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TFMoran Celebrates our 6th BOB Award!

An excited group of TFMoran staff stepped back into the bright lights and dark nights of the roaring ’20s, at the most talked about event of the season – the 2018 BOB Awards Party! The celebration took place on Thursday, March 22nd at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, after being postponed due to a nor’easter. We celebrated the best businesses in the state and networked with business leaders from across New Hampshire in a fun and festive party atmosphere.

TFMoran is honored to receive, for the sixth consecutive year, the 2018 “Best of Business” in the Engineering category by  New Hampshire Business Review’s readers. The BOB Awards survey honors the “Best Of Business” in New Hampshire in over 90 categories. A Big THANK YOU to all who voted for us! According to NHBR’s website, nearly 3,500 people voted in this year’s BOB Awards survey. To see additional photos and a full list of winners go to NHBR’s website.

Thank you to New Hampshire Business Review for showcasing the Best of Business across New Hampshire, and for putting a truly first-class celebration!

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NH Business Review features a TFM civil & structural hotel project in “From the Ground Up”

TFMoran’s most recent hotel project, “The Grand” at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH, is featured in New Hampshire Business Review‘s special section “From the Ground Up”. TFMoran provided civil/site design, structural design, permitting, construction inspection, landscape architecture, and land surveying for this grand project. TFMoran worked with the Bedford Village Inn owners, along with project architect Jordan Design and general contractor MCCI.

To view the full story in pdf format, click on this link NHBR From the Ground Up: The Grand  or read the text below:

FROM THE GROUND UP:  The Grand at the Bedford Village Inn

Mark Carrier Construction, TFMoran  bring vision of boutique hotel to life  Every construction project presents  its own challenges, but as work  was about to begin on The Grand at the Bedford Village Inn – the new boutique  hotel adjacent to the iconic Bedford  restaurant and inn – the project’s general  contractor faced something completely  unexpected.

Jack Carnevale, the owner of the Bedford  Village Inn and the Grand at the Bedford Village Inn, had tasked Mark  Carrier Construction to begin the project.  In February of 2015, Mark Carrier unexpectedly  passed away.

“It was his business – he was the one in  negotiation with Jack Carnevale,” Mark’s  brother, Don Carrier, says. “I had my own  business building custom homes for 25  years, but I ended up stepping in to run  the company. The Grand was not contracted  by that point in time, but everything was ready and everything was negotiated.  Jack agreed to stay with us, but it was really my brother who pulled the design/build together.”

Construction began in the spring at the  site, which sits directly behind the original  inn. And while the site was bare, with no  structures, Mark Carrier Construction, Inc., (MCCI,) had to prepare by dealing with a substantial amount of ledge.

“We spent eight weeks blasting 33,000 yards of ledge,” Carrier says. “And once  we completed the blasting, it was a challenge to retain the slope of the property line along with fitting in the built-in pool, patio and landscaping.”

Adding those amenities were challenging, he says, but in the end worth it. A fully-equipped fitness facility steps out onto a patio next to the saltwater pool, which is heated year-round, and the hot tub. It’s all surrounded by sweeping natural, lush gardens.

“Jack Carnevale was very hands-on,” Carrier says. “One of the first times that  I saw him at the Bedford Village Inn, he was on his hands and knees gardening. As we were finishing the Grand, Jack laid out all the landscaping for the back yard gardens and patio.”

That hands-on approach made planning the three-story, 50-room, Dutch Colonial style boutique hotel surprisingly problem free.

“Jack was very animated when I first met  him,” says Architect John Jordan of John  S. Jordan Design, of Canterbury. “He has a great way of describing his vision. I took it all in – I try my best to listen to what the customer is trying to achieve and respond accordingly. It was a matter of experience, and we had the good fortune of hitting it off well. Personalities are very important  in building business relationships.”

Jordan says he took Carnevale’s vision back to his office and began researching  shingle-style projects and historic, grand hotels. He distilled those examples to create plans for a building that would be in that style, while making the most of  modern materials and maintenance-free exterior.

“It’s a classic example of a grand hotel,” Jordan says. “You can see the historic precedence we were hoping to allude to. We weren’t going to try to re-invent the wheel. We wanted to honor history and what Jack had built on-site already with the Bedford Village Inn, and expand on his success and philosophies in making  hat a successful business venture.”

The 52,000-square-foot hotel boasts a mix of classic New England and modern amenities. LED lighting and the complimentary high-speed, fiber optic Wi-Fi never seems out of place next to the  fieldstone fireplace in the comfortable  lobby bar. A business center with hightech appointments sits just down the hall from a classic library room, stuffed with books and couches.

Carrier, MCCI Project Manager Mark Jobin, Carnevale and his wife, Andrea, met weekly before the first shovel was turned through completion. When it came time  to begin designing and decorating the interior, Jordan worked closely with Carnevale to achieve a very specific look the owner had in mind.

“Early on we were cutting out cardboard furniture and beds and moving things around the suites – while we were still doing the rough walls and before we did any wiring or lighting,” Carrier says.  “He’s a very visual person. He likes to see the placement of things. He purchased his own artwork and furnishings which he hung himself.”

