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MSU’s Jabs Hall, Miller Dining Hall recognized with top project excellence awards

November 13, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Jabs Hall is alive with activity as students attend the first week of classes. Jabs Hall was recently recognized for its building/technology systems with a top project award by the Montana chapter of the America Council of Engineering Companies. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.The newly remodeled Miller Dining Hall was recently recognized for its structural systems with a top project award by the Montana chapter of the America Council of Engineering Companies. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

Jabs Hall is alive with activity as students attend the first week of classes. Jabs Hall was recently recognized for its building/technology systems with a top project award by the Montana chapter of the America Council of Engineering Companies. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Montana State University’s Jabs Hall and Miller Dining Hall were recently recognized with top project excellence awards from the Montana chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, or ACEC-Montana.

Miller Dining Hall was selected as the top project in the structural systems category, and Jabs Hall -- home of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship -- was selected as the top project in the building/technology systems category. Along with the projects themselves, Morrison-Maierle, Inc., which served as project engineer for both projects, was also recognized.

ACEC-Montana noted that the Miller Dining Hall remodel project required working on a complex, circular-shaped building, and that the project resulted in a building that is not only structurally sound, but also earthquake-ready.

Of the Jabs Hall project, ACEC-Montana wrote that the design and construction team “incorporated a unique decision-making approach founded on four guiding principles which led to conscientious and careful design of an energy-efficient, four-story, 55,000-squarefoot structure that includes classrooms, offices, executive meeting rooms, informal gathering spaces and a ‘living’ laboratory for future university research.”

“We are pleased that these projects have been recognized by ACEC-Montana,” said Walt Banziger, director of MSU Campus, Planning, Design and Construction. “As stewards of the university, we are very excited about the innovative solutions developed by the consultants. It is a testament of our approach to collaborative design resulting in excellent projects for MSU and the state.”

As recipients of the awards, the projects will be eligible for entry in the 2016 ACEC-National Engineering Excellence Awards competition.   

Contact: Walt Banziger, (406) 994-6326 or wbanziger@montana.edu