Who knew what was around the corner at the beginning of March 2020? What initially was a shock to the system soon became a long-distance endurance race. Teams and ZOOM became essential tools for both business and social interaction.
Whether working in the office, competing at a company-sponsored event, or relaxing at a Friday Happy Hour, maintaining an upbeat and dynamic culture is central to our mission. Covid challenged all of this. But as the saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade”. We adjusted on the fly.
Our quarterly poker night seamlessly transitioned into an online event. Super fun virtual games like Drawful, Trivia Murder Party and Fibbage became staples. We even channeled our inner Vincent Van Goghs and held a part virtual / part in person ‘Painting with a Twist’ get-together. As an added perk we held lotteries to reward participation at the end of our virtual company-wide quarterly meetings.
Beyond the obvious benefit of these events, a key upside has been the enhanced cultural connection they have created between our four offices. So much so that, while Covid is going away, our virtual events are here to stay!
We’re really excited to announce that our new brochure came in first place in its category in the 2021 Zweig Marketing Excellence national awards competition!
We live in a fast-paced, headline and caption world, so we wanted someone to be able to review this brochure in a minute or less and walk away with an understanding of our core competencies and what makes M+K tick.
Over the past several years we’ve been working hard to optimize our brand and to up our marketing game as part of our company wide strategic growth plan. While this piece is intended to support targeted business development nationally over the coming years, its primary purpose out of the gate was to bolster sales efforts on the West Coast concurrent with the opening of our office in San Diego early last Fall.
Our team is proud of the achievement, thankful for the award, and looking forward to future marketing projects. We truly aspire to achieve excellence in all aspects of our business, not just our engineering services and culture. Congrats to our Marketing Team!
Dan Ryan Builders is among the top home builders on the East Coast, currently operating in 9 states and 17 markets – from Pennsylvania to Georgia. While our relationship started with engineering homes for the Charleston, SC, market on the coast nearly 10 years ago, our team has both grown with DRB as they’ve expanded into new markets and have earned the confidence of their other divisions – to the point where we service the significant majority of their portfolio.
They have recently entered the Coastal Delaware market with 5 new communities under their DRB Coastal brand. Our team has extensive experience in this region and helped them develop local design standards and details. Anyone who builds in multiple jurisdictions understands the various “ism’s” and provincial nature that can literally come with the territory. Accounting for these factors prior to the first permit submittal can help avoid painful delays.
As material shortages continue to ripple through our industry, we’ve been working closely with their team to identify next-level value engineering opportunities and explore alternate options to ensure construction can continue with the materials that are available.
We’re thrilled to announce we were just voted #3 ‘best structural engineering firm to work for’ in the nation by The Zweig Group! We’re extremely proud to consistently rank in the top 5 structural firms, with a #1 ranking in 2017. This isn’t possible without the passion and engagement of our awesome employees, in both the work we do and the social activities we enjoy.
Since the day we first opened our doors, establishing a fun and supportive workplace has been a top priority. Promoting an environment based on the notion of always doing the right thing – treating others with courtesy and kindness – is simply a reflection of who we are.
Creating an outstanding company culture has been critical to both attracting and retaining the best people in the business. Why? Because you need great people to provide great service! There’s no doubt that M+K employees are the best in the business.
Charter Homes and Neighborhoods, the largest homebuilder in Central Pennsylvania, has been a valued client since the early years of M+K. Their commitment to excellence has been awarded with multiple industry accolades, including the Best Neighborhood in the Country award, Best Builder to Work For, and the Gold National Housing Quality Award – the home building industry’s highest recognition.
Over the years, we have partnered with the leadership team at Charter Homes to help them identify value engineering opportunities while ensuring their structural systems perform at the high level they demand.
We love working with the team at Charter and appreciate their dedication to developing ‘Great American Neighborhoods’ that are quaint, timeless, and go above and beyond the typical amenities by featuring a charming main street with locally owned shops & restaurants.
Tonewood Brewing is building a destination style micro-brewery in Barrington, NJ, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, the plans call for the renovation of a 20,000 SF lumber yard built in the 1800’s, and a small addition to create a state-of-the-art brewery that features 30’ tall grain silos. While the facility gives them the capacity to significantly increase output, the 5,000 SF of retail space – split among an outdoor beer garden, takeaway counter, elevated observation mezzanine, and a sprawling tasting room – has been designed to immerse customers in the production process.
