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TFM Structural Engineering project featured in New Hampshire Union Leader

One of TFMoran’s structural engineering projects, the Glen House hotel, is in the news! On Monday, September 10, 2018 the New Hampshire Union Leader featured an article on the front page about the opening of the Glen House hotel, completing the 25-year master plan for the Mount Washington Auto Road in Green’s Grant, NH. TFMoran provided structural design services this new 3-story, 68-room hotel for project architect BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, NH. Stibler Associates of Bedford, NH provided interior design, and Martini Northern of Portsmouth, NH was the general contractor.

Congratulations to The Glen House!

To view the pdf of the printed article, click this link: Union Leader Article 09-12-18_Glen House

Or read the text below:

Opening of Glen House hotel completes 25-year master plan for

Mount Washington Auto Road

Howie Wemyss, general manager of the Mount Washington Auto Road, stands on the third-floor balcony of a room in the new Glen House hotel, which is opening soon. The hotel has 68 rooms, about half of which have balconies looking west at the Auto Road and the tallest peak in the Northeast. (JOHN KOZIOL/CORRESPONDENT)

GREEN’S GRANT — When it opens this week, the fifth Glen House will become the newest lodging establishment in the White Mountains and will fulfill a 25-year master plan for the Mount Washington Auto Road.The 68-room, three-story structure is on the site of the former Great Glen Ski Lodge on the western side of New Hampshire Route 16, north and across from the Base Lodge of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

In addition to meeting a need for rooms in the Mount Washington Valley, the Glen House will also boost the economy with the hiring of up to 40 full- and part-time employees.

In 1861, when what was then known as the Carriage Road opened, the first Glen House in the area of the current Base Lodge was already nine years old. That Glen House was destroyed by fire, as were the next three after it.

In 2001, fire also claimed the Great Glen Ski Lodge, a fact not lost on Auto Road officials in the construction of the new Glen House, which is outfitted with sprinklers and other safety measures.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Glen House will be held at the hotel at 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a soft opening soon thereafter and a grand opening sometime in October.

The year-round hotel will be operated by Olympia Hotel Management and is owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company, which itself is owned by four families, with the Libby family being the majority owner.

While overseeing the finishing touches at the hotel last week, Howie Wemyss, who is the Auto Road’s longtime general manager, said the Glen House is the culmination of a process that began in the 1990s. It was then the Libby family, who are the descendants of Elihu Libby, initiated a master plan for the extensive Auto Road property.

At the turn of the 20th century, Elihu Libby bought the Glen House and in 1906, he also purchased the Auto Road. Since that time, Wemyss said the ownership group led by the Libbys has worked to develop a comprehensive vision for what is called the oldest manmade attraction in America.

Beginning in the 1990s, that vision became a master plan which included building the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in 1994 and a new Glen House. The Auto Road’s proposal to build the hotel in 2007 was stymied by the 2008 recession but brought back in 2015 when it was approved by the Coos County Planning Board.

Ground was broken on the hotel in April 2017. Despite some weather-related delays, the structure, which was estimated to cost upward of $14 million, is now ready for guests, said Wemyss.

As they come into the hotel, guests will immediately be drawn to the first and most significant of the “wow” elements built into it: a lounge at the back of which is a soaring wall of glass. It offers unparalleled views of Mounts Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison. About half of the hotel’s rooms have balconies.

Moving back from the glass wall, visitors can visit the bar or sink into a cozy seat in the lounge, which features a fireplace topped by a faux moose head. “It’s made of cloth,” explained Wemyss, and is intended to be a conversation starter.

Also on the hotel’s first floor is The Notch Grille, a full-service restaurant that will be open to guests and the public seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It offers cuisine billed as “North Country favorites with a modern twist;” a pool; a thoroughly wired multi-purpose conference room; and a fitness center.

Wemyss concedes that the pool is small. And given the number of trails just outside the hotel, the adjacent fitness center filled with high-tech work-out machines seems a bit redundant.

Sustainability

Nonetheless, all the amenities, as well as Wi-Fi both inside and outside the hotel, have been provided to enhance the overall guest experience, said Wemyss, who added he is equally proud of some of things that are less visible.

