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TFMoran Welcomes Julia Chartier to the Marketing Department

Julia Chartier has joined the Marketing Department as a summer intern. Julia attends Keene State College and is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is tasked with keeping up social media accounts including Instagram and blog postings, as well as photography and graphics.

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FIRST Robotics Team Red Storm 509 Earns Spot at World Championship Event

FIRST Robotics Team Red Storm 509 sponsored by TFMoran had many successes during their 2019 season. The team says they “greatly exceeded [their] previous barriers and have progressed as a team and an organization”. Successes such as moving on to the New England District Championship Competition and competing at the FIRST World’s Championship Competition in Detroit, Michigan for the first time in ten years.

During the second district competition held at UNH, they ranked 1st out of 30+ teams in qualification rounds, becoming finalists at this event for the first time in the team’s history. Their performance at this event earned them a spot in the New England District Championship held at WPI. In this event, they performed exceptionally well and were an alliance captain. The team moved on from this tournament to a spot in the World Championship Event held in Detroit, their greatest accomplishment of the entire season.

Redstorm Robotics is involved in community outreach such as local, state and global efforts. For their local projects, they plan to host STEM-based events to demonstrate their robot to hundreds of students and introduce them to careers in STEM fields. They also hope to build 3-D printers for schools and libraries across New Hampshire which are available to the public. For their international outreach efforts, they plan to assist third world countries by providing clean drinking water, medication, bug netting and more.

We are proud to be a sponsor, and look forward to supporting your future endeavors! Great job!

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Baseball Game to Kick off the Holiday Weekend

TFMoran friends and family gathered at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Friday, May 24 for a Baseball game to kick off the holiday weekend. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats played against the Hartford Yard Goats, losing in a final score of 2­-4 Hartford. Before the game kids played in a bouncy house, throughout the night burgers, hot dogs and drinks were served. Fungo, the Fisher Cat’s mascot, also made an appearance. Those with a sweet tooth enjoyed an ice cream sundae for dessert, provided by the Fisher Cats’ party deck crew on a make-your-own sundae cart. Although the home team lost, the company outing was fun for everyone. At the end of the game, Atlas Fireworks put on a fireworks show which lifted spirits going into the holiday weekend. A big thank you goes out to TFMoran Principles for this fun company outing!

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Dylan Cruess joins the NHBCA Board of Directors

Dylan Cruess joins the NHBCA Board of Directors

Dylan Cruess has recently joined the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. Mr. Cruess is the Chief Operating Officer and a Principal of TFMoran, a regionally recognized land planning firm specializing in engineering and surveying services. He also serves on the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2018.

“TFMoran has a long history of proudly supporting New Hampshire’s artists through sponsoring exhibitions and being involved in the communities where we live and work”, says Cruess. “As a new director, I look forward to promoting the Arts Economy and working with the NHBCA board to expand access to the arts for everyone in New Hampshire.”

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TFMoran sponsors charity event for Marguerite’s Place-Nashua

The Greater Manchester-Nashua NH Home Builders Association held their 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 21, 2019 at Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield. The golf tournament benefited Marguerite’s Place in Nashua, a transitional housing program for women and children in crisis. TFMoran was happy to support this great cause by sponsoring the tournament breakfast and signing up a foursome.  Dan Blais, one of TFM’s Senior Project Managers, and a member of NHHBA, put the TFM team together:

(L to R) Dan Blais, Doug Blais, Eric Salovitch, and Dylan Cruess

The TFMoran team came in 4th place with a respectable score of -9. The course was windy but, it was a great day for golf.  Dan won the straightest drive with the ball landing 17” from the line. Eric won closest to the pin on the air cannon hole landing the ball 7’ 6’’ away from the pin, which he says was “total luck”. And, when the pressure was on, the team counted on Dylan when they needed the clutch shots! Great job guys!

The tournament wrapped up with a delicious lunch and a chance to do some networking and relax after a fun morning of golf. Approximately 144 players participated – a Big Thanks to Lisa Bowman, the volunteers, sponsors and NHHBA for putting on another great event for a great cause!

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TFMoran Welcomes Jacob Woodard to the Structural Engineering Department

TFMoran Welcomes Jacob Woodard to the Structural Engineering Department

Jacob Woodard has joined the Structural Engineering Department as a summer intern. Jacob attends the University of New Hampshire in Durham majoring in Civil Engineering with a Structures focus. His course work includes Mathematics, Engineering Management, Soil Mechanics, and Design of Steel Structures.

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TFMoran receives 2019 SENH Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

On Thursday, May 16, 2019 Structural Engineers of New Hampshire held their Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards event at The Derryfield in Manchester, NH. Entries were judged on creativity, complexity, innovation, ingenuity, and suitability of the structural design for each of the three categories. The three categories were Buildings; Bridge and Transportation Structures; and Special Structures.

TFMoran was honored to receive the award in the “Buildings” category for Medicus Healthcare Solutions office building complex in Windham, NH. TFMoran’s Senior Structural Project Engineer, Thomas Lamb, PE (right) accepted the plaque from SENH President, Christopher R. Fournier, PE, SECB during the presentation.