Project Engineers TFMoran, of Bedford, completed all the civil and structural engineering, land surveying and landscape  architecture – another element that Carnevale worked closely on.

“Jack is hands-on with everything,”  TFMoran Chief Operating Officer Dylan Cruess says. “And it went very well because he is hands-on. He’s part of every decision, so there are no surprises.”

Cruess says dealing with the large amount of ledge may have been challenging, but a tiered parking solution mitigated  those challenges. With no wetland issues or unusual elements, Cruess says  the project went largely as anticipated.

“The architect, John Jordan, did a beautiful building,” Cruess says, citing window seats on the fourth level as being a notable element in the structure. “It  was complex to have those cantilevered  over the exterior wall.”

The hotel opened officially in June, with a number of top-notch appointments, including  king-size four poster beds custom made by Noir; custom upholstered furnishings by Company C; Carrera Marble bathrooms with soaking tubs; charging and connectivity for tablets, laptops and phones; and elegant fireplaces in many rooms and large suites– including the 850-square-foot Tower Suite.

“We’re just proud to have been a part of it because Jack [Carnevale] does it  right,” Cruess says. “It’s a credit to his  longer-term view.”

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TFMoran Named 2016 “Best of Business” in Engineering Category

TFMoran, Inc. has been selected for the fourth straight year as “Best Engineering Firm” in New Hampshire Business Review’s BOB Awards reader’s survey, which honors the best of business in New Hampshire in over 90 categories. TFMoran was established in 1968 and is involved in major engineering projects throughout New Hampshire and the northeast.

“We are grateful to the readers of NHBR for this special recognition, now four years in a row,” says Robert Duval, president of TFMoran. “The credit belongs to our staff, who show their commitment to client service every day, ‘going the extra mile’ for our clients. We are proud of the reputation we have earned for first-class engineering, survey, and landscape architectural services.”

TFMoran and the other winners will be honored on Thursday, March 3rd at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Click here to see the full list of winners and to register for the pirate-themed BOB Awards Party.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit New Horizons for NH.

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Please Vote for TFM – Best of Business in NH for Engineering!

The 2016 BOB Awards voting is now open! The voting deadline is Janauary 31st at midnight.

We once again ask for your support as the best engineering firm in New Hampshire! TFMoran is the proud winner in the Best Engineer Category for the last three years and we want to make it four in a row!  Each and every day, the dedicated team at TFMoran strives to provide the best engineering and surveying solutions to our diverse range of clients.  We would greatly like to thank our clients, employees, and New Hampshire Business Review readers for supporting us the last three years and we ask for your support again for the 2016 BOB Award as Best Engineer.

The “BOB”, or Best of Business, Awards are an annual voting competition sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Review, which allows people to vote for the best businesses in New Hampshire across more than 80 different categories.

To vote in this year’s BOB Awards, please visit: 2016 BOB AWARD VOTING.  (Check “TFMoran” on Question 10 on the official on-line survey ballot. You must answer at least 15 categories for your votes to count)

Thank you!

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Construction Begins on the Whole Foods Market at the Goffe Mill Plaza

Demolition and construction has begun on the Whole Foods Market at the Goffe Mill Plaza in Bedford, NH.  New Hampshire Business Review featured the start of construction in their March 25th Edition of Real Estate & Construction News Roundup.

TFMoran provided civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying and landscape architectural services for the redevelopment of the former Sheraton Wayfarer Inn site on South River Road. A 40,000sf Whole Foods Market will anchor the new mixed-use development, along with two new restaurants, a 8,800sf retail building, a bank, a 7,564sf fitness center and 73 apartment units. The 16.2 acre historic site was originally developed in 1744 by Colonel John Goffe. An historic mill building will remain on the site as part of a park design. Whole Foods Market anticipates opening in late 2015.

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TFMoran Named Best Engineer in the 2015 BOB Awards

TFMoran, Inc. has been selected as “Best Engineering Firm” in New Hampshire Business Review’s BOB Awards reader’s survey, which honors the “best of business” in New Hampshire in over 90 categories. TFMoran was established in 1968 and is involved in major engineering projects throughout New Hampshire and the northeast.

“It is a great honor that we have won three years in a row,” says Robert Duval, president of TFMoran. “This clearly shows that our civil, structural and traffic engineers, surveyors and landscape architects are focused on client service and delivering the best engineering solutions possible.  And, with our recent acquisition of MSC Civil Engineers & Land Surveyors in Portsmouth, we can offer award winning professional services to the seacoast region.”

TFMoran and the other winners will be honored on Thursday, March 5, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. “With 2,700 ballots cast for the 2015 Awards, the BOBs continue to be considered a standard of excellence in New Hampshire,” said Jeff Feingold, editor of NHBR, “At this year’s award ceremony, we are celebrating with a Wild West theme – so dig out your cowboy hats and register at nhbr.com.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit New Horizons for NH.