Engineering News-Record recently published a list of the largest new projects started in the Mountain States region last year. The list ranks the 60 largest projects that broke ground and real construction got under way on them between January 1 and December 31, 2016. The projects are located in the following states: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and the Dakotas. The 2016 list of top starts is ranked in order by dollar volume, and shows the cost of the top projects in the region totaled over $4.5 billion. The list also enumerates an impressive mix of public- and private-sector work reflective of the growing economic diversity of most states in the region, with projects launched in the health care, hotels and resorts, transportation, educational facilities, office, mixed-use, and multi-family residential sectors.
At the top of this year’s regional list is our Yellowstone Club Core Village project, a 550,000 square feet mixed-use base village in which 48 ultra-luxurious residences, a spa, pool, fitness area, restaurants, and full-skier service facilities are being added to Yellowstone Club, a world-class private resort in Big Sky, Montana. With a $312-million construction cost, the Yellowstone Club Core Village is one of the largest projects in price and size in the history of Montana.
The Nishkian team is incredibly proud to be involved in the Yellowstone Club Core Village project. Credit and kudos also go to our project team: Hart Howerton, GE Johnson Construction/Jackson Contractor Group JV, Stresscon/EnCon United, Cross Harbor Capital Partners LLC, Discovery Land Co., Yellowstone Development, and everybody else involved. We are thrilled for a great start on the largest project in the Rockies!
For the full list of the top 60 projects, please visit ENR 2016 List of Top Project Starts in the Mountain States
Construction is wrapping up on a new condominium building tucked off South 19th Avenue in southwest Bozeman. Sitting on 2.0 acres at the intersection of Graf St. and Enterprise Blvd. in Meadow Creek Subdivision, Talbach House is in a prime location close to the Oracle office campus, and within minutes to Montana State University and Downtown Main Street. The brand new three-story condominium building consists of 66 condominium units totaling 64,652 square feet (6,006 square meters). Bitnar Architects served as the master architect leading the design, collaborating with developer and builder Cadius Partners dba CP Haus, and structural engineer of record Nishkian Monks.
The condominiums at the Talbach House range in size from 625-square-foot one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath options to two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath options with just over 1,000 square feet featuring high ceilings, open floor plans, 8-foot tall, sliding glass windows with breathtaking views, large entertaining kitchens, and higher-end interior features as well as European-inspired design elements. Talbach’s secure building includes two exercise rooms, 1G internet speeds, outdoor storage, and 112 parking spaces on-site. With Meadow Creek Subdivision’s protective covenants and architectural guidelines, the Talbach House offers spectacular views of the Bridger, Spanish Peaks, Mount Blackmore and Tobacco Mountain ranges, open-space parks, walking/hiking trails, recreation, and other amenities.
The structure is on a gently sloping site, which required some cut and fill to allow a ground level with no interior steps. Above grade, the exterior and interior walls are light-framed wood construction with wood siding at the exterior walls. The roof framing was accomplished with pre-engineered gang-nailed trusses. In addition to the residential building, the project features covered parking with storage rooms. The building is founded on conventional concrete strip and spread footings with a slab-on-grade at the ground level.
With one-bedroom units starting around $173,500, the Talbach House provides home buyers a comparatively affordable option in Bozeman. As the project finally wraps-up, exterior siding panels are being installed giving Talbach House its contemporary look. These past few weeks crews have installed the lobby windows leaving an inviting space for resident mail and the lounge area. Steel staircases on the East end and the North end of the building were also installed. Talbach House also includes two elevators and a staircase in the center of the building. Installation of the steel balconies throughout the building have been completed. The balcony structure will accommodate the 5’x17’ steel and concrete balcony area on the second- and third-floor with glass railings and metal privacy screens. The first-floor suites will have a concrete patio walking right out to the grass area. Interior work is also near its end. The project is expected to be completed before the end of Q2-2017. To learn more about Talbach House Condos, click here.
Nishkian Monks is proud of its growing contribution to Bozeman’s affordable housing inventory and general amenity spread. Do not hesitate to contact any of the Nishkian offices if we can be of service to you on your next residential project.
