Archive for March 2016

TFMoran/MSC’s Jessica Winston Becomes CESSWI Certified Professional

Jessica Winston serves as a Civil Project Engineer in TFMoran’s Portmouth, NH office. She has been with the MSC division for 9 years and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.  This March Jessica passed the CESSWI (Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector) exam, which addresses all aspects of providing complete inspections for erosion and sediment control and stormwater compliance. By passing the exam, Jessica has demonstrated she has the knowledge and understanding of documentation, communication, safety, the rules and methods of erosion and sediment control and stormwater control and management.

More and more construction projects are requiring CESSWI certificants to ensure that these projects meet the requirements of Federal, State and Local regulations including the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Certified Inspectors are recognized by state and federal regulators as qualified professionals in their field.

The non profit organization, EnviroCert International, Inc.® was established to provide standards in stormwater certifications. In addition to CESSWI, they also provide guidelines for the practice of Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ), and Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).  These certified professionals are also part of TFMoran’s staff.

The purpose of these certifications is to safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote the public welfare, as stated by EnviroCert International.



TFMoran’s Retail Project “Featured Property of the Month” in New England Real Estate Journal

The March 25-31, 2016 issue of New England Real Estate Journal showcased TFM’s civil and structural engineering retail project, Ashley Furniture and Ashbrook Furniture as the “Featured Property of the Month” in the “Shopping Centers” section.  Read the full story below, or click on the link for a pdf version. NEREJ March 25-31 2016 Feature of the Month


TFMoran designs new 68,000 s/f retail store site for Ashley Furniture and Ashbrook Furniture

Manchester, NH – AAA Realty, LLC is pleased to announce the recent opening of a new Ashley Furniture and Ashbrook Furniture retail showroom in Manchester, located on 5 Driving Park Road, behind Wendy’s in the heart of the South Willow Street retail district.  The new furniture showroom carries a wide selection of living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office furniture.  Ashley Furniture is the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, according to the company’s website.

TFMoran, Inc., a local full-service engineering firm, helped obtain the approvals for the new facility, and provided civil/site engineering, structural engineering, land surveying, permitting and landscape architecture for the new 2-story 68,000sf furniture showroom.   The building was designed by Landry Architects of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and constructed by TRB Development Group of Hooksett.

During the past several years, many large furniture stores in the Queen City have closed their doors.  This new major furniture outlet reverses that trend, and, according to the developer, will establish a choice in furniture sales, “Ashley Furniture Industries feels that every person deserves more value for their money”.  Established in 1945, Ashley is one of the largest manufacturers of home furnishings in the world.  “Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day.”

The 2.7 acre Driving Park Road site, originally zoned for industrial use, had been abandoned since a fire destroyed a former health club on the site, leaving behind a 9,600 square foot medical clinic. Several years ago, the site was rezoned to the B-2 General Business District, more in keeping with the retail uses on neighboring South Willow Street.  Just to the north of the site, a former Osram Sylvania manufacturing plant has also recently closed, and is slated for more future retail development.

Members of the City Planning Board agreed that the new use for this blighted site was a good fit, and were pleased with the modern, attractive design.  According to TFMoran’s project manager Chris Rice, “the site plan package for the new retail store was a perfect fit for the mixed-use character of this commercial neighborhood, with a Wendy’s restaurant in front, a major shopping plaza to the south, numerous banks, offices and small retail shops, and a City recreational field all within walking distance.”

Rice continued, “Fitting a major furniture store on less than 3 acres was a challenge.  In addition to the building pad which was nearly one acre itself, we needed to provide adequate customer parking, and separate customer and truck circulation, loading docks, and fire access all around the building. To accomplish this, we had to go to the ZBA for a variance to allow 81% where 75% is required.”

