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TFM’s Summer Newsletter is Hot Off The Press!

TFM’s newsletter “The Scope” is now available for on-line viewing!  Please click this pdf link to read TFM’s 8 page summer newsletter TFM The Scope_ 2017 Summer_Vol IV

This summer issue has a full-array of exciting projects, events and staff news. New projects like “Market and Main” a new Lifestyle Center on the former Macy’s site in Bedford, NH; Murphy’s Taproom & The Carriage House, an Irish restaurant and banquet facility on the former Weathervane Seafood Restaurant site in Bedford;  SNHU’s newest 4-story dormitory Monadnock Hall; and Residences at Riverfront Landing, 228-unit apartment complex in Nashua along the Merrimack/Nashua River, just to name a few.

TFM’s Marketing Coordinator, Susan Bartley designs and produces the newsletter in-house, and her summer intern Marketing Assistant, Kelsie Gagner helped to write many of the stories. Kelsie also took many of the project photos and staff photos, she will be a Senior at Southern New Hampshire University. And, a big “Thank You” to Frank and his staff at Papergraphics of Merrimack, NH for another great job of printing and mailing the newsletter!

We hope you enjoy it!

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Who wore it better?

Who wore it better?

TFMoran President Bob Duval and Project Manager, Jason Hill were #twinning here at the office this week. Bob in his signature corduroy pants and white short sleeve button down, started a trend of simple yet classy. It seems that Bob’s influence and mentorship extends beyond engineering and into the fashion world as well!

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Evelyn Picozzi joins TFM’s Portsmouth office as a Project Engineer

Evelyn Picozzi joins TFM’s Portsmouth office as a Project Engineer

TFMoran welcomes Evelyn Picozzi to the Portsmouth office as a Project Engineer. Ms. Picozzi attended Northeastern University and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and has over 30 years of experience in drafting and designing, civil engineering, AutoCAD and piping engineering. Ms. Picozzi’s prior experience includes creating details of mechanical components for nuclear power plants, on-site field survey and numerous land development projects on the east and west coasts.

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TFMoran’s project “Market and Main” is featured as Project of the Month in July issue of NEREJ

In New England Real Estate Journal’s July 28 – August 3, 2017 issue in the Shopping Centers section, is one of TFM’s exciting multi-use developments under construction on South River Road in Bedford, NH. (former Macy’s site). TFM is proud to be a significant part of this team, working with the owner Encore Enterprises of Dallas, Texas, the project architect Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, Mass., Hutter Construction of New Ipswich, NH and Colliers International.

To learn more about this exciting project, please read below or click on this NEREJ article to open a pdf: TFMoran-Project-of-the-Month-in-NEREJ July 2017

Project of the Month
Project Team: Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Hutter Construction and Colliers International

TFMoran works with Encore Enterprises on Market and Main – a 350,000 s/f lifestyle center

Bedford, NHReconstruction of the former Macy’s site is underway on South River Road in Bedford, New Hampshire, making way for a new “Lifestyle Center”, a high-end multi-use complex featuring a deluxe movie theater, office building, hotel, retail shops, and a variety of vibrant restaurants. The 350,000 sf complex was approved by the Town in late 2016. The site was originally developed by the Jordan Marsh department store chain in the 1960s. The site was taken over and operated by Macy’s in 1996 until it closed in 2015. The site was then purchased by Dallas-based Encore Enterprises with plans to create a new “lifestyle center” on the 16-acre site.

Construction at the site began in March 2017 by Hutter Construction of New Ipswich, NH and is expected to be completed by late 2018. Currently in the pre-leasing stage, Market and Main is attracting attention from national, regional, and local retailers and corporations. Bob Rohrer, Managing Director of Colliers International, said, “We have had a lot of interest in the development and are in negotiations with several companies who are excited about the mixed- use aspect of Market and Main.”

“The property is strategically positioned along South River Road at the high-traffic intersection of NH Route 101, I-293, and the Everett Turnpike,” says Nicholas Barber, President of Encore Retail. “And its proximity and direct access to the Whole Foods plaza will make it a regional destination.”

