Missoula Concrete Construction

Missoula Concrete Construction fabricates precast and pre-stressed concrete for projects such as commercial buildings, bridges, parking structures and EverLogs concrete with a log-cabin vibe. Products are cast onsite at its Montana facility and shipped throughout the United States.

Missoula Concrete Construction is a Precast Concrete Institute (PCI)-certified plant for architectural buildings, bridges and commercial products. “We ship all over the U.S. including to New Hampshire, Louisiana, California and Alaska,” President Douglas Bauer says. “However, most product is produced for the four to five state area around Montana.”

Missoula Concrete Construction was started in 1974 by Dick Morganstern and Dale Clouse, with Clouse still onboard today. They operated the business until 2000 when it was purchased by Bauer, who had previously worked for another Montana precaster. His son Adam Bauer is manager of sales and marketing. 

“Something interesting about precast is the concrete is tested onsite for strength,” Adam Bauer explains. “This lets our customers know exactly what they are getting in the concrete. It is important to know the strength of concrete at a particular level, especially when building a large structure.”

Missoula Concrete Construction projects in Missoula include the 25,000-person-capacity Washington-Grizzly Stadium of the University of Montana, Hilton Garden Inn and Gold’s Gym. Other projects include the Jackson Street parking garage in Helena, Mont., the Wildgame Nation Hunting Lodge in Olla, La., and the Yellowstone Club Golf Maintenance Building in Big Sky, Mont. Other frequent projects include national park and forest service outdoor toilet facilities, bridges, utility buildings and signs.  

When Bauer started at the company in 2000, it was producing up to 150 toilet projects per year for national parks. That business remains a solid niche for Missoula Concrete Construction, he notes. As a concrete constructor in Montana, the company also does frequently business in surrounding markets such as southern Idaho and Seattle. 

Missoula Concrete Construction has diverse service offerings such as concrete buildings, wall panels, beams and columns. A member of the Rocky Mountain area Precast Concrete Institute (PCI), the company won the national PCI award in 2010 for the first-ever green flash and glass concrete building – the Missoula Credit Center. 

With a focus on lean manufacturing, the company has excelled at projects for tribal projects and public infrastructure government work. With an expertise in 3-D graphics, the company’s repeat clients ensure success. Recently, more work has been coming in from farther away, Doug Bauer explains, including in the growing North Dakota market.   

“With over 30 years experience, Missoula Concrete Construction has become the premier precast concrete provider in Western Montana,” the company says. “We have earned a reputation for furnishing quality products at competitive prices and pride ourselves on our ability to meet the job schedule.”

Concrete Logs

Missoula Concrete Construction partners with EverLogs Systems, located in the same facility in Missoula. Missoula Concrete Construction produces them and EverLogs markets the product. The EverLogs Systems’ family of concrete log cabin and log home products offers the look and texture of natural wood cabin logs while eliminating the problems commonly associated with wood log home construction, such as pests, fire and mold.

“Our concrete log, concrete log siding and concrete log timber products contain our patented technologies for use in the concrete log home construction and siding industry,” EverLogs explains. “From cozy mountain log cabins to custom log homes and lodges of dramatic scale, our concrete log products are the worry-free and environmentally friendly solution to wood log cabin construction.”

Development of the concrete log product was many years in the making, explains Stewart Hansen, president of EverLog Systems. “Our product is very unique,” he says. “It is a niche market. It has the exact look of feel of log homes with none of the downsides.” The idea was developed following a devastating Montana forest fire in 2000 that destroyed hundreds of cabins. “We have had 100 percent customer satisfaction,” Hansen states.

Green Team

Both EverLogs Systems and Missoula Concrete Construction take pride in their environmental focus. For its work on the Missoula Federal Credit Union Russell Street Branch, it won a national Prestressed Concrete Institute award. “The customer and architect are thrilled with it,” Douglas Bauer says. The company has also won the prestigious Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, and averages about 30 awards per year.

The award recognizes Missoula Concrete Construction’s positive impacts on the environment. In fact, the company has honed its processes to achieve the maximum environmental benefit, such as by using high-quality recycled products that would otherwise be landfilled. EverLogs, meanwhile, reduces forest logging to conserve trees. The cabins are so energy-efficient that customers can put power back onto the grid since they require so little.

Yet, apart from Missoula Concrete Construction’s environmental achievements and unique market offerings, it is the diversity of product applications that is perhaps most noteworthy about the company. The company’s list of projects includes ATMs, airport towers and tunnels, as well as:  

    •Big Sky High School in Missoula
    •Bank Street Parking Garage in Missoula
    •Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Mont. 

“With our design assist team, we support contractors, engineers and architects to build projects such as casinos, concrete vault toilets, bridges and large, multi-story buildings,” Adam Bauer notes. “At Missoula Concrete, we produce a very diverse range of products.” 

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