Awards & Rankings

2017 Montana ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

We are pleased to announce that three of our recent projects have won 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards from the Montana chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The awards were presented November 2, 2016, at the Joint Engineering Conference (JEC) in Helena, Montana.

Boeing Helena
Boeing Helena winning team is pictured from left to right: Dustin Nelson, Tim Bury, Nancy Cormier and Tom Heinecke.

Morrison-Maierle’s Flower Creek Dam Improvements project took the top honors in the Water Resources Category. After significant review and study, the City of Libby determined that the existing 1940-era Flower Creek Dam was beyond repair. Morrison-Maierle determined the best solution was to build a completely different structure, a mass-concrete gravity dam. They saved the client a significant amount of money by using the existing dam as a cofferdam instead of building two new structures to perform this task.

In the Special Projects Category, Boeing Helena hired Morrison-Maierle to provide an on-site Project Manager/Owner’s Representative who became embedded into the staff, shared office space at the facility, and was on-site every day to interact with the contractor and the design engineer. As a result, this Project Manager spotted a change in the design that was not on the plans and ended up saving the client $400,000 to $500,000 in construction costs.

Flower Creek Dam
The Flower Creek Dam winning team is pictured from left to right: Christine Pearcy , Paul Burnham, Mark Franchi, and Alan Erickson.

In the Building/Technology Systems Category, Morrison-Maierle was awarded top honors for its St. Ignatius Community Health Clinic project. St. Ignatius Community Health Clinic consisted of hazardous materials cleanup, preparation and demolition of part of the existing structure, constructing a new building, and remodeling the existing structure, all on a shoestring budget. The owner received more funding mid-way through the project which required creative planning and design solutions that would not undo work that was already done and paid for.

Morrison-Maierle also wishes to say congratulations to the teams on their great work on other projects entered in the ACEC award program:

City of Billings East End Storm Drain – Morrison-Maierle’s solution for this large-capacity storm water project in a developed commercial area was the construction of a parallel storm drain to the existing system, relocation and replacement of an old water main, lowering of sewer mains at several alleys to accommodate the new drain, repaving North 15th Street to avoid patchwork trench restoration, and expanding the capacity of nearby Yegen Drain.

St. Ignatius Community Health Clinic
St. Ignatius Tribal Health Clinic team is pictured from left to right: Tom Coburn and Colin Lane.

State of Montana Inventory and Forecasting Study – The Montana Department of Transportation contracted with Morrison-Maierle to look at the needs of Montana’s public airports from a statewide perspective. The firm used techniques not used in typical planning for individual airports. The results of this study included a summary brochure and educational video highlighting the findings of the plan to assist communities in their future airport facility planning and budgeting.

Big Springs Water Conservation Project Phase I – Morrison-Maierle designed a water conservation project that saved water, increased in-stream water flows for fish habitat, and reduced the risk of catastrophic embankment failure of Montana Rail Link’s main rail line. This project remediated the upper-most 3,050-foot-segment of a canal that had the highest amount of seepage and was the most unstable component of the irrigation system.

Kinross Fort Knox Conveyor Bent #1 Repairs – Gold mining operations in Alaska need to run 24/7 during the spring and summer months as the season is short and winter sets in earlier. In addition to addressing several technical barriers, Morrison-Maierle designed a solution and helped craft a schedule that required two, 10-day shutdowns over two spring/summer construction and mining seasons with a full-time engineer onsite to help streamline this project.