CKC opens offices in San Francisco and Chicago

11/10/2014
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 10, 2014
CKC opens offices in San Francisco and Chicago
By JOURNAL STAFF
Structural engineering firm Cary Kopczynski & Co. said it has opened offices in San Francisco and
Chicago to help it better serve clients in California and the Midwest, where it has developed
significant business. Bellevue will continue to be its headquarters.
Managing Principal Nicolas Rodrigues leads the San Francisco office. He has nearly 15 years of
structural engineering experience specializing in tall and unique buildings in seismic regions.
In a press release, the company said he has designed notable high-rise projects, including the 60story Millennium Tower in San Francisco and the 835-foot-tall Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
His current work includes 1200 South Figueroa, which consists of two 35-story residential towers
over a seven-level retail/parking podium in downtown Los Angeles.
Managing Principal Matt Hopper leads the Chicago office. Hopper joined CKC in 2006 after
working as a structural engineer in Chicago for five years.
Hopper is working on 1001 West Chicago, which is two apartment towers over a retail podium in
Chicago; Steele Creek, a 12-story luxury apartment complex under construction in Denver,
Colorado; and 245 Columbine Hotel, a seven-story hotel, also in Denver.
Cary Kopczynski & Co. was founded in 1986. It specializes in the structural design of urban
buildings throughout the United States and elsewhere. The firm has 45 employees. CKC projects
its revenues for 2014 will be nearly $8 million.
Its local projects include the Lincoln Square expansion in Bellevue; Potala Tower Seattle, a 41-story
hotel and apartment tower at 2116 Fourth Ave. in Seattle; and a 34-story tower at Second Avenue
and Virginia Street in Seattle that is being developed by Continental Properties.
In a 2012 story in the DJC, Cary Kopczynski & Co. said it suffered during the recession as projects
it specializes in — urban hotels, multifamily residential, office, retail and parking structures mostly
for private developers — stopped getting built.
But CKC said it found ways to operate more efficiently, the type of work it does came back, it got
more public work, and its margins turned higher than before the recession.
Cary Kopczynski, the company's senior principal/CEO, was not available for comment on Friday.
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