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TFMoran Bedford Office Holiday Party

TFMoran’s Bedford office staff and family got together in the flex space on Friday, December 15th to celebrate the holiday season. Delicious food from Puritan Backroom in Manchester including chicken tenders, mac and cheese and more were available for everyone to enjoy.

An array of activities were available to both kids and adults including coloring, cookie decorating and fun holiday games with prizes and treats. It was certainly nice to take a break from work and enjoy a fun evening with good company.

Congratulations to our Ugly Sweater Contest winners Dylan Cruess, Kiera Lamb and Marty Gavin!

Happy Holidays from all of us at TFM!

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Queen City Center Featured in Business NH Magazine

Recent TFMoran project, Queen City Center was recently featured in the Business NH Magazine on Thursday November 30th, 2023. TFMoran is excited to be a part of the project, working closely with Lauer Architects and owners York Real Estate.  We invite you to check out the article by clicking this link or by reading the text below.


York Brothers Invest Millions to Create a New Entertainment Hub

Published Thursday, November 30, 2023
Author Matthew Mowry

From the outside, 215 Canal Street in Manchester is a nondescript old mill building with a chain link fence topped with remnants of barbed wire. The building that once held a printing company and then a defense contractor does not exactly scream “entertainment destination.”

Yet that is the vision for the building’s future that sprang from serial entrepreneur Travis York, who along with his brother Kyle, through York Real Estate, is investing $6.25 million to transform the 30,000-square-foot industrial building into Queen City Center, an entertainment hub in the middle of Manchester that will be brimming with activity by summer 2024.

York describes his new venture as a “curated collection of brands united by a shared focus on community, craft quality and entrepreneurship.”

What started as a need to relocate a video production company form Massachusetts to Manchester mushroomed into an entertainment complex that will be anchored by Harpoon Brewery, an employee-owned brewer of IPA that will include an experimental brewery, scratch kitchen and taproom.

The building will also include the video production and commercial content studio, Big Brick Productions, part of York’s marketing agency, GYK Antler, which is housed in his neighboring historic R.G. Cigar Factory building at 175 Canal St. Other tenants include: City Club Golf, a members-only club providing 24/7 simulated golfing and a lounge led by Lauren Ryan and Patrick Gocklin; Union Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster owned by David Cianci; Barre Life, a fitness studio owned by Ashley Oberg that will offer barre, yoga, Pilates and trampoline classes; Wicked Joyful, a pop culture shop owned by musician and comedian Nick Lavallee; Tenants have signed 10-year leases.

And York plans to develop the outdoor area between his two buildings to create green space and a gathering area that will feature a revolving selection of vendors and activities and worked with the city to disconnect the dead-end street that runs between the buildings.

The project aims to build on the activity in Manchester’s downtown, that includes thousands of residential units under construction, and attract workers to the area by providing more restaurant and entertainment options. “We employ creative professionals, and they want fun things to do,” York says. “It was a dated industrial building, and we are turning it into a modern gathering place.”

Touring the cavernous shell of the building in October, with wires and cables hanging from the ceiling and walls being torn down, it can be hard to see what it will be. But York’s passion for this newest venture is evident as he describes the businesses that will occupy various spaces that will bring people in throughout the day, from their morning coffee to evening drinks and concerts.

The location and potential of the building was too enticing for the York brothers to pass up. York points out it is less than a half mile from many workplaces, SNHU Arena and Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The complex, which comes with 40 dedicated parking spots, sits directly behind The Double Tree Hotel with its conference center and an attached parking garage.

It is a new lease on life for a building that had been a mystery to York. “For years I’ve been looking at it wondering what was going on [inside],” says York. During the pandemic he got to know the owner of the business as well as the building’s owner and found out the company expected to outgrow the space and was relocating at the end of 2022. At the same time, the lease for his studio’s Massachusetts space was expiring.

“We started brainstorming what was logical to put in there and quietly reached out to folks,” York says. He wanted entrepreneurs with a “rising tide” mentality to create a center that could serve as a creative hub for Manchester. “We wanted to bring something new and different to the city,” he says.

York Real Estate spent almost $2.4 million to buy the building and another $3.5 million on construction. They also enlisted local partners to bring his vision to fruition, signing a management and construction agreement with real estate company Colliers in Manchester, collaborating with Lauer Architects in Goffstown, TFMoran in Bedford and securing financing through St. Mary’s Bank in Manchester.

York says he expects to turn over spaces to tenants by April or May, and Queen City Center is slated to fully open by summer. The building is almost fully committed except for one space that York says he is intentionally holding back to see what the best use will be.

“I hope we are inspiring others to do projects and rise up the community,” York says.

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Shadowing TFMoran’s Land Surveyors

Today, Marketing Intern Eric Poublon had the opportunity to tag along with the Land Surveying department for a day in the field.

Eric joined Morgan and Marty at Southern New Hampshire University this morning for part of their Topography and Utility Survey. Morgan and Marty demonstrated how the Prism Pole is tracked either manually or robotically by the operator or the Total Station Theodolite. This lets the team record precise measurements by communicating the vertical height and horizontal depth, allowing the instrument to draw a three dimensional line between the two surveyors and their equipment. The line will then be used to produce a topographic map of the site. They also recorded where the electrical and sewer manhole covers were located along with catch basins in the area.

Eric enjoyed his time out in the field with the Land Surveying department and getting to know the work and expertise of others at TFMoran!

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Dylan Cruess Set to Take a Plunge for Special Olympics of New Hampshire

Coke Northeast is hosting the 25th Anniversary of their Penguin Plunge this February 11th, 2024. This fundraiser for Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) takes place at Hampton Beach, NH where participants plunge into the freezing water of the ocean. The Penguin Plunge is one of the many plunges alike put on this winter to raise money for SONH.

