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Relax, Revive, Refreshed Engineers

Relax, Revive, Refreshed Engineers

Employees can now kickback and relax while they’re at work with the newly implemented monthly chair massages TFMoran offers. Once a month, a massage therapist visits the office to give fifteen minute massages to everyone on-sight that day. Jess Gelinas, a massage therapist and owner of Deeply Kneaded Massage Therapy located at 50 Bridge St. Manchester, NH, is the masseuse who comes into TFM. The high demand of projects and work recently have engulfed our staff, however, it’s nothing a quick shoulder massage can’t fix. A portable massage chair is set up in the upstairs conference room and employees schedule a time to go visit Jess throughout the day. Though Jess just left the office, our TFMoran staff is looking forward to her next visit.

Thank you Jess for always coming in and revamping our staff so their productivity levels stay at an all time high!

 

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Meet Jennifer Clark, TFM’s new Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Meet Jennifer Clark, TFM’s new Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

TFMoran is excited to welcome our new Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Clark! Prior to joining TFMoran, Ms. Clark gained valuable experience working at a local environmental engineering firm.  Her new position involves greeting clients, answering phones, and assisting TFMoran’s engineers with various administrative functions.

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East vs West – TFM partners with CHaD for Annual NH High School All-Star Football Game

TFMoran welcomed the opportunity to partner with CHaD, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in New Hampshire. The Children’s Hospital hosts an annual football game between East New Hampshire and West New Hampshire that raises money for medical research. This year the game will be held on Friday, June 30th at Saint Anselm College at 7 pm. CHaD has 15 locations throughout New England including Manchester, Bedford, and Nashua.  They are the only comprehensive full-service children’s hospital in Northern New England. CHaD fills a necessary need by performing many important medical tasks such as, caring for premature babies, responding to traumatic injuries, supporting children and teens in managing complex chronic disease or helping families cope with the challenges of childhood illness. There is also an annual CHaD All-Star Golf Tournament on June 13 held at the Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, NH. A portion of the money raised from both events will go to Kristen’s Gift Endowment fund for children fighting cancer at CHaD. TFMoran was only one of many companies who donated to this very important cause.  CHaD cares for all current and future patients regardless of their ability to pay. Their mission is to treat and get kids back to their healthy selves as quick as they can!

Best of Luck to both teams!

For more information please visit CHaD Kids or CHaD All-Star Football

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Jason Hill receives his Professional Engineer License

Jason Hill, PE recently received his New Hampshire Professional Engineer license. Jason serves as a Project Manager for TFMoran, Inc. in the Civil Engineering Department. He has over 15 years of experience including site planning and design of private land development projects, public works projects, stormwater management systems, and design of piped utilities. Jason is NHDOT LPA Certified and is experienced in roadway design and permitting. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. Jason works in TFMoran’s Bedford office.

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TFM Hosts 2017 NH CIBOR Annual Awards Cookout

On Thursday, June 8th TFMoran hosted the Annual NH Commercial Investment Board of REALTORS® Awards Cookout. Approximately one hundred NHCIBOR members and TFMoran staff were on hand to enjoy a beautiful summer evening with no chance of rain. Dave and crew from the Wine’ing Butcher of Bedford, once again did a great job grilling up delicious steak tips, turkey tips, burgers and hot dogs. TFMoran has been hosting the annual NH CIBOR meeting and cookout for 20 years. TFMoran is proud to partner with CIBOR each year for such a great event.

Bob Duval, TFM’s President started out the presentation by welcoming the members, introducing the company, and thanking the TFM staff for their efforts in making the cookout a success. NH CIBOR President Kathy DeMello presented Bob Marchewka of One Commercial Real Estate LLC with the REALTOR-of-the-Year award, and Bill Jean of Fulcrum Associates, Inc. with the Affiliate-of-the Year award. The traditional “Awards Cake” was presented to Bob and Bill, who did the honors of cutting the first pieces. The gals from The Inside Scoop, topped off the cake with a scoop of delicious Richardson’s ice cream.

TFMoran Congratulates the Award recipients, and the great work of NH CIBOR!

