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Vote for TFMoran! Question 10 in 2018 NHBR BOB Awards On-line Survey

TFMoran is proud to be the recipient of the New Hampshire Business Review’s BOB (Best Of Business) Award for FIVE consecutive years, and we would love to make it SIX!

Please consider voting for TFMoran in the Engineering Category, Question 10 in the on-line survey. You must vote for at least 15 categories in order for your vote to count. And, only one vote per person is allowed.

Voting ends at midnight on January 21, 2018. So, please hurry!

We thank you for your consideration!

About the BOB Awards:

The BOB Awards are a New Hampshire Business Review awards program that celebrates the best New Hampshire companies in more than 90 business-to-business categories and are chosen by NHBR’s readers.

The BOBs are your chance to tell NHBR, other readers and the rest of the state which companies in New Hampshire have the best products and services for businesses – categories include: Accounting Firm, Digital Media Marketing, Engineering Firm, Law Firm, Advertising Agency, MBA Program, Dining with Clients (by Region), Young Professionals Networking Group, and more!

Voting started on November 29, 2017 and will end at midnight on January 21, 2018.

The 2018 “Roaring 20’s” BOB Awards Party will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Come join the party for a fun evening of networking, food and libations. To see photos from last year’s party, just click here.

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TFMoran’s Nick Golon represents NH at 2017 National ASCE Convention

This year’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana in early October and was attended by two ASCE New Hampshire board members; TFMoran’s Senior Project Manager Nicholas Golon, PEASCE-NH Treasurer and Anabelle Allen, EIT – ASCE-NH Vice President. In the week leading up to the convention there was concern the convention may be canceled with hurricane Nate heading straight towards the Big Easy. Thankfully, the storm weakened just in time for the main days of the convention with only needing to cancel a few tours and talks. The rest of the week went off without a hitch!

For those whose travel plans were not altered by Nate, attendees of the convention were welcomed with an invigorating talk from Marci Rossell, Ph.D., who takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people’s lives, families, and careers. Her opening remarks set the stage for a fantastic few days of compelling short courses and thought-provoking sessions with impressive technical knowledge and expertise. Many of the sessions were centered around the recovery of New Orleans post-Katrina, which was a timely topic seeing as the city had just dodged what could have been another devastating storm.

Following the first day of a jam-packed program was a Mardi Gras themed Welcome Reception where Nick and Anabelle networked with other ASCE board members from surrounding states and chapters, sharing tips, stories, and event ideas for future ASCE get togethers!  They even found the time to pose for a few pictures with conference dignitaries.

The program on Tuesday included a talk on the Structural Innovation of designing and constructing the new NFL Stadium in Atlanta, GA. This stuck out as a favorite among many attendees only to be topped by Michael Howell and his talk on Engineering Failures. His non-typical session talked about the fundamental concept we sometimes forget…. Although engineers, we’re still human and we all make mistakes!

Wednesday wrapped up the convention with an amazing closing luncheon where all attendees soaked in the valuable insights from motivational speaker and career guru, Kaplan Mobray who spoke on how to transition your personal brand into something that reflects the true you.

“In any room, bring value to the table. If you’re not bringing value, you’re just taking up space and someone else wants your seat.” – Kaplan Mobray.

The convention was packed from beginning to end with the latest information, innovations, and technologies in the field of Civil Engineering.  Although the convention kept Nick and Anabelle plenty busy, they did manage to venture out and take in some of the sights and sounds NOLA had to offer, including a zydeco band at one of the City’s most notable restaurants, Mulate’s.

As well as some fine dining at Mother’s Restaurant, who have been serving up po’boys and down-home Southern fare since 1938.

Thank you to Nick and Anabelle for representing our State well, in attending the ASCE National Convention, and thank you to ASCE National and NOLA for putting on a fantastic event!