For starters, the Glen House is built with sustainability in mind. It is believed to be the only hotel in New Hampshire to have a geo-thermal system for heating and cooling, said Wemyss, adding that part of the hotel’s current energy needs are being met partially from an existing hydro project at the Auto Road Base Lodge.

In several years, once the hotel’s energy consumption has been clearly defined, Wemyss said a solar array would be built to augment the power coming from across the street.

The hotel’s Otis elevators are also kind of neat, he said, because not only are they fast and quiet, they regenerate electricity in going up and down. He noted that waste heat that is generated in the hotel’s kitchen by walk-in refrigerators is captured and put back into the geo-thermal system.

That system reflects the Auto Road’s commitment to stewardship, said Wemyss. He noted that such a system, because of the larger upfront cost and longer break-even time, has often deterred other hotels in northern New England from using it.

“If you want to break even in seven years, you don’t go geo-thermal,” he said, but the Auto Road and the Libby family are firmly behind it.

“Everyone wants it (the new Glen House) to be profitable,” said Wemyss, “but after 112 years of family ownership, they (the Libbys) have the luxury of taking a longer view on the investment.”

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High-Profile’s September issue features a story on TFMoran’s 50th Anniversary

We invite you to check out High Profile‘s September issue featuring a story entitled “TFMoran Celebrates 50 Years”. Click on this pdf link High-Profile September 2018 Pages 30-31

Or, read the text below:

TFMoran Celebrates 50 Years

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 Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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 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. Dylan Cruess comments, “The shared goal of the new ownership team has been to build on the strong corporate brand that TFMoran has created over the past fifty years, delivering 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.”

Duval points out that TFMoran has built a strong reputation for 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 NH 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,” says 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. “We have experienced strong growth over the past few years, to better serve our clients”, says Paul Sbacchi, Chief Structural Engineer. “They have their own tight schedules to meet, and we want to help them succeed.” 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, civil engineering group manager, 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.”

How would you summarize the TFMoran philosophy? According to Duval, “We want to be leaders and innovators in our industry, taking on projects that have a positive impact on their surroundings. 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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August 29th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for SNHU’s new 5-story, 382-bed Kingston Hall

At a ceremony on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 the ribbon was officially cut at Kingston Hall, the newest dormitory at Southern New Hampshire University. A crowd of students, faculty, and members of the project team were on hand to join SNHU’s President, Dr. Paul LeBlanc in the celebration of the grand opening. Refreshments were offered in the common spaces on the first floor, while tours were given by staff of the dormitory rooms above. TFMoran’s Dylan Cruess, Adam Jimenez and Susan Bartley were honored to be a part of the celebration in congratulating SNHU for another successful project on campus. TFMoran provided survey, permitting, civil/site engineering, and landscape architecture services for this beautiful new 114,775 sf,  5-story, 382-bed dormitory located on the west side of campus in Hooksett, NH. The project architects are Mackey Mitchell of St. Louis, MO and Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester, NH and the general contractor is Whiting Turner of Framingham, MA.

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TFMoran attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for NBCUniversal Boston Media Center

On Thursday, August 16, 2018 a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Needham, Massachusetts at the site of the future NBCUniversal Media Center. Attending this exciting event was TFMoran Project Manager, Jason Hill, PE who provided civil/site design, permitting and construction administration services for the project. TFMoran’s Massachusetts licensed landscape architects also provided landscape design services. The redevelopment of the former General Dynamics facility will house the 170,000sf NBCUniversal Boston headquarters. This project is located in the Needham Crossing office park, in the newly zoned N-Squared Innovation District. The facility will combine the NBC group, which currently occupies four separate locations, into a single media center which will be the new home of NBC Boston, Telemundo Boston, NECN, and NBC Sports Boston. The project architect is Gensler of Boston, MA and the general contractor is Lee Kennedy Company of Quincy, MA.

