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Dylan Cruess Featured in NEREJ Industry Leaders Spotlight

New England Real Estate Journal’s May 27th issue features an Industry Leaders Spotlight with 11 professionals from numerous industries, including TFMoran’s Chief Operating Officer, Dylan Cruess. Dylan gives his perspective on how the first half of 2022 is going in the engineering field. Check out the full article here or continue reading below.


Despite Economic Challenges, Development Remains Resilient

New England Real Estate Journal
Industry Leaders Spotlight – Engineer

This has been quite a year thus far!  I started my article off last year with the exact same sentiment.  Many of the same growth factors and uncertainties from last year are still present now.  Despite many economic challenges we are experiencing, including the continued rise of construction costs, the availability of building materials, and now rising interest rates, development in Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts remains incredibly strong and resilient. The pent-up demand from not building during the height of the pandemic, changing consumer demand for housing and entertainment, and the large amount of private and public capital available in the market has fueled new developments in just about every sector. 

Over the past few years, New Hampshire has seen a huge in-migration of the population as people have moved out of major cities seeking a more rural or suburban lifestyle.  This in-migration population has caused the demand for housing and other services to increase, which in turn has led to a huge increase in new multifamily and single-family housing developments throughout the southern part of the state and the upper valley.  Northern New Hampshire has also seen an incredible increase in demand as people are purchasing second homes.  Along with increased housing demand, we are seeing rapidly rising housing and rent prices which are leading to an affordability crisis for many people.  In New Hampshire, there is a very strong push for affordable housing projects and there are many available sources of public funding to help with the economic viability of having below-market rental rates.

Another sector that we continue to see very strong demand for in New Hampshire is warehouse and manufacturing projects.  International supply chain problems have led to a noticeable trend of companies bringing their distribution, product storage, and even their manufacturing back to the United States, and more specifically New Hampshire.  We are seeing new facilities being proposed across many different sectors including aerospace, defense, construction materials, and food processing, among others.  Warehouse and manufacturing projects often require infrastructure improvements such as increased electric capacity or the availability of municipal water and sewer. These requirements may limit where facilities can be located, resulting in projects concentrated around the suburbs close to larger municipalities that already have the necessary infrastructure in place.

From a design and permitting point of view, one of the largest challenges we are seeing to development projects moving forward is the unpredictable length of time it will take to obtain all the necessary permits.  We are often asked by our clients how long it will take to go through the permitting process so they can set timeframes in their Purchase and Sale Agreements or plan for construction. With new environmental regulations for wetlands impacts and stormwater runoff requirements, we are often unable to give a definitive timeline for permits.  We have been recommending to our clients that they substantially increase the time for permitting or have multiple extension provisions in their contracts with Sellers to mitigate the impact of permitting delays. 

In conclusion, even with the many economic uncertainties the economy is facing including inflation, rising interest rates, and supply chain disruptions for construction materials, we continue to see very strong activity for development projects going forward across many different sectors of the economy.  The demand for new housing, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other projects continues to be greater than the uncertainties and challenges that developers are facing when considering new projects.  Hopefully, this trend continues through all of 2022 and beyond!  

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Paul O’Hanlon of TFMoran volunteers with NH Envirothon

TFMoran Environmental Permitting Specialist, Paul O’Hanlon volunteered with the NH Envirothon Student Science Competition last week, held at NHTI in Concord.

NH Envirothon is an annual competition that introduces students to the STEM field to build real-world connections and gain experience in the professional field. Its mission is to introduce students to the STEM field at a young age, providing skills in protecting our natural resources and conservation in conjunction with the growth of society today.

Students participating in the Envirothon are subject to testing across a broad range of subjects within the Environmental Field: Introducing or honing skills in soils, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, and current events in the field today. Volunteers accompanied student groups to testing “stations”, providing guidance and information as needed (without revealing answers, of course).

Once testing was completed, students gathered in an auditorium to hear from guest speakers working in the STEM field, and the winners were announced.

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Having a BLAST at the Color Blast!

TFMoran is proud to be a sponsor of the Bedford PTG‘s event held this past weekend at Bedford High School. TFMoran’s COO Dylan Cruess, his daughter Cate and Senior Structural Engineer Tom Lamb’s daughter Kiera participated in this fun event.

The Color Blast Fun Run/Walk raises funds for the PTG’s mission of providing students, staff, and families enriching activities in schools and in our community.

Participants for the event run or walk the predetermined course while getting covered in colorful chalk. Music played, and water stations were spread throughout the course. When you cross the finish line, you can expect to look like a colorful piece of art!

Afterward, the PTG hosted a party with food, music, face painting, and photo stations for runners to enjoy.

TFMoran is proud to be a gold-level sponsor for this event. We had a blast participating!

Check out WMUR News coverage of the event here!

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TFMoran Sponsors Angels Giving Back 5K Road Race

TFMoran is a wing sponsor for the Angels Giving Back 5K Road Race to be held on June 11, 2022, in Johnston, RI.

