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ACE’s innovative HVAC designs featured in spring issue of MSU’s Mountains and Minds

Associated Construction Engineering got a well-engineered (pun intended) surprise when it opened the spring 2019 issue of Mountains and Minds, the Montana State University magazine. The design work—led by Todd Meling of ACE’s Billings office—on the Norm Asbjornson Hall, a magnificent undertaking in its intention, innovation, and investment, is on full photographic display. 12 pages. 12 pages highlighting the HVAC systems that are setting the standard for energy conservation not just at MSU or in our state but around the world.

Norm Asbjornson, the building’s namesake, told the design committee, paraphrased of course, “Show me what you got.” A Montana native and MSU graduate, Mr. Asbjornson founded AAON, a publicly traded HVAC manufacturer based in Tulsa, Okla.

ACE accepted Mr. Asbjornson’s challenge. Read and see the results: Reinventing Energy: Norm Asbjornson Hall Is the Biggest Step Yet in MSU’s Effort to Conserve Resources

Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, Helena, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

ACE awarded project at Fort Harrison

MISSOULA, MONT., April 11, 2019 – Associated Construction Engineering has been awarded the new Wash Bay project at Fort Harrison, near Helena, Mont., with the Missoula-based MMW Architects. The project involves the design and construction of a new 5,000-square-foot enclosed building with two wash bays for the purpose of cleaning vehicles and equipment prior to maintenance and/or completing training from the local ranges. ACE will provide the MEP systems design for this facility.

“We enjoy working with the DMA [Department of Military Affairs] on improving their facilities for the continued training of our military,” said Jared Swartz, ACE Missoula’s branch manager and a company vice president.

The project is budgeted at $2 million for design and construction.

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

ACE to open new office in Helena

HELENA, MONT., April 2, 2019 – Associated Construction Engineering Inc. announced today that it is opening an office in Helena in June. The new office will be headed by Robert Scott, PE.

“Consistent with ACE’s client-focused culture, we are thrilled to be closer to our existing clients in Central Montana and to open the door to new opportunities. Our presence in Helena will strengthen our firm’s service officing in the area and beyond, “ said ACE president Keith Campbell. “We are pretty excited about the possibilities to come, and this couldn’t have happened without Bob. ACE is pleased to have him on our team.”

Mr. Scott brings more than 30 years of experience as a mechanical engineer to ACE’s team. Before joining ACE, Mr. Scott was the sole owner of Design3 (D3) Engineering, a multi-discipline engineering firm in Billings.

His design experience includes mechanical systems design, analysis, and planning for large central campus distribution, individual buildings, remodels of individual spaces, and historic renovations. His work has been for both new construction and remodel projects for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities, including administrative and office spaces, schools, recreation and fitness centers, multipurpose buildings, maintenance facilities, kitchens, bars, restaurants, and retail/specialty shops.

A LEED® Accredited Professional, he is registered in Montana and North Dakota. Mr. Scott graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University.

The Helena office will be ACE’s fourth branch in Montana and its sixth in the region.

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

ACE Missoula welcomes new CAD designer

MISSOULA, MONT., March 4, 2019 – Associated Construction Engineering Inc. is pleased to welcome Nick Rackley to its knowledgeable and experienced team. He joins the firm as an electrical CAD designer in the Missoula office.

A graduate of the University of Montana’s computer-aided design program, Mr. Rackley will spend the next two months in Billings learning Revit, AutoCAD’s 3D modeling program, and the ins and outs of mechanical and electrical design as it pertains to commercial and residential buildings.

“It’s a lot different than anything I’ve done before but I’m starting to pick it up,” Mr. Rackley said. “The work is interesting and I’m enjoying the challenge and opportunity.”

“We were lucky to find Nick. He’s already proving to be a valuable asset to our team, and we’re looking forward to his return to the office,” said Jared Swartz, ACE Missoula’s branch manager and a company vice president. “We’ve got plenty of work for him.”

A Bit About Nick

Hobby of note? Coaching and playing baseball

Favorite/best position? First base

Team: New York Yankees

Most inspiring player? Derek Jeter: “He’s a great leader who takes care of business and doesn’t care about the fame.”

Welcome to ACE, Nick!

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

Local firm helps MSU building receive national recognition

BOZEMAN, MONT., December 15, 2018 – Montana State University’s newest building wears a mighty badge of honor. Norm Asbjornson Hall, to house the College of Engineering, is one of ten buildings in the state to be certified as LEED Platinum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest certification.

