Firm Wins Three 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards
Morrison-Maierle was recently honored with three 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards from the Montana chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The awards were given in three categories: Structural Systems, Building/Technology Systems, and Special Projects.
The Montana State University American Indian Hall (AIH) project took top honors in the Structural Systems category. With features that honor Native American cultures, AIH has a complex footprint that required an advanced structural design to incorporate unique, sustainable, and culturally appropriate features. It is also the first building in Montana to earn a LEED Platinum V4 certification.
The Montana State University Bobcat Athletic Complex was awarded in the Building/Technology Systems category for the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, ICT, and structural engineering design. This 40,000 sq. ft. building supports MSU athletes and houses a new state-of-the-art weight room, training rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, locker rooms, a nutrition center, physical therapy, coaches’ offices, a laundry facility, and a 120-seat football meeting room.
The Billings Airport Commercial Apron Construction project was honored for project excellence in the Special Projects category. As the airport’s engineer of record, the Morrison-Maierle was in the process of several airport upgrades when they discovered Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) in several places on the airport aprons. ASR is a chemical reaction in concrete that causes it to explode and had not been seen in Montana until Morrison-Maierle discovered it at the Billings airport. This new project—which will last for 40 years or more—sets a new standard for concrete projects in Montana.