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Kelsie Gagner becomes new Marketing Intern at TFMoran

Kelsie Gagner becomes new Marketing Intern at TFMoran

Kelsie Gagner has joined TFMoran as a Marketing Intern for the summer. Ms. Gagner will be obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration come May of 2018 from Southern New Hampshire University. Tasks designated for the internship include thinking of new ways to market, increasing TFMoran’s social media presence along with their website, blog postings as well as photography and videography. Her experience includes marketing at the New England Aquarium, an international conservation project, an international teaching project, social media and videography.

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Stephen Williams joins TFMoran’s Stormwater Department

Stephen Williams joins TFMoran’s Stormwater Department

Stephen Williams has joined our team as a Stormwater and Construction Inspector. Mr. Williams has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. He has over 30 years of experience including soils testing, concrete and asphalt inspection and testing, monitoring infrastructure construction, water mains, sewer mains, and SWPPP Plans. He has also provided project management services for the NHDOT Bureau of Public Works, the Town of Hooksett, and numerous other communities in Southern New Hampshire.

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TFM Welcomes Scott Olsen to the Civil Engineering Department

TFM Welcomes Scott Olsen to the Civil Engineering Department

Scott Olsen, EIT has joined TFMoran, Inc. as a Project Engineer. Mr. Olsen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in Durham in 2011. His experience includes construction inspection, stormwater management, site and roadway grading, underground utility work for commercial and residential projects, and a $35 million federal renovation project. His certifications include Army Corps of Engineers CQC,  OSHA 40 HAZWOPER, and OSHA 30 General Industry.


Washington Mills Apartments II Project Story in High-Profile

One of TFMoran’s multi-residential civil engineering and landscape architecture projects was featured in the May issue of High-Profile. To view the published story, please click this link Washington Mills Apts II _High-Profile_May 2017

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TFMoran designs Washington Mills

Lawrence, MA – TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford, NH is providing landscape architecture, civil/site engineering, and permitting services to SMC Management Corporation of Watertown, MA for redeveloping the former Lawrence Packaging/Newark Atlantic Paperboard site at 240 Canal Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The new project is titled Washington Mills Apartments II.

Once home to a leading manufacturer of paperboard and printed packaging, this iconic riverside mill property is being converted to a combination of multi-family residential and commercial uses featuring 198 loft-style apartments, 19 studio units, a self-storage facility, with covered parking on the first-floor level. Market Square Architects and JSN Associates, Inc. of Portsmouth, NH are providing architectural and structural engineering services for this mixed-use development.

The site contains a seven-story brick mill building dating back to the early years of the 20th century. Market Square Architects is preserving the exterior of the seven-story mill while completely renovating the interior into one- and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors with a self-storage facility on a portion of three of the lower floors. The ground level will provide covered parking for residents. An adjacent one-story brick mill building will be partially demolished to create a riverfront park, and the remainder will be converted into drive-in loft units, providing a combination of garage/work-shop and residential space options for its tenants.

According to Tom Burns, Civil Project Manager for TFM, “The site will be opened up for additional parking and landscaping by removing three single-story masonry buildings. This allows us to provide a new, more efficient parking layout and safer vehicle circulation.”

“As for stormwater management,” Burns continued, “reducing the site’s impervious footprint, and replacing it with lots of new plantings is a major benefit to the site and the adjacent Merrimack River. In our design, we designed a series of stormwater treatment hardware to protect the river.”

Numerous amenities are being provided in this project to meet the needs of modern urban dwellers while preserving the historical context of the site. TFM’s Landscape Architect, Mike Krzeminski explains, “The Riverside Park was designed to create a space for various age groups and social backgrounds to enjoy both passive and recreational activities.” These include a dog park that surrounds a large brick smokestack that is the tallest structure in the City and a new Riverside Park on the site of a former mill with a waterfront view. A gazebo provides residents with a comfortable gathering spot complete with lighting, power and WiFi for tenants, and the park also includes a barbecue grill, horseshoe pits, a bocce court, and walking paths.

Demolition of the former mills is currently underway while renovation plans are being finalized. The project has already met with the approval of the Lawrence Conservation Commission, and the Lawrence Historic Commission.

“We will be getting our building permits shortly, and we look forward to completing this exciting project for opening early next year”, says SMC’s Director of Capital Projects, Bob Simonds, “The City has been great to work with and we think this will be a great boon to the community. Revitalizing city centers and providing exciting new places for people to live is what we are all about.”


High-Profile May Issue Focus on Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering

TFM’s president and chief engineer, Robert Duval, PE contributed to the annual High-Profile Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering Focus issue this month.

We invite you to view the published article HP May 2017 Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering

Or, you can read the text below:

Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering

Integrated Development: Not Just a Trend, A Solution

by Robert E. Duval

One significant trend in land development projects these days is towards “mixed-use development”, that is, an integrated mixture of residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial uses in close proximity. Recently seen primarily in large urban centers, the concept of mixed-use development is now moving into smaller cities and towns across New England.