The new bar and tasting room addition has full height glass curtainwalls and a wood plank roof system supported by glulam joists and architecturally exposed steel girders, intended to reflect the construction in the main building. Reinforced concrete mat slabs were designed to support the various tanks, chillers, and canning equipment. Custom built-up steel channels and timber framing create a trellis type structure that’s featured at the new entrance and outdoor beer garden.
Our team is excited about the possibility of a road trip happy hour as soon as construction is complete!
It’s with a combination of excitement, humility, and pride – all on behalf of our fantastic employees – that we’re thrilled to announce the 20th anniversary of Mulhern+Kulp!
It all started with our passion for residential design and the dream to build a small consulting firm. Our vision was to deliver personalized service to each customer, tailored to meet their specific needs, and to create a great company culture that would attract and retain the best of the best. Genuinely caring about our customers and employees was, and still is, our core philosophy.
Thinking back, it’s hard to fathom how far we’ve come: From the beginning in our basement offices, soon followed by hiring our first employees (many are in senior management now), to the opening of offices in the Southeast and West Coast – it’s been quite a ride!!!
We’ve been blessed so much more than we ever could have imagined. We’re incredibly grateful for the wonderful relationships we have built and the trust that our customers have placed in our team over the years.
We could not be more excited about what the future may hold. Here’s to the next 20 years!
Mike + Joe
Large multi-family structures in urban settings often present a unique set of challenges, including oblique footprints, varying entry elevations, and restrictive construction sequencing based on site access limitations. Our multi-family design team is well-versed to handle these types of challenges.
100 House at The Enclave, developed by BNE Real Estate Group, offers 4-stories of luxury residential units located just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan and a short walk from Hoboken Terminal, one of NYC’s major transportation hubs. The elevated concrete podium accommodates the parking level while supporting a variety of amenity spaces including an outdoor bar and grill station, indoor lounges, a theatre, and a bowling alley.
Accommodating utility services is often a complicating factor in the design of foundation systems and making room for the site’s storm water retention basin under the parking garage required some out-of-the-box planning. The reinforced slab for the lid of the basin was designed using Cupolex stay-in-place formwork to avoid accessibility issues with the removal of traditional formwork.
We value our long-term relationships with both BNE and Minno & Wasko, the Architect of Record. It’s always a thrill to see our work come to life, especially on these challenging urban initiatives.
The holidays are always an especially difficult time for those facing financial hardship and homelessness. Despite the challenges of 2020, two of our favorite charities went the extra mile to serve those less fortunate this past Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were happy to be able to help them out.
The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission sponsored the ‘Prepare a Plate’ fundraiser to help fund a sit down family style Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless in Philadelphia. Per their fundraising page: “Many attendees may be enjoying their first hot meal since early March at the Mission’s Thanksgiving table”.
Due to COVID restrictions we were not able to send a group of volunteers to help them as in years past, but we did participate in the fundraiser. We were excited to have been among the top five fundraising teams! SBRM’s goal was $30,000, and they exceeded it by $2,706!
The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard is a wonderful local charity near our home office in Ambler, PA. Their staff serve local families that are living at or below the poverty line – providing food, clothing, holiday meals, toys for children, and financial assistance when available.
Early in December they received a huge donation of over 12,000 pounds of food. While they were very pleased, unpacking and sorting all of that food presented a logistical challenge. We deployed a team of M+K volunteers who were happy to have put a big dent in the task, all while being masked up and working outside. We paused for a moment to take this picture.
Ever since Kyle joined the M+K team in 2006 he has been steadily rising through the ranks. A shareholder since 2016, his primary focus has been Multi-Family Apartments and Mixed-Use buildings. As the scale and complexity of his projects has grown, so has the size of his team, which now numbers 10. His cool disposition and breadth of experience makes him an invaluable resource for his clients, and a great mentor to our staff.
We’re excited to have Kyle join our Executive Management Team. We’re looking forward to his inevitable contributions, and to the key role he will play in strategizing our future growth!