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TFM’s MOB Project Featured in High Profile’s June Issue

One of TFMoran’s medical office building projects that is currently under construction was featured in High Profile’s June issue, which focused on Healthcare Facilities.

To view a pdf of the article on page 19 click the following link High-Profile June 2017 or read the text below.

TFMoran Completes Work at Elliot Health System’s Medical Center

Bedford, NH  – TFMoran, Inc., of Bedford, provided site design and civil engineering, permitting, surveying, and landscape architecture services for a new 58,000sf Elliot Health System’s Medical Center located at Hillside Shops at Bedford on Leavy Drive.

The medical office building broke ground in December 2016 and is the final phase of this multi-use development designed by TFMoran and originally developed by AV Bedford, LLC.

This new state-of-the-art medical center will house three existing Elliot primary care practices, that are now at three different locations in Bedford. According to Elliot Health Systems, “The two family medical offices will be combined in the new facility, and the pediatric office will also be relocated in the new center. Services such as lab, mammography, x-ray, bone density screening, and pharmacy will also be included for better patient care.”

This two-story medical office building is located on a sloping site and will have at-grade entries on two sides at upper and lower levels. Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester designed the exterior to have traditional New England forms and materials accenting the entrances and corners.

Constructed by A W Rose Construction, LLC of Manchester, this new facility will be completed in two phases, the first of which includes two levels and is expected to be completed by January 2018. The second phase consists of construction of a third level.

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4 TFM Engineers Adopt-A-Block InTown Manchester

On the afternoon of Friday, June 2nd, TFMoran employees once again joined other local volunteers for InTown Manchester’s annual Adopt-A-Block. The event is a neighborhood clean-up usually held near Earth Day, but due to the persistent springtime rain, Adopt-A-Block was rescheduled to June. This year Jeremy Belanger, Maureen Kelly, Matthew Mullen, and Robert Vida picked up trash, raked, and mulched near the Mill Girl statue on Commercial Street. With several other groups assigned to the large swath of green space, there was just enough work to go around. InTown Manchester hosted a reception at local restaurant, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, to celebrate another successful year of helping to keep Manchester “clean and green.”

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Jonathan (Jack) Watton joins TFMoran as Civil Engineer Intern

Jonathan (Jack) Watton joins TFMoran as Civil Engineer Intern

Jonathan Watton has joined the TFMoran team as a Civil Engineer Intern for the summer. Mr. Watton is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire in Durham for May 2018. Tasks associated with the internship include AutoCAD, HyrdroCAD, and permitting tasks. Mr. Watton has been involved with TFMoran this past year as a Surveyor Intern. His experience includes analyzing and recording GPS and TOPCON topographic data, layout and setting building corners, and collecting topographic information for new and as-built condition.

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TFM’s President submits the May Question of the Month in New England Real Estate Journal’s “Shopping Centers” section

New England Real Estate Journal selected TFM’s President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE to submit a civil engineering “Question of the Month” for the Shopping Centers section of the May 26 – June 1, 2017 issue. We invite you to read his article answering the question below, or link to this pdf TFMoran in NEREJ May 2017

 

NERE Journal – Shopping Centers – Question of the Month

How can a shopping center benefit from mixed-use developments? This healthy trend is here to stay.

written by Robert Duval, TFMoran, Inc.

The advantages of integrating new retail development into mixed-use centers can be substantial when compared with conventional shopping centers. Even such basic parameters as traffic volumes, parking demand, and stormwater flow can all be reduced by considering multiple uses in a single development plan.

The cost of offsite roadway improvements can be a major factor in retail projects, and accurate prediction of future traffic volumes is necessary to avoid unnecessarily burdening the project with overly-conservative improvements. In a mixed-use center, trip generation rates of individual uses can be discounted due to the expected interaction between these related uses: that is, there is some degree of sharing patrons among apartments, restaurants, offices, and retail uses, so the total traffic volume generated as a whole is less than the sum of the individual parts. In a well-integrated and balanced mixed-use center, these discounts can be on the order of 30% or more due to multi-purpose trips and enhanced pedestrian connectivity. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program NCHRP 684 provide more specific guidance on how these traffic volumes can be reduced.