To kick off its 15th Anniversary celebration, Nishkian Monks recently held a Company Ski Day at Bridger Bowl Ski Area located 16 miles outside of Bozeman. With a cloudy morning clearing to a sunny afternoon, everybody could enjoy fantastic skiing and even better company. Starting this year’s celebration with a team building activity is important to the Nishkian Monks office culture as the company stands true in its belief that a strong team is one that works hard together, but also takes time to recharge and get to know one another in a setting outside of the office walls. When the team heads out of town on Company Ski Days, laptops are left at the office to unplug for a day of spotty Wi-Fi, limited cell service, and a whole lot of team bonding. “Celebrating business milestones and achievements serve as a reminder that all of the hard work is worth it and progress is being made,” says Anchila Monks, Director of Marketing for the Nishkian firms. “What I love most about Company Ski Days is the camaraderie and discovery between one another that happens when we get our team together on a ski slope.”
Since the company’s inception in 2002, Nishkian Monks has grown, not only in size, but also in expertise and in service offerings. Last year, the company added four full-time employees and one intern. Having team members with varied skill sets make the Nishkian Monks team diverse, successful, and win awards for work accomplished as well. Celebrations will continue throughout the year to mark this significant milestone. “So much has happened here in the past 15 years,” Managing Principal Ty Monks told the team. “To have you join this celebration is especially important because it’s your achievement, your accomplishments, your dedication and all that you have done as team members. A company is nothing without its individuals, and we are lucky to have the best.”
NeBo Lofts, the recently completed new residential infill development project, illustrates the changing tide on the Northeast Edge of Downtown Bozeman. Nishkian Monks participated in the project as the structural engineer of record, working directly with Intrinsik Architecture and general contractor Langlas & Associates. Developed by Cottonwood Partners LLC, this 27,000 sq.ft. project consists of two identical, mirrored 4-story condominium buildings which share a common driveway on one property. Each building comprises six 4-story condominium units, or a total of 12 vertical condominiums all together. The end-units have similar design and floor plans, and the eight interior units were designed to be identical. These condominiums range from 2,200 sq.ft. to 2,400 sq.ft., and features 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, indoor and outdoor rooftop space with premier views, 2-car garage, and numerous storage spaces. The ground level, which is mostly garage space, small entry and mechanical rooms, are slab on grade with traditional spread footing and stem wall. The levels above are of wood-frame construction with separated shared walls between units. In addition to providing the design of the structural system and construction administration services, Nishkian Monks also served as the primary special inspection agency for this project to help ensure a high level of quality throughout the construction process.
With so many new construction being developed around Bozeman our design team believes that it is imperative to minimally build up. NeBo Lofts certainly does a great job of leaving a small footprint while bringing much needed housing to the downtown area. Anchored by a vibrant Main Street, NeBo Lofts offer easy access to Bozeman’s businesses, culture, entertainment, and community activities. It is strategically located in the midst of resurgence stemming from Bozeman’s downtown core where a wave of reinvestment continues to take place well into 2017—a growing appeal as an inviting place to live, work, learn and play.
Above feature image courtesy of Zakara Photography
Renderings courtesy of Intrinsik Architecture
Our Bozeman office is happy to announce we’re growing to serve your needs. Please join us in welcoming five new additions to the Nishkian Monks team– Alfred Larsen, Sean Kirby, Daniel Nolan, Devinka Edirrisinghe, and Justin Beschorner.
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 north Bozeman’s farm country are 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. 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.
Bozeman is in a housing boom as developers rush to flood the market with new subdivisions. Phase 1 of Four Points Subdivision, which recently opened for occupancy, is one of the latest additions developed by Four Points MT LLC. This brand new multi-family residential community is located in the northwest side of Bozeman which has become very popular due to the decent prices of homes in that area coupled with its solid infrastructure and transportation. The West Village consists of 72 units in six 3-story buildings totaling 73,500 square feet (22,403 sq.m). Studio H Design, Inc. served as the master architect leading the design, collaborating with general contractor Rotherham Construction, and structural engineers Nishkian Monks.
Meadowlark Elementary School is a 71,700 square foot, single story elementary school building located in northwest Bozeman. It is Bozeman’s 8th elementary school and was designed to be similar to previous elementary schools in the district. The Bozeman School District elected to work with the same team that designed and built Hyalite Elementary School in 2009—Prugh & Lenon Architects, general contractor and construction manager Langlas & Associates, and structural engineers Nishkian Monks. Meadowlark Elementary School’s floor plan builds on the previous elementary school plans with changes suggested by the staff such as additional storage space, a separate cafeteria, and a separate section for kindergarten classrooms.
