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Construction Projects and Trends discussed at Northern New England State of the Market Summit

On Thursday July 12, 2018 New England Real Estate Journal hosted the Northern New England State of the Market Summit at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center in Portsmouth, NH. TFMoran’s president and chief engineer, Robert Duval, PE spoke on the panel, covering the topic “Construction Projects and Trends”. Additional topics discussed were Real Estate Updates, Financing Availabilities, and New Development Projects coming to Northern MA, NH, and ME.

The attendees had a great networking opportunity following the panel discussion with the speakers. Jason Settineri of Build-it Construction; Josh Levy of Waterstone Properties Group; Justin Lamontagne of NAI The Dunham Group; John Sokul of Hinckley Allen; Ron Ciotti of Hinkley Allen; Scott Forte of Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty; and Karen Pollard of City of Rochester were on-hand to answer any questions. Corey Colwell and John Lorden from TFMoran’s Portsmouth division office were also in attendance.

Thanks to Rick Kaplan and the New England Real Estate Journal staff for putting on this great event. TFMoran was a proud sponsor of the Summit, along with Waterstone Properties, U.S. Pavement Services, Hinkley Allen, and Build-It Construction.

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TFMoran president, Robert Duval to speak at Portsmouth Northern New England State of the Market Summit in July

On Thursday July 12, 2018 New England Real Estate Journal will be hosting the Portsmouth Northern New England State of the Market Summit at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center in Portsmouth, NH.  After the networking breakfast, TFMoran’s president and chief engineer, Robert Duval, PE will be speaking on the panel, covering the topic “Construction Projects and Trends” during the 9:00am session. Additional topics to be discussed are Real Estate Updates, Financing Availabilities, and New Development Projects coming to Northern MA, NH, and ME.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have another opportunity to network with the speakers: Jason Settineri of Build-it Construction; Josh Levy of Waterstone Properties Group; Justin Lamontagne of NAI The Dunham Group; John Sokul of Hinckley Allen; Robert Duval of TFMoran; Ron Ciotti of Hinkley Allen; Scott Forte of Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty; and Karen Pollard of City of Rochester. TFMoran’s Portsmouth division manager and principal, Corey Colwell, LLS and Dylan Cruess, TFMoran’s COO, will be on hand for networking.

Thanks to Rick Kaplan and New England Real Estate Journal staff for putting on this great event, and for all the other sponsors, Waterstone Properties, U.S. Pavement Services, Hinkley Allen, and Build-It Construction.

Last year nearly 150 people attended this vibrant and engaging Summit, we are eagerly awaiting to see how many people attend this year’s event. Hope to see you there!

To register go to www.nnesom.eventbrite.com or contact Rick Kaplan 800-654-4993, ext. 247 or e-mail [email protected]

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TFM Portsmouth Office Gives Back to Community with GATHER

On Friday, June 15th, TFMoran Portsmouth division closed the office and spent the day volunteering at GATHER, the Portsmouth Family Food Pantry.  All 14 employees spent the day doing inventory, which consisted of weighing, logging, and tagging all eatable inventory in the GATHER warehouse.  TFMoran employees also transferred a truckload of donated food into a van destined for another city’s food pantry in the seacoast.  Overall, the day spent volunteering at GATHER was a success not only by giving back, but also coming together as a group for a fun day with the intent of helping others.

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NH Business Review focuses on Engineering Firms designing for NH’s Future

New Hampshire Business Review’s June 22- July 5, 2018 issue features a special section on Engineering. The article entitled “Engineering firms design for New Hampshire’s future” is a Q & A format with a panel of four NH firms participating, including TFMoran. To view the 3 page article, click on this pdf link TFMoran featured in NHBR Engineering Article

See below for TFMoran’s president Robert Duval, PE answers to NHBR’s questions:

In what ways have TFMoran projects helped
advance the ongoing expansion of New
Hampshire’s infrastructure?

Robert Duval: “One of the most important
skills that TFMoran has developed over the
years is the successful redevelopment of
under-utilized urban and industrial land. We
have played an integral role in many of the
region’s most significant redevelopment
projects, among them the SNHU Arena and
the Fisher Cats Stadium in Manchester’s
urban core; redevelopment of the Bedford
Mall, Wayfarer Hotel, and former Macy’s
properties in Bedford; a major expansion of
the GE Aviation Plant in Hooksett, conversion
of several mill buildings in Lowell and
Lawrence to residential/commercial use,
and designing a new 1,700 car parking garage
at the south end of Manchester’s historic
Millyard, currently under construction.
These few projects alone provide hundreds
of millions of dollars of new tax base revenues
to the local community. In addition,
they are bringing vibrancy and prosperity
to our historic urban centers, and helping
restore the charm and character that makes
New England such a great place to live and
work.”

