Involved and Active in Our CommunityNov 24 2014 · 0 comments · Community Involvement, NISHKIAN MONKS ·0
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.
We have also donated hours conducting structural inspection and repair recommendations to a damaged facility at Montana Raptor Conservation Center. Founded in 1988, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center is a non-profit organization that provides the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education, and partnerships for raptor conservation and research. The repaired MRCC facility is a rehab barn that houses the office, food preparation area, exam and x-ray facilities, and Intensive Care Unit, a Secondary Unit, and second floor bird enclosures.
A fun little project which we have donated our time and expertise not too long ago is the permanent collection of art sculptures for the Bozeman Sculpture Park located south of the Bozeman Public Library. Our engineers provided structural design for the concrete foundation installation of the nine permanent sculpture pieces weighing from 100 pounds (45.5 kgs) to 6,000 pounds (2,727.3 kgs), measuring from 32 inches (0.8 m) to 14 feet ( 4.3 m), and are made of everything from barbwire to steel, stone and wood. The Bozeman Sculpture Park is a unique non-profit organization that strives to develop a sculptural park on the grounds of our public library and bring indoor and outdoor art and lecture series to the public at no cost. The sculpture park is the first of its kind in Montana!
The Blackmore Pavilion at Hyalite Reservoir is another one of our favorite pro bono projects. This project was a collaborative partnership between the School of Architecture at Montana State University, the Gallatin National Forest Service, the Gallatin Empire Lions Club, and generous local businesses in Bozeman. Critical to the success of this project has been the special contributions of structural engineering services by Nishkian Monks engineers, and design and construction work by Anderson Construction. The structure measures 20 feet by 50 feet (6.10 m by 15.25 m), and includes a warming fireplace, built-in picnic tables and barbecue grills.
And on the far side, Nishkian Monks continues to donate engineering services to make the Khumbu Climbing School building project a reality. The new Khumbu Climbing School building is a project of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, and is currently being built in Phortse, a small village 13,000 ft. in elevation close to the Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The ALC Foundation collaborated with Montana State University, Michael Everts Architect, Nishkian Monks PLLC, and other volunteer consultants to design-build this climbing school & community center. The school will be used to teach climbing & rescue skills to the native Sherpas who serve as porters on Himalayan climbing expeditions. It is being built almost exclusively with volunteer labor, pro bono services, and donations from around the world. Phase I and Phase II has been completed, and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation continues to raise funds to complete this construction project which we featured recently in our blog page. If you want to check out that article, visit https://www.nishkian.com/design-build-project-spotlight-khumbu-climbing-school-in-nepal/
We are honored to help facilitate new opportunities for people and local businesses by providing structural engineering consultation. To learn more about our community involvement program or pro bono services please contact our office.