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TFM Mentors 3 College Interns for the Summer

TFM Mentors 3 College Interns for the Summer

School’s out and interns are in here at the TFMoran Bedford office. Hannah Kelsey, Jack Watton, and Kelsie Gagner are our 2017 summer interns.  Each of them operates in a different department under a knowledgeable and experienced supervisor / mentor. 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 shortened internship here for The Derryfield School. 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.

 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 work place 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, and it is amazing that we can have them here and support the local 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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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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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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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 three kids, her oldest daughter lives in Oregon with two kids and her oldest son just got married and also lives there. When her youngest son 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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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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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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TFM at the 25th Annual Manchester Historic Preservation Awards

Preserving the past, ensuring the future.”

TFMoran’s Chief Operating Officer, Dylan Cruess, recently attended the 25th Annual Manchester Historic Awards on May 18th. The awards ceremony is an annual event put on by the MHA, whose mission is to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire. The awards program recognizes and supports the efforts made by individuals, businesses, and organizations that have contributed to significantly to the preservation of historic resources, buildings, and traditions in the Queen City. This year’s event featured honorary co-chairs Dick and Alex Anagnost who have a long track and successful track record of preserving and restoring historically significant buildings throughout the city. The MHA also selected five honorees in the following categories; Leadership and Advocacy, Homeowner’s, Neighborhood Preservation Award, Stewardship of a Historic Family Business Award, and the Adaptive Reuse Award. The event was very well attended, seating more than 400 guests.

TFMoran is honored to have worked with the Masonic Temple for many years helping the Masons with various building upgrades such as installing fire sprinklers throughout the meeting areas and improving pedestrian access. Located at 1505 Elm Street, Manchester, the Masonic Temple is one of the most unique buildings in Manchester due to its design and structure. The Masons actively welcome and encourage public groups to use the temple space.

Also, a Big Congratulations to the winners of the award ceremony; Fred Matuszewski, Craig and Mary Kate Donais for their home at 39 Buzzell Street, Puritan Backroom Restaurant, Mr. William H. Binnie and Carlisle Capital Corporation, and Mark and Maryellen Biletch for their home at 2422 Elm Street.

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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

Or, please read text below:

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.”

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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!

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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!