There is a new wave of “baby boomers” who are looking for housing solutions that allow them to age in place while maintaining an active lifestyle in Montana. According to the current data from the Population Reference Bureau report and the U.S. Census Bureau, the youngest of the 76 million boomers have begun turning 50 in 2014 and 10,000 boomers per day will turn 65 from now through 2030. These demographics alone are driving the increased demand for 55-plus communities. The concept has gotten an even bigger boost in recent years as more boomers find themselves sitting on an empty nest in an active housing market.
Greenhouse Village is a new 55-plus community bringing 10 single-family condominiums that are approximately 2,300 square feet in size to the Southside neighborhood in Bozeman. Prugh & Lenon Architects took on the role as lead designers and project managers for this redevelopment project. Nishkian Monks served as the structural design consultant providing development and design of the structural system, construction administration, and special inspection of the building design collaborating with general contractor Tim Dean Construction.
Balanced above a bend by the Gallatin River in Montana, the Geode House is a one story, single family residence located in a mature deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and birch. Designed as a Geode, the building’s façade blocks out Gallatin Canyon’s highway traffic noise to create a private retreat that the whole house can open up to. ThinkTank Design Group served as the master architect leading the design, collaborating with general contractor Highline Partners and structural engineers Nishkian Monks PLLC.
By Serena Gilles, PE
Pouring concrete in hot and cold weather conditions requires special attention in order to achieve desirable strength and quality.
Over the past few months, major earthquakes have shaken areas around the world. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16 has killed at least 659 people, and more than 27,732 others were injured. The quake, Ecuador’s worst in decades, destroyed or damaged about 1,500 buildings, triggered mudslides and left some 20,500 people sleeping in shelters, according to the government. Japan was also hit with a series of earthquakes last month killing at least 49 people and injured about 3,000 others in total. Severe damage occurred in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures, with numerous toppled buildings, collapsed bridges and shredded structures into pile of debris.
The Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana has much to cheer about this year with record skier days and booming construction to build homes, renovate lodges, and breaking ground on new projects. Recently completed at the Yellowstone Club is The Village Lakeside condominiums, which partnered the Yellowstone Club, Locati Architects, Martel Construction, and Nishkian Monks to bring the project from conception through construction. Through thoughtful and timely phased development expanding the central core of the base area to include new amenities, expanded member services and offer a range of residential opportunities.
The reconstruction of the F&H Building on 211 East Main Street was a major contribution to the revitalization of downtown Bozeman, its place in the community and local economy. The process of rebuilding also played a major part of the healing process for downtown Bozeman. Seven years ago in the morning of March 5, 2009, a gas main explosion and fire rocked the snow-covered downtown Bozeman, destroyed five historic buildings and businesses on the north side of the 200 block of East Main Street, and killed one young woman. Eleven months after the explosion, two Bozeman businessmen submitted plans to build a new three-story structure, which would fill more than fifty percent of the gaping hole and rebuild. Rockin R Bar owners, Ralph Ferraro and Mike Hope, named the new building the “F&H Building.”
During the past 15 years, Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames (BRBFs) have been used extensively in the United States as part of the seismic force-resisting system for buildings in regions of high seismicity. One of the first new construction projects in Montana that employed BRBFs was the Mill Street Lofts building located in north of downtown Bozeman. The Mill Street Lofts building construction was the first phase of a multi-phase urban renewal projects to revitalize an older, industrial sector of the city. The vision that the owner/developer, Mill District Partners, LLC had for the greater project was a main street lined with buildings, which paid tribute to the industrial sector while creating the look and feel of a downtown main street. Comma-Q Architecture, Inc. took on the role as lead designers and project managers for this project. Nishkian Monks served as the structural design consultant providing development and design of the structural system, construction administration, and special inspection of the building design collaborating with general contractor Martel Construction, Inc.
Located at the corner of Cottonwood and Fallon in Bozeman, the West Edge Condominiums are a development of the Human Resource Development Council of District IX, Inc. or HRDC, a non-profit community action agency, as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funded by the Montana Department of Commerce. Funds were awarded to the HRDC in partnership with Gallatin County to purchase foreclosed properties, make necessary improvements, and construct additional units. The units are then sold to households living and working in the community who were formerly priced out of the market.
