Montana State University

Company receives top honors for work on MSU's stadium end zone project

January 8, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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A company that played a major role in the end zone addition at Montana State University's Bobcat Stadium has received recognition for those efforts from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana, or ACEC.

The Grand Project Award in ACEC-Montana's Engineering Excellence Awards Competition was presented in November to Morrison-Maierle, Inc. In less than two months, the company developed the design and construction bidding documents for the end zone project's main structural support system. The project was completed on time and within budget.

"The end zone project was well done. It took the existing design of the stadium into account in an elegant way and made financially responsible choices," said Bob Lashaway, associate vice president of University Services. "Morrison Maierle was an excellent partner in these efforts. In fact, the whole project relied heavily on attentive participation by the contractor, the design team and MSU Facilities."

MSU's $10 million Bobcat Stadium End Zone Project resulted in a new grandstand wrapping around the south end zone and adding 5,200 seats. The project took the stadium's capacity to more than 17,000. Work on the end zone was completed on schedule in 2011.

More than 700 donors who contributed more than $6 million made the project possible. The university provided another $4 million as a match to be paid back from revenue generated by MSU Athletics, including ticket sales.

"Improving the game day experience for fans, providing additional student access to the games, increasing affordability for the community and additional scholarship and financial support for MSU Athletics were the driving motives behind the end zone project," Lashaway said.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, which advances the business interests of firms engaged in consulting engineering.

Contact: Bob Lashaway, associate vice president of University Services, rvl@montana.edu or 994-2001