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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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KA teams with Simon and Saks for Houston Galleria redevelopment

by Craig Wasserman8. September 2014 10:40

 

Part of a larger multi-million dollar renovation and new construction, KA is providing architectural services for the redevelopment of Houston’s glittering Galleria. Working with Simon Property Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, and a team of designers, KA is helping to convert a former Saks store into a two-level, 110,000 sf mall wing which will add 35 new luxury retailers and restaurants, as well as connect the new Saks store to the existing mall. 

In turn, Saks will move to a new location - a two-level, 198,000 sf building located adjacent to its existing space. For the first phase of the project, KA is assisting Saks in developing the building shell for its new store, set to open in 2016. Construction will begin on the second phase of the project – the new mall wing – after Saks moves to its new building.

Timelapse video courtesy of Beck Construction.


Former KA leader James B. Heller transitions to consultant role

by Craig Wasserman25. August 2014 10:43

 

Effective October 31, 2014, James B. Heller departs from his full-time role at KA

It is with warm wishes that KA Architecture announces James B. Heller’s departure from his full-time position at the firm. Jimmy has been a driving force in moving the firm into the national marketplace with his knowledge and expertise in retail design. Jimmy will continue his working relationship with KA providing consultation services at the request of KA’s clients.

Jimmy joined the firm in 1971 after he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Ohio State University. Having been with the firm for more than 43 years, Jimmy served on the Board of Directors from 1980 until 2013, during which he served as President. As his career evolved, Jimmy became known as an architect of exceptional devotion to the firm’s clients. His unique abilities in land planning and site development, coupled with his meticulous attention to detail, led to the establishment of long-standing relationships within the retail development community.

We thank and congratulate Jimmy for his many years of service at KA!

KA's third generation leadership team - John G. Burk, Craig H. Wasserman, and Alan W. Siliko - will continue to guide the firm into the next 50+ years of delivering excellent client service. Bridging the gap between the firm's founder and current management team, Craig H. Wasserman will continue leading KA's client development and retention initiatives.

Alan Siliko Recognized in EY Entrepreneur Of The Yearâ„¢ Northeast Ohio Program

by Craig Wasserman27. June 2014 11:19

 

Congratulations to KA Chief Financial Officer Alan Siliko on his recognition as a finalist for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Northeast Ohio!

Past finalists and their companies are among the most influential, recognizable names in the region. Alan was recognized for his accomplishments in leveraging the financial strength of the firm to maximize future business growth.

Alan has been a part of the firm for more than 14 years and serves on the KA’s Board of Directors.

KA and EDG Moving Forward on Ritz Carlton Renovation

by Craig Wasserman20. June 2014 13:36

 

In collaboration with EDG, KA received planning approval from the City of Cleveland for the exterior facade renovation of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Located adjacent to Tower City and Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, the property is owned by Rock Ohio Caesars Hotel, LLC.

Proposed new West 3rd Street entrance to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Renderings courtesy of EDG.

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Newsletter-May 2014

by Craig Wasserman23. May 2014 08:10

 

View KA's May 2014 newsletter to get a look at the latest in development. With a number of projects currently under construction, several are scheduled to open late summer/early fall 2014. Access it here.

 

KA Bolsters Design Studio with Addition of Graham Post

by Craig Wasserman29. April 2014 11:18

 

Graham Post has joined KA as Senior Design Architect. In his role, he strives to create exceptional environments for his clients, designing spaces that are inspired while meeting the clients’ needs and vision. He collaborates directly with clients and oversees projects from the earliest design phases through construction.

“We are pleased to welcome Post to the KA team,” says Executive Vice President, Craig Wasserman. “His design sense coupled with technical expertise helps bridge the gap between concept and execution. This balance benefits our clients and positively impacts the firm.”

Bringing more than 14 years of design experience, Graham has worked on numerous nation-wide tenant improvements, specialty retail branding, and restaurants, as well as commercial office developments, several of which have produced recognition.

A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Post earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He holds an NCARB certificate and is a registered architect in the California and Texas.

2014-04-29 KA Bolsters Design Studio with Addition of Graham Post.pdf (191.49 kb)

 

Employee Events

by Craig Wasserman7. April 2014 09:20

 

Aside from our day-to-day activities of serving our clients, the ka staff knows how to have a little fun. Throughout the year, we partake in office-wide traditions hosted by our Board of Directors. Below are some of the highlights from this quarter.

March Madness - Each year, the ka staff gathers at a local gym before work to participate in some hoops action, accompanied by a company-wide breakfast and team selections for the firm’s NCAA tournament bracket. While it’s safe to say our staff will not be foraying into the basketball profession anytime soon, the entertaining displays of basketball prowess and spirit of competition fuel a morning of camaraderie.


CANstruction - Five associates at ka were selected to represent the firm at the 2014 CANstruction, a design and build competition benefitting the local food bank. Charged with a theme of “Route 66: American Landmarks,” the ka team designed a structure comprised of 2,100 cans that represented a Cadillac driving down the iconic Route 66 highway. In addition to making a donation valued at $2,500, ka also took home the award for “Best Meal,” recognizing the team which used the most nutritious can donations.


ka Putt-Putt Challenge - Equipped with a golf putter made of a sample block, ruler and drafting tape, ka’s staff participated in the annual in-house putting challenge. Conditions were fair this year, with just a light (air conditioned) breeze on the “greens” of our carpeted hallways as golf balls were maneuvered around the conference table, under the staircase and toward the cup.

Newsletter-March 2014

by Craig Wasserman5. March 2014 10:08

 

View KA's March 2014 newsletter featuring newly completed projects, developments under construction, award recognition and KA in the news. Access it here.

KA Receives SADI Awards Honorable Mention for Horseshoe Casino Cleveland

by Craig Wasserman10. January 2014 10:13

 

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland received Honorable Mention in the Adaptive Reuse of a Big-Box Space category for the 2013 Superior Achievement in Design and Imaging (SADI) awards. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the retail real estate sector.

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened in May 2012. ka provided Executive Architect services for Rock Ohio Caesars LLC's 300,000 sf project, located in downtown Cleveland, working with Design Architect The Friedmutter Group and a team of consultants.

Learn more about Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and view the gallery of images submitted.

 

Jim Clarke Elected a Shareholder of KA, Inc.

by Craig Wasserman3. January 2014 09:27

 

KA is pleased to announce that Jim Clarke has been elected a shareholder of the firm. With 20 years of experience, Jim Clarke brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as studio leader and shareholder of KA. As Studio Leader, he leads a team of associates in the preparation of design, construction documents and construction administration phases.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim spent his time honing his skills at various firms on the East Coast and in Northeast Ohio. His background includes retail, corporate, healthcare, education and residential projects.

A graduate of the Boston Architectural College, Jim holds licenses to practice architecture in the State of Ohio and the State of Massachusetts, as well as the certification of the National Council of Architectural Registration boards.

 

2014-01-03 Jim Clarke Elected a Shareholder of KA, Inc.pdf (200.57 kb)

 

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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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