The advantages of integrated development can be substantial. Among other benefits, traffic volumes, parking needs, and stormwater flows can all be reduced by taking advantage of the interaction between related uses. For example, apartments and offices located in close proximity will tend to reduce vehicle trips because some tenants will be employees of the office; thus, some of the vehicle trips usually expected become pedestrian trips. Likewise, parking inventory can also be reduced through shared parking. Using the same example, peak apartment parking demand falls outside of regular business hours, thus fewer total spaces can be provided for the same amount of development.

Studies have shown that mixed-use centers can reduce traffic volumes by a third or more, significantly reducing offsite traffic impacts and the high associated costs of mitigation. And onsite parking supplies can also be reduced by 10% or more. This reduces not only construction costs, but helps reduce other negative impacts as well; as pavement area decreases, less land can support more development, and the cost and extent of stormwater infrastructure to capture, detain, and treat all that unnecessary pavement goes away as well.

Also, where multiple properties can be combined into a single development, greater land use density can be achieved by avoiding internal lot line setbacks. This results in more efficient parking layouts and elimination of unnecessary pavement, further reducing needed land area, construction costs, and the burden of excess runoff on stormwater infrastructure.

Landscape Architecture plays a significant role in making mixed-use development work. First of all, each building must be placed so that it allows convenient, safe, and attractive pedestrian connections between all other major uses. It is generally taken that “walking distance” in New England is approximately 1400 feet or about a 7 minute walk. Obviously, this figure is dependent on age, health, purpose of walk, weather, and other imponderables, but it is also largely dependent on establishing a clear, direct path and an attractive walking environment. Therefore, it is important for the Landscape Architect to make pleasant and easily traversable pedestrian routes part of the earliest site planning exercises.

Of course, the concept of mixed-use development is not new – many of us remember when they were simply called “downtown”. However, as exclusionary zoning became common in the post-WWII years, it became more and more necessary for city and suburban residents alike to have to drive to the store, to school, to work, and so on. It did not take long for the congestion and inefficiencies of this type of travel to manifest. Up to the present day, the primary solution to these problems has been to “build your way out of it”; that is, by building ever-larger highways and parking lots.

Today, more community planners understand the benefits of mixed-use development and revitalizing city centers, particularly older, under-utilized manufacturing or commercial areas. This trend provides more employment opportunities within a city, makes more efficient use of existing road and utility infrastructure, reduces the need for constant expansion of highways, and reduces development pressure on nearby “greenfield” sites.

As more communities embrace mixed-use development in their zoning codes, we can expect this healthy trend to accelerate, returning a large measure of prosperity and vibrancy to New England cities and towns.


Glen House Hotel at base of Mount Washington, Starts Construction

In the News…..Construction on the site of the new Glen House Hotel in Pinkham Notch has begun! The hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant. Drilling rigs have started the installation of 30 geothermal wells, according to a WMUR news report on April 17th.  The Union Leader also had a story about this exciting news, click here to read. 

TFM Structural Engineers provided structural design services for the new 3-story, 68-room hotel sited at the base of Mount Washington. This will be the fifth Glen House Hotel in 150 years on the Mount Washington Auto Road, the previous four were destroyed by fire. The hotel, designed by BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, NH will have a full-service restaurant, an indoor pool and expansive views of the northern Presidential mountain range. The exterior architectural design will be traditional New England-style with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys,
keeping with the style of the previous Glen Houses. Martini Northern of Portsmouth, NH is the contractor.

Olympia Hotel Management of Portland, ME was selected by the family-owned Mt. Washington Summit Road Company, which has operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, to operate The Glen House. The $14 million hotel is expected to open by Memorial Day 2018, according to their website.


TFM’s Got Spring Fever!

After that last nor’easter, the “April Fools Storm”, it just seemed like winter was never going to end. The TFM staff was in need of a good dose of “Spring”!  A little spring break was just the remedy we needed to kick-off the long awaited Spring season. The marketing and administration teams pulled together a colorful spring-themed get-together in the reception area. Lots of  tulips of different colors were the main attraction, yet some would say the delicious food brought in from the Puritan Backroom Restaurant was the main attraction! Their famous chicken tenders, steak kabobs, mac and cheese, along with the healthy fruit and vegetable platters all helped us forget about winter. TFM’s Portsmouth office got creative with homemade rice crispy easter eggs and a dip shaped like a giant carrot. A good time was had by all, and a big Thanks goes out to TFM’s COO Dylan Cruess and all the TFM principals for hosting a greatly appreciated spring break for the staff.

The snow is now melted, flowers popping up everywhere, robins are in abundance and, yes, the grass is turning green – Spring has Sprung!


2 TFM Engineers Support UMass Lowell in NE Regional Concrete Canoe Competition

The ASCE sponsored New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition is a two-day event held annually for competing universities from across the New England region and Canada. As a qualifier for the National Concrete Canoe Competition, each team must design and construct a canoe made of specially designed concrete. Teams spend the entire school year planning and building these sleek racing canoes that are put to the test in a judging of both build quality and performance on the water. Additionally, the teams are required to submit formal design papers of their canoes and processes as well as present a professional level presentation. This grueling competition takes many hours to prepare for in addition to the students’ academic careers.