The mission of Special Olympics New Hampshire is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

TFMoran’s Dylan Cruess will be taking the plunge this year, help him reach his fundraising goal by donating here!

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TFMoran Kicks off the Holiday Season with our Annual Harvest Lunch

TFMoran celebrated the holiday season last Wednesday with the annual “Harvest Lunch” held at the Bedford Village Inn. Both offices were brought together in the Great Hall for socializing, appetizers, and beverages before the buffet-style lunch was served. Dessert featured a specially made Harvest Lunch decorated cake by Frederick’s Pastries in Bedford, NH.

After lunch, TFMoran President Robert Duval wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and spoke about all the wonderful things to be thankful for over the past year. Bob took a moment to congratulate TFMoran for our achievements, including the 2023 NH Business Review “Best of Business” Award for the eleventh consecutive year – and voting is now open for the 2024 BOB’s! He then thanked the team for our combined efforts and hard work over the past year noting that our exceptional work and dedication will get us through the unforeseen future. TFMoran continues to strive for the best and looks forward to another successful year.

Dylan Cruess, COO also addressed the team, speaking about health insurance, the 401k program, and other benefits.  He then congratulated individuals celebrating milestones with the company and recognized new employees that have joined within the past year. Dylan also mentioned the new opportunities TFMoran has begun and explore along with his eagerness to incorporate new technology into our work.

The TFMoran principals were happy to give out bonuses to the team in appreciation of everyone’s hard work and dedication to the Company.

A special thank you to the TFMoran principals for hosting yet another very special occasion. It was a great send-off to the Thanksgiving holiday as everyone headed home afterward to spend time with their families. Thank you to The Bedford Village Inn for the amazing food and lovely venue!

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TFMoran Welcomes Jeff Lessard

TFMoran is pleased to welcome Jeff Lessard as a CAD Technician in the Bedford office. Mr. Lessard has over 24 years of experience in AutoCAD design in support of survey, engineering, land planning, and development. Mr. Lessard earned his Certificate of Electrical Technology from Manchester Community College and his AutoCAD Certificate from the University of New Hampshire.

In his new position, Jeff will be working closely with engineers, landscape architects, and surveyors to provide support in the design of commercial and residential developments and subdivisions.

Welcome to the team, Jeff!

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TFMoran Kicks Off United Way Employee Fundraising Campaign

TFMoran has partnered with the New Hampshire Chapter of United Way in kicking off our third annual Employee Fundraising Campaign!

TFMoran held a lunchtime party on Monday, November 13th to kick off our annual fundraising campaign. We were joined by Holly Maki of Granite United Way and Robert Tourigny of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire. Holly Maki spoke to us about the resources Granite United Way offers to help those in need throughout the region, and where the money goes. Robert Tourigny also spoke to us about NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, a non-profit that TFM has worked with on multiple projects, bringing affordable housing to Manchester and the southern New Hampshire region.

This employee fundraising campaign makes it easy to donate through Granite United Way’s website by making a payroll pledge. Employees can have their preferred amount automatically deducted from their pay to contribute to the non-profit cause of their choice.

United Way helps more than 48 million people a year by boosting education, economic solutions, and health resources in 95% of U.S. communities and 37 countries and territories.

Last year, TFMoran employees donated close to $2,000 through this campaign!

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2024 BOB Awards VOTING is Now Open!

TFMoran is honored and proud to be the recipient of the New Hampshire Business Review’s BOB (Best Of Business) Award for the past 11 consecutive years! We would love to make it 12, with your help!

Please consider voting for TFMoran in the Engineering category, Question 14 in the online survey. You must vote for at least 15 questions for the entry to count, and only one vote per person is allowed. The ballot is open until Friday, December 29, 2023.

Click HERE to Vote!

The BOB Awards are an annual New Hampshire Business Review award program recognizing the Granite State’s exceptional businesses. The businesses recognized offer the best service, attention to detail, and have the most helpful and eager employees. BOB Award winners from over 90 different categories, ranging from “Best Accounting Firm” to “Best Engineering Firm” to “Best Business Place for Lunch”, are considered to be New Hampshire’s highest caliber businesses offering nothing less than outstanding products and services.

The annual BOB Awards celebration will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Winners will be notified by early February 2024

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A Day in the Field to Identify Invasive Species

This week, Marketing Intern Eric Poublon had the opportunity to shadow Paul O’Hanlon, one of TFMoran’s Certified Erosion, Sediment and StormWater Inspectors (CESSWI), out in the field at an upcoming project in Derry, NH.

Paul showed Eric how to read and reference the Wetlands Impact Plan to locate invasive and native species on site along with marking down ones that may have been missed. They identified four invasives and only one native, Burning Bush, Japanese Barberry, Japanese Knotweed, Oriental Bittersweet and Common Pokeweed, respectively.

Eric had a great time getting to see one of many tasks Paul does out in the field and learn a little about the process that goes into preparation for a project.

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Milford Cabinet Senior Housing Featured in the Union Leader

Soon to be ready for occupancy, TFMoran project Milford Cabinet Senior Housing, was recently featured in the Union Leader.

This 19th Century building in Milford, NH previously used by the Milford Cabinet for printing received renovations along with an addition which doubled its size to just over 24,000sf. Now an 18-unit apartment building, the “Milford Cabinet Press,” is taking rental applications and will be ready for occupancy in November.

TFMoran worked alongside WarrenStreet Architects and the owner Housing Initiatives of New England (HINEC) and provided civil/site engineering, structural engineering, environmental permitting, landscape architecture and land surveying services for the new affordable senior living apartments in Milford, NH.

Read the full article here.