Posters of each entry were on display during the meeting. Click on the pdf link to view TFMoran’s Poster or read description below to learn more:

Medicus Healthcare Solutions office building complex, located in Windham, NH, is a newly constructed three building complex. The buildings contain approximately 100,000 square feet of office space and are all connected by enclosed pedestrian bridges at the second floor. Each building is framed of a hybrid system of insulated concrete formed (ICF) walls and steel open web floor joists, beams and columns. The building is founded on concrete spread footings.

ICF walls at the exterior were chosen as an economical and energy efficient solution in lieu of the typical steel frame and metal stud curtain wall system used on most office buildings. The wall systems provided several benefits including a robust lateral load resisting system, ICF formed brick shelf, increased flexibility with façade material installation, and simplicity of connections between buildings.

A three-dimensional structural model was produced for the design of the buildings. The model was then imported into Building Information Modeling software to produce the structural drawings for the project.

Congratulations to all Award-recipients!

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TFMoran Structural Engineering project, Ivory Keys Apartments, receives Preservation Award

Congratulations to Maugel Architects, LD Russo and the project team for receiving a Preservation Award for the Ivory Keys Apartments project in Leominster, MA. TFMoran structural engineers are proud to be on this award-winning team. The announcement of the award is below, as it appeared on High-Profile’s website on May 9, 2019.

Maugel / Russo Project Gets Award

Leominster, MA – The Ivory Keys Apartments, located at 140 Adams Street, was recently recognized by Preservation Massachusetts. Maugel Architects and L.D. Russo transformed this once vacant historic mill building that formerly housed a piano manufacturing facility into a 41-unit affordable rental housing complex. The new design pays homage to the building’s history by preserving and repurposing original elements throughout interior spaces.

The project is the recipient of Preservation Massachusetts’ 2019 Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award. The award recognizes extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide non-profit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage.

Award winning Ivory Keys ApartmentsThe Ivory Keys Apartments project team accepts the Preservation Award.

 

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“Embracing Mixed-Use Development” by TFM President Robert Duval featured in May issue of High-Profile

Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering was the Focus for High-Profile‘s May 2019 issue. TFMoran’s president, Robert Duval, PE, was featured as an Industry Expert in this special section, writing about the advantages for a mixed-use development. Using one of TFMoran’s high-profile examples of mixed-use, Market and Main in Bedford, NH (currently under construction), he quoted TFMoran’s Senior Landscape Architect, Michael Krzeminski, PLA explaining how he designs to provide a pedestrian-friendly experience. To view the story, click this link High-Profile May 2019_Embracing Mixed-Use Development or read below:

Embracing Mixed-Use Development
by Robert E. Duval

Adopted from urban environments, across the country, the mixed-use development concept is making its way into many smaller cities and towns in New England. These developments encompass a wide range of uses, including commercial, residential, cultural, institutional, and industrial uses in to an integrated whole.

Civil engineering benefits of integrated development include reduced traffic volumes, minimized parking needs, reduced stormwater flows, and greater density. Studies have shown that onsite parking supplies can be reduced by 10% or more because parking can be shared. Reduced parking cuts construction costs by reducing the amount of pavement as well as the extent of stormwater infrastructure needed to capture, detain, and treat pavement runoff.

Greater land use density can be achieved by avoiding internal line setbacks where multiple properties are combined into a single development. The result of this is efficiently designed parking and reduced need for land area, reduced construction costs, and minimized stormwater infrastructure and runoff.

Landscape architecture also plays a critical role in successful mixed-use development. Each building needs to be placed so as to provide convenient, attractive, and safe pedestrian travel between all other uses. “Walking distance” in New England is approximately 1,400 feet (about 7 minutes’ walk). This figure is dependent on the ease of travel; having a clear, direct path with an attractive walking environment improves walkability and the volume of foot traffic. Landscape architects must work closely with site engineers to create these easily traversable pedestrian routes.

Market and Main, a 350,000sf, upscale mixed-use center currently under construction in the town of Bedford, N.H., is a prime example. Located at the former Macy’s site on U.S. Route 3, TFMoran’s civil engineers and landscape architects worked closely with the developers to provide a pedestrian-friendly experience. “We designed the landscape to include pavered furniture strips along the sidewalks with ample seating and bike racks,” said Mike Krzeminski, one of TFMoran’s senior landscape architects. “Tree grates, along with structural planting soil, have been worked into the sidewalk design to create rhythm, shade, and sustainability for the trees,” continues Krzeminski. “The pedestrian environment is further enhanced by a central green, with pergolas and seating walls to create an outdoor gathering place for all to enjoy.” The first two retail buildings, Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast, are now open. The development plans include a 600-seat deluxe cinema, an office building, a hotel, a variety of restaurants and retail shops, and two parking garages.

The benefits of mixed-use developments are being recognized by many community planners. As these communities embrace mixed-use developments in their zoning codes, we can expect to see increasing prosperity and vibrancy in the central cores of our New England cities and towns.

Robert E. Duval, PE, LEED AP, is president and chief engineer at TFMoran, Inc., Bedford, N.H.

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Welcome Christopher Chiaramonte to the Civil Engineering Department

TFMoran announces that Christopher Chiaramonte has joined the company serving as a Civil Project Engineer in the Bedford office. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. His work experience includes assisting in the design and preparation of commercial and residential site plans, permitting, drainage analyses and utility design.