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TFM Employees Pledge to Granite United Way

TFMoran partnered with the New Hampshire Chapter of the United Way in our second annual Employee Fundraising Campaign. TFM employees are donating over $2,200 to the Granite United Way this year through payroll deduction or one-time contribution options! TFM employees who donated on a bi-weekly basis were also entered to win one of three gift certificates! The winners include Susan Ramsdell, Cassi Beroney, and Nick Golon!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated!

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TFMoran Celebrates a Decade of BOB Awards!

TFMoran is honored to be voted as 2022 Best of Business in the Engineering category by New Hampshire Business Review readers.  2022 marks the TENTH consecutive year TFMoran has received this award. The BOB Awards honors the “Best Of Business” in New Hampshire in over 90 business-to-business categories. According to NHBR’s website, more than 4,000 people cast their votes in the BOB Awards survey. A Big THANK YOU to all who voted for us!

NH Business Review will hold its 15th Annual BOB Awards celebration on Thursday, March 10th, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. This year’s theme is “Masquerade Ball” with costumes encouraged. Celebrate the best businesses in the state and network with business leaders from across New Hampshire in a fun and festive party atmosphere.  There will also be a chance to win prizes and help raise money for Girls Inc. of New Hampshire.  Don’t miss out, register early and get your tickets online at NHBR.com

“It is a great honor that we have now won for the past ten years in a row! I believe this remarkable degree of community recognition is a reflection of our core values: focusing on client service, and delivering the right engineering solution for every project”.

~ Robert Duval, president of TFMoran

Thank you to New Hampshire Business Review for this opportunity and for showcasing the Best of Business across New Hampshire.

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TFMoran Promotes Healthy Living Through “The Wellness Project”

The Wellness Project is a series of Lunch & Learns held once a month to teach staff how to incorporate healthy choices into our lives. Sessions are held monthly, and cover a variety of topics from finance to nutrition and fitness! Three sessions have been held so far, and the series will continue into the new year.

Session 1 – How Money Works & Budgeting for Success

The first session was held in November, with a focus on finance and budgeting. Attendees enjoyed sandwiches and cookies from Market Basket while listening to Sara Janes Hoag of Primerica. Sara Janes presented “How Money Works”, which taught us about the Rule of 72, Mutual funds, the “3D’s” of successful investing, and more. She also touched upon “Budgeting for Success”, covering the 6 simple steps to help us create a budget and free up money in the future. These topics, once understood and applied, can have an incredible impact on employees’ personal finances!

Session 2 – The Road Back to Wellbeing

Amy Perez, ACC, CPC of Amy Perez Coaching joined us to learn how to take care of ourselves, and our family when we’re not feeling 100%. Emotional drainage and zoom fatigues have been impacting our office and social lives. Amy showed us how to get back out there – even if it is overwhelming. Through this session, we gained resources for the emotional well-being of all ages!

Session 3 – The Carb Addiction & Blue Zones

Courtney Eaton, RDN, LDN of New England Nutrition Advisors joined us to discuss “The Carb Addiction”. In her presentation, she gave us some insight into the good and the bad so that we are able to navigate the complicated world of carbs. Courtney also presented about Blue Zones, the 5 geographic pockets of the world where the improved quality of life helps its residents live longer. By implementing a few wellness practices, these people are experiencing amazing health outcomes and saving money on healthcare! Courtney showed us a few things that we could do to improve the length and quality of our lives.

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Tom Burns Becomes Member of Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

TFMoran Senior Project Manager Thomas Burns, PE has joined the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2022.  The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business advocacy organization made up of voluntary members from the region’s business community. He joins a diverse group of professionals from the eight communities that the Chamber represents and looks forward to lending his support and sharing new ideas to help continue the growth and development of the more than 400 businesses that it supports. Tom officially took his seat in January 2022.

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Market & Main Project Featured in The Bedford Bulletin

The ongoing project of Market & Main has been featured on the front page of the Bedford Bulletin’s January issue. TFMoran has been working with client Encore Enterprises on this project, providing Civil, Structural, and Traffic Engineering, Permitting, Landscape Architecture, and Land Surveying Services for the long-awaited development.

