Montana Law Enforcement Academy Education Center

Montana Law Enforcement Academy Education Center

Award: 2011 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana, Building/Technology Systems Category

The $3.75 million Karl Ohs Education Center on the campus of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) in Helena, Montana, is the first new building constructed in the school’s 50-year history and it provides a space for law enforcement and public safety officials to receive the critical education and training that helps them perform their jobs.

In 2007, the Montana Legislature approved funding for improvements to the MLEA campus. The requirements for the new education center were determined based on a programming effort conducted with the MLEA staff. ThinkOne architects designed the 15,500 square foot, two-story building that offers exceptional accommodations for scenario-based training and integrated data and communication systems while blending in with the Tudor style of the older campus buildings.

Morrison-Maierle provided civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering services to ThinkOne. The new education center is a state-of-the-art law enforcement training facility. The new facility provides five new classroom spaces, new student gathering and study spaces, a flexible training area for a wide range of uses, office/administrative space for staff trainer offices, and a reception area.

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