On the other hand, according to Rice, the site did need to be made to conform to modern regulations for stormwater management: “Being a former industrial site, the property was crisscrossed with utilities with no stormwater treatment anywhere on the site.  Yet we were able to find a drainage solution that worked around the existing infrastructure, and provided treatment facilities such that all surface runoff would go into an underground system and nothing would be released into nearby Nutt’s Pond.  That is a major improvement in stormwater management, and we were therefore able to obtain an Alteration of Terrain permit through NHDES as part of the project.”

TFMoran President Robert Duval also commented on the environmental benefits of this project.  “Redevelopment of blighted industrial sites makes good sense.  Once difficult to permit, now most regulatory agencies and municipalities recognize that good planning and good environmental stewardship means encouraging flexible and creative solutions if redevelopment of existing properties is to be economically feasible.”

Duval continued, “Redevelopment sites can also offer certain economic advantages such as mature utilities and roadway networks needing little or no improvement, remoteness from sensitive natural habitats, and proximity to public transportation and other community services.”  Former Chairman of the Planning Board Kevin McCue commended the applicant for their proposed development because this area had been blighted for a number of years.

We are very happy about this location, said a spokesperson for Ashley Furniture, “In less than 10 years, we have become the No. 1 selling furniture brand in the world and the No. 1 retailer of furniture and bedding in the United States.  Our stores are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Japan, and we are expanding domestically and abroad every day.”


TFMoran Supports Safe Sports Network

TFMoran’s Dylan Cruess attended the 2016 Safe Sports Social on March 23, 2016 at the Derryfield Restaurant in Manchester, NH.  The Safe Sports Social is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute to support the placement of certified athletic trainers in greater Manchester area high schools at no or reduced cost to the schools.  Currently the Safe Sports Network provides certified athletic trainers to 8 area high schools and is working on a special project to expand sports safety to area middle schools.

This year’s Social featured Manchester area native and former Major League pitcher, Chris Carpenter, as the keynote speaker.  It also marked the fourth consecutive year that TFMoran has supported this great event.  TFMoran is deeply committed to supporting local organizations and initiatives that benefit our local communities.


Nicholas Morton Joins Survey Department in Portsmouth

Nicholas Morton serves as a Survey Technician with over 15 years experience in land surveying. He has an Associate’s degree in Technical Graphics and Design Technology from Southern Maine Community College, as well as three years in the Architectural Drafting program at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center. In addition to boundary and topographic surveys, Mr. Morton’s experience includes construction layout, as-builts, roadways, and Hydrographic Surveys.


TFMoran Attends Network AM Event

TFMoran’s Dylan Cruess recently attended the March 2016 Manchester Chamber of Commerce Network AM event at the new Unity Cafe in Manchester, NH.  Network AM events are designed to feature and publicize a local Chamber Member business and provide a great networking opportunity to the attendees.

Dylan Cruess is now in his second year as a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.  TFMoran has a very long history of supporting the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as members, Directors, and hosts of events such as the annual August Network PM Barbecue.  Please see the photos from the the 2015 and 2014 Network PM events.


TFM Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a “T.G.I.F”

At the end of the day on Friday, March 18th, TFM Bedford hosted a “T.G.I.F.” Saint Patrick’s Day staff event.  After all, “Moran” is of Irish descent, just another reason to celebrate, adding a little fun and festivity among fellow co-workers. The reception area walls were decked out in sparkling shamrocks, metallic swirls and shamrocks hung from the ceiling, green beads and shamrock confetti were every where, and the Irish music in the background all added to the festive atmosphere. Bright yellow tulips and daffodils on the table were a cheery reminder spring is here!

Thanks to Cassi, our receptionist, we were treated to a rainbow shaped fruit salad with a “pot of gold” (rolos) at the end, along with a very colorful veggie platter with home-made dip. In addition to the healthy selections, we enjoyed hot appetizers by the Puritan Backroom, bacon/cheese potato skins, chicken tenders, meatballs and cheese sticks. The Irish theme, of course called for a selection of Irish beer to make the celebration complete. Throw in a few green frosted mini cupcakes and rainbow M&M cookies to top it off, and a great, green time was had by all!



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.