Built in 1908, and unused since 2005, the Rialto Theater has been given new life as a cultural resource and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Bozeman. After an extensive two-year remodel and seismic retrofit the Rialto re-opened its doors to patrons early this year. The majority of the historic building’s interior was removed to fit the new architectural program. Developers including ThinkTank Design Group collaborated with general contractor North Fork Builders and structural engineers Nishkian Monks to repurpose the interior spaces, enhancing the patron’s experience, while maintaining the building’s existing exterior design.
The entire team is looking forward to building on the substantial progress we have achieved over the past months in advancing the Yellowstone Club Core Village construction project in Big Sky, MT. Battling the Montana winter this year countless manhours and consumables have been spent towards keeping areas warm enough to install products on the exterior and interior of this 475,000 square feet (44,129 square meters) Core Village project. It takes a lot of manpower, propane and mental toughness to work in these damp, freezing conditions daily. As spring begins, frequent thawing and freezing cycles continue. Nevertheless, structural steel and structural concrete has been completed, metal roof decking on Area 4 (Spa Building) has been installed, and the roofers have battled the conditions and managed to continue to dry-in the roofs on Area 1, 2, and 5. The site concrete retaining walls are underway along with plenty of other exterior work. The exterior punchlist process began in March on Areas 1 and 5. Exterior sheathing is wrapping up on Areas 3 and 4 and windows installation is following right behind. Tower Crane #2 has been removed to allow construction crew to finish the plaza work.
A great deal of hubbub has surrounded the luxury real estate market in Downtown San Francisco in recent months. Newly completed is La Maison, a 28-unit luxury condominium building located at 241 10th Street between Howard and Folsom. Epitomizing comfort and sophistication, this 23,570 square-foot mixed-use residential structure offers a variety of one- and two-bedroom contemporary floorplans ranging from 518 square feet to 992 square feet, each individually custom designed to offer a unique living experience. Structural design was performed by Nishkian Monks. The structure is four stories of wood framing over one story of concrete construction (Type VA over Type IA). The wood framing consists of I-joist and glulam floor/roof framing with wood shear walls. The above grade post-tensioned concrete podium separates the residential units from the office/retail and parking spaces below. The structural foundation is an at-grade mat foundation.
The recently completed new commercial building, The Palisade, illustrates the changing tide in the fastest growing and highest density of residential neighborhoods on the west end of Bozeman. Nishkian Monks participated in the project as the structural engineer of record, working directly with Bitnar Architects and general contractor Langlas & Associates. Developed by Paine Group, Inc., The Palisade is a 6,600-square-foot commercial building located at 630 Boardwalk Avenue. The structure is located at a gently sloping site. Above grade, the exterior and interior walls are of light-gage metal stud construction with thin set brick veneer at the exterior walls. The roof framing is accomplished with pre-engineered open web steel trusses. The building is founded on conventional concrete strip and spread footings with a slab-on-grade at the ground level.
A new religious retreat center and community is currently under construction in Sarpy County between Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Cloisters on the Platte is a multi-million-dollar Ignatian retreat community dreamt up and being built by TD Ameritrade founder, Joe Ricketts. The 931-acre oasis is nestled in the rolling hills along the Platte River situated roughly between I-80 on the west and Nebraska Highway 31 on the east. The Cloisters will be comprised of a chapel, the main retreat center, and seven guest lodges. Nishkian Monks is proud to partner with some of the world’s most respected team of architects and artisans to create a tranquil atmosphere that will blend seamlessly with the natural environment along the Platte.
