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Union Leader Business Section features Groundbreaking Plans for TFMoran engineering project Market and Main

In the Thursday, March 29, 2018 issue of the Union Leader TFMoran’s engineering project, Market and Main was featured in the Business Section. The article focused on the exciting news of groundbreaking plans of Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast, along with 2 additional leases signed, Pressed Cafe and Charles Schwab. Market and Main (at the former Macy’s site in Bedford, NH) is a mixed-use center designed to be a pedestrian-friendly place with a village green and pocket parks throughout. Plans include a 1,200-seat deluxe cinema, an office building, a hotel, a variety of vibrant restaurants and retail shops, and two parking garages.

TFMoran provided civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying, parking garage structural and landscape architectural services for commercial developer Encore Enterprises of Dallas, Texas. The project architect is Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, MA, and the general contractor is Hutter Construction of New Ipswich, NH. The demolition of the Macy’s store was completed in the spring of 2016, site construction began March 2017, and groundbreaking is expected end of March/early April.

To read the full Union Leader article click this pdf link Union Leader Groundbreaking Market and Main 03-29-18

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TFMoran Civil Engineering Project – New State of NH Women’s Prison – Ribbon-Cutting Event covered by NH Union Leader

On the front page of the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 is one of TFMoran’s civil engineering projects, the State of New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women, located in Concord near the men’s facility. The official ribbon-cutting event was held on Monday morning March 26th and was attended by Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Ann Kuster, along with many other officials. TFMoran’s Civil Project Manager, Jason Hill, PE was also in attendance, along with other project team members including SMRT‘s project architects David Lay and Dennis Morin of Portland, Maine; and members of the Gilbane Building Company team.

The new 101,000 sf, $50M facility has 224 beds, and will house 146 female inmates who will be relocated from the Goffstown facility. TFMoran provided land surveying, civil/site engineering, permitting, stormwater monitoring, construction documents and construction support services.

To view the full Union Leader story click this pdf link: 03-27-2018-Union Leader_State cuts ribbon on new women’s prison

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TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess, one of 40 honored at Union Leader Awards Night

The front page of the Union Leader published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 featured a story written by Paul Feely reporting on the Class of 2018: 40 Under Forty Awards night held at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess was not only one of the forty honored at the event, but he was also quoted in the article. Congratulations to all the under Forty honorees who make our state a better place to live and work!

To view a pdf of the published story, click on this link NH Union Leader Class of 2018 40 under Forty honorees  or read the text below:

Class of 2018: 40 under Forty honorees make NH a better place to live and work

Taking their places in the ranks of honorees considered among the state’s top political and community leaders, members of the 2018 class of the New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under Forty were honored during a ceremony Wednesday night at the Grappone Conference Center.

The program, now in its 17th year, honors New Hampshire residents who have achieved professional and volunteer accomplishments in the state. Past honorees include former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller.

“I’m honored to be recognized for doing something I enjoy doing, and would be happy to do regardless of my vocation,” said Lauren Collins-Cline, director of communications and public relations at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. “I think the quality of this year’s class is indicative of the under 40 crowd in New Hampshire. We hear a lot about the graying of the state, and an event like this spotlights what the younger generation is accomplishing.”

“Going through the list of honorees, it is an incredibly impressive list,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The sky is the limit in New Hampshire. You have the ability to do anything here and it’s our responsibility as government officials to make sure the doors are open to you. This state is about opportunity. You are here because you made the best of it.”

The 28 women and 12 men chosen for the 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty have made professional and personal contributions to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. This year’s group includes four people in their 20s; 16 between 30 and 35; and 20 between 36 and 39 — including nine 39-year olds.

The most popular profession in this year’s class is attorney, the listed occupation for four of the honorees. They represent a very diverse workforce — real estate, health care, arts and entertainment, state politics, retail, accounting, insurance, finance, education and coaching, engineering, advocacy, promoting New Hampshire.

“You’ve done a lot to get here,” said New Hampshire Union Leader Executive Editor Trent Spiner. “Every year we are just amazed at your stories, and the things you have done and achieved. I am even more amazed at what you will go on to do.”

“It’s a great class, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said Dylan Cruess, principal and chief operating officer of TFMoran Inc. “You see the people who have been recognized before you, and it’s an honor to be a part of that group.”

“I’m honored to be chosen, and to be a good role model for my kids,” said Jessica Bond, program director for Ascentria Care Alliance Therapeutic Family Connections Program. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help put a spotlight on the need for foster care in New Hampshire.”