Our Bozeman office is pleased to announce and welcome three recent additions to our team– Tucker Haunt, Ben Young, and Christina Smith.
The transformation of a former pea cannery in Bozeman’s Cannery District on the northeast end of town into a four-story office/mixed-use facility is almost complete. Construction crews are hard at work throughout the site, finishing details and completing those areas not yet ready for public access. The developers, Cannery District Partners LLC, with Comma-Q Architecture, Langlas & Associates, and Nishkian Monks, hope to provide a new mixed-use and commercial/retail space to an up and coming live-work neighborhood.
The Solar Decathlon 2015 will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California from October 8-18, 2015, and a total of 16 teams from 30 different colleges around the world nearly 800 students studying architecture, engineering, city planning and other subjects have arrived at the build site on September 28 to construct and assemble their respective solar houses. South Carolina’s Clemson University is one of the participants in this extremely competitive design contest. The Clemson team includes more than 100 students, faculty and professional consultants collaborating on the design, construction and promotion of a prototypical, three-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot, low environmental-impact solar house that is cost-effective in today’s market and comfortable in South Carolina’s climate. Corporate and business partnerships have helped in the team’s preparations for this design competition. Along with South Carolina Electric & Gas, North Carolina’s UFP, and Georgia Pacific, Montana’s Nishkian Monks engineers joined as project partners providing structural engineering consultation for Clemson’s entry—a solar-powered and carbon neutral home, called “Indigo Pine.”
The new Ophir Elementary School in Big Sky, Montana opened its doors to new students on August 31, 2015. Designed by Prugh & Lenon Architects, the new 50,000 square foot school was constructed by Martel Construction. The new elementary school was the third project since 2007 in which, Nishkian Monks had teamed with Prugh & Lenon Architects and Martel Construction to successfully complete a project on the Ophir School grounds.
After an extensive 16-month renovation and seismic retrofit the Joseph Phelps Vineyards Guest Center re-opened its original winery building to visitors this summer. Originally designed by renowned architect John Marsh Davis in 1973 the majority of the historic building’s interior was removed, an interior floor was added, and the old building seismically upgraded. The Phelps family and the executive team collaborated with Baldauf Catton Van Eckartsberg (BCV Architects), Brandenburger Associates AIA, Cello & Maudro Construction Company (General Contractor), and Nishkian Monks to repurpose the interior winery spaces, enhancing the guest experience, while maintaining the building’s existing redwood exterior design.
Timing and logistics were key challenges as work occurred with hundreds of guests visiting the winery campus located in California’s Napa Valley. The architects focused on creating lighter spaces and installing modern utilities, while preserving the classic character of the structure. One of the primary challenges of the project was the seismic reinforcement and safety of the 40 year old structure.
This summer the Nishkian offices will try to add two more Ironman finisher titles to their office leadership. In the past our Los Angeles Managing Principal Craig Chamberlain competed and finished two Full Ironman Triathlon races– the Florida Ironman in 2004 and the Arizona Ironman in 2006. Our Bozeman Principal Partner Nathan McBride has also managed to complete the Lake Placid New York Ironman in 2004 and Coeur d’Alene Idaho Ironman in 2005.
The Big Timber Riverside Residence is one of the most unique, luxurious, and modern residences in Montana. This private residence is so captivating in its artistic design and structure that it is currently featured in the May/June issue of Mountain Living magazine. Big Timber Riverside Residence is a 3,800 square feet single-family home on a 2,000 acre ranch located in southwest Montana. The structural systems and primary components of this building consists of steel frame cantilevered column design, concrete foundation, metal roofing, native planted sod roof, readapted barn siding, ipe decking, locally quarried limestone floors, Duratherm mahogany windows, geothermal heating and cooling, led light fixtures, and a Bulthaup kitchen. One of the structural challenges was installing the fireplace which is located at the intersection of the main floor’s two axes. The fireplace hood hangs from the ceiling to make the fire accessible from all four sides.