The development will create a new “Main Street”, which – unlike many other local towns – Bedford does not already have, and also a “Market Street” heading towards the Whole Foods plaza. Market and Main is therefore the logical name for the complex, representing the place in town where everyone wants to go. The lively, upscale atmosphere of the development will include fresh, new brands mixed with local favorites, including Whole Foods, which opened in the spring of 2016.

Other tenants such as Trader Joe’s, Red Heat, Friendly Toast and Athleta have also announced their commitments to the complex. Many of these shops, like Athleta, an upscale women’s athletic clothing store, are firsts for New Hampshire, and are expected to attract many new shoppers to the area. Others like Trader Joe’s, will enhance the reputation that Bedford carries among “foodies”. Ted Chryssicas, Executive Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank, stated that, “As construction begins, we are seeing increased interest from retailers looking to sign leases and be a part of the first phase of Market and Main.”

The complex includes seven new buildings, existing Carrabba’s building and two new parking garages. TFMoran is responsible for the structural engineering of the garages, as well as civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying and landscape architectural services for the whole development.

The architecture is being designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, MA. Their approach reflects both past and present; incorporating brick, granite, cast stone masonry, painted wood, and metal in a palette of modern materials and historical colors throughout the complex. Eye appeal is emphasized for individual tenants and harmonized throughout the center. “Colorful awnings and canopies extend beyond the entrance, sheltering the shopper while on the sidewalk and inviting customers in,” says Laura Homich, Senior Associate of PCA. “Seated outdoor patios nicely blend the interiors and exteriors of the entire property, and architectural details reoccur throughout the site, visibly connecting the complex as a whole”, continues Laura. The new development is expected to generate approximately $1 million in new property tax revenue for the Town, and is anticipated to be a high-profile lifestyle center development within the Town.

“Bedford has grown rapidly over the last number of decades, creating a demand for more shops, entertainment, restaurants, and commercial space,” says TFMoran’s Project Manager, Chris Rice. “We believe this high-profile lifestyle center will draw in people from surrounding towns, as well. The Town of Bedford is pleased to see this new development take shape, and we are all looking forward to the grand opening of the new center.”

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Happy Oregon Trails to TFM’s Sheryl Dodge!

The TFMoran team said their final goodbyes to TFM’s Accounting Clerk, Sheryl Dodge, this past week. Sheryl is originally from Oregon, and moved to New Hampshire due to her husband’s job location. Together they have four children, her oldest daughter lives in Oregon with her two children. Her oldest son also lives in Oregon and recently got married, and two younger sons. When her youngest graduated from high school, Sheryl and her family found it was best to move back home to Oregon.

Sheryl was a wonderful attribute to the TFM team and she played an important role in the office for the five years she worked here. For her last day, TFMoran staff hosted a luncheon in her honor, in the reception area with pizza and cupcakes. The party was a western theme consisting of cowboy boot patterned tablecloths, napkins and décor accompanied by the slogan “Happy Oregon Trails Sheryl!”  Thank you for everything you have done and good luck on your new endeavors, Sheryl!

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TFM’s Portsmouth office welcomes Josh Barr as a Summer Intern

Joshua Barr has joined the TFMoran Portsmouth team as a Survey and Environmental Permitting summer intern. Josh is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of New England. He has experience working as a caretaker at Salcha River State Park in Alaska, and at Saco River Salmon Hatchery in Maine.

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Cassi Beroney Promoted to Accounting Assistant

Cassi Beroney was recently promoted to Accounting Assistant at TFMoran’s headquarters in Bedford. Ms. Beroney has been with the company for five years, previously serving as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. She received an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Mount Washington College (formerly Hesser College). Ms. Beroney’s new tasks include payroll, billing, and other accounting duties.

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Robert Duval Speaks at Northern New England State of Commercial Real Estate 2017 Summit

On Thursday, June 29, 2017 New England Real Estate Journal hosted the Northern New England State of Commercial Real Estate 2017 Summit at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center in Portsmouth, NH. TFMoran was a Corporate Sponsor, along with Build-It Construction, Fulcrum, CBRE|Portsmouth and Hinckley Allen. PROCON and Waterstone were the Gold Sponsors and Vendor Sponsors were U.S. Pavement and KANE.

