• Morrison-Maierle employee owners celebrate Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at the American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards.
    Morrison-Maierle employee owners celebrate Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at the American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards.
  • Morrison-Maierle employee owners Ty Walker, left, and Mike Brennan display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Grand Project Award in Montana for their work on the Hauser Dam Survey projec.
    Morrison-Maierle employee owners Ty Walker, left, and Mike Brennan display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Grand Project Award in Montana for their work on the Hauser Dam Survey project.
  • From left, Morrison-Maierle employee owners Rebecca Scheetz, Ron Lindroth, Nate Menuez and Austin Batson display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the Central Valley Fire Station.
    From left, Rebecca Scheetz, Project Owner Chief Ron Lindroth, Nate Menuez and Austin Batson display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the Central Valley Fire Station.
  • Morrison-Maierle employee owners Chad Taylor, left, and Max Grebe display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on Flathead-High-School.
    Morrison-Maierle employee owners Chad Taylor, left, and Max Grebe display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on Flathead-High-School.
  • Morrison-Maierle employee owners Debbie Johnston, left, and Kris VanLuchene display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the Phase W Project at the Round Mountain Mine.
    Morrison-Maierle employee owners Debbie Johnston, left, and Kris VanLuchene display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the Phase W Project at the Round Mountain Mine.
  • From left, Morrison-Maierle employee owners Jason-Millar, Barrett-McMurty and Debbie-Johnston display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the new Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge project for the U.S. Forest Service.
    From left, Jason Millar, Forest Service client Barrett McMurty and Debbie Johnston display their American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC, 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the new Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge project for the U.S. Forest Service.

Morrison-Maierle receives Grand Project Award and five engineering excellence awards

The Montana Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) awarded Morrison-Maierle with five 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards. This included awards for projects in the structural systems, building/technology, small projects and industrial categories, along with the Montana 2020 Grand Project Award for the Hauser Dam Survey project. Design and survey teams from the firm’s offices across the company accepted the awards for their work on these projects.

Scott Murphy, President and CEO, said these awards reflect Morrison-Maierle’s ability to deliver outstanding projects using expertise from across our company. “Having a local presence in nearly all Montana locations – coupled with being able to pull in experts on a company-wide basis – sets our teams apart. These award-winning projects are evidence that our project delivery approach benefits both our clients and employee-owners.”

The Hauser Dam Survey project for NorthWestern Energy replaced the 110-year-old horizontal turbine with a new energy-efficient Kaplan vertical version in order to maximize production and provide the most efficient use of the dam’s facility. NorthWestern Energy hired an internationally recognized Czech company to manufacture a modern energy-efficient vertical turbine. Because the new turbine needed to both use the existing turbine’s centerline and match the building’s gridlines, Morrison-Maierle’s surveyors used a 3D scan to get the two items to line up correctly and give the engineers and manufacturers a way to look at the turbine, penstock, and tailrace as a whole. With the drastic elevation changes and confined space parameters, the 3D scan allowed Morrison-Maierle to survey the entirety of the site in a safer manner in about half the time, ultimately saving the owner and client time and money.

In the Structural Systems Category, Morrison-Maierle received top honors for the Central Valley Fire Station. This project, designed by ThinkOne Architecture of Bozeman, involved a complex structural design to create a seismically sound facility. Many materials used in the building were sourced and built locally. The building includes a first-in-the-country decontamination station that allows firefighters to thoroughly clean toxic substances found on clothing and equipment.

In the Small Projects Category, Morrison-Maierle designed a new Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge for the U.S. Forest Service. This project replaced the old bridge with a new structure that ensured the safety of the growing number of tourists to the area while reducing maintenance. Since accessing the site was difficult, Morrison-Maierle’s design used lightweight materials that could be helicoptered into the area to create the same thrilling experience and similar aesthetic as the former bridge.

Morrison-Maierle performed detailed engineering for the Phase W Project at the Round Mountain Mine in central Nevada, earning top honors in the Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities Category. This project used all of Morrison-Maierle’s engineering capabilities, including civil, structural, process, mechanical HVAC, electrical, and instrumentation and controls engineering as well as on-site construction quality assurance assistance. Working on an accelerated schedule to create a sustainable and cost-effective solution, Morrison-Maierle added new infrastructure and processing facilities that will provide years of service to a rural community that relies on the mine for economic stability.

As part of a long-term facilities improvement contract with the Kalispell School District, Morrison-Maierle’s Flathead High School Expansion project received the top award in the Building/Technology Systems Category. This project, designed by LPW Architecture, built a new gym and expanded classrooms on a very tight schedule. The expansion was constructed within the 1926-era footprint previously occupied by the old gym. Morrison-Maierle was the prime consultant and provided the structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design. Due to creative design and phasing decisions, the Kalispell School District saved $900,000 on this project.