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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.

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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

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TFMoran featured in High Profile Magazine FastFacts Friday

The TFMoran and MSC Merger Announcement was featured in the March 6th “FastFacts Friday” email blast from Anastasia Barnes at High Profile Magazine.  TFMoran and MSC continue to receive very positive reaction to our December 2014 Merger.  MSC is now an integrated division of TFMoran offering a wide array of engineering, land surveying,  and landscape architecture services to clients in the New Hampshire seacoast region, northern Massachusetts, and southern Maine.

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TFMoran project featured in October 2014 issue of High-Profile: SNHU Library Learning Commons

TFMoran was part of the design team for the new Library Learning Commons at Southern New Hampshire University, along with Perry Dean Rogers | Partners Architects and Harvey Construction.

High-Profile New England Facilities Development News featured a story on the Library Learning Commons in the Northern New England section of the October issue.

“A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for the new $18 million, three-story, 50,000sf learning commons at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). The new commons……” To read the article, please click on this link.