Morrison-Maierle, Inc. recently won three top honors in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Montana 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. ACEC-Montana honored these projects at the Montana Engineering Honors Banquet at the Joint Engineers Conference on Nov. 6 in Helena.
Each entrant was rated on the following categories: original or innovative application of new or existing techniques; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design; complexity; and exceeding client/owner needs.
In the Structural Systems category, Morrison-Maierle’s project for the City Missoula and its Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks took the top honors. This project was constructed on a constricted site adjacent to the Clark Fork River. High groundwater called for a building with a small footprint and deep vault that integrated innovative structural elements and an original dewatering approach. This solution resulted in a cost-effective project for the City of Missoula.
Morrison-Maierle’s design of the Five Mile Lift Station for its client, the City of Billings, took the top prize in Waste and Storm Water category. This project replaced the largest sanitary sewer lift station in Billings with a new station that utilizes an updated and more effective design. Construction of the new station commenced while the old station was still in service and required both sophisticated bypass pumping and a creek diversion and crossings to complete.
Finally, in the Building/Technology Systems category, Morrison-Maierle’s work on Montana Tech’s HPER Renovation/Addition was cited as this year’s best project. Morrison-Maierle engineers designed structural, mechanical and electrical systems to order to help extend the life of an existing public facility by making both visible and hidden upgrades. Designed by Bozeman architect, Bill Hanson of ThinkOne, this building, with its new addition and improvements, provides a new and improved facility for the staff and students at Montana Tech and maximizes the public’s tax dollars.
As recipients of these awards, each project is eligible to be entered in the 2014 ACEC-National Engineering Excellence Awards competition in Washington, D.C.