What does TFMoran do differently
that makes it stand out as an
engineering firm?
Robert Duval: “What makes TFMoran
different is our corporate culture. In addition
to being leaders and innovators in
our industry, we are also active members
of our communities. We strongly encourage
all employees to become involved
outside the workplace in professional and
community organizations. We believe an
involved person is a caring person, and a
caring person will create better designs —
designs that have a more positive impact
on their surroundings, and designs that
save our clients time and money. This
is why TFMoran is known for providing
superior value to our clients at competitive
rates.”

What has been your firm’s biggest
challenge and how did you
overcome it?
Robert Duval: “One of the biggest challenges
we face in today’s development
world is intense schedule pressure. All
across the industry, we are seeing a
demand for delivery of a project in the
shortest possible timeframe. Owners and
developers are finding it difficult to wait
for projects to wind their way through the
approval process as their users are looking
for immediate results. Meanwhile, the
regulatory process is becoming ever more
complex and pervasive. Over the past few
years, understanding the unique needs
and opportunities of each project, we have
found many innovative and creative ways
to navigate the new regulatory environment
within our clients’ aggressive schedules.
We have worked hard to develop our
reputation for meeting these challenging
deadlines, and we are proud of our impressive
track record.”

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Kyle Roy, PE, Senior Structural Engineer rejoins Structural Engineering Team

TFMoran announces that Kyle Roy, PE has rejoined the firm serving as a Senior Structural Engineer in the Bedford office. He has over 20 years of experience in structural design and analysis, including the evaluation of existing or damaged structures for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential building types for a variety of public/private clients. Mr. Roy’s experience also includes the evaluation of existing structures for rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. Additionally, he has extensive federal healthcare engineering experience and is a member of the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society and New Hampshire Society of Healthcare Facility Managers. Mr. Roy has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

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Shooters Outpost Expansion Nears Completion

The retail store, Shooters Outpost located on Hooksett Road (Route 3) in Hooksett, NH has now doubled the size of the existing 14,000 sf log cabin. The new three-level addition features high-vaulted ceilings and exposed interior beams. TFMoran provided survey, civil engineering and landscape architecture services for this design-build project. “It was a tremendous opportunity to be a part of the Design-Build Team for this project” said TFMoran Senior Project Manager, Nick Golon, PE.  “Design-Build construction provides for greater collaboration and continuity with the various disciplines and contractor, which will ultimately produce a cost savings for the owner.” The project architect is Cowan | Goudreau Architects and the design-builder is North Branch Construction, both companies are in Concord, NH.

The addition is made of structural steel with real log siding and corners that is currently being placed on the building within the next coming weeks. This space will now provide a brand-new display area, increased retail space, a café with a commercial kitchen, employee offices, new bathrooms, and inventory storage. The project has been coming along nicely, now with the final steps of completion occurring over the next few months.

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TFMoran featured as “Company of the Month” in June issue of New England Real Estate Journal

TFMoran is very excited to be selected as New England Real Estate Journal‘s Company of the Month in the Retail Trends & Development section of the June 22-28, 2018 issue! The full page article focuses on the Company’s 50 years as a leading consultant to the land development industry, and features the staff of nearly 70 professionals, plus current high-profile projects in southern New Hampshire. And, we made the NEREJ cover, check it out TFMoran on NEREJ Cover June 2018 To view the printed article click on the following pdf link TFMoran is NEREJ’s Company of the Month for June 2018 or read the text below.

 

June 22-28, 2018       New England Real Estate Journal

Retail Trends & Development

Company of the Month

PRACTICE AREA EXTENDS THROUGHOUT N.H., MASS., MAINE, VERMONT, N.Y., PENN. AND N.J.

TFMoran celebrates 50 years as a leading consultant to the land development industry

BEDFORD, NH The year 2018 marks 50 years of service for TFMoran, Inc., a leading consultant to the land development industry, offering civil, structural, and traffic engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, construction support, and environmental permitting services. Originally a local firm based in southern New Hampshire, TFMoran’s practice area now extends throughout the state and into Mass., Maine, Vermont, N.Y., Penn., and N.J.