Parking demand can also be reduced by sharing parking inventory between compatible uses. To some extent, the reasoning is the same as the traffic reductions described above; but there are subtle differences: for example, an office employee who shops in an on-site retail store after work doesn’t really reduce parking demand, since their occupied parking space would otherwise be available to other store patrons during this peak retail period. However, since the peak period for apartments occurs after the office demand subsides, credit can be taken for sharing between these uses, and fewer total spaces can be provided than for two similar buildings as individual developments.

Reducing parking inventory can have many benefits. First, of course, is avoiding thousands of construction dollars for each unnecessary parking space – tens of thousands in a parking garage. Then there is the reduction in footprint required per square foot of leasable space; if the parking supply can be reduced by say, 150 spaces, at typical parking ratios that means the same amount of land can support another 30,000sf of leasable area, or conversely, the same amount of leasable area would need about one less acre of buildable land.

These are substantial benefits, but there are others too – as pavement area decreases, so too does the amount of stormwater infrastructure needed to capture, detain, and treat all that unnecessary pavement runoff. Recent projects have shown that the savings in stormwater management infrastructure in the range of 15% can be achieved. In redevelopment scenarios, these benefits can also be helpful in securing environmental permits.

More efficient parking layouts that combine multiple uses on a single parcel can also be achieved by avoiding the need for internal lot line setbacks. The same approach can apply to a combination of existing and proposed developments on contiguous parcels. By careful planning of pedestrian walkways and other measures to enhance connectivity (possibly with some relief from local zoning ordinances) multiple properties can be combined into a single development, resulting in greater land use density, and thus achieving the other benefits of less traffic, parking, pavement, construction costs, and excess stormwater infrastructure.

Ultimately, all these savings rely on good pedestrian connectivity. In a mixed-use setting, each building component must be connected by convenient, safe, and attractive pedestrian pathways to all other uses within a reasonable “walking distance”. In New England, this is often considered to be about a quarter-mile, but this can vary up or down depending on the quality of the walking environment. Therefore, it is important to integrate pleasant and easily traversable pedestrian routes into the development to achieve all these benefits.

Today, more and more community planners understand and support mixed-use development not only for a tool for the economic advantages outlined above, but also for a number of societal benefits too. Revitalizing city centers, particularly former manufacturing areas, making more efficient use of existing road and utility infrastructure, providing more employment opportunities, reducing the need for highway expansions, and reducing development pressure on alternative “greenfield” sites, to name a few.

Mixed-use development is here to stay, and we can expect this healthy trend to facilitate new retail and commercial development, but also to create a new sense of prosperity and vibrancy in our New England city and town centers.

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Congratulations to the 2017 NH Businesses and Business Leader of the Year

Robert Duval, Principle and President of TFMoran, was honored to be on the panel of judges for the 2017 Business NH Magazine Businesses and Business Leader of the Year awards lunch. Mr. Duval was among one of the 2016 business award recipients who chose this year’s winners for the following categories: Business Leader of the Year; Business Assistance; Business Services; Construction/Engineering/Real Estate; Education/Nonprofit; Financial Services/ Insurance; Health Care;Hospitality/Tourism; Manufacturing Technology, and Retail/Wholesale. The awards luncheon was held at the Center of NH Radisson Hotel, Manchester on May 25 and guests included CEO’s, NH Chamber of Commerce Area Presidents, and employees from businesss all over the state. TFMoran won best Construction Engineering/Real Estate for 2016 and was happy to pass the award onto Eckman Construction Company, Inc. for the 2017 year. The award recognizes businesses for outstanding civic contributions and exceptional performance.

TFMoran’s Principle Dylan Cruess, Marketing Coordinator Susan Bartley, and Marketing Intern Kelsie Gagner were among many NH business leaders who attended the lunch to honor the award recipients. Congratulations to all of the Award Recipients and special Congratulations to Andy Crews, president/CEO of AutoFair – 2017 Business Leader of the Year! A big thank you to publisher Heidi Copeland and editor Matt Mowry for putting on the annual event and recognizing New Hampshire businesses.

For more details please visit http://www.millyardcommunications.com/