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TFMoran principals give thanks at the Annual Harvest Lunch on the campus of SNHU

The principals of TFMoran, Bob Duval, Dylan Cruess, Jeff Kevan, Paul Sbacchi and Corey Colwell, thanked their staff this holiday season by hosting the annual “Harvest Lunch” on the day before Thanksgiving. This year the lunch was held on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University at the new Gustafson Center. The principals thought it would be a nice opportunity for the staff to see many of the new projects on campus that TFMoran engineers, surveyors and landscape architects have provided services for, including the Gustafson Center. TFMoran’s Portsmouth division joined in the festive celebration, making the attendance around 70 people.

The event started with a delightful assortment of appetizers and beverages during the social hour, and a group photo taken by John Gauvin of Studio One. Sodexo caterers prepared a holiday lunch buffet which included a sirloin carving station, chicken parmesan served with pasta, and stuffed portobello mushrooms, accompanied by roasted potatoes, harvest salad and butternut squash soup. After lunch, the staff was treated to a dessert tri-level tray of pumpkin whoopee pies, raspberry mousse in chocolate cups, and strawberry cream eclairs. Everything was delightful!

Joe Sears 40 years at TFMoran

Joe Sears and Bob Duval

TFMoran’s president Bob Duval followed the lunch with a speech on his gratitude towards the entire team in providing the hard work and dedication that makes TFMoran a success. He gave special thanks to Administrative Assistant, Joe Sears, for his 40 dedicated years to TFMoran. Bob presented Joe with a gift of appreciation, and wished him the best as he retires in December.

 

Concluding the lunch was COO, Dylan Cruess who spoke of the company’s many accomplishments over the past year, including the NHBR Best of Business Award in Engineering for the 5th straight year, and the 2017 Business Excellence Award.  Dylan attributed the recognition TFMoran receives from the community to the involvement of the staff, inside and outside of work.

Many thanks to Southern New Hampshire University and Sodexo for providing a great venue for this special event. It is always a great way to lead into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as we give thanks to our family and friends.

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TFMoran at the 2017 NH Municipal Expo

The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) 76th Annual Conference took place Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday November 16 in downtown Manchester at the Radisson Hotel. New Hampshire municipal officials attended the conference which offered extensive educational sessions over two days. This year’s theme was “The Challenge of Change”. Keynote Speaker and comedienne Jan McInnis entertained the audience with “finding the funny” in life.

The Conference included a two-day Expo with over 100 exhibitors offering the latest products and services. Thanks to all who stopped by TFM’s booth to chat with engineers and view some of our latest municipal projects, such as for the Town of Hooksett proposed roundabout at Hackett Hill Road and 3A near the I-93 Exit 11, the new Milton Fire-Rescue Station , the renovated/expanded Goffstown Church Street Fire Station #18 and the Belknap County Community Corrections facility in Laconia.

Thanks to NHMA for another great conference, looking forward to 2018!

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The American Red Cross of NH & VT thanks TFMoran for generously supporting Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts

Red Cross visit to TFMoran for Harvey & Irma Hurricane Relief Donation

Dylan Cruess, COO, TFMoran and Maria Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH & VT

In early November 2017, Maria Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH & VT, visited both the Bedford and Portsmouth offices of TFMoran to thank the company and staff for generously supporting the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Both offices were presented with a wall plaque, as Ms. Devlin explained how the relief efforts were progressing. This wasn’t her first time visiting TFMoran, back in 2013 she presented TFMoran with a plaque for a financial contribution to the American Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

“The employees of TFMoran have shown time and time again that they are willing to pitch in to help out the people in need whether they are in the next town, or half way around the world.”  said Dylan Cruess, COO of TFMoran. “That’s the kind of people we are proud to employ here, compassionate and generous.”

TFMoran, Inc. and TFMoran staff have contributed to the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross. Together the staff donated $2,885, which combined with TFMoran’s $2,500 gives us a total donation of $5,385.00!

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 3 hurricane that devastated eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Harvey hit the gulf coast of the U.S on Friday, August 25, 2017, bringing 130 mph winds and over 52 inches of rain! Experts estimate up to $180 billion in damage. Residents of the affected areas have lost all their belongings, leaving them homeless, hungry and lost on where to go next. The Red Cross has sent volunteers, donated money and food, and set up shelters. Almost immediately after the storm hit, volunteers headed into Houston to help, getting people safely into shelters and supplying them with food and blankets.

Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Irma started out as a Category 5 hurricane hitting parts of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti on September 5, 2017, leaving heavy flooding and damage. Next, the Florida Keys suffered severe damage on September 8th and 9th as Irma became a Category 4. Making its way to the mainland, Miami and southern Florida, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 3, with winds of over 110 mph, heavy rains, and fierce winds for the entire state. An estimated 15 million people in Florida were without power with an estimated $100 billion damage. Florida’s Governor ordered  approximately 6.3 million people to evacuate before the hurricane hit.

To learn more about the Hurricane Relief Efforts go to the American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org

 

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High-Profile Features TFMoran Structural Preservation Project

One of TFMoran’s Structural Engineering projects is featured in the November 2017 issue of High-Profile, which will be distributed at the ABX2017 this week in Boston. We invite you to read the article below, or view the article in pdf format by clicking this link Ivory Keys Apartments High-Profile Article

TFMoran Preserves Piano Mill for Residential Use

Leominster, MA – In conjunction with Maugel Architects, Inc. of Harvard, Mass., TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford, N.H. provided structural design of the renovation of the historic Jewett Piano Case factory located at 140 Adams Street in Leominster, Mass. The plan to convert the timber-framed mill building into Ivory Keys Apartments, a 43-unit affordable residential apartment building, was spearheaded by Ivory Keys, LLC, an affiliate of L.D. Russo Inc. of Harvard, the developer and constructor of the project. The entire four-story mill structure was framed of wood, rather than brick masonry at the exteriors, which is more typical of mill buildings standing today.

Before the project began, the century-old historic mill building was in disrepair and vacant for several years. An extensive field investigation and evaluation conducted prior to beginning the project to determine the feasibility uncovered several issues, including a nearly one-foot lean of the building, water damage and lateral instability issues.

The project plans include foundation work and incorporating steel frames into the building to correct the lean, lateral instability and years of neglect.

In addition to structural repairs, a significant effort was made to preserve the nature of the historic mill. This included preserving the aesthetics of the exterior. Also, interior spaces will respect the history of the building, including preserving many pieces of the interior and exposing some existing timber structure as architectural features. The attractive and structurally sound Ivory Keys Apartments will offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom living options.

The renovation and addition of the 140 Adams Street project will complete the redevelopment of the commercial buildings in the Adams Street neighborhood.

Construction is well underway, and apartments are anticipated to be move-in ready for the spring of 2018.

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Congratulations to Business Excellence Winner, Dylan Cruess!

TFMoran’s Chief Operating Officer Dylan Cruess was honored to receive the 2017 Business Excellence Award in the Real Estate and Construction category from NH Business Review. The awards dinner reception, presented by Citizen’s Bank, was held on November 1st at the Center of NH, Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.  Accompanying Dylan was his family, Robert, Anne and Galen Cruess; TFM Marketing Coordinator Susan Bartley; TFM Marketing Assistant Kelsie Gagner; and TFM Chief of Survey Jim O’Neil and his wife Diane.

The event recognizes the imagination, industriousness, innovation and achievements of business owners and operators. The awards given out fall into eight categories including: Excellence in Business & Professional Services, Excellence in Consumer Services, Excellence in Financial Services, Excellence in Health Care, Excellence in Manufacturing, Excellence in non-profit, Excellence in Real Estate / Construction, Excellence in Technology, and Business Excellence Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to Dylan and all of the other award winners! Also, a big thank you to NH Business Review and those who helped sponsor the event!