Since its inception in 1968, TFMoran has been a leader in bringing innovative land planning and smart development practices into the marketplace. According to the firm’s current president, Robert Duval, “TFMoran has been designing sustainable sites long before it became a buzzword. By their very nature, good designs reduce impacts to the natural environment, harmonize with their surroundings, make more efficient use of infrastructure, thereby saving our clients hard costs, as well as simplifying the approval process.”

The current ownership team has been in place since 2013, including: President and chief engineer, Robert Duval, PE; chief operating officer, Dylan Cruess; and senior vice presidents Jeff Kevan, Paul Sbacchi, PE, and Corey Colwell, LLS, all long-term employees with decades of hands-on experience.

Cruess said, “The shared goal of the new ownership team from the outset has been to build on the strong corporate brand that TFMoran has created over the past fifty years, always seeking innovative ways to deliver best-in-class client service. We must be doing something right, because in 2016 we were named Business NH’s Business of the Year in the Real Estate, Construction and Engineering category, and we have also earned a statewide ‘Best of Business’ award for the last six years in a row.”

Consistent with its focus on sustainable development, Duval points out that TFMoran has built a strong reputation for successful redevelopment of underutilized urban and industrial land.

“We have played an integral role in many of the region’s most significant redevelopment projects, among them the SNHU Arena and the N.H. Fisher Cats Stadium in Manchester’s urban core; redevelopment of the Bedford Mall, Wayfarer Hotel, and former Macy’s properties in Bedford; the GE Aviation Plant expansion in Hooksett, conversion of several mill buildings in Lowell and Lawrence to residential/ commercial use, and a new 1,700-car parking garage at the south end of Manchester’s historic millyard, currently under construction. Just these few projects alone provide hundreds of millions of dollars of new tax base and revenues to the local community,” said Duval.

In 2014, TFMoran acquired MSC Civil Engineers and Surveyors, a well-established civil engineering and surveying firm in Portsmouth, NH. Subsequently, in 2015, TFMoran expanded its structural engineering department by acquisition of Steffensen Engineering Associates with a solid 30-year history of their own. The TFMoran team now comprises over 65 individuals, including licensed land surveyors, civil and structural en­gineers, landscape architects, wetland scientists, LEED professionals, and erosion control (CPESC) specialists.

Jeff Kevan, manager of the civil engineering group, points out that one of TFMoran’s primary strengths is taking on large projects with ag­gressive schedules. “Our team has demonstrated time and again the ability to meet challenging deadlines through teamwork and an innovative approach to the unique needs and opportunities for each project. Our reputation is built on our track record, and our record is evidence of the pride we take in what we do.”

“We have experienced strong growth over the past few years,” said Paul Sbacchi, chief structural engineer. “But growth in itself is not our goal; we plan our growth to better serve our clients. Our clients have their own tight schedules to meet, and we want to be there to help them succeed.”

Cruess is quick to point out that TFMoran is also a great place to work. “We have numerous employees with young families, and so we encourage a ‘family-focused’ culture, with accommodating work schedules, with the opportunity to work from home when need arises.”

Another pillar of TFMoran’s culture is employee safety. Cruess said, “We have made employee safety a top priority. We have a strong safety committee, with a comprehensive and up-to-date Safety Handbook, and field employees receive OSHA 10 Construction Site Safety Training.”

TFMoran strongly encourages its employees to become involved outside the workplace in professional and community organizations. “An involved person is a caring person, and a caring person fits in well at TFMoran,” said Cruess. “We strive to provide all employees the flexibility they need to serve their communities.”

Many TFMoran employees focus their outside energies in state and local government, serving on advisory committees, planning boards, zoning boards, and as elected officials. In this way, TFMoran can use its experience to help shape the regulatory environment to protect the environment and foster economic prosperity.

How would you summarize the TFMoran philosophy? According to Duval, “We want to be leaders and innovators in our industry, and active, responsible members of our communities. We want to take on projects that have a positive impact on their surroundings. And every day, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide all these things while providing superior value to our clients too.”

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Andrew Griffin Joins TFMoran’s Structural Engineering Department

Andrew Griffin, EIT has joined the TFMoran structural engineering team. Andrew recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His coursework included steel design, advanced structural analysis, foundation design, geo-energy systems, hydraulics, and transportation systems. Andrew serves as a structural engineer, with prior work experience conducting structural analysis and designing structural components for buildings in various New England locations.

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TFMoran Hosts 2018 NHCIBOR Realtor-of-the-Year Awards BBQ

We invite you to view this short video produced by SNHU Marketing Intern Maddie Preston – Enjoy!

