2021 Fall Forum

Washington Sports Venues Then and Now: Evolutions in Design

November 17, 2021

Town Hall Seattle & Virtual Event

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Event Information

The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington is excited to announce details for its 11th Fall Forum to be held both in person at Town Hall Seattle and virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.


SEFW presents: "Washington Sports Venues Then and Now: Evolutions in Design."


In 1915, back before the Supersonics were NBA champions, the Seahawks won the Superbowl, or the Bulldogs fought in the NCAA final, the very first Washington state professional team, the Seattle Metropolitans, started its quest for the Stanley Cup. Since that time, games have been won and lost, teams have come and gone, and the backdrop for both hard-fought victory and heartbreaking defeat has been one of the Washington state sports venues. The very experience of viewing Washington sports is shaped by the design and engineering of the stadiums, fields, arenas, pavilions, and facilities our teams call home. Just as hockey in Seattle has evolved and will now take to the ice as the Kraken, so have these venues been architecturally and structurally modernized and improved over time. SEFW invites you to the 11th Annual Fall Forum, where local historian and journalist Knute Berger will present the stories behind several Washington sports venues and moderate a panel discussion with three structural engineers who brought them to life. With special attention given to the revolutionary reincarnation of the ClimatePledge Arena, the event will showcase history and evolution of venues all over Washington, including Husky Stadium, Martin Stadium, and more. Join in to learn more about the venerated Washington sports venues of the past, present, and future.



About our Speakers

Knute Berger is Seattle-area journalist journalist, television personality, and avid historian. He is an award-winning columnist for, host of “Mossback’s Northwest” on KCTS9-TV, and author of several books, including a history of the Space Needle published for the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Knute grew up a couple of blocks from the late, lamented Sick’s Stadium in the Rainier Valley, home to the Seattle Rainiers and the Seattle Pilots, and watched the Kingdome get blown up in 2000. At the Forum, he will present a historical perspective on Washington sports venues and moderate Q&A with our structural engineer panelists.

Steve Hofmeister, P.E., S.E., is a managing principal and structural engineering practice co-leader at Thornton Tomasetti in Kansas City. With specialized expertise in signature sports and public assembly projects, he oversees the strategic, management and technical aspects of the firm’s work in that sector. With nearly four decades of professional experience, Steve has been responsible for several large-scale projects around the world. His portfolio includes Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington; U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota; MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Yankee Stadium in New York City; and Basrah Sports City in Iraq.

Jon Magnusson, P.E., S.E., is Senior Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates, headquartered in Seattle. Jon has served as structural engineering Principal-in-Charge for many major sports venues around the country, including the local icons of KeyArena, T-Mobile Park, Lumen Field, Hec Edmundson Pavilion renovation, and three major renovations of Husky Stadium. He has been with MKA for 45 years, including 25 years as CEO, and is a Life Member of SEAW, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC.

Mark Aden, P.E., S.E., is Principal at DCI Engineers. Mark joined DCI in 1998 and opened their first branch office in Spokane, served as President/CEO from 2007 to 2021, and most recently opened their office in downtown Los Angeles. Mark’s projects include the Washington State University Martin Stadium renovation, Gonzaga basketball arena, and Gonzaga soccer and baseball fields. Mark attended the first Seahawks game in the Kingdome, has been a Husky season ticket holders for 35 years, and has frozen his butt off at many an Apple Cup in Seattle or Pullman.

Register Here!

Registration is open! Please register at and indicate if you plan to attend in person or virtually. You may also elect to be a "Friend of the Foundation" for a tax-deductible gift of $100.


If you plan to attend in-person, your registration will allow SEFW to plan accordingly at the event venue. SEFW will follow all COVID protocols in place by the local and state government and Town Hall Seattle. All attendees will need to present proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken in the last 24 hours (protocol as of 9/30/21). Please check back for updates.


If you plan to attend virtually, your registration will ensure you receive all the appropriate email reminders and viewing links. Our event will stream via a custom-designed Vimeo platform.

Corporate Partnerships

Firms are invited to become Corporate Partners at the time of the SEFW’s Fall Forum. Donated funds go toward fulfilling the SEFW mission to advance the profession of structural engineering through scholarships, education, research, and outreach.


Four sponsorship levels are available and outlined below.


To make a donation, please contact the SEFW administrator at or 206.451.7475. You may also contact any of our Board of Directors with a pledge.





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