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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.

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TFMoran featured in New England Real Estate Journal

TFMoran was featured in the September 16-22, 2016 issue of the New England Real Estate Journal!

To view the article click on this link tfmoran-in-nerej-sept-16-22-2016-issue

(Text version appears below.)

IN THE CONSTRUCTION/ENGINEERING/REAL ESTATE CATEGORY
TFMoran, Inc. named Business of the Year by Business NH Magazine

BEDFORD, NH TFMoran, Inc., (TFM) a regional full-service engineering firm with offices in Bedford and Portsmouth, NH, has been named Business NH Magazine 2016 Business of the Year in the construction/engineering/ real estate category. The award recognizes businesses for outstanding civic contributions and exceptional performance.

Since 1968, the team at TFM has been leading northern New England with innovative land planning and development initiatives. TFM has played an integral role in many of the region’s most recognized projects including the Granite Ridge Power Plant, the Verizon Wireless Arena,  the Manchester Municipal Complex, the redevelopments of the Bedford Mall and Wayfarer Hotel in Bedford, and the future redevelopment of the former Macy’s site in Bedford. Other large notable projects include the 243,500 square-foot-Exel Liquor Distribution Center in Bow and the 614,240 square-foot, LEED certified high-bay UPS Northeast Logistics Center in Londonderry-one of the largest single-story industrial buildings ever built in NH.

During the past two years TFMoran, through steady growth and the acquisition of firms in Portsmouth and Auburn, has grown its workforce by over 20 employees, making it one of the largest full service engineering firms in New Hampshire. In addition to their industry leadership, the entire TFMoran team is dedicated to community and civic engagement, with over 50% of the team volunteering time and talents to various groups and boards.

At a ceremony honoring the award recipients, Robert Duval, Principal and President of TFMoran noted “I am accepting this award on behalf of those who came before our current leadership team, on behalf of our hard-working employees, and on behalf of our clients, without whom we would not be the business we are today.”

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TFMoran is “Company of the Month” in the June 24-30, 2016 issue of New England Real Estate Journal

Hot off the press! TFMoran is the “Company of the Month” in New England Real Estate Journal’s June issue. To read the pdf version click on the link: NEREJ June 24-30 2016 Company of the Month

Or, read the content below for the full story…..

 

SERVING NEW HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE AND VERMONT FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS

TFMoran, Inc. continues to build on reputation earned in engineering and surveying industries

BEDFORD, NH TFMoran, Inc. is a recognized land planning firm spe­cializing in civil engineering, struc­tural engineering, traffic engineering, transportation engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, environmental permitting, storm­water monitoring, and construction support services. TFMoran has been in business serving N.H., Mass., Maine, and Vermont for nearly 50 years and continually strives to build on the excellent reputation they have earned in the engineering and survey­ing industries.

Since 1968, the team at TFMoran has been leading northern New En­gland with innovative land planning and development initiatives. TFMo­ran has played an integral role in many of the region’s most recognized retail projects including the major redevelopment of the Bedford Mall in Bedford, N.H., the Lowe’s store redevelopment to a Chunky’s Cinema Pub and retail stores in Manchester, N.H.; the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester N.H.; and the new Whole Foods Market in Bedford, N.H., to name a few.

Their dedicated team is comprised of nearly 60 individuals with a broad range of expertise. Their professionals include licensed land surveyors, engi­neers, landscape architects, wetland scientists, LEED professionals, along with Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) specialists.

The past three years have been a time of transition for TFMoran. In January 2013, TFMoran announced an ownership transition from Robert and Anne Cruess, who had led the firm since 1991, to four long-term senior employees including president and chief engineer, Robert Duval, PE; Dylan Cruess, chief operating officer; and senior vice presidents Jeff Kevan and Paul Sbacchi, PE. The new owners were honored to take over such a strong and well respected firm. The goal from the beginning was to strengthen the great corporate reputation that Robert and Anne had created, and to find innovative ways to provide the best client service within our industry.