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. is proud to have provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems design on this very Montana building.

“This was a major undertaking, and our firm was excited for the opportunity,” said Todd Meling, a vice president at ACE and the Billings office’s branch manager. “It’s remarkable how much cost savings we achieved for this building given the its size and significant energy requirements. We couldn’t be happier to have been part of the team that helped MSU reach its goals for the Norm Asbjornson Hall.”

ACE’s design for the building incorporated the university’s geothermal resources and our state’s mild summer climate for its heating and cooling needs. Norm Asbjornson Hall features a closed-loop geothermal system, an innovative and highly-efficient HVAC system, that circulates water through pipes to a depth of 500 feet. The hall is the first building of several planned geothermal heat pump systems to be tied into the central campus geothermal loop system. Design to maximize the use of daylight and natural ventilation was utilized to increase efficiency as well as the use of LED lights with daylight harvesting and thermochromic glass. A water use reduction of 41 percent was achieved through the selection of low-flow indoor fixtures.

A Montana native and MSU graduate, Mr. Asbjornson founded AAON, a publicly traded HVAC manufacturer based in Tulsa, Okla. His company’s equipment is used throughout the building.

Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

MSU’s Norm Asbjornson Hall receives national recognition as LEED ‘Platinum’ building, public ribbon cutting December 14

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

ACE to design MEP systems at Bozeman’s new safety center

BOZEMAN, MONT., November 10, 2018 – Associated Construction Engineering puts safety first, just like Bozeman voters did this month when they voted “yes” on a $36.9 million bond to build the city’s new public safety center.

As the MEP consultant on the project, ACE will use its expertise to design high-efficiency HVAC systems as well as to incorporate LED lighting and water-conserving plumbing, design efforts aimed at cost savings.

Expected to be completed by fall 2020, the new 64,000-square-foot facility will house the police, courts, victim services, and the fire crew currently at Fire Station No. 1.

“This was a win for our community, and ACE is thrilled to have been selected to be part of this project,” said Kip Weeda, a vice president at ACE and its branch manager for the firm’s Belgrade office.

Bozeman wins its $36.9 million safety center

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

ACE to be MEP consultant for MSU’s American Indian Hall

BOZEMAN, MONT., October 9, 2018 – Associated Construction Engineering is continuing to help MSU lead the LEED revolution in Montana. Our firm was selected to be the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering consultant on the newest building to define the MSU skyline: the American Indian Hall.

This project just finished schematic design and is on target to achieve LEED Platinum v4 certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

“This is an exciting and interesting time to be working in Montana, especially with MSU as it seeks to lead the efforts in our state to design in highly-efficient ways,” said Kip Weeda, a vice president at ACE and its branch manager for the firm’s Belgrade office. “The university is seeking ways to be more inclusive through its design practices and services to its students and the community. We at ACE are honored to be part of this.”

MSU announces $12 million gift toward $20 million American Indian Hall

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

Meet our newest PE: Ethan Haug

MISSOULA, MONT., June 3, 2018 – Associated Construction Engineering Inc. congratulates Ethan Haug on passing the licensing exam for professional engineers. As the newest PE on our team, Mr. Haug will be reviewing final mechanical and plumbing drawings for a wide range of projects, including healthcare facilities and educational institutions.

“This exam was tough, but it was made easier with the encouragement and support of ACE and my colleagues at the company,” Mr. Haug said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that come with being a professional engineer.”

Based in our Missoula office, Mr. Haug joined ACE full-time in January 2014 after working as an intern. He is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a minor in Aerospace Engineering.

Short Q&A with Ethan

Q: CAD or Revit?

A: Revit

Q: Favorite Revit shortcut key?

A: Copy

Q: NASA or Space Force?

A: NASA

Q: ACE or [answer to previous question]?

A: ACE

About ACE

Associated Construction Engineering Inc. (ACE) was established in 1987 and has become one of the largest mechanical/electrical engineering consulting firms in the region. We currently staff offices in Belgrade, Billings, and Missoula, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming. Professional engineering services in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy analysis, and special systems are available for commercial, industrial, and residential building projects.

New team members join ACE

In 2016 and early 2017, Associated Construction Engineering Inc. added four new design professionals to our staff: Michael Esslinger, Jace Prideaux, Logan Grimstad, and Jake Garwood. All are valued and welcome additions to our design team.

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