Angels Giving Back is a non-profit organization honoring Mario and Valia Coletta, the founders of Colbea Enterprises / Seasons Corner Market. This charitable organization seeks to honor their legacy and generosity, holding several fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for various charities that were close to their hearts. 100% of profits raised at this event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Tomorrow Fund, and Polycystic Kidney Foundation.

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Jim Robinson Joins TFMoran as Civil Project Manager

Jim Robinson has joined TFMoran, Inc. as a Civil Project Manager in the Bedford office. Mr. Robinson joins TFMoran with over 26 years of experience, most recently in Civil Site design and Stormwater Design for residential subdivisions and commercial site development. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Science. Jim is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Hampshire and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Welcome to the team, Jim!

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TFMoran’s Sophie Haddock Published in High Profile Monthly

High Profile‘s May issue covers Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering and Technology and Innovation. Sophie Haddock, Assistant Land Planner and Landscape Designer at TFMoran gave her perspective on the evolution of visuals we provide to our clients.

Read the article below, or see the full issue here.

Also in this issue, TFM Staff News! Robin Carter and Matthew Bean have joined our team in the Bedford Office.

Evolving Towards Seamless Visuals in the Digital Age

As our world modernizes and design programs advance, we see a trend in clients looking for visuals that utilize the latest technology to provide accurate and lifelike models. While still worthwhile, hand drawings pose a challenge when design modifications are needed. Computer programs provide the flexibility for the designer to make revisions seamlessly. This efficiency is valuable to both the client and the designer. 

Most high-quality rendering programs available today work hand in hand with AutoCAD to bring realistic context to designs. AutoCAD provides the base map, so that every plant, swale, and light pole can be placed exactly where it is intended. Using a program such as “SketchUp”, buildings or other architectural elements can be created or imported. To add fine detail, a high-quality rendering program such as Lumion can be used for realistic detail as well as other life elements, such as weather, people, and animations. 

Using today’s rendering software allows engineers and landscape architects to provide remarkably lifelike and accurate representations of the environment they are creating. The use of a consistent scale allows clients to see what their building will look like from various perspectives, and how effective their screening will be. Programs like these also provide an opportunity to design backward: the sizes, colors, and textures of plants are visually displayed, allowing the designer to see the full picture and find ideal positions before reflecting back onto a 2-dimensional landscape plan. As technology advances, we continue to evolve and provide exceptional visuals for our clients. These technologies enable designers to be their most creative and clients to understand concepts in a remarkably lifelike form.

Sophie Haddock is a landscape designer and assistant land planner at TFMoran, inc.

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TFMoran Celebrates World Landscape Architecture Month

TFMoran is celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM)! This Internationally recognized event highlights the work of landscape architects and celebrates the design of public and private spaces. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, WLAM aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives and is celebrated every April to coincide with Earth Day.

We’d like to take this time to recognize the outstanding work of our Landscape Architects:

Michael Krzeminski, PLA: Mike is a Professional Landscape Architect licensed in the states of NH, MA, and ME. He attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in association with Syracuse University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture.

Robert Hoover, PLA, ASLA: Rob is a Professional Landscape Architect licensed in the states of NH, MA, ME, CT, NY, RI, and PA. He attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with Distinction. Rob earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts.

Matthew Routhier, PLA: Matt is a Professional Landscape Architect licensed in the states of NH and ME. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.

Sophie Haddock:  Sophie is an Assistant Land Planner in our Bedford office. Sophie attended the University of Rhode Island, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, with a minor in Community Planning.

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TFMoran Welcomes Robin Carter

Robin Carter has joined TFMoran, Inc. as an Accounting Assistant in the Bedford office. Ms. Carter has extensive experience in office management duties and customer service. Her new position involves processing payroll, client invoicing / accounts payable, as well as some general ledger entries and reconciliations.

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TFMoran Sponsors Bedford PTG Annual Color Blast Run

TFMoran is proud to be a sponsor of the Bedford PTG annual Color Blast Run, set to be held on May 22 at Bedford High School.

The Color Blast Fun Run/Walk raises funds for the PTG’s mission of providing students, staff, and families enriching activities in schools and in our community.

Participants for the event run or walk the predetermined course while getting covered in colorful chalk. When you cross the finish line, you can expect to look like a colorful piece of art!

The Bedford PTG is a non-profit organization that funds activities in our school district ranging from Kindergarten to High School. Some of the programs they offer include Opportunities Reaching Kids, the Artist in Residence program, and “Stand by Me” a series of workshops that seventh-graders attend at Southern New Hampshire University, which is centered around personal development, bullying, college prep, and more.

TFMoran is proud to be a sponsor for this event, we’re sure it will be a BLAST!

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Hans Mertsch Retires from TFMoran

After 30 years with TFMoran, Hans Mertsch is retiring from our Survey Department. Hans joined the firm in February 1992 and has been an integral part of our company for the past three decades! Hans’s knowledge and skill will be greatly missed, but we wish him the very best in retirement! We all owe Hans immense gratitude for his service and contribution in helping make TFMoran one of the most respected firms in Northern New England.

Congratulations, Hans! We wish you the best in your retirement!