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MKThink Awarded New HNEI Contract

Analysts Brett Madres and Sean Dasey work on the roof of a HNEI building.

Analysts Brett Madres and Sean Dasey work on the roof of a building HNEI is studying at Ewa Elementary School.
The classroom, Portable P6, is a net zero energy portable designed by Anderson Anderson Architecture.

SAN FRANCISCO – MKThink was awarded a $390,000/ten month contract with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI). Together, HNEI and MKThink will study and document energy dependencies in two distinct areas: Cultural and Human Environmental Factors in Higher Education and Grid Connected Batteries & Energy Infrastructure Systems. The project will continue to develop MKThink analytic tools and processes to better understand, predict, and evaluate the factors impacting energy consumption.

The new study expands on prior initiatives from the research community that use data as a means to compare, evaluate, and manage input across project portfolios. In 2009, the U.S. Office of Naval Research funded MKThink to begin investigating a framework logic to analyze data including cultural, environmental, and architectural/ asset-related factors called REACHE — Renewable Energy Architecture for Cultural and Human Environments. The next challenge for MKThink was to create technology to allow wider and more cost effective use of the framework, resulting in a new software platform called 4Daptive. This software, currently in beta, is capable of applying the logic to large data sets and relating the data to contextual conditions of place, time, value and scale. MKThink will conduct research with 4Daptive (and possibly other related technology) to support HNEI.

HNEI is part of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and conducts research to test and evaluate renewable energy technology. MKThink, the ideas company for the built environment, is an innovation / design-thinking company based in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit or contact Signo Uddenberg, Technical Projects Lead – Innovation Studio, at

MKThink on ArchDaily

MKThink on ArchDaily

MKThink has been featured on ArchDaily for the first time! Our work on The Nature Conservancy’s San Francisco Headquarters was profiled on the world’s most-visited architectural website. Using a mix of data and analysis to inform the design, the MKThink team worked with the organization to develop a new organizational system for staff to work effectively and efficently in the space. You can read more about the project and see photos and analytics over on the ArchDaily post.

The Nature Conservancy Featured on Office Snapshots!

The Nature Conservancy SF

The Nature Conservancy’s San Francisco Headquarters were featured on Office Snapshots today, the second MKThink project to be featured on the popular interiors blog (Mozilla). The post showcases the project’s use of reclaimed and recycled materials, including pilings excavated from the adjacent construction site of the new Transbay Terminal and Salesforce Tower, as well as old-growth Redwood salvaged from Northern California, and a 100% wool-clad steel reception desk. You can read more about the project on the Office Snapshots website!

Mozilla Named One of SF Business Times’ “Coolest New Offices” of 2014!


Our space for the Mozilla Corporation in Mountain View, CA has been named as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Coolest Office Spaces to Open in 2014! Created with the company’s culture of transparency as a core focus, the space expresses their unique mission with an open lobby space for large gatherings, smaller conference rooms equipped for inter-office teleconferencing, and collaborative zones that allow the company’s core of volunteers to interact with their full time employees seamlessly. The final design reflects a unique engagement of nearly all of Mozilla’s 260 employees, whose input was central in creating a space that maximizes utility and minimizes waste. Congratulations to the MKThink team!

You can read the full story here!

Healthy House Highlighted in Louisville Courier–Journal

MKThink's Healthy House

MKThink was featured in the Louisville Courier–Journal over the weekend in an article highlighting the revitalization of Louisville, Kentucky’s Portland neighborhood with a focus on urban farming. Spearheaded by MKThink and Louisville Grows, a foundation that distributes resident-grown produce throughout the city, the Healthy House will be a sustainable shotgun house. The structure, funded by philanthropist Christina Lee Brown and the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, “will house two apartments for interns, one chicken coop, three root cellars, four bee hives, and an orchard.” Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2015.

You can read more about the project and the urban garden movement in Louisville HERE!