While TFMoran has always been a great place to work, the new leadership team, some with young families of their own, encourages a “family-focused” culture, with accommodating work schedules and the ability to work from home when the need arises. Another goal for the leadership at TFMoran is to help their team to become involved in interests outside their work, such as participat­ing within industry organizations and joining community organizations that they are passionate about. Employ­ees are provided with the flexibility whenever possible to allow the time needed to pursue such philanthropic and civic interests.

TFMoran’s work culture is strongly focused on employee safety and using the latest proven technologies to better serve our clients. In 2014, TFMoran made employee safety a top priority. The safety handbook was completely rewritten, the safety committee was empowered, and everyone in the company refocused on importance training. To follow through on the company’s focus on safety, all field personnel received OSHA 10 con­struction site safety training. TFMo­ran’s staff is consistently exposed to the latest engineering methods and product trends through trainings and seminars. This commitment to safety training and industry education allows TFMoran to provide to the best value to their clients.

TFMoran is always focused on adopting the newest and best tech­nology. TFMoran uses the latest Civil 3D for their civil engineering and survey departments and REVIT AutoCAD software for their structural engineering department. TFMoran continually invests in new computer hardware and equipment to ensure that the company uses technology to best meet their clients’ project schedules and demands.

Where appropriate, TFMoran has also taken advantage of strategic growth opportunities. In late 2014, TFMoran acquired MSC Civil En­gineers and Surveyors, Inc., a well known and respected civil engineer­ing and surveying firm located in Portsmouth, N.H. With the acquisition of MSC, TFMoran now has a full-ser­vice office, with experienced local professionals, in New Hampshire’s seacoast region. In 2015, TFMoran was also able expand their structural engineering department to 11 people by acquiring Steffensen Engineering Associates, Inc., an Auburn N.H.- based structural engineering firm with an excellent reputation earned over the past 30 years. Between these two acquisitions and organic growth, they have substantially increased their workforce, with a net gain of 23 em­ployees between their Bedford office and the new office in Portsmouth.

The vision for TFMoran is straight­forward. They want to be leaders and innovators within their industry and active members of the communities they serve. TFMoran looks to take on projects that have positive impacts in the surrounding communities. They have an excellent track record of providing value to their clients and meeting a project’s accelerated design and permitting schedule. Several recent projects which illustrate this include the Ashley Furniture location in Manchester, N.H., the 614,000 s/f UPS/Pratt & Whitney Logistics Facility in Londonderry, and the sig­nificant GE Aviation Plant Expansion in Hooksett.

TFMoran is also honored to an­nounce that it was recently awarded the 2016 Business of the Year by Business New Hampshire Magazine in the Real Estate, Construction and Engineering Category. TFMoran is one of nine companies that received the prestigious Business of the Year award. To be considered for the award, each winning business must be nominated by their local cham­ber of commerce and then a panel of executives made up of previous Business of the Year award winning companies selects the winner in each of the award’s nine categories.

TFMoran is very proud of its con­tributions to the local communities in N.H., Mass., Maine, and Vermont where they work; both in terms of the development projects they have helped design and the civic and charitable impact their people have made. They have successfully taken on many challenging projects with aggressive schedules in the past few years. Their talented and dedicated team has thrived through teamwork and their ability to focus on providing the most efficient service and the best value for their clients. Their reputa­tion is built on their experience and expertise – and above all – pride in what they do.

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TFMoran President, Robert Duval – Speaker at The 2016 State of the Northern New England Market Summit in Portsmouth, NH

TFMoran President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval

TFMoran President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE

TFMoran President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE was one of the speakers at this year’s State of the Northern New England Market Summit, hosted by New England Real Estate Journal. The Summit was held on June 7, 2016 at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Mr. Duval spoke during the first session covering “Real Estate Updates/Trends, Industrial, Office, Multi-family and Retail”. The following three sessions covered “Construction Projects”, “Capital Investments” and “Market Overview Opportunities and Future Vacancy Rate, Inventory, Cap Rates, Outside Influences in the Market”.

TFMoran was one of the Corporate Sponsors and had a booth at the Summit featuring a variety of recent projects. TFMoran’s MSC Division Manager and Principal, Corey Colwell, LLS attended the Summit and was on hand to discuss seacoast area projects.