“It’s a great class,” said Will Craig, community relations and economic development specialist with Eversource. “It’s a nice opportunity to recognize a great group of people for the good work they do around the state.”

Nominations for this year’s honorees were gathered in the fall. Nominees had to be younger than 40 as of Feb. 1, have lived in the state for at least three years, and have made professional and personal contributions to making New Hampshire a better place.

Citizens Bank sponsored the 2018 40 Under Forty Awards.

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High-Profile features an award-winning TFMoran structural design project in March issue.

TFMoran Structural Engineers are honored to be on the Five College Library Annex Team who received a bronze award in the building construction category by the Design Build Institute of America.  You can read all about it in the March issue of High-Profile, New England Facilities Development News in the Institutions & Schools focus section. Or just click on this pdf link High-Profile – Five College Library March 2018 pg 29 to view the published story, or read below:

DBIA NE Honors Five College Library Annex Team With Bronze Award

Hatfield, MA – At its recent annual meeting and design-build awards event, held in Framingham, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) New England Region, presented the Five College Library Annex project team with a Bronze Award in the Building Construction category.

The winning collaboration included Five Colleges, Inc. (FCI), CSL Consulting, Cutler Associates, Cutler Design, RDK Engineers, TFMoran, and Berkshire Design.

Prior to construction, Cutler, an East Coast design-build and construction management firm, worked with FCI and CSL on site selection. The design-build team then spent 12 months building the new 35,000sf climate-controlled library storage facility in Hatfield. The design provides for 9,000sf of receiving, materials processing, meeting, and office space, with the remaining 26,000sf storage space, outfitted with 24-foot high shelving units that have a capacity to house 2.5 million volumes.

The new state-of-the-art facility serves students and faculty members from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst — collectively known as the Five College Consortium.

The success of the project, having maximized the value and efficiencies of taking a design-build approach, is proven by the numbers. “Given the complexities of the site prep work and sophisticated building systems necessary for achieving the strict control of temperature and humidity, we are thrilled that the facility was completed on schedule and well under budget,” said Neal Abraham, executive director of Five Colleges, Inc.

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Union Leader features NH Engineers for National Engineers Week in Monday’s Business Section

This week, February 18-24, is the 67th annual celebration of National Engineers Week. Some New Hampshire newspapers, such as the Union Leader, are featuring a special Engineers Week section to raise awareness of what types of projects New Hampshire engineering firms are involved with and how they contribute to our daily lives. Check out this special section within Monday’s Business section, pages C5-C8. Along with many other interesting projects, you will find a story with the headline “TFMoran provides design and permits for new Millyard parking garage”. To view this story click on this pdf link NH Union Leader Feb 19 2018 Engineers Week story  or read the text below:

TFMoran provides design and permits for new Millyard parking garage

TFMoran provided survey, civil/site engineering, structural engineering, permitting and landscape architecture services for a new 6-story parking facility in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire. Once complete, it will provide nearly 1,700 parking spaces in the southern end of the millyard area. This new precast concrete structure, located at the corner of South Commercial Street and Line Drive, will provide parking for Southern New Hampshire University’s online program and administrative offices housed in the adjacent Langer Place mill.

Many site constraints presented challenges to the design of this facility. Bordered by the east bank of the Merrimack River, Line Drive, South Commercial Street, and the existing Langer mill, there was limited open space to accommodate this large parking structure.

Since the garage will be replacing an existing surface parking lot serving the Langer mill, temporary accommodation of existing traffic and parking needs, and maintaining access to the mill during construction all must be accommodated by the Construction Manager, Harvey Construction. Improvements to traffic flow patterns along South Commercial Street were also incorporated into the project, to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic to the garage.

Situated directly across the street from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and the Hilton Garden Inn, the building will present an attractive and interesting addition to the area. Project architects Built-Form, LLC designed the parking facility to complement the historic and modern structures of the surrounding neighborhood, with a traditional brick masonry façade reminiscent of the historic mills, with contemporary vertical glass elements in the corners. The west facade, overlooking the Merrimack River, will feature perforated metal decorative panels with embossed images, providing a unique and striking visual effect as seen from I-293 across the river.

Harvey Construction is scheduled to break ground on this project this spring, with an anticipated completion in late 2019.

 

The Union Leader Engineers Week section also published “TFMoran voted Best of Business in engineering”, to view, click this pdf link NH Union Leader Feb 19 2018 Engineers Week BOB Award story

A big Thank You to the Union Leader for continuing to celebrate projects by New Hampshire engineers during National Engineers Week!

 

More about National Engineers Week.