TFMoran yet again hosted the NHCIBOR BBQ at the TFM Bedford office on Thursday June 14, 2018. Despite the strong winds throughout the evening, the weather for this year’s barbeque was beautiful! The theme this year was “Celebrations”. Celebrating the NHCIBOR award recipients and TFMoran’s 50th year! All throughout the event were colors of blue and gold to represent the company turning 50 years old; but of course, some red to represent CIBOR!

There was a great turnout of over 150 NHCIBOR members and guests, TFMoran staff and their families. The Wine’ing Butcher of Bedford grilled steak tips and turkey tips, burgers and dogs. The gals from The Inside Scoop served up blueberry and buttercrunch ice cream for everyone to enjoy. Two cakes were presented at the end of the event. One to congratulate the two winners of the NHCIBOR Awards, “Realtor of the Year” to Douglas W. Martin with Colliers International, and “Affiliate of the Year” to Tenley Callaghan, Esq with Cleveland Waters and Bass. The second cake was to celebrate TFMoran’s 50th year.  TFMoran’s President, Robert Duval, gave a brief speech to open up the awards. Mr. Duval then passed over the microphone to TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess, who spoke about the success of the event and the appreciation for the NHCIBOR members, along with the help that TFMoran employees gave to make the evening outstanding. NHCIBOR’s President, Ralph Valentine, announced the awards followed by the prizes given out from the raffle.

Congratulations to the award recipients and thank you to all the NHCIBOR members for joining us for another memorable evening. Also, a big thank you to all the TFM staff who helped make this another successful event!

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Union Leader covers Reeds Ferry Sheds proposed expansion

In the Business section of June 15, 2018 issue of the New Hampshire Union Leader is one of TFMoran’s civil engineering projects, Reeds Ferry Sheds. The article covers the planning board meetings in Hudson and Londonderry regarding the proposed campus expansion. To read the article click on the link  or read text below.

Reeds Ferry Sheds growing in Hudson and Londonderry Expanding campus:

Shed maker plans to build addition, expand parking at site off Route 102.

LONDONDERRY — Reeds Ferry Sheds is expanding its shed-making and distribution operations and is proposing changes to its property to better accommodate that growth.

The company now owns three adjacent parcels off Route 102, and has proposed a use change to the newest property, the construction of a 2,000-square foot addition and an expanded parking and driveway system to connect the three buildings.

Reeds Ferry Sheds previously operated solely out of 3 Tracy Lane in Hudson. In the spring, the company purchased 7 Tracy Lane and most recently bought 5 Tracy Lane, which was previously the New England Gymnastics Training Center.

While the street addresses are in Hudson, the properties are bisected by the town line with Londonderry. Most of 7 Tracy Lane is in Hudson, but 3 and 5 Tracy Lane are primarily in Londonderry.

In a scheduling fluke, representatives from the company met with both the Hudson and Londonderry town planning boards at the same time Wednesday night.

Co-owner Tim Carleton and Jason Hill, an engineer with TFMoran, met with the Londonderry board for a conceptual review, while Director of Operations Laurie Blanchette and engineer Robert Duval met with Hudson’s board.

Hill told Londonderry planners the company intends to move forward with plans to build a 2,000-square-foot expansion to 5 Tracy Lane that was alreadyapproved by the planning board in the early 2000s for the previous owners. The permitted use of the building needs to be changed to light manufacturing and construction.

“They want to build this thing this year,” Hill said.

The estimated six-month-long project will also include additional parking for 18 trucks and 12 spots for employees.

At the Hudson meeting, Duval said the company plans to hire an additional eight to 10 employees. Growth from there is projected to be gradual, with an additional truck per year added to the 10 trucks in use now, Blanchette said.

More of the shed production will move to the middle building at 5 Tracy Lane, and the company hopes to build more driveways to interconnect the three buildings so its trucks won’t have to use Tracy Lane to travel between them. There will also be more storage space.

The company also wants to create more outdoor displays in front of 5 and 7 Tracy, similar to what it already has at 3 Tracy. Some board members in each town expressed concerns about setback requirements.

Some septic system relocation would be required to accommodate some of the new driveways, and a stormwater drainage pond will need to be installed near 7 Tracy Lane.

George Thebarge, interim town planner for Hudson, said the impetus for the proposed changes is to make it easier to expand production.

“It’s growth in their business,” Thebarge said.

The company declined to comment for this story.

Hill said he hopes to return to the Londonderry board with a full application by Aug. 1.

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