Hughes Umbanhowar Architects served as the master architect leading the design, collaborating with general contractor Highline Partners, structural engineers Nishkian Monks PLLC in Bozeman and Big Sky, and various design consultants outside Montana. Because the building site is located in a flood plain the architects devised a creative solution—a building that sits on a 30-inch tall porous plinth elevating the finished floors. The house presents two distinct and separate facades on arrival, revealing itself after the visitor enters as two interlocking objects– one, a two-level glass wedge; the other a one story wooden bar. Joined together these interlocking objects form a “T” shape. A glass enclosed hall along the western side of the residence adds to the width of the wooden structure and recalls the scale and function of the shed covered walkways in former frontier towns.
A temperate spring day set the stage for Montana State University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9th. The ceremony took place at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. Friends and family flocked to the campus from near and far to celebrate the graduates’ achievement. Robert Benjamin Young of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Tucker Haunt of Madison, Wisconsin– interns in our Bozeman office–received their Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Structural Engineering.
Bozeman’s newest motel, the LARK, at historic downtown’s Main Street and Grand Avenue welcomed its first guests last April 2nd after years of planning, challenges, and construction. Designed by ThinkTank Design Group, Inc. and engineered by Nishkian Monks PLLC, this 13,000 sq.ft. building remodel is a two-story “L” shaped motel with a footprint of approximately 6,500 sq.ft. The type of construction is reflective of the early 1960’s. The ground floor consists of a slab on grade with continuous spread footing below bearing walls. Above the street level, the perimeter support of the building is constructed of load bearing skipped grouted concrete masonry blocks. The floor framing consists of 2×10 joists at 16 inches on center with an approximate 12 foot span. The building has a flat roof, consisting of 2×8 joists at 16 inches on center which mirror the spanning direction of the floor joists. While the hotel room framing was essentially kept as existing, the front lobby was entirely reconfigured, seismically improved, and reframed.
San Francisco is in a housing boom as developers rush to flood the market with new condominiums and apartments. Avalon Hayes Valley Apartments, which recently opened for occupancy, is one of the latest additions developed by Avalon Bay Communities. Located in the heart of the prime Hayes Valley district of San Francisco with convenient access to restaurants, shopping and public transportation this brand new apartment building offers 180 new rental units including studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and townhomes. The rental units feature gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and quartz stone countertops, spacious walk-in closets, and in-unit washer and dryer. Community amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, on-site restaurant, free WIFI access, and landscaped rooftop terraces with barbecues for residents to enjoy, as well as a pet spa, outdoor flat-screen televisions, on-site secured bike parking and bike rentals. Avalon Hayes Valley is convenient to downtown, Civic Center, the Mission, SOMA and the Castro, and boasts a Walk Score of 98, a Bike Score of 95, and a Transit Score of 100.
The renovation of the old Harrington and Story warehouse at 200 South Wallace Avenue in Bozeman has been no ordinary task. In the 1900s the property used to be the Chicago, Milwaukee Co. East Main Depot where asbestos ore was stored for milling prior to being transported elsewhere. Since then, anthophyllite asbestos contaminants have been found in the soils on the site and on surrounding private property where asbestos ore was spread or used as fill. Extensive abatement and clean-up of the soils along South Wallace was performed in 2003 and 2009. Further clean-up was performed in 2014 prior to the demolition of the old warehouse and remodeling of the site. Although the process of removing the asbestos took longer than originally planned, the transformation was worth it.
The old historic structure was a combination of heavy timber beam and column floor construction to hold large commercial loading at the ground level, and light-frame wood stud construction at the upper levels. The roof trusses span 60 feet, and have no interior supports. The total square footage of the remodel is approximately 18,600 square feet. The renovation project was built by general contractor Langlas & Associates with architectural design by Intrinsik Architecture and Nishkian Monks acting as structural engineers. Since the building went through a complete renovation
Drew Thigpen, E.I.T., graduated in 2010 from Clemson University in South Carolina with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Clemson, Drew accepted a position in Chicago Bridge & Iron’s Engineer-in-Training program. This highly selective global program exposes its participants to a wide range of fields and sectors. During this program Drew worked as a structural engineer in Chicago, IL, a fabrication engineer in Houston, TX, a field engineer on a BP expansion in Whiting, IN, and spent time in their Marketing & Sales department in The Woodlands, TX. After working with CB&I for three years, including one year in Perth, Australia on the Gorgon LNG Project, Drew moved to Bozeman, Montana. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Drew has an enthusiastic passion for structural design, and is always happy to give advice to aspiring engineers.
