Nishkian Monks has participated in the 3rd Annual Summer Trails Challenge sponsored by Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT). The summer trails challenge is a collaborative effort between area residents, the City of Bozeman, local businesses, and several public and private organizations in the Bozeman area. The event has emerged out of an effort to celebrate GVLT trail-building efforts and raise funds for future “Main Street to the Mountains” trail system projects which are used by commuters, runners, bikers and dog walkers.
Nishkian Monks is proud of its involvement with the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation’s main lodge renovation project in southwest Montana. The rolling hills of Belgrade’s farm country is the new home to local nonprofit Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW). Nestled on 112 acres of grass and wetland at the foot of the Bridger Mountains, the Quiet Waters Ranch is in its first year of operation as a therapeutic fishing ranch for injured post-9/11 combat veterans. Nishkian Monks’ engineers provided an in-kind donation of structural design services for the renovation of the Barnard Lodge– a 10,000 square foot, six bedroom main house where participants stay to rest, relax, and fly fish. Completed in May 2016, the renovation and modifications included making the property completely handicap accessible. Showers and bathrooms were renovated, a small elevator that goes between the basement rooms and the main levels of the house was added, and where necessary– paths and ramps were built. A buffet accessible by wheelchair was also added, and two ponds were constructed out front where visitors can practice their casting. Nishkian Monks worked closely with Vaniman Architects and Locati Architects to modify the existing structure to accommodate the planned remodel. Existing bearing walls were removed and replaced with new structural systems. A new large, feature stone fire place and chimney was installed on the existing main floor which required strengthening measures for the floor to minimize new foundation elements beneath the chimney.
Since 2007, WQW provides meaningful reintegration program for our nation’s combat veterans returning from the battlefield with unique challenges. In the past, the organization has rented vacation homes around southwest Montana to facilitate the fishing experience. With the new lodge up and running, WQW can now focus its efforts on hosting more warriors and expanding upon the current Fishing Experience (FX) program. To keep up to date with the WQW organization’s programs and goals, or to donate or volunteer, we encourage you to visit Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, Inc. Ten fishing experiences took place in 2016, running from May to October. This year alone, WQW served 84 combat veterans and their spouses/caregivers bringing the total number served to 545 veterans since the foundation’s inception. Also in 2016, 127 volunteers donated more than 6,701 hours of their time to support WQW therapeutic programs. Check out this video footage about volunteers sharing how the therapeutic fly fishing programs have impacted their lives and the lives of warrior participants: https://vimeo.com/172526523
“Nishkian Monks is thrilled to provide structural design services that will have long-term positive impact on our wounded veterans and their families,” says Ty Monks, Vice-President, Managing Principal, and one of the founders of Nishkian Monks PLLC. “This renovation project also served to promote collaboration, and to strengthen our firm’s teamwork philosophy.”
Each year Nishkian Monks commit to assisting on a number of pro bono projects to recognize non-profit organizations and individuals requiring our structural engineering services. Nearly 80% of our community investment is in Bozeman and southwest Montana because of our utmost commitment to this region. Our firm is deeply invested in helping to make the Bozeman area a robust, dynamic place to live, work, and raise families in.
Once again, volunteers from Nishkian Menninger set out to help a family in need for National Rebuilding Day. On April 23rd, Rebuilding Together held their yearly National Rebuilding Day where the largest nationwide group of volunteers provides a multitude of services to homes and other facilities around the country. Every project is different; the work could include cleanup, painting, repairs, and remodels.
As accomplished professionals in a highly specialized field it is easy to forget the hard work and effort required along the path to our careers. For many of us, our careers are not an accomplishment that could be achieved without guidance from more experienced individuals. In recognition of the importance the role of mentors have played in achieving success, several engineers in the Nishkian Chamberlain office are involved in a variety of youth mentoring programs. Our roles in the programs vary, but the prevailing theme is to enlighten, motivate, and encourage students to find happiness in excelling academically, socially, and professionally.
The Nishkian Menninger team has participated in the 25th National Rebuilding Day, sponsored by Rebuilding Together. On April 25, Rebuilding Together coordinates with the largest nationwide group of volunteers in order to provide a multitude of services to homes and other facilities around the country. While every project is different, the work could include cleanup, painting, repairs, and remodels. It is the goal of Rebuilding Together to positively impact the community through community rehabilitation, education, and engagement.
Nishkian Monks is proud to be a part of Bozeman’s thriving community, and giving back is highly important to our team. As part of our commitment to providing structural design of enduring value, we offer pro bono engineering services to non-profits, schools and other community organizations. Throughout the year, we support by volunteering our time, giving charitable donations, and providing sponsorships and pro bono services to various organizations. Volunteering through the following programs allows us to be devoted to causes that are close to our hearts while spreading that passion to others: the Bozeman Public Schools, the Bozeman School Foundation, Bozeman SEPTA, City of Bozeman, Bozeman Film Society, Montana State University, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and the Museum of the Rockies. In addition to these academic institutions and various organizations, we also commit to assisting on a number of pro bono projects each year to recognized non-profit agencies and individuals requiring our structural engineering services.
One of our most recent pro bono efforts involves the structural design for the individual guest cabins, community center and swimming pool house at Erik’s Ranch Montana. Erik’s Ranch Montana is a 230-acre property located in Paradise Valley which when completed will be a home and work place for adults with autism. Erik’s Ranch & Retreats is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation with two locations, one in Edina, MN; the other near Bozeman, MT. This non-profit provides safe and unequaled living, working, social and recreational environments for adults with autism, using its guiding principles of lifelong learning, individual community building, and bidirectional integration through voluntourism.
Nishkian Monks recently had the awesome opportunity to visit the classroom of Ms. Jenny Cade at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana. During the classroom discussions, Nishkian engineers talked to the students about the work structural engineers do on a daily basis. Matt Miller, Tyler Hessler, and Ben Young explained the challenges of structural engineering, including requirements for lateral and gravity design, continuous load path concept, and accommodating architectural features.