To learn more about the event and to see additional photos, please visit: www.nhbr.com

Read more about Dylan below, or click on this pdf link Dylan Cruess receives 2017 NHBR Business Excellence Award

2017 Business Excellence Winner:
Dylan Cruess of TFMoran
Dylan Cruess, chief operating officer of TFMoran in Bedford, is the 2017 Business Excellence winner in the real estate and construction category for a small organization
Nominated by: Kimberley Griswold of Brainium

Dylan may have learned the ropes from his engineer father, but it is he and the new leadership team at TFMoran that have steered the company through a period of unprecedented growth. Since ownership of the company was transferred in 2013 to four senior employees, including Dylan, TFMoran has more than doubled its annual revenue, with continued double-digit growth. Because of Dylan’s background and upbringing, he grasps engineering, project management and surveying more than a typical operations person would. And that has enabled him to continue the original vision of TFMoran while strategically growing the company to new levels.

Having grown up among the TFMoran team, Dylan is well aware that it is the teamwork of the employees that is essential to the company’s success. That’s why Dylan has worked with the leadership team to increase the company match for employees’ 401K plans. And TFMoran’s positive culture is evidenced by its low turnover rate. Employees enjoy working at TFMoran because they are appreciated and encouraged to continue their education to become the best they can be. And the family-friendly atmosphere of the company allows not only for the flexibility to work from home when necessary but also the encouragement to give back to the community, as Dylan does.

Dylan’s leadership, work ethic, passion for community involvement and vision for TFMoran are why he is being honored with this award.

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ABC NH/VT offers a Future Leaders in Construction program

TFMoran’s Chief Operating Office, Dylan Cruess, is excited to be part of this year’s  Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NH/VT Future Leaders in Construction course located at the ABC Headquarters in Concord, NH. The comprehensive program includes courses that run over an eight month period. The purpose of the program is to enhance leadership skills and implement managerial ideas and characteristics to those in the construction industry.

Some topics of the workshops include: Managing Conflict, Motivation and Coaching, Situational Leadership, and Goal Setting, Action Planning and Time Management. A different guest leader will be invited to each seminar and given the opportunity to speak, encourage and offer insight on being a successful leader in construction. This program is designed for “anyone who wants to make a positive impact on work and life.” The instructors are engaged, informative, impactful and experienced professionals who are very familiar with the industry and course material.

To view a pdf of the flyers for NH and VT programs, click on the links ABC VERMONT FLiC Program 2017  ABC NH FLiC Program 2017

For more information email: [email protected]

Enjoy the photos of the first class, provided by ABC NH/VT.

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The Bedford Bulletin features Kids Safety Day

TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess and daughter Cate were captured on camera at the annual Kids Safety Day and published in The Bedford Bulletin. To view the article and read more about this great event, please click on this link The Bedford Bulletin October 19, 2017 issue -Kids Safety Day Article  or read text below. And, a Big Thank You to The Bedford Bulletin for covering local events!

October 19, 2017 [Bullet] Neighborhood News [Bullet] The Bedford Bulletin [Bullet] Page 19

Kids Safety Day provided child ID packets

Sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures provided the backdrop for Primary Bank’s second annual Kids Safety Day, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the bank’s Route 101 location.
The event, held in conjunction with the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program and Manchester-based Washington Lodge No. 61, presented families with the opportunity to put together comprehensive child identification packets, which could be taken home, kept in a safe place and given to law enforcement officials should their child ever go missing.

A record number of children took advantage of the program at this year’s event, according to Dylan Cruess, member of Washington Lodge No. 61 and chief operating officer of Bedford-based TFMoran. More than 300,000 children have participated in MYCHIP since its inception in 1988.

“We had 52 children go through our Child ID program this year. That’s the highest number of children we’ve ID’d during one of these events in over five years,” said Cruess, himself a father of a 4-year-old daughter. “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s turnout. It’s wonderful to see more and more families taking advantage of this service, and we’re so pleased to be partnering with Primary Bank in an effort to keep our community a little bit safer.”

Although similar in content to child identification packages of past generations, which consisted of a physical description, outdated photo and ink fingerprints, today’s kits include a brief videotaped interview with the child, not only capturing the child’s image but also their voice and mannerisms. While fingerprints are still collected, children today hold their fingers to an electronic pad similar in appearance to a miniature computer mouse, generating computerized fingerprints. Once the entire 10-minute process is completed, all the data is put into an envelope and given to the parents to take home for safe keeping.

