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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 Woodward 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.

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TFMoran’s Nick Golon represents NH’s Civil Engineers in Washington, DC

American Society of Civil Engineers New Hampshire Section’s newsletter featured a TFMoran civil and structural engineering project on the May 2019 cover, Southern New Hampshire University’s millyard parking garage in downtown Manchester. This 6-story, 1,700-car parking garage is currently under construction along the Merrimack River near the Fisher Cats stadium. It will provide parking for SNHU’s on-line program staff and administrative offices housed in the adjacent Langer mill building. The parking garage is being built by Harvey Construction and is ahead of schedule for completion.

ASCE NH Section’s May 2019 newsletter The New Hampshire Civil Engineer features a story entitled “2019 Legislative Fly-In” by Nicholas Golon, PE. Nick is one of TFMoran’s Senior Project Managers, as well as Treasurer of ASCE-NH Section. He was one of three engineers representing New Hampshire who traveled to DC to meet with NH representatives. Click this link ASCE NH May 2019 Newsletter – Legislative Fly-In to view the story, or read the text below:

2019 Legislative Fly-In
By Nicholas Golon, PE

Every spring, ASCE holds its Legislative Fly-In Program in Washington, DC, an intensive two-day program that provides participants with an inside look at the public policy process. This year ASCE members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico brought their message to over 310 Members of Congress on Wednesday March 13th, advocating for a variety of infrastructure solutions at the annual Legislative Fly- In. This year’s New Hampshire delegation was made up of President Logan Johnson, President-Elect Mike Bogue, and Treasurer, Nick Golon, shown below with NH U.S. Representative, Annie Kuster.

The NH delegation expressed to our elected officials and their staff a core ASCE belief that all infrastructure programs, and projects supported by infrastructure investment legislation, need to meet the following fundamental criteria:

  • Investments must provide substantial, longterm benefits to the public and the economy;
  • The cost of a project over its entire life span – including designing, building, operating, and maintaining the infrastructure – must be taken into account
  • Projects should be built sustainably and resiliently;
  • Federal investment should leverage state, local, and private investment, not replace these other critical sources of infrastructure funding.

Although the principles for infrastructure Investment was an important issue, perhaps the most vital message brought forth to Capital Hill by the ASCE membership was the advocacy argument for fixing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The HTF is the main funding source for the federal government’s investments in highway and transit infrastructure. The HTF is primarily funded through the federal motor fuels tax, or gas tax, of 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon on diesel. Although the federal gas tax is the main source for the Highway Trust Fund, Congress hasn’t raised the gas tax since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were “Sleepless in Seattle”, Bill Murray was trapped in “Groundhog Day”, “Cheers” aired its series finale, and Bill Nye began his fame as the Science Guy. If the references don’t do anything for you, it was 1993!

ASCE members strongly urged Congress to fix the HTF to provide long-term stability and modernize our nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems for the 21st century. To address the surface transportation funding shortfall, and chronic underinvestment, ASCE supports raising the motor fuels user tax by 5 cents per gallon for the next five years and indexing it to inflation.

As one ASCE member remarked to NH Congressmen Chris Pappas, “You want to get out of the hole? First, you’re going to have to put down the shovel.” Yes, this is quote was attributed to one of their kid’s favorite movies, Incredibles 2, but the lesson parallels the infrastructure investment gap and raising the gas tax is the equivalent of the first necessary step, putting down the shovel. Failing to close the infrastructure investment gap means higher costs for businesses to manufacture and distribute goods and provide services. In turn, these higher costs get passed along to workers and families.

Learn more about the Highway Trust Fund at www.FIxTheTrustFund.org

 

 

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at TFM

TFMoran took a well-deserved break at the end of the work week by celebrating Cinco de Mayo a little early, on Friday, May 3rd. The festive fare came from Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse of Manchester, it sure was a big hit with the TFM-Bedford team! The Taco Bar was the most popular by far, along with mexican rice, refried beans, quesadillas, chingalingas, chicken tenders, and of course, their famous hot tortilla chips and salsa.  The fiesta table also included a big pan of Taco Mac from Mr. Mac’s in Manchester, delicious!

Between the delicious food, the tasty variety of cervezas, the very colorful festive decorations and lively music, a fun-time was had by all. Thank Goodness It was Friday!

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TFM Fleece Vests Have Arrived!

Spring is in the air, and it is finally time to put away the heavy sweatshirts and start wearing clothes for warmer weather! With that, TFM staff were very excited when the TFM logo fleece vests arrived in April. Members of the TFM team had voted earlier this year on their favorite styles and colors. The men chose an Eddie Bauer vest, and the women chose a style provided by Core. Everyone is wearing the vests around the office on the milder spring days. Thank you to Roberta at Corporate Images for working with us!