Three of the seven guest lodges– the Campion Lodge, the Kircher Lodge, and the De Brebeuf Lodge—are being built by general contractor Big-D Signature with architectural design by JLF & Associates, and Nishkian Monks serving as the structural engineer of record. The design of the three lodges is inspired by traditional monastic life. The forms are simple and evocative of regional vernacular; the use of reclaimed materials evokes a sense of timelessness. The composition of smaller individual spaces linked by transparent connectors keeps one in touch with their surroundings, simultaneously providing modest contemplative spaces. The lodges are built at a relative level site with some building elements either very close to the water front of a lake or spanning over water features. The buildings are standard light frame wood construction with a combination of heavy stone and reclaimed timber/wood siding at the exterior walls. Steel moment frames and pre-engineered strong walls were required in various locations due to large walls of windows. Roof framing was accomplished with a blend of pre-engineered gang-nailed trusses and stick framing. The combined net area of the Campion Lodge, the Kircher Lodge, and the De Brebeuf Lodge for Lot 5, 6, and 7 is approximately 22,600 square feet. The three lodges are founded on conventional concrete strip and spread footings with bridged connections between structures.
The building boom sweeping Bozeman is hard to miss, between giant holes in the ground and construction crews closing down streets, there is a lot of development on all fronts. Early this summer a new restaurant called Sidewinders American Grill opened on the west side of town. The building features 8,000 square feet of space with a large bar and rooftop seating. Thomas Bitnar Architects has designed the restaurant building collaborating with general contractor Langlas & Associates, and structural engineers Nishkian Monks.
The structure was built at a level site. Above grade, the exterior and interior walls are of light-framed metal stud construction with thin set brick veneer at the exterior walls. The roof framing was accomplished with pre-engineered gang-nailed trusses by Simkins-Hallin, Inc. of Bozeman. The building includes a partial basement, upper level deck, kitchen and restaurant area, and is founded on conventional concrete strip and spread footings with a slab-on-grade at the ground level.
The Sidewinders building is the first commercial structure to be completed at Ferguson Farm, a 19-acre, B2 Zone development on the north side of Huffine Lane between Cottonwood Road and Ferguson Avenue. Developed by Delaney & Company, the new neighborhood commercial center will include restaurants, a bank, coffee shops, retail, professional offices and lodging.
For more information about Sidewinders, visit http://sidewinderstavern.com/home/.
Photo Credit: Zakara Photography
What once was a car wash and auto detail shop along El Camino Real off Shoreline Boulevard in the Silicon Valley is now turning into a luxury condominium community developed by Regis Homes Bay Area LLC. 1101 West, the new condominium building located at 1101 West El Camino Real in downtown Mountain View, is nearing completion and will hit the luxury property market this summer. The forthcoming 75,700-square-feet development is poised to bring 52 condominium units comprising of 6 studios, 18 one-bedroom, 17 two-bedroom, and 11 three-bedroom residences featuring spacious floor plans, refined finishes and sustainable design elements. Community amenities include an elegant lobby, landscaped courtyard with barbecues and fire pit, a bike pavilion with secure bike storage and workshop, a pet-friendly area and electrical vehicle charging stations available for every homeowner.
The structure includes a full story of below grade parking supported by continuous and spread footings with a concrete podium slab at grade creating a landscaped patio for the residents, and supporting four stories of traditional wood framing. The structure is set back from the street to promote foot and bike traffic. There is also a new bus stop in front of the building. With a Walk Score of 79 out of 100 in the Miramonte-Springer neighborhood in Mountain View, 1101 West’s location is very walkable so most errands can be accomplished on foot. Nearby parks include McKelvey Park, Eagle Park and Pioneer Park.
Regis Homes Bay Area with Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh (VTBS Architects), and Nishkian Monks of Bozeman worked together on this transit-oriented, urban-infill, luxury condominium building project to help with the Grand Boulevard Initiative, a collaboration of more than 30 different San Francisco Bay Area cities, agencies and other organizations working together to attract new development, retail, transit, employment, services and housing along the El Camino Real corridor which is one of the Bay Area’s major thoroughfares.
For availability announcements and more information about this project, visit http://www.1101w.com/
City of Bozeman officials recently invited the community to come out to Bogert Park and celebrate the newly restored Bozeman Creek and amenities. A ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the newly completed upgrades to Bogert Park was held on June 22, 2017.
