Nishkian Monks Giving Back and Supporting Wounded VeteransOct 26 2016 · 0 comments · Community Involvement, Hospitality, NISHKIAN MONKS ·0
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.