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Giving back is important to the Nishkian Monks team. We are proud to be a part of Bozeman’s thriving community. 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, located in Bozeman, a town nestled in the midst of Montana’s Rocky Mountains, has been attracting highly qualified employees who are interested in a balanced lifestyle between indoor work and outdoor play. Bozeman provides opportunities to enjoy a myriad of parks, miles of trails, and countless river access points for fishing while surrounded by natural beauty. The surrounding mountains include Bridger, Gallatin and the Tobacco Root Range and these peaks provide some of the finest skiing and mountain trails in all of North America.
Hence, for the past few years, the principals at Nishkian Monks have been working on an office wellness program which actively supports and promotes its employees’ active lifestyle. The program started within the office by providing sit-stand workstations for each employee. Every workstation is accompanied by windows offering panoramic views to relax one’s eyes while gazing into the horizon. Future changes to the office under the wellness program will include an upper story outside deck with outside seating to enjoy lunch breaks under the sun and exercise equipment.
October 1, 2014 may mark the 25th year anniversary of Nishkian & Associates, Inc. but it also marks the Nishkian Engineering Firm’s 95 years in the structural engineering business. With more than 90 years of history, the Nishkian firms is today one of the most recognized structural engineering practices operating in the greater west region.
The Nishkian family established the San Francisco, CA based Nishkian Engineering Firm in 1919. Levon Nishkian joined the firm in 1974 and later became the owner. In 1989 co-founders Levon Nishkian and Kevin Menninger set out with a vision to provide quality structural designs that are cost effective, efficiently constructed, and tailored to the specific project. Since 1989, the firm has weathered three earthquakes, three recessions, a company name change to Nishkian Menninger in 1998, and added three partner offices in three cities. The Nishkian Menninger partnership soon expanded to add Nishkian Dean in 1999 with new partner, Edwin T. Dean. This branch office is located in Portland, Oregon. In 2002 Levon Nishkian and Kevin Menninger partnered with Ty Monks to open the third office in Bozeman, Montana. The Bozeman office provides services from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwestern region and beyond. In 2007 the Nishkian Chamberlain office was formed in Los Angeles, California to serve the Southwest region. Craig Chamberlain is the managing partner of the Culver City branch office.
Nestling high in the foothills of Mount Everest lies the village of Phortse, a community of Sherpas working together to develop their village. One of the ongoing community project work is the Khumbu Climbing School, a project of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. In 2003 the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation launched the Khumbu Climbing Center to teach basic mountaineering and climbing skills to Sherpas, who often make their living guiding on Mount Everest with little or no climbing experience. The Khumbu Climbing School is being built in honor of Alex Lowe, who was widely considered one of the finest all-around mountaineers when he was killed by an avalanche in Pakistan in 1999. The building will be the first structure in this region to be engineered professionally, resisting earthquake and snow loading. Also unique to the region is the building’s passive solar design considerations. Once completed, the 3,000 square foot (279 square meters) building will house classrooms for teaching technical climbing and rescue skills, an indoor training wall, a library, storage room for gears, solar showers and community center. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation collaborated with the community of Phortse, Montana State University, architect and MSU professor Michael Everts, and structural engineer Ty Monks of Nishkian Monks in Bozeman Montana to design and build this new school located in the rural hillsides of Nepal.
Following a record rainfall coupled with a freak storm in July 2013 there was vast damage to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens on the campus of Clemson University. In the middle of the clean-up Clemson architecture professor Daniel Harding got on the phone with Nishkian Monks whom the professor had an established collaborative working relationship. Together with Clemson staff they worked out a plan to begin the restoration. Nishkian Monks helped a large force of local volunteers and students rebuild the bridges in the Botanical Gardens after last summer’s torrential flood. Rain fell on the area virtually every day after mid-June 2013. In the 10 days prior to the 13th of July, Clemson received more than 20 inches of rain. On the night of July 12th, into the morning of the 13th, the gardens saw an additional eight inches of rain. That was enough to open the floodgates, specifically on the garden’s Duck Pond, which unleashed more than 100 million gallons of water on the Hunt Cabin and the nature trails just beyond it. The flood wiped away almost all pedestrian bridges, eroded topsoil from some sections and dumped silt in others, causing at least $200,000 in damage. Managing Partner, Ty Monks, P.E. of Nishkian Monks PLLC in Bozeman, MT was part of the team led by Professors Daniel Harding and Paul Russell which spent the last twelve months rebuilding bridges, trails, and signage. While there is still more work to be done, in a year the South Carolina Botanical Garden has come a long way. Officials say the Botanical Garden is now fully operational and back to normal.