For more information click on this link: Press Release NBC10 Boston – Groundbreaking NBCU Boston

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A TFMoran 50 Year Celebration at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce August Network PM

On Thursday August 16th, 2018 TFMoran hosted the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Network PM event celebrating TFMoran’s 50th Year! There was a great turnout of over 150 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce members and guests, TFMoran staff and their families.  Despite the harsh rainy weather throughout the week, the weather for this year’s barbecue was absolutely beautiful!

Tidewater Caterers served up the fan favorite steak tips, along with hot dogs, hamburgers, and BBQ chicken.  The gals from The Inside Scoop served up blueberry pie and butter crunch ice cream for everyone to enjoy along with the large TFMoran 50 Year Celebration cake! TFMoran’s President, Robert Duval, gave a speech commemorating the successes of the company, finishing with a big thank you to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Duval then passed over the microphone to Heather Avella, Membership Director for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, who then passed out prizes for the evening’s raffle.

Overall, this year’s event was a big success! Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate TFMoran’s 50th year! And, thanks to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for providing this wonderful networking opportunity.

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TFM Sponsors the First Annual NHCIBOR Summer Mixer

On Thursday, August 2, NHCIBOR had their First Annual Summer Mixer held at the Brookstone Event Center in Derry, NH.  Robert & Anne Cruess, and Dylan Cruess attended this spectacular event.  TFMoran was the first sponsor to sign up for this event.  There were around 100+ people that attended. Robert was the lucky raffle winner of the bottle of scotch courtesy of Chris Pascucci from The Massiello Group Commercial Associates.  Thanks for an amazing evening NHCIBOR!

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Scott Olsen Participates in the 37th Annual Prouty Bike Race

On Saturday, July 14th TFMoran Project Engineer Scott Olsen, CPESC participated in cycling 100 miles in an event called the Prouty, which is a fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock hospital. Scott has been involved with cycling fundraisers for cancer research since he was a little kid, volunteering at the finish line of the Pan Mass Challenge (supporting the Jimmy Fund), however he began participating in the Prouty when his father was a cancer patient at Dartmouth Hitchcock.  The team Scott rides with is the Beam Team, organized by his father’s employer, Bensonwood, of Walpole, NH.  Fortunately, Scott’s father was able to make cancer a part of his past and it is their hope that all others who encounter the disease will be able to do the same, largely in part to charitable events such as the Prouty.

The total amount of money raised for the 2018 Prouty race was $2,711,152.34, all which will aid research and cancer patient support at the clinic!  Way to go Scott on raising $382 for such a great cause!

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“Tour De Manch” Bike Tour to Support Conservation Commission

The Manchester Conservation Commission’s annual bike tour, “Tour De Manch,” will be held September 9th, 2018, beginning at Eversource Energy Park in Manchester.  This family-friendly bike ride offers a 30-mile or 40-mile route around the city of Manchester, NH.  The event benefits the Manchester Conservation Fund which provides financial support for citywide environmental projects including education, conservation, and restoration of our natural resources.

TFMoran’s Senior Project Manager Nicholas Golon, PE is the event Chair for the Conservation Commission board. “The event continues to grow each year, both in numbers and in sights” said Nick Golon.  “The tour is so much more than a bike ride, it is a great way to show riders a different side of their city they may otherwise never get to see, meet new people from their community, and help support a worthy cause in protecting Manchester’s natural resources”.

Riders will depart from Energy Park, 780 N. Commercial Street, at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sights along the route include Rock Rimmon, the Piscataquog Rail Trail, Nutts Pond Recreation Trail, Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Lake Massabesic and the historic Weston Observatory.  The tour offers t-shirts, rest stops, bike support and finishes with lunch, generously provided by the Puritan Backroom. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children 6-13, and free for kids under 6.  The registration fee goes directly into the Manchester Conservation Fund.

Since 1989, the Manchester Conservation Commission has worked to preserve the city’s natural resources for the benefit of its citizens and wildlife.  By protecting these resources, we help improve water and air quality, preserve rare species of plants and animals, provide recreational and educational opportunities, and mitigate the impacts of storms and flooding.  The bike tour is our primary fundraiser.

Please come out to the Tour De Manch Bike Tour to help support citywide environmental projects! Click HERE to register.

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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]