The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), the City of Conrad, and Pondera County hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday for the new 10-acre Conrad Rest Area facility. With planning started in 2002, this $4.1 million, state-of-the-art facility replaces the 60-year-old Teton rest area located 20 miles south on Interstate 15. Working with Swank Enterprises of Valier and Collaborative Design Architects of Billings, Morrison-Maierle led the design, construction management, and quality control efforts for this MDT design-build construction project. The project presented some major challenges associated with a multi-disciplined site development project. Morrison-Maierle was responsible for the design of water mains for the City of Conrad,Read More →

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana presented its 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Montana Engineering Honors Banquet in Helena last night. Morrison-Maierle, Inc. won six awards, including the Grand Project Award for the Montana State University Football Stadium End Zone Addition in Bozeman. Montana State University Football Stadium End Zone Addition, Bozeman, Montana (Grand Project Award Winner and Structural Systems Category Award Winner) – In one of the most ambitious and unprecedented fundraising efforts initiated in recent Montana history, Montana State University, led by MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado, along with the MSU Foundation, set out to raise $6 million in privateRead More →

On October 27, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona (ACEC AZ) presented a 2012 Engineering Excellence Award (EEA) to Morrison-Maierle, Inc. for the Bullhead City Section 10 WWTP Headworks Improvements project. The City of Bullhead City, Arizona, had a non-functioning headworks process that resulted in maintenance and operation challenges in downstream equipment and processes.  The lack of a reliable screening system caused operators and maintenance personnel to constantly wonder what was going to fail next at the plant.  Failures caused by “ragging” of mixers, pumps and equipment resulted in sheered shafts and highly stressful responses by staff to identifyRead More →

The Bigfork Water and Sewer District in Bigfork, Montana, recently held an open house to celebrate their wastewater treatment plant upgrades with the community.  Back in 2006, the District partnered with Morrison-Maierle, Inc. to prepare a wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) that evaluated the wastewater facilities.  At the time, the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was an aging 20-year-old facility.  The PER examined how the plant could meet current and projected permitted effluent criteria and projected increased capacity needs. Bigfork is a rapidly growing community with a recreational-based economy on the shores of pristine Flathead Lake. The WWTP is tucked onto a very small site, constrainedRead More →

This week the USDA Northern Region Forest Service and Morrison-Maierle, Inc. received the Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE) Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Award of Merit for the St. Paul Trail Bridge project during the 2012 ACE Conference in Chesterton, Indiana. Working closely with the Forest Service, Morrison-Maierle developed a modified design that incorporates a post-tensioning system into the glue-laminated stringers. The post-tensioning system allows the stringers to withstand the significant snow loadings and provides a long-term solution to remote trail bridge construction restrictions. The public may now safely enjoy the benefits of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness trail system and can most certainly look forwardRead More →

Morrison-Maierle, Inc. was recently named to ENR Mountain States Intermountain Top Design Firms list. Ranked number 7 overall in the region that includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, Morrison-Maierle was ranked first in Montana. In the sector rankings, the firm was in the top 5 for both civil engineering and water supply. Earlier this year, Morrison-Maierle was included on Engineering News-Record ’s list of Top 500 Design Firms in the country ranking at number 354.  The Top 500 Design Firms list, published annually in April, ranks the 500 largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. The firm hasRead More →

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last Friday that the East Belgrade Interchange project in Gallatin County, Montana, will receive an $8.9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. This is the only project in Montana to receive a grant in the 2012 program. Morrison-Maierle is the design firm for the $54 million Interstate 90 interchange project that will reduce congestion and delays, improve safety by removing two at-grade rail crossings, and maintain the local road capacities by providing additional access to the interstate system. Working with the Montana Department of Transportation, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Gallatin County, and the City of Belgrade, theRead More →

Federal, state and local officials dedicated the new I-15 Custer Interchange in Helena, Montana, on June 1, 2012.  Morrison-Maierle was the lead engineer for this $52 million project completed in three phases over the last four years.  We provided traffic engineering; roadway, structural, bridge, hydraulic, and signal/lighting design; utility coordination; public involvement; water and sewer utility design; assistance during construction; and right-of-way design and coordination. Governor Brian Schweitzer, Senator Max Baucus, Helena Mayor Jim Smith and Montana Department of Transportation Director Tim Reardon were among those on hand to celebrate the project’s completion. The new Custer Bridge opened 35 days ahead of schedule.  The interchangeRead More →

Morrison-Maierle, Inc. and HDR were presented with a 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National Recognition Award for the City of Bozeman’s Water Reclamation Facility. The National Recognition Award is given through the annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition and presented in Washington, D.C., at the EEA Gala Awards Program. Projects were rated on the basis of original or innovative application of new or existing techniques; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and exceeding client/owner needs. Each national winner was selected from state award winners. In a tough economy, innovative design and bidding methods were usedRead More →