“I’m so happy we had the opportunity to do this with our daughter today,” said Kaitlyn Choi of Candia, who attended the Kids’ Safety Event with her daughters Emma, 2, and Aly, 6 months, and husband, Andrew, a Manchester police officer. “Emma had a lot of fun and now we have peace of mind knowing we have everything we need to give to the police if we ever need to.”
Although child safety is a serious topic, the day itself was filled with fun. The eastern end of the 101 Plaza parking lot took on a festive feel for the day. Max the mascot from the Manchester Monarchs and Fungo from the Fisher Cats both made appearances. Children had fun in a giant bouncy house and practiced their skills on miniature sports fields before getting their face painted and picking out a balloon animal.

Bedford emergency vehicles, including two fire trucks and a police vehicle, were also available for curious children to explore.

Primary Bank staff handed out fresh-popped popcorn and bottled water, and Harvest Market employees grilled burgers and dogs.

“We couldn’t be happier with today’s event,” said Bill Stone, president and CEO of Primary Bank. “It’s great seeing the community come together and enjoy the day. But the fact that we can have fun like this while providing such a beneficial service to families from in and around Bedford makes it even better. We’re just so pleased to be part of this great community.”

Dylan Cruess and his daughter, Catherine, 4, took part in Primary Bank’s Kids Safety Day. Cruess is a member of the Masonic Washington Lodge No. 61, a co-sponsor of the event.

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Jen Porter, TFMoran Civil Engineer is “Spotlighted” by NEREJ

New England Real Estate Journal published their First Annual Women in Real Estate Spotlight on September 29, 2017. Jen Porter, PE, who serves as a Civil Project Engineer for TFMoran, was featured among many professional women in the industry.  Jen’s 19 years of engineering experience includes the site design of commercial, industrial, residential and institutional projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University. Congratulations to all the professional women featured in the NEREJ Spotlight!

We invite you to read Jen’s responses by clicking on this pdf link NEREJ _ 2017 Women in Real Estate Spotlight  or read the text below.

Jen Porter, PE
Project Engineer for TFMoran, Inc.

19 years in Engineering

How have you navigated obstacle to achieve success in your career?
Looking back, obstacles were tackled by good management, open communications and jumping on the next available opportunity. Starting in the engineering field right out of college, I had no practical experience, only my BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.  I was fortunate to find an entry level position at TFMoran and that they were willing to train me.  I started reading every plan set or report I touched, attended workshops and put in extra hours at night to learn AutoCAD.  I asked A LOT of questions.  Years later, I am involved with multiple tasks on TFM civil projects: concepts, site design, drainage analysis & utility design, traffic analysis, and permitting.  The last 10 years have been spent balancing working full time and being a mom of two.  The office doesn’t slow down if kids are sick or have school events.  I’ve put in many late hours balancing work and family.  TFM has supported me as a working parent and has allowed flexibility to work outside of typical office hours.  This delicate balance is a constant challenge, but in the end, I wouldn’t want it any other way.  TFM is a great company and I am proud of the work that we do.

How do you play to your strengths to your advantage in your career?
In a fast-paced engineering company, you need to be a team player, dependable and always be ready for challenges. I was a competitive hurdler on the Track Team in high school and college, and while Track & Field is somewhat of an individual sport, everyone is working toward a common goal:  the better my performance, the better my team did.  The same teamwork approach is a great value in the work place.  My career choice to remain in my position as a project engineer is because I enjoy the role as a “worker-bee”, using my individual success, work ethic and experience for the good of the team.  From designing projects from the initial concept phase through the construction documents, I believe that behind every good Project Manager is a solid project engineer and design team they can depend on.

What trends are you seeing so far this year?
Right now in our Civil department, we are working on several mixed-use projects, educational projects, some residential developments and commercial/industrial projects.

What do you do for fun?
I play on a co-ed soccer team, love to hike with my family and laugh with my kids.