Jonathan Nadeau – Structural Engineer

A member of TFM’s Structural Engineering Department Jon Nadeau, traveled to the competition to spectate the fierce competition and to support his home team UMass Lowell. During Jon’s time studying at Lowell, he aimed to help excel Lowell’s presence at the competition and succeed with Lowell’s first place finish in 2013 (the best the team had done since 1994), second place in 2014, and first again in 2015, resulting in two trips to the national competition. With a passion for the canoe competition, Jon was excited to see what had been made this year and was proud that Lowell kept the team spirit alive.

Maureen Kelly, Civil Project Engineer

Maureen Kelly – Civil Project Engineer

Additionally, a member of TFM’s Civil Engineering Department, Maureen Kelly, who worked alongside Jon on the team, also arrived to show her support for the team at the races. Having been both a successful project manager and national competition racer herself, she was impressed by the team’s performance and is looking forward to what the team shows up with next year.

This year’s competition was held at the University of Connecticut with a total of 11 teams appearing. The first day canoes were put on display along with teams’ display boards, showcasing engineering designs, artwork, concrete samples, as well as many other things. Teams inspect and converse about each others’ work, asking questions, taking notes, and learning for next year. Following the judging period, representatives from each team give their presentations explaining everything they’ve learned throughout the year.

The following morning teams gather at the race site for an all-day display of speed and agility. Held this year at Mansfield Hollow State Park, teams loaded their canoes into the water, being careful to not damage their performance hulls, and prepared for the swamp test. As a popular phrase for the canoe teams is “Yes, it floats”, the teams must successfully prove their canoes with float in the swamp test by completely submerging their canoes underwater and letting them return to the surface unaided for two minutes. After proving their buoyancy, races began and lasted for the next 7 hours.

Racers displayed their skills on the water navigating the tight hairpin turn sprint races and lengthy endurance races, some overcoming glancing blows with each other and some suffering hard collisions. After the races concluded, the panel of judges convened to tally points to determine the final score. This year’s overall winner was the Canadian school Université Laval with their Formula 1 themed entry “LCC22”, followed closely in second by University of Massachusetts Lowell‘s entry “Jester”, and third Northeastern University’s entry “NU Orleans”.


TFMoran Senior Living Project featured in April’s High-Profile Focus

One of TFMoran’s senior living projects in Bedford, NH, Maple Ridge Estates at Bedford,  was recently published in High-Profile. We invite you to view the article by clicking this link High-Profile April 2017 Senior-Assisted Living Focus – TFM Project  or read the text below.

TFMoran Completes Work for Maple Ridge Estates at Bedford

Bedford, NH – TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford, provided survey and civil engineering services, landscape architecture, and permitting for the design of Maple Ridge Estates, a 62+ independent senior living community in Bedford. This new community is part of a multiphase, mixed-use development located on 11 acres in the town’s performance zone between South River Road (NH-Route 3) and Technology Drive.

Construction for the residential phase of the development is slated for completion in April 2017; the commercial/retail phase will follow. Calamar Enterprises, Inc., the project’s developer, has overseen construction of the three-story, 163,000sf, 116-unit residential building and 73 detached-garage units designed by Silvestri Architects, PC of Amherst, N.Y. Site construction was performed by Jennings Excavation, Inc. of Hollis, N.H.

Construction of this new independent senior living community provides a mix of one- and two-bedroom units while offering numerous onsite amenities. These include a putting green and chipping area for golf enthusiasts, a bocce court, and outdoor function area featuring a large covered patio with pergola. Inside the building, a dining hall, lounge, 40-seat theater, fitness center, and hair salon provide convenience and comfort for its residents. Collection and treatment of stormwater runoff generated from the new development was addressed with a series of bioretention areas. Wetland areas, steep slopes, and ledge found around the site required careful consideration of grading.


4 Judges from TFMoran at 2017 NHSEE

NHSEE is the annual New Hampshire Science & Engineering Expo held at NHTI – Concord’s Community College in Concord, NH. This year’s Expo on March 16th, once again proved to be an exciting and fun day for four of TFMoran’s engineers and professionals to serve as judges of some of New Hampshire’s most brightest and innovative high school students. The gymnasium was full of very impressive projects of all kinds, presented by some very serious student scientists and engineers.

“The Exposition is intended to give Granite State students the opportunity to do science related activities, and to choose whether they do them as inquiring scientists, engineers, or technicians.” according to the NHSEEA website. “Students then communicate their results through an appropriate combination of journals, posters, equipment, and interviews. Additionally, in collaboration with other organizations, NHSEEA seeks to expand interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As students interact with mentors and judges, they will get a closer look at these fields as possible careers.”

There were two types of competitions, the “Open” and the “Challenge” competition. The eight categories for the Open Competition were Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics and Electronics. The judges took into consideration how the student’s research was presented in their poster displays and oral presentations, as well as their answers given to the judge’s questions.  The Challenge Competition required teams of up to three students to compete against each other in solving a structured problem by using scientific principals. All research and development efforts were done prior to the Expo; materials supporting the research and development were presented at the Expo.

TFMoran is honored to have been a part of this special science and engineering event. Congratulations to all student presenters and especially the 2017 Winners!  We’ll see you next year!