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.
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.
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 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.