The plans previously included a 1,200 seat Regal Cinema, as well as a five-level parking garage. The development is now moving forward after the Bedford Planning Board signed off on the scaled-back design. Follow this link to see the full article, or continue reading below.


Market & Main OK’d with shops, hotel; cinema off plan

The Market and Main development in Bedford is strictly commercial again, with plans for shops, restaurants, offices, and a hotel.

The project, which now includes Trader Joe’s and the Friendly Toast as well as Carrabba’s Italian Grill that pre-dates the development, has been stalled for the past year since the $120 million plan to include up to 200 apartments was rejected by town planners in September 2020.

The Bedford Planning Board signed off on a scaled-back design for the long-awaited project at the site of a former Macy’s off South River Road at its Nov. 22 meeting.

The previously proposed 1,200 seat Regal Cinema and a five-level parking garage are no longer part of the plan.

Most tenants have waited for the project to be approved before signing leases, according to Mike Nelson, president of commercial for developer Encore Enterprises of Plano, Texas.

“We have some existing tenants that have been very gracious and hung in there a long time, but we are kind of down to the wire,” Nelson told the Planning Board.

The new plans include more outdoor gathering spaces, pedestrian boulevards, and outdoor seating spaces for restaurants. A barn-like structure will double as a sign visible from Interstate 293 and be able to host outdoor events complete with a firepit.

Mike Skelton, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Manchester Chamber, called Market and Main at the intersection of the Everett Turnpike and Route 101 one of the most desirable parcels for development in Southern New Hampshire.

“It is a highly visible, perfect location for a marquee retail development,” he said. “I think there has been a trend in recent years of these lifestyle shopping centers, which are mixed-use,” Skelton said. “There is retail, dining options, experiential things.

There are services, whether a salon or gym, so that consumers can do multiple things in one area. It is more efficient. It is more convenient.”

The original Market and Main proposal included 98,763 square feet of retail and a movie theater.

Encore later tried to add the 200 apartments as part of a revised second phase, saying the project would not be financially feasible without the residential component.

The plans brought ire from the beginning with some town officials calling it a bait-and-switch.

The new Market and Main plans include a 30,000-square-foot office building and a 125-room hotel in future phases.

Gaining Traction

REI Co-op, an outdoor equipment store, will likely become one of the development’s anchor stores, a detail that slipped out during discussions with the Planning Board. The artist’s rendering lists the store as “Mtn House” and was described as a “national outdoor retailer.”

The square footage is comparable to other REI stores, including the open that opened in North Conway in September 2019. REI had previously announced plans to open a store in the development, but put the plans on hold in 2019.

Encore hopes to have construction complete on a building for the anchor tenant by the end of next year, with an anticipated opening by April 2023.

“It seems like a lot of time, but that is not a lot of time, considering how long it takes to get everything done,” Nelson told the Planning Board.

The building will feature solar panels and skylight harvesting.

“It is about as green as you can get,” Nelson said.

In all, the new plan includes three multi-tenant buildings and two other buildings for shops or restaurants for a total of 69,141 square feet of restaurant space (10,050 square feet that already exists).

The original office building was supposed to be 98,550 square feet, but it scaled back to 30,000 square feet.

Attracting Tenants

Nelson said the company planned to attend the Innovating Commerce Serving Communities conference in Las Vegas in hopes of luring national tenants to market and Main.

The project approval in November likely helped with the prospects.

Ted Chryssicas of Newmark Group had been working on Market and Main’s leasing. He said the plan is viable for the type of tenants they are trying to attract.

“We are confident that this has a great chance of tremendous success from a leasing standpoint and will get the right tenants that are going to fit the community and the community will fit the tenants,” he told the Planning Board.

Chryssicas said they hope to secure office tenants before construction ends on the retail portion of the development.

The barn structure will feature a fire pit, and an ice skating rink could be installed on the property in the winter.

“We need to activate this, and activation is the key, so it is a community get-together,” Chryssicas said.