Nishkian Monks Accepts 2013 ACEC-Montana Engineering Excellence AwardApr 03 2013 · 0 comments · NISHKIAN MONKS ·0
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.
The REHAU EcoSmart House is a full-scale residential home research project evaluating current state-of-the-art energy efficiency and sustainable construction practice. For the next 4 years, the house will function as a laboratory/classroom with monitoring devices to collect data on energy efficiency to compare cost/benefit of multiple systems. Nishkian Monks, PLLC consulting engineers from Bozeman served as the prime structural design firm in responsible charge for the gravitational and lateral load resisting system for the REHAU EcoSmart House.
Nishkian Monks provided project management and administration, development of the conceptual building design, and project structural drawings and analysis for the subject project. Furthermore, Nishkian Monks functioned as an intricate member of the entire design/engineering team led by the Creative Research Lab (CRLab) at Montana State University (MSU). As such, Nishkian Monks had the creative and technical influence dating back to the very beginning of the project, which transcended the firm’s typical role of consulting structural engineers to be a part in a holistic approach involving all consultants challenged with expanding the industry’s body of knowledge regarding environmental and human sustainability as an integrated team. The other participants in the team were owners William “Bill” and Wanda Hoy, REHAU – an international manufacturer of polymer-based innovations and systems, Montana State University Bozeman, Energy1, Kath Williams + Associates, and Tollefson Builders. For more information about the various technologies mentioned or any other information regarding the Rehau Eco Smart House, visit: http://montanaecosmart.com/index.php
Projects from all over the state were rated on the basis of original or innovative application of new or existing techniques; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic, and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and exceeding client/owner needs.
ACEC of Montana is an association that works with member firms to enhance and promote the engineering profession in the state of Montana. The Engineering Excellence Awards Program recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity. Judges included representatives from education and government.