Founded in 1991 by Tom Beaudette of Missoula, MT, Beaudette Consulting Engineers has grown to over 30 employees, including 13 licensed engineers. In that time, the company has consulted on a wide variety of projects throughout Montana and across the United States. BCE has compiled an expansive resume of projects ranging from small investigations and additions to multi-million dollar facilities.
BCE has gained and maintained an excellent client base. We are proud to be one of the leading Structural Consulting firms in the state of Montana. Our experience in the log and timber framing industries has allowed us to consult on projects in several states and in other countries as well. It is a priority at BCE to maintain the latest tools in engineering consulting, from computer and drafting equipment and software to continuing education for the entire staff.
This is our fifth year of recognition in the Structural Engineer Magazine's contest as "Best Structural Engineering Firm To Work For", with a second place finish for 2007. Agencies that BCE has been recognized by include: Montana Contractors' Association, Wood Design Council, and Montana ACEC to name a few.
The main office in downtown Missoula was once home to the local newspaper, the Missoulian. Since it's construction nearly a century ago, the 7,000 square-foot building has been home to several businesses. BCE renovated the two-story building and has occupied it since February, 2000. The facility is equipped with all of the latest equipment required to complete all facets of Engineering Consulting, as well as items that provide employees with a comfortable and fun working environment. From a large workout room, with a climbing wall, to a 25-foot-long shuffle board table, employees have many opportunities for maintaining a fun and relaxed working atmosphere.
Structural Engineers in Montana
At Beaudette Consulting Engineers, Inc. we provide the finest service in structural engineering. Our scope of consulting services covers all facets of structural engineering. BCE has expertise with heavy log, timber frame, residential, commercial, industrial, historic renovation and research engineering.
With offices in Missoula, Kalispell, and Bozeman, we offer our clients in the western Montana region unparalleled local consulting presence. Our services are often conducted in numerous locations across North America. Projects of all sizes and material combinations have given us the experience to work with our clients to create aesthetically innovative and safe building environments.
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||BCE Qualifications for LEED
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BCE is a full-service, structural engineering firm with experience in all of the phases of document design, structural and seismic engineering services and construction services and have four LEED Accredited Professionals on staff, Brett Oleson P.E., Jami Lorenz. P.E., Maria Chesnut, PE. and Zach Diede, P.E. The BCE staff understands the innovation and flexibility required by a LEED building project and thrives on these challenges.
Our company-wide staff currently consists of 27 individuals of whom 19 are engineers, 6 are CAD Technicians and 2 are administrative assistants. There are 13 licensed engineers as well as 4 LEED accredited professionals. Voted one of the best firms to work for by Structural Engineer magazine for six years running, we have attracted and retained some of the best and brightest individuals in our industry.
BCE has worked on several projects in which use of recycled and sustainable materials is a high priority. We participated is design of the EPI research laboratory building at Montana State University. The EPI project is considered a “green” building. Structural usage of high content fly ash concrete and 100% fly ash concrete were prevalent in this concrete laboratory building.
Additionally, we performed structural engineering services for a Missoula Federal Credit Union Missoula branch that is currently applying for a LEED Platinum rating. The foundation for the project was construction with 100% fly ash and glass aggregate within the concrete mix. We have continually specified high fly ash content on non-LEED projects to promote the use of recycled projects.
We have designed several straw bale structures and have further worked directly with structural insulated panel manufacturers in the design and justification of the environmentally sensitive structural panels with very high thermal capacities. We continue to specify recycled materials, wood, steel, fly ash concrete and other more obscure green building materials.
Beaudette Consulting Engineers, Inc. has also developed a working relationship with the U.S. Forest Service and the Forest Products Laboratory (USDA) to study the use of small diameter logs in building construction. This relationship has been made possible through a grant from the Montana Community Development Corporation. With a dwindling resource of large, old growth timber available in the world, the need for creative uses of existing materials is becoming an ever-increasing necessity. In our collaboration with the aforementioned agencies, we have found that the use of this abundant resource is not only economically feasible, but also versatile.
Our firm designed and helped build informational kiosks for the Salt Lake City Olympics, and have ongoing projects funded by the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.
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