Six years ago ten countries from around the globe have been invited to participate in the Future House International Sustainable Energy Community Project Exposition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as part of China’s effort to promote energy-saving strategies and construction that will have a minimal impact on the global environment. In order to address their role as the second largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, China’s Ministry of Construction, PRC, commissioned a demonstration project titled Future House Community Expo aimed at integrating a number of concepts including the use of new and renewable energy sources, energy conservation technologies, environmental compatibility, pollution reduction and the use of modern digital technologies to create a housing design for China’s future. As part of this project, the Ministry authorized the construction of ten demonstration homes located in the Changping district of Beijing, just 8 kilometers north of the Master Stadium for the Olympic Games. Each of the homes was to be built by a different country, demonstrating the most modern and environmentally sustainable housing construction practices and technologies available from each country—Canada, China, Japan, Germany, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, UK, USA and Italy. The Future House USA project was a consortium established to undertake construction of the entry from the United States. Nishkian Monks is proud to be a part of Future House USA, and this international green building exposition which will be closing next month.
Valley West Subdivision is a 309-acre master planned community on the west side of Bozeman, Montana featuring a variety of beautiful homes with lovely front porches, tree-lined streets, parks and green spaces reminiscent of Bozeman neighborhoods of past generations. The Valley West vision was founded on a desire to transform the unique setting of the land into a place with truly exceptional quality of living while still preserving the area’s peaceful beauty. In conjunction with the City of Bozeman, Phoenix-based developer, The Aspen Group collaborated early on with Intrinsik Architecture, Nishkian Monks Structural Engineers, and other consultants to incorporate Meyers Park–a dedicated public land, which is defined by a five-acre lake, streams, wetlands and open acreage into the neighborhood landscape maintaining the integrity of the land and the region. A comprehensive package of park amenities were designed to provide greater access and safety while accentuating this neighborhood’s extensive trail system including two covered bridges, an entry pavilion/bridge, and a central community pavilion located on the banks of Meyers Lake, a large man-made lake offering scenic views and community recreation.
Construction crews keep plowing on at Block M, a 1-acre residential infill development that is bordered by East Lamme Street, North Black Avenue, East Beall Street and North Tracy Avenue in Bozeman, Montana. Developer HomeBase worked in partnership with Rotherham Construction, Intrinsik Architecture and Nishkian Monks, PLLC to complete the permit documents and start construction last fall on the multi-family housing development designed to contain two rows of brownstone-inspired vertical duplexes with 36 residences on the twenty lots just steps from the historic downtown core. The duplexes will have a shared, central driveway that accesses enclosed parking for each home. This townhome community will offer three unique designs of single family housing units, which are mirrored or slightly modified as they are being built to fill Block M. The building units are three-story single residence buildings with roof top access. Homebuyers can choose from three different home sizes, ranging from 2,500 square feet to 3,700 square feet with six floor plans allowing as many as four bedrooms. These buildings will be constructed utilizing wood frame construction and be founded on conventional concrete strip/spread footings. The homes will include two-car attached garages, laundry on the same level as the bedrooms, and the option to include an elevator. In addition to the central driveway a pocket park in the middle of the housing development will be added on the north side along Beall Street.
Nishkian Monks was proud to be the structural engineer on a unique and challenging ski-in/out chalet, located in Sugar Bowl Resort in Tahoe. The three-story, 5,600 sq.ft. residence chalet was designed by San Francisco-based architectural firm Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg / BCV Architects. The general contractor for the project was Mt. Lincoln Construction, from Truckee, California. The chalet is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range where maximum expected design snow depth is 16ft – equating to 380 pounds per sq.ft. of snow weight! Additionally the site is located in a region of high seismicity. The chalet is constructed of a combination of reinforced concrete, steel frames, conventional light wood framing, and heavy timber construction. BCV Architects challenged Nishkian Monks with designing a multi-folded, double sloping plane roof with oversized overhangs out of wood framing that could support the extreme roof snow loads. Through numerous design iterations and collaboration with BCV, Nishkian Monks successfully achieved a structural design for BCV’s striking exposed wood purlin roof. The roof purlins were arranged in such a fashion so as to emanate from the center of the chalet when viewing the house from any side.
