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Alan Siliko Recognized as CFO of the Year Finalist

by Craig Wasserman27. August 2013 08:15


Congratulations to ka Chief Financial Officer Alan Siliko on his recognition as a finalist for the 2013 Crain's Cleveland CFO of the Year Award!

Crain’s honors Northeast Ohio’s top fiscal officers for outstanding financial leadership, asset management and strategic vision. The 24 CFO of the Year Award finalists were selected from a pool of nominees based on their leadership, ethics, measurable growth, successfully meeting challenges, civic contributions and strategic transactions. The winner will be announced at the October 22, 2013 gala.

Alan has been a part of the firm for more than 13 years, and he was elected to ka's Board of Directors last year.


On the Boards: Gulf Coast Galleria

by Craig Wasserman22. August 2013 06:44


The City Council in D'Iberville, Mississippi has approved zoning changes and variances to allow Gulf Coast Galleria to begin construction next spring. Local developer Bobby Mandal will be working with CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. to build the mall and adjacent hotel. Located along I-10 south and west of I-110, the enclosed mall will have two large anchor stores along with national, regional and local retailers. The initial phase will be 629,000 square feet with room to expand the anchors for a total of 700,000 square feet. ka is providing executive architect, planning and city approval services.


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Vision Equities Recognized for 67 Whippany Project

by Craig Wasserman12. August 2013 07:01


Congratulations to Vision Equities on being recognized for NAIOP New Jersey Deal of the Year!

Along with Cushman and Wakefield, Rubenstein Partners, Resource Realty and Bayer Healthcare, Vision Equities received the Award for Office/Mixed Use Deal of the Year for the land sale and development of Bayer’s new East Coast Headquarters at 67 Whippany Road in Whippany, New Jersey.


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Fashion Outlets of Chicago Grand Opening

by Craig Wasserman7. August 2013 05:50


Last week marked the grand opening of ka’s latest project, Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois. The 530,000 square foot, two-level enclosed urban outlet center was developed and owned by AWE Talisman and Macerich and includes 130 retailers.

Situated in a premium location minutes from O’Hare airport along US Interstate I-294, Fashion Outlets of Chicago attracts the attention of travelers passing by with a vertical tower at the end of the exit ramp and an impressive array of multi-media screens and tenant advertising.

The high-end outlet center wraps around an attached seven-level parking garage. ka provided Design and Executive Architect services, collaborating with RTKL on the design.


2013-08-07 Fashion Outlets of Chicago Grand Opening.pdf (237.72 kb)


Take Me Out to the Ballgame

by Craig Wasserman29. July 2013 06:30


The firm’s Board of Directors and shareholders treated the staff to an afternoon at Progressive Field. Our staff had a blast, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The final score of the Indians vs. Blue Jays was 4-2 – go Tribe!

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Find out more about the Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite ka recently renovated at Progressive Field.


Four Seasons, 32 Years

by Craig Wasserman8. July 2013 08:04


Four Seasons is a luxury apartment complex in Beachwood, Ohio, comprised of 408 units in four buildings. ka started working on the initial phase of the project in 1981, and has served as design and executive architect through the fourth phase, which is expected to open next summer.


ka's Multi-Family Residential Solutions

The primary challenge of the Four Seasons Phase IV project was to develop a plan that would meet the developer's pro forma objectives, while utilizing primarily wood-framed construction systems on a precast concrete podium.

In response, the ka team provided the following value:

  • Developed plan that provides for 141 units (1-, 2- and 3-bedroom)
  • Worked with the client to gain city approval for deed restriction amendment to allow for increased density
  • Obtained variances with regard to setbacks and parking (landbanked for future if necessary)
  • Developed building design to incorporate a ground level (podium) with a traditional wood-framed, four-story building above
  • Designed a contemporary facade on the Phase IV building using similar materials as the existing structures, with the intent to respect and blend in with the aesthetic of those buildings
  • Created a landscape plan that transformed a required detention pond into a water feature amenity, surrounded by walkways and activity areas

ka Completes Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite

by Craig Wasserman1. July 2013 05:00


ka completed the Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite at Progressive Field in April 2013, just in time for the Major League Baseball season. The 5,000 SF design-build project with Gilbane transformed 11 existing suites on the ballpark’s press level into a spacious 120-seat entertainment venue. With a concept design provided by Populous, ka’s scope of work as design and executive architect included new balcony seating, new field side glazing system, a sports bar and interior finishes and furnishings.

The generous interior space completely opens up to the outdoor, tiered balcony seating via full-width sliding glass doors. With the outdoor and indoor spaces linked together, patrons are given the opportunity to sit outside along the balcony or inside in a restaurant setting.

“The Premium Club Suite was developed as a new approach to suite and spectator design, focusing on the fan experience,” says Bill Ragaller, ka’s Director of Architecture & Interior Design. “It gives the spectators the ability to view the game from multiple vantage points, while socializing and dining in a more conducive setting.”

Adding to the fan experience are back-lit display cases of Indians memorabilia, large screen televisions to view the game, and the suite opening into a broadcast booth. “The adjacent broadcast booth allows ballpark visitors to experience pre- and post-game commentary and interact with Indians broadcasters,” says Ragaller.

The fast-track requirements of the project required ka to closely coordinate with the client and consultants, resulting in a successful project for the major league ballpark.


2013-07-01 ka Completes Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite.pdf (367.95 kb)

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New Outlet Center Construction Update

by Craig Wasserman27. June 2013 10:00


Smart Outlets at Nebraska Crossing is a 350,000 SF new outlet center developed by OTB Destination LLC, located just outside of Omaha in Gretna, Nebraska.

ka provided planning and design services. The previous shopping center was leveled to make way for a racetrack configuration, which optimizes walking distances and concentrates the large collection of retailers into a compact environment.

Construction progress as of June 2013

A dynamic center courtyard, combined with more intimate public spaces, create a rich variety of experiences that create a retail destination, inviting visitors to linger, dine and shop. The design evokes a modern interpretation of rural Nebraskan architecture, connecting the outlet center to its context.

The project will feature 70-plus outlet and factory stores, and is slated to open in late 2013.


Promotions at ka architecture

by Craig Wasserman26. June 2013 06:00


ka has promoted several members of the staff.








Rich Wilden – Director of Design

As Director of Design, Wilden is responsible for the firm’s strategic design focus. He previously held the title of Senior Design Architect at ka. Wilden earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University, and he is active within the architectural community as Treasurer for the Cleveland chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Brian Bernstein – Senior Landscape Architect

Highly passionate about creating a strong sense of place within all projects, Bernstein works to enhance the spatial experience from the broadest sense to the smallest detail. He previously held the title of Landscape Architect at ka. Bernstein holds Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.


Jim Clarke – Senior Project Architect

In his role, Clarke continues to lead a team of associates in the preparation of design and construction documents, most recently on Fashion Outlets of Chicago. He previously held the title of Project Architect at ka. Clarke is a graduate of the Boston Architectural College.

“We are excited to recognize the talents of our staff,” says John Burk, President & Chief Operating Officer. “Their talents and creativity complement our approach to architectural design and our business plan.”

2013-06-26 Promotions at ka architecture.pdf (286.73 kb)

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Newsletter-May 2013

by Craig Wasserman14. May 2013 09:44


View KA's May 2013 newsletter announcing our redesigned website and highlighting select projects, services and people. Access it here.


About KA, Inc.

KA  is a nationally recognized architecture firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, with an emphasis on providing value-added design services to clients on a range of projects, including retail centers, mixed use developments, corporate offices and hospitality venues.

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