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TFM Structural project, Circle Health, featured in June issue of High-Profile

One of TFMoran’s structural engineering projects, Circle Health, was featured on the cover of the June issue of High-Profile. The story “Circle Health Dracut Nears Completion” appeared on page 25 in the Healthcare Facilities section. TFMoran provided structural design services to Maugel Architects of Harvard, MA for a new 30,000sf three-story medical office building located at the corner of Broadway and Loon Hill Road in Dracut, MA. The new facility will provide a Circle Health Urgent Care and Lowell General Hospital patient service center, and also include physician practices and diabetes specialty services.

To see the full June issue of High-Profile, click here.

To view the Circle Health story click on this pdf link high profile June 2018_Circle Health story  or read the text below:

Circle Health Dracut Nears Completion

Dracut, MA – Maugel Architects announced construction is nearing completion at Circle Health’s new Dracut facility. The 27,000sf, three-story medical office building, located at the corner of Broadway and Loon Hill Road, is scheduled to be completed by late summer.

Circle Health Dracut will provide the community with urgent care, patient services, physician offices, and diabetes and endocrinology specialty services. The first floor includes a 10-room Circle Health Urgent Care and a Lowell General Hospital Patient Service Center with services for x-ray, ultrasound, and lab/ blood draw. OB/GYN Associates of the Merrimack Valley and primary care physicians Riverside Medical Group will be located on the second level.

The top floor will contain a Diabetes Management Center and the Lowell Diabetes & Endocrine Center. The two centers will have a centralized reception and waiting area and a large educational room that will be used to host programs to educate the community.

“Construction on Circle Health Dracut is coming along beautifully. We are very excited for the Dracut community and the scheduled opening in late summer,” said Colby Cavanagh, architect for Circle Health at Maugel Architects. “It is always a pleasure to work with the Circle Health team. We are looking forward to our next project together in Circle Health Tewksbury, a new 14,000sf, single-story medical building that will be constructed at the corner of Main Street and Victor Drive.

In addition to urgent care, the facility will house primary care physician offices and a patient services center. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

In addition to Circle Health, other team members include Equity Alliance, Dellbrook|JKS Construction, TFMoran, Design Day Mechanicals, and Pristine Engineers.

Maugel previously designed Circle Health outpatient centers in Westford and Billerica.

Design/Build Team

OWNER:
Circle Health

ARCHITECT:
Maugel Architects

GENERAL CONTRACTOR:
Dellbrook|JKS Construction

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER:
TFMoran

MECHANICAL ENGINEER:
Design Day Mechanicals

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER:
(for Circle Health Dracut)
Griffith & Vary

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER:
(for Circle Health Tewksbury)
Pristine Engineers

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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TFM Staff News Featured in hp’s “FastFacts Friday”

“FastFacts Friday” presented by High Profile’s Business Development Manager, Anastasia Barnes, is e-mailed to subscribers (at no cost) every Friday. FastFacts Friday features the weekly headlines in New England Facilities Development News.

TFMoran staff news was featured on Friday, January 20, 2017!  To view the stories on TFMoran’s latest Professional Engineer, Robert Vida, and TFM’s recently hired Civil Project Engineers, Maureen Kelly and Shaun Vando, click this link and scroll down.  Congratulations to High-Profile, who is celebrating their 20th year!

Robert Vida, PE Robert Vida, PE – Structural Engineer

TFM Civil Engineer, Maureen Kelly Maureen Kelly – Civil Project Engineer

Shaun Vando, TFM Civil Engineer Shaun Vando – Civil Project Engineer

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Cynthia Stockman featured on “FastFacts Friday”

On Friday, March 11th, TFM’s Cynthia Stockman was featured on High-Profile’s “FastFacts Friday” by Anastasia Barnes. Click here to read about Cynthia, and other exciting headlines of the week.

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TFM’s newest project engineer, Asim Azam makes High-Profile’s “FastFacts Friday”!

High Profile Monthly’s Anastasia Barnes presents “FastFacts Friday” as an e-newsletter every Friday featuring weekly headlines which are hyper-linked to the full stories on the High-Profile blog. On Friday, December 4th, FastFacts Friday featured TFM’s recently hired civil project engineer, Asim Azam.

Click here to read the whole story in High-Profile Monthly.

Asim-Azam_FI

Asim Azam, EIT

TFMoran, Project Engineer

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High-Profile FastFacts Friday features TFM’s Keith Weston

High-Profile FastFacts Friday features TFM’s Keith Weston

High-Profile Monthly’s Anastasia Barnes presents “FastFacts Friday” as an e-newsletter every Friday featuring weekly headlines which are hyper-linked to the full stories on the High-Profile blog.

Click here to see our Keith Weston in High-Profile.

TFMoran Construction Inspector Keith Weston, PE

TFMoran Construction Inspector Keith Weston, PE