Bartlett & West and Mountain Plains LLC meet with students and faculty for input leading up to building of state-of-the-art facility

BISMARCK, ND— Bartlett & West, a nationally ranked, multi-disciplined engineering firm with 18 offices located throughout the Midwest, and Mountain Plains LLC, a diverse North Dakota-based electrical consulting, engineering and land surveying company, announced they are making significant financial contributions to University of Mary’s new School of Engineering.

With the generous financial support of these two respected companies, the University of Mary plans to break ground next spring on its new, high tech engineering facility by repurposing the former North Dining Hall on campus.

Dr. Terry Pilling, up against a precision metal lathe in the engineering fabrication lab, speaks with his engineering students and representatives from Bartlett and West and Mountain Plains engineering firms.

Also today, Bartlett & West, and Mountain Plains LLC, met with University of Mary faculty to go over architectural plans for this new cutting-edge facility. The companies also gathered input, and interacted and exchanged ideas with students about some of their desires, needs and trends in an ever-changing engineering environment.

Bartlett & West, an ENR Top 500 design firm, is the lead firm in the construction of the new facility and is at the forefront of industry standards. Since 1986, Bartlett & West has held an office in Bismarck and currently employs approximately 70 professionals skilled in civil, mechanical and mechanical engineering, architecture, land surveying, ROW acquisition and GIS.

“For more than 30 years, Bartlett & West has been a supporter of the Bismarck-Mandan community with a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education activities,” said Jame Todd, P.E., Bartlett & West market leader.“We are therefore excited to support University of Mary in the development of their school of engineering.  We know, being a local engineering firm, we will see the direct benefits of having access to an internship/Co-Op program and ultimately a supply of highly-qualified graduates to fill various engineering positions.”

Mountain Plains founder and CEO, Tony Wood, an Idaho native and resident of Watford City, is a University of Mary alumnus. He’s learned from some of the best area business leaders as a winner of the school’s annual Entrepreneur Fair (E-Fair) competition. Wood is also a former track athlete for the Marauders, and the 2017 recipient the Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award for his distinguished achievements as a servant leader at the regional, national and international level.

Wood believes in his alma mater’s mission and knows first-hand how critical the University of May’s intellectual capital is to the engineering community and the vibrancy of North Dakota as a whole.

“My business education was greatly enhanced by organizations and professionals who were willing to donate their time and resources,” stated Wood. “I hope Mountain Plains’ involvement at the university might enhance the education and lives of the students as well. The University of Mary’s commitment to the Benedictine values combined with the technical education from the new School of Engineering will create young graduates who will not only be engineers, but also men and women of character. We are excited to see these graduates become effective in our state, our communities and our company.”

The majority of services performed at Wood’s company come from its office in Watford City. Northwest North Dakota offers many exciting challenges and opportunities for the state and his company. Wood emphasized, for that area of the state to continue to grow, additional professionals are needed to make lives and careers in northwest North Dakota more appealing. Having a top-notch engineering program offered at the University of Mary, and “so close to home,” helps fulfill that need.

That’s why world-class engineering instruction continues full speed ahead in its third year of existence at Mary with nearly 100 students, creative and makeshift classrooms, and labs on campus. While the facility has yet to be built, Mary’s engineering students are already setting high standards — first in the classroom, then becoming highly sought-after for internships and future employment from highly reputable companies similar to Bartlett and West and Mountain Plains.

To learn more about the University of Mary’s engineering program go to www.umary.edu/engineering.