Five years ago in the morning of March 5, 2009, a gas main explosion and fire rocked the snow-covered Downtown Bozeman, destroyed five historic buildings and businesses on the north side of the 200 block of East Main Street, and killed one young woman. City building officials immediately worked with Nishkian Monks engineers to set up two-person evaluation teams to assess over 50 buildings in the six blocks affected by the blast, and cleared most of them for limited occupancy allowing the people whose homes and livelihoods were affected to start cleaning up and moving forward. Five years later, a lot has been accomplished in reconstructing the area and Nishkian Monks continues to work with the revitalization efforts.
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.
Tyler Hessler, M.S., has been hired as a staff engineer at Nishkian Monks PLLC in Bozeman, MT. Tyler received his undergraduate and graduate degree in structural engineering from Montana State University. Tyler joined Nishkian Monks in May of 2012 working as an intern.
Bozeman, MT – Nishkian Monks PLLC is proud to announce Nathan McBride, P.E., S.E. as the firm’s newest partner. Nathan has been with the firm since 2007. Nathan holds a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State University.
“I am honored to be joining the firm as a partner,” says Nathan. “Nishkian Monks has been a big part of my life and my engineering career. I’m eager to continue working hard as a part of a team that is focused on bringing great and valuable engineering services to our clients and the community at large.”
Bozeman, MT – Matt Miller, P.E., has been named partner at Nishkian Monks PLLC, in Bozeman, MT. Matt has over 12 years of structural consulting experience. He received his undergraduate and graduate degree in structural engineering from Montana State University. Matt joined Nishkian Monks in June of 2005 working as a Project Engineer and elevated to Associate in 2006.
Pembina, ND – Nishkian Monks, PLLC was proud to be a part of a prototype green energy project in North Dakota. Using $2.96 Million in funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Rocky Mountain Region selected Colstrip Electric Inc. (CEI), a Montana based company, to construct a 1-megawatt wind turbine at the Pembina Land Port of Entry Border Station, in Pembina, N.D. The Land Port of Entry (LPOE) operates on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-per-week schedule, consuming approximately 1,635,000 kilowatt hours of electrical power annually. The border station is the largest in the State of North Dakota and services a major interstate trucking route between Winnipeg, Canada and the U.S. The wind turbine is expected to reduce electrical power consumption at the facility to zero, and conforms to the Energy Policy Act 2005. The project was to serve as a model for future renewable energy projects at other border stations across the country. The wind turbine project was a design-build project. CEI hired Nishkian Monks as the design team manager and as the project structural engineer. Nishkian Monks assembled a Montana based design team to come up with solutions to the challenges presented for this project. Nishkian Monks employed the geotechnical and civil engineering services of Allied Engineering Services, Inc., from Bozeman, MT, and electrical engineering services by Electrical Consultants, Inc. from Billings, MT.
Paradise Valley, MT — Erik’s Ranch, a premier residence and work place for adults with autism, located in Paradise Valley near Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park is currently under construction. Ideally suited for and aligned with this project, Nishkian Monks PLLC, one of the most respected structural engineering firms in Montana, has partnered with this nonprofit to design and develop this unprecedented model.
Bozeman, MT – Two newly constructed elementary schools in Gallatin Valley were recently completed in time for the start of school. Saddle Peak Elementary is the latest addition to the Belgrade School District which has grown steadily over the past few decades and continues to battle outdated and overcrowded facilities. The 63,500 sq.ft. building is adjacent to Belgrade Middle School which allows for efficient flow for parents and busses as well as shared access to the fields, playground and courts on the ground. Comma-Q Architecture designed the school, Nishkian Monks PLLC served as the structural engineer and Martel Construction was the Contractor for this project.
Helena, MT (November 7, 2012)– At the recent Montana Joint Engineers Conference, Nishkian Monks, PLLC accepted the 2013 American Council of Engineering Companies-Montana (ACEC-Montana) Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the REHAU EcoSmart House located in Bozeman, Montana. This award was under the Building/Technology Systems category.