In an effort to improve access and enhance the experience for visitors, the City of Bozeman has partnered with the State of Montana, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Friends of Parks and other groups. As part of the enhancement project that totaled a $707,000 investment into the park, the Bozeman Creek channel was reconstructed to add a meander and a secondary channel for floodwater. A floodplain was re-established to slow velocities, filter runoff, and improve safety. Banks were re-graded to sustainable slopes. Existing vegetation was augmented, widening the riparian zone and improving diversity of species and age-classes. New park amenities include a stream access site, additional gravel trails, a wider and longer clear-span pedestrian bridge leading from East Koch Street into the park, and new swing sets—all adding to the value of the creek as a community amenity.
Design work for this project was done by several firms, including Confluence Consulting, TD&H Engineering, Vaughn Environmental, Design 5, Intrinsik Architecture, and Nishkian Monks PLLC. Highland Construction Services served as the general contractor.
Renderings courtesy of Intrinsik Architecture
As spring gives way to summer, construction crews are making swift progress at Yellowstone Club Core Village’s ongoing, $312 million mixed-use base village project to add more amenities for its growing list of members. Andy Sandoval, GE Johnson Construction Company’s project superintendent, sheds light on the progress being made at the largest construction project ever to take place in the Rocky Mountain region.
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, PLLC. 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.
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 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 was featured in the May/June 2015 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, re-adapted 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 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.
The renovation of the old Harrington and Story warehouse at 212 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 building area of the remodel is approximately 18,600 square feet (1,723 square meters). The renovation project was built by general contractor Langlas & Associates with architectural design by Intrinsik Architecture and Nishkian Monks serving as structural engineers of record. Since the building went through a complete renovation from top to bottom, the City of Bozeman Building Department required that the structure be analyzed and proven to meet the performance requirement of the current building code. The structural scope of services, as performed by Nishkian Monks, included engineering of new window openings in exterior walls; analyzing and strengthening of existing lateral system to meet current code requirements; removing 1/3 of existing structural columns and introducing new load path to remaining or new columns to provide increased flexibility for future tenants; analyzing existing roof trusses for new loads and fixing damaged truss web members; adding a new elevator shaft and two new stair towers; and adding concrete exterior light-well, patio, and ramps.
What used to be a dilapidated warehouse which has seen many uses and occupants over time obscuring the building’s historical character and significance is now a contemporary, high-performance and sustainable commercial building that is home to Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other non-profits. Just two blocks from Main Street, the site is optimally located at the corner of South Wallace Avenue and Olive Street, next to the Bozeman Public Library and Greater Yellowstone Coalition, premiere green spaces, and the central hub of the Bozeman’s extensive trail system. Neighboring parks include Lindley, Bogert, Peets Hill, and the Bozeman Sculpture Garden. Olive and Wallace is another exciting addition to the ongoing revitalization of Bozeman’s downtown core.
Before and After photographs of the renovation
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 Center, 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 climbing center project 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 to reduce structural damage from an earthquake and prevent roof collapse due to heavy snow load. Also unique to the region is the building’s passive solar design considerations. The building will be heated entirely by passive heating techniques. 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, P.E., LEED A.P. of Nishkian Monks PLLC in Bozeman, Montana to design and build this new school located in the rural hillsides of Nepal. 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.
Located in the Crow’s Nest development at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in Tahoe, California this 5,600-square-foot, three-story, unique ski-in/ski-out chalet is truly a one-of-a-kind custom home. Nishkian Monks PLLC participated in the project as the structural engineer of record, working directly with San Francisco-based architectural firm Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg/BCV Architects, and general contractor Mt. Lincoln Construction of Truckee, California. Situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range where maximum expected design snow depth is 16 feet – equating to 380 pounds per sq.ft. of snow weight, construction of this luxury residential building posed challenges due to the site and program constraints. Additionally, the site is located at one of Sugar Bowl’s highest reaches – higher than many of the resort’s ski lifts, and situated in a region of high seismicity. 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.
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, North Dakota. 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 constructed to serve as a model for future renewable energy projects at other border stations across the country. For this design-build project, CEI hired Nishkian Monks as the design team manager and as the project’s structural engineer of record. Nishkian Monks assembled a Montana based design team to come up with solutions to the challenges presented for this project, and 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.