The event started out with networking during a breakfast buffet, followed by 3 sessions of topics addressing Commercial Real Estate, ending with discussions and networking between attendees and speakers. Sessions included Capital Investments & Financing Availability; Construction Projects & Trends; and Real Estate Updates & Trends. TFMoran’s president and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE was asked to speak on the panel addressing Construction Projects & Trends. Some of the topics he addressed included an update on regulatory and permitting issues; a shortage of skilled labor in the workforce (specifically engineering and surveying); and new 3D technology in design and construction. Mr. Duval was one of 15 professionals who spoke on the panels. For a full list of speakers click this link NNE Commercial Real Estate Summit 2017

Nearly 150 people attended this vibrant and engaging Summit, and we are looking forward to the next one. A big thank you to New England Real Estate Journal for putting on a great event and for sharing their photos with us!

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TFM Bedford Mentors 3 Interns for the Summer

TFM Bedford Mentors 3 Interns for the Summer

School’s out and interns are in here at the TFMoran Bedford office.  Jack Watton, Kelsie Gagner, and Hannah Kelsey are TFM’s 2017 summer interns.  Each of them operates in a different department under a knowledgeable and experienced supervisor/mentor. Jack attends the University of New Hampshire Durham and will obtain a BS in Civil Engineering in the spring of 2018. His work takes place in the civil engineering department working under Principal Jeff Kevan. Jack is being familiarized with AutoCAD, HydroCAD, and all aspects of civil engineering. Last year Jack interned in our surveying department, so he is familiar with the staff and expectations of TFM. Kelsie is attending Southern New Hampshire University working towards a BS in Business Administration for the spring of 2018. She interns in the marketing department under Marketing Coordinator Susan Bartley. Kelsie is designated tasks based on the events TFM attends or important upcoming happenings. She also is given the independence to come up with new and creative marketing strategies for TFMoran. Hannah is currently attending Smith College and will obtain a BS in Civil Engineering in 2021. She works under Senior Project Manager Dan Blais in the stormwater department, allowing her to visit current job sites and get a feel for the environmental engineering portion of the company. This is Hannah’s second year with TFM, as she did her independent senior project internship here for The Derryfield School.

 We acknowledge the importance of interns here at TFM, as they are teaching us as much as we are teaching them. Becoming familiarized with millennia’s and generation Y is a necessity as the minds of young people have changed, bringing new demands and ideas of what a workplace should be like. Technology is advancing at rapid speed, and it’s hard for those who have not grown up surrounded by it to adapt. With the younger generation, they are able to mold and mend to the new technologies being thrown at them every day. Having interns teaches companies what exactly future employees are looking for, and what they’re not looking for. This is the most interns we’ve had at TFM at one time, we are honored to have them here and support the local colleges and universities. Having student interns creates a form of engagement between young people and a potential career; it gives them a taste of what the “adult world” is like. Not only that, but internships are the key to building experience in an intern, and we are proud to say that their experience will come from us!

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Ribbon Cutting at Chandler Place – Affordable Senior Living Apartments in Plaistow, NH

TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess and Project Manager, Tom Burns, PE joined in the celebration of the completion of Phase I of Chandler Place Apartments on 18 Chandler Ave, in Plaistow, NH. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, June 16th led by Steven Lewis, one of the three local developers. New Hampshire’s Governor Chris Sununu and town officials were also on hand to support this 62-and-older affordable senior housing project. Phase I of this two-phased project, consists of 25 one and two bedroom apartments, each averaging between 650-670 square feet, and a community center and business center on site. Phase I was completed in-part from receiving $330,000 through the state’s Affordable Housing Fund and $4 million through Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Residential applicants had to be at or below a required income level to qualify. The approximate rent for a one bedroom is $915 and a two bedroom is $1,095.  At the time of the ribbon-cutting event, occupancy was to capacity, with a waiting list for an open unit. Phase II could add an additional 14 more apartments.

The project team for Phase I of  Chandler Place Apartments included TFMoran for land surveying and civil/site engineering services, Burnell-Johnson Architects for architectural design, Gary Chicoine Construction for building, and Jameson Excavation for site work.

For more details about the event, link to the Eagle-Tribune.