The 2018 theme is Engineers: Inspiring Wonder. The overall idea behind the themed week is to raise awareness of all the ways engineering contributes to our daily lives and foster interest in future generations of engineers. This year, more than 70 engineering, education and cultural societies are coming together for this event, along with more than 50 corporations and government agencies. “E-week promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science and technology literacy and motivates youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.” (NSP.org) Engineer week is also dedicated to raise public awareness of the positive contributions to the quality of life that engineers provide on a daily basis.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is February 22, 2018. This is a day where all are encouraged to encourage females to go into the engineering field, as equals; their ideas and strategies are necessary for the future of engineering.

For more information visit: https://www.nspe.org/resources/partners-and-state-societies/national-engineers-week

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Dylan Cruess selected for 40 Under Forty Class of 2018

Congratulations to TFMoran’s Chief Operating Officer, Dylan Cruess on his appearance in the 2018 “40 Under Forty” Young Professionals segment in the New Hampshire Union Leader. The acknowledgement is an annual segment in the New Hampshire Union Leader that praises young, working professionals for having made professional and personal contributions to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work.

By featuring these 40 young professionals from New Hampshire, potential young employees would be encouraged to apply for jobs in New Hampshire and stay in the area. The feature entails a question-answer segment with the recipient, giving advice and insight on their designated field. The articles also allow the featured young professional to get a little personal and explain how they got into their profession.

TFMoran Congratulates Dylan and the other 39 young professionals who made the 2018 list!

To view Dylan’s segment, click here Union Leader_2018 40 Under Forty – Dylan Cruess or read below:

New Hampshire Union Leader – 01/29/2018 Page : T05

Dylan R. Cruess • 38 • Bedford
Principal and Chief Operating Officer, TFMoran, Inc.

Why did you choose your profession?
The short answer is that engineering was my family business. I have
been involved with TFMoran in various capacities since I was 10. At
first I didn’t think I was going to join the firm; I interviewed at several
places in Boston and New York, but after weighing all the different
factors, being close to my family and the quality of life in New Hampshire
drew me back.

What motivates you to give back to your community?
I believe everyone benefits from a strong community and I find
being involved very rewarding on a personal level. I am fortunate that
my company believes in being active in the community and it encourages
everyone at the company to get involved personally as well. As
an engineering firm, we focus a lot on STEM initiatives and we support
the personal causes of our employees and clients.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Forty is only a couple of years away for me, so I would like to be
doing exactly what I am doing now. I work with amazing people and
we get to help to shape our communities through new development
every day.

Volunteer activities: Board of Directors, Manchester Chamber of
Commerce; Treasurer, Manchester Masonic Foundation.

Who’s in the photo: Dylan and his daughter, Catherine

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High-Profile features TFMoran in December 2017 issue

Check out featured TFMoran stories in High-Profile’s December issue page 30 NHBR Honors Dylan Cruess and page 50 Red Cross Thanks TFMoran for Support in the December 2017 issue of High-Profile monthly.  Or, read stories below:

Page 30

NHBR Honors Dylan Cruess

Manchester, NH – Dylan Cruess,
TFMoran’s chief operating officer, was
presented the 2017 Business Excellence
Award in Real Estate and Construction
by NH Business Review.
The award reception was held on
November 1 at the Radisson hotel in
downtown Manchester. This event
recognizes the imagination, hard
work, innovation, and achievements of
New Hampshire business owners and
operators.
“Dylan’s leadership, work ethic,
passion for community involvement, and
vision for TFMoran are why he is being
honored with this award,” announced
Mike Morin, NHBR’s award presenter.
“Mr. Cruess and the leadership team
at TFMoran have steered the company
through a period of unprecedented
growth since taking over in 2013.”
“Encouraging teamwork among all
employees is one essential ingredient to
the company’s success,” Cruess explains,
“as well as a positive work culture and
giving back to the community.”
“Because of his unusual background,
he understands the engineering,
surveying, and project management more
than a typical COO,” Morin adds“That
understanding has enabled him to
continue the original client-focused vision
of TFMoran while strategically growing
the company to new levels.”

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Red Cross Thanks TFMoran for Support

Bedford, NH – On November 9, Maria
Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH
& VT, visited the TFMoran corporate
office to thank the company and staff
for generously supporting the Hurricane
Harvey and Irma relief efforts.
Both the Bedford and Portsmouth
offices were presented with a contribution
plaque. Devlin explained how the relief efforts
were progressing from the devastating
hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida.
“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 its staff have
contributed to the Hurricane 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 gave a total donation
of $5,385.

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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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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.