Archive for April 2017

Glen House Hotel at base of Mount Washington, Starts Construction

In the News…..Construction on the site of the new Glen House Hotel in Pinkham Notch has begun! The hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant. Drilling rigs have started the installation of 30 geothermal wells, according to a WMUR news report on April 17th.  The Union Leader also had a story about this exciting news, click here to read. 

TFM Structural Engineers provided structural design services for the new 3-story, 68-room hotel sited at the base of Mount Washington. This will be the fifth Glen House Hotel in 150 years on the Mount Washington Auto Road, the previous four were destroyed by fire. The hotel, designed by BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, NH will have a full-service restaurant, an indoor pool and expansive views of the northern Presidential mountain range. The exterior architectural design will be traditional New England-style with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys,
keeping with the style of the previous Glen Houses. Martini Northern of Portsmouth, NH is the contractor.

Olympia Hotel Management of Portland, ME was selected by the family-owned Mt. Washington Summit Road Company, which has operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, to operate The Glen House. The $14 million hotel is expected to open by Memorial Day 2018, according to their website.


TFM’s Got Spring Fever!

After that last nor’easter, the “April Fools Storm”, it just seemed like winter was never going to end. The TFM staff was in need of a good dose of “Spring”!  A little spring break was just the remedy we needed to kick-off the long awaited Spring season. The marketing and administration teams pulled together a colorful spring-themed get-together in the reception area. Lots of  tulips of different colors were the main attraction, yet some would say the delicious food brought in from the Puritan Backroom Restaurant was the main attraction! Their famous chicken tenders, steak kabobs, mac and cheese, along with the healthy fruit and vegetable platters all helped us forget about winter. TFM’s Portsmouth office got creative with homemade rice crispy easter eggs and a dip shaped like a giant carrot. A good time was had by all, and a big Thanks goes out to TFM’s COO Dylan Cruess and all the TFM principals for hosting a greatly appreciated spring break for the staff.

The snow is now melted, flowers popping up everywhere, robins are in abundance and, yes, the grass is turning green – Spring has Sprung!


2 TFM Engineers Support UMass Lowell in NE Regional Concrete Canoe Competition

The ASCE sponsored New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition is a two-day event held annually for competing universities from across the New England region and Canada. As a qualifier for the National Concrete Canoe Competition, each team must design and construct a canoe made of specially designed concrete. Teams spend the entire school year planning and building these sleek racing canoes that are put to the test in a judging of both build quality and performance on the water. Additionally, the teams are required to submit formal design papers of their canoes and processes as well as present a professional level presentation. This grueling competition takes many hours to prepare for in addition to the students’ academic careers.

Jonathan Nadeau – Structural Engineer

A member of TFM’s Structural Engineering Department Jon Nadeau, traveled to the competition to spectate the fierce competition and to support his home team UMass Lowell. During Jon’s time studying at Lowell, he aimed to help excel Lowell’s presence at the competition and succeed with Lowell’s first place finish in 2013 (the best the team had done since 1994), second place in 2014, and first again in 2015, resulting in two trips to the national competition. With a passion for the canoe competition, Jon was excited to see what had been made this year and was proud that Lowell kept the team spirit alive.

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

Additionally, a member of TFM’s Civil Engineering Department, Maureen Kelly, who worked alongside Jon on the team, also arrived to show her support for the team at the races. Having been both a successful project manager and national competition racer herself, she was impressed by the team’s performance and is looking forward to what the team shows up with next year.

This year’s competition was held at the University of Connecticut with a total of 11 teams appearing. The first day canoes were put on display along with teams’ display boards, showcasing engineering designs, artwork, concrete samples, as well as many other things. Teams inspect and converse about each others’ work, asking questions, taking notes, and learning for next year. Following the judging period, representatives from each team give their presentations explaining everything they’ve learned throughout the year.

The following morning teams gather at the race site for an all-day display of speed and agility. Held this year at Mansfield Hollow State Park, teams loaded their canoes into the water, being careful to not damage their performance hulls, and prepared for the swamp test. As a popular phrase for the canoe teams is “Yes, it floats”, the teams must successfully prove their canoes with float in the swamp test by completely submerging their canoes underwater and letting them return to the surface unaided for two minutes. After proving their buoyancy, races began and lasted for the next 7 hours.

Racers displayed their skills on the water navigating the tight hairpin turn sprint races and lengthy endurance races, some overcoming glancing blows with each other and some suffering hard collisions. After the races concluded, the panel of judges convened to tally points to determine the final score. This year’s overall winner was the Canadian school Université Laval with their Formula 1 themed entry “LCC22”, followed closely in second by University of Massachusetts Lowell‘s entry “Jester”, and third Northeastern University’s entry “NU Orleans”.


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.