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.
In addition, ACE works diligently with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED)-building certification system. ACE has provided engineering services for numerous facilities certified at different LEED levels with other projects currently in design and/or under construction. Our staff currently includes four LEED A.P. professionals.
ACE integrates all of the engineering needs of a project into one firm. By integrating our multi-discipline expertise into one firm, we are able to identify and resolve many potential construction conflicts and dilemmas in the design process prior to construction efforts. The result of our efforts is a systematic design that integrates the core engineering elements of each project. Having the combined engineering responsibilities in one firm allows for more accountability, which does not exist when this work is spread out to multiple consultants.
Our firm combines the enthusiasm of younger engineers with the expertise of more seasoned engineers. This blend of experience results in an engineering team that is dynamic and proven. The depth of our firm gives us the professional resources to cross-check design efforts as well as challenge system decisions, resulting in optimal design efforts coupled with the confidence of thoroughly reviewed documents. Our experience tells us this is not possible in smaller firms, and it does not often happen in very large firms. We feel ACE is at the optimal size given our market to provide the best possible service and attention to our clients.
We utilize state-of-the-art IT/IS technology for design and drafting services. Our offices are linked via to a high-speed central server, and we use dedicated fiber connectivity for high-speed, large-volume data transfer. ACE incorporates the most current version of AutoCAD combined with third-party software for energy analysis and HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection applications. Our computer-generated drafting systems are integrated with respective architectural clients to result in an accurate and well-coordinated set of construction documents. Our clients have the benefit of receiving our electronic documents at the conclusion of their construction project for documentation of accurate as-built conditions and efficient future updating. ACE also offers design services utilizing AutoCAD Revit technology. This software allows us to actively integrate a complete Building Information Model (B.I.M.) to complement our structural/architectural partners.
ACE covers all of our design efforts with a $2 million Aggregate Professional Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance policy. This policy is in place to ensure confidence in our clients of our commitment to quality service; the fact that, in more than 30 years, the policy has never had a claim against it speaks volumes for our firm’s integrity.