, 58-story, 850-foot tall mixed-use tower as the centerpiece. Bracing this tower against wind and seismic demands is a new structural system: a Concrete-Filled, Composite Plate Shear Wall (CF-CPSW) system, or as dubbed by AISC – Speed Core

The contractor’s evaluation of the system as compared to a traditional reinforced concrete core revealed a time savings of 8 months, out of a total of 30 months, which will truly be a game changer. Developed by MKA in collaboration with Purdue University and The University at Buffalo with generous support from the Charles Pankow Foundation and AISC, Speed Core is ready for implementation across the country. Ron Klemencic’s presentation will share details of the project, system, research results, lessons learned, and prospects for the future.

Attendees will earn 1.0 hour of CEU. CE certificates will be emailed after the event.

About the Speaker


Ron Klemencic, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, Chairman and C.E.O. of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA)

Known for his creative, practical design solutions, Ron’s most recent innovation—a cutting-edge, composite steel frame—is the result of a 15-year research project currently being implemented in Seattle’s Rainier Square. “A proof of concept,” the revolutionary new “sandwich panel system” uses a steel-concrete composite core wall to shave months off the construction schedule and reduces costs compared to traditional concrete core systems.



Cliff Dwellers Club
200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor
Chicago, IL  


  • Bibb Lettuce and Artichoke Salad

  • Sauteed Lemon Sole

  • Tiramisu

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  


The registration fee is $45 for members/$65 for non-members through December 26th. After December 26th, prices increase to $55 and $75, respectively.


If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Friday, January 4th. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.



Scott Conwell ( International Masonry Institute )
Andrew Conwell ( UIUC )
Robert Lau ( mwrdgc )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Kevin Sido ( Hinshaw & Culbertson )
Michelle Gillette-Murphy ( MWRDGC )
William Bast ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Georges Abdallah ( Wight & Company )
Shelley Finnigan ( ArcelorMittal )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Stephen Schmitt ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Josh Brickman ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
R. Bradlee Fletcher ( Atlas Tube/JMC Steel Group )
Sara Davis ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Adam Theiss ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )