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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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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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TFM’s President Robert Duval speaks at the NEREJ 2019 NH Summit

New England Real Estate Journal held a Nashua/Bedford/Manchester, NH area Summit on April 25, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott Event Center in Nashua. The event gave attendees an opportunity to network and covered important commercial real estate related topics and issues.

TFMoran’s President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE, was on a panel of speakers covering the topic of”Engineering, Constructions Costs, Architecture”. He used examples from Market and Main ,as well as the SNHU Millyard Parking Garage in his discussion to highlight changing trends in the redevelopment industry. Market and Main and the SNHU Millyard Parking Garage were also featured on the promotional material for the event. A second panel of speakers covered the topic “Development Opportunity Zones, New Development Updates, Cost Segregation”.

Thank you to the New England Real Estate Journal for putting on this great event. TFMoran was glad to be one of the Summit sponsors.

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Union Leader features first tenant at Woodmont Commons mixed-use development

Woodmont Commons, one of TFMoran’s mixed-use engineering projects, was featured in the Union Leader on April 17, 2019. The article released the name of the first tenant who is relocating to Woodmont Commons. 603 Brewery’s new 18,000sf facility, located on the new Main Street of Woodmont Commons, is nearing completion! The building will feature a tasting room, a 100-seat restaurant, and plenty of room for 603 to continue to brew their beverages. TFMoran provided civil/site engineering and structural design for 603 Brewery. The brewery was designed by McHenry Architecture and Harvey Construction is the general contractor. To read the article from the Union Leader, open the PDF here or read the text below.

603 Brewery relocating to become first tenant at Londonderry’s Woodmont Commons

Relocating: The new facility is expected to increase brewing capacity and include a beer hall.

By RYAN LESSARD Union Leader Correspondent Apr 16, 2019

LONDONDERRY—603 Brewery is starting to brew beer at its new 18,000-square-foot facility at 42 Main St. this month.

The address will be the first space at the Woodmont Commons development to see active occupants, according to developer Michael Kettenbach.

Brewery spokesman Morgan Kyle said the company, currently located at 12 Liberty Drive, will be gradually relocating between spring and early summer. The Liberty Drive location will remain open during the transition.

“We will start to slowly move operations over to the new building to ease the transition,” Kyle said. “We will start brewing in the new facility this month.”

The new custom-built brewhouse is expected to triple the company’s current brewing capacity. It will also include a large beer hall. “The beer hall will seat over 100 people, with additional seating in an outdoor beer garden and private function room,” Kyle wrote in a press release.

“The brewery will continue to run with their popular counter-service model and will offer a food menu, beers on tap, as well as retail merchandise and beers-to-go.”

Brewery co-founder Geoff Hewes said the goal of the beer hall is to offer the community a fun and casual setting to experience their craft beer and food.

“We look forward to expanding our ability to serve New Hampshire, both through our wholesale and retail partners, as well as by creating a destination for locals and tourists,” Hewes said in an emailed statement.

Part of the moving process will be transporting stainless steel, 30-to-60-barrel fermentation tanks from the old facility to the new one. Kyle said the new brewhouse is set up more efficiently, letting them get more done in a day than they could before.

The building also has a grain silo that holds up to 60,000 pounds of grain.

As part of the transition, the company is looking to hire more than half a dozen full-time and part-time employees. A job fair has been scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at the Liberty Drive address.

The brewery distributes in New Hampshire with Bellavance Beverage Company and New Hampshire Distributors, in Vermont with Calmont Beverage, and in Massachusetts through Horizon Beverage.

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TFMoran’s President, Robert Duval, and mixed-use development Market and Main, featured in Business NH Magazine

Business NH Magazine featured a TFMoran engineering project, Market and Main in their April 2019 edition. Market and Main is the new upscale mixed-use redevelopment of the former Macy’s site in Bedford. The first retail stores, Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast, are now complete, with more businesses on the way. Market and Main was the headline rendering for the BNH article titled “Engineering Firms Navigate Changing Economy” written by Melanie Plenda. TFMoran’s President and Chief Engineer, Robert Duval, PE was asked by Ms. Plenda what his thoughts are on the subject of the small retail sector. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“Small Retail Sector Is Strong”

“Robert Duval, president of TFMoran in Bedford, echoes this sentiment, saying that they’ve seen the growth in retail and commercial markets. While firms are not seeing construction of big-box stores like they were several years ago, they are seeing an uptick in mixed-use and small retail.

Duval points to one of TFMoran’s projects, Market and Main in Bedford, as an example. ‘[Market and Main] is indicative of moving toward more mixed-use centers,’ Duval says. ‘Whereas maybe 10 years ago or so, it would’ve been strictly a retail development. Now, it’s a combination of retail and commercial hospitality.’”

To read the full article open the PDF here .

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Woodmont Commons Featured in High Profile’s April Issue

Woodmont Commons was featured in High Profile’s April 2019 edition. TFMoran has been working with developers, providing civil, site, and structural engineering for the first phase of the development, which includes an 87-unit apartment building with retail space below and the new 603 Brewery location. These projects are well under way and have been progressing steadily towards completion. To read the full article from High Profile, open the PDF here or read the text below.

Construction Well Underway at Woodmont Commons

Londonderry, NH – Construction is well underway for the first two building projects in Phase 1 at Woodmont Commons in Londonderry. A new four-story, 87-unit apartment building with 23,000sf of retail space on the first floor is being constructed by Performance Building Company. The architect of record is Shook Kelley, with Gavin and Sullivan Architects providing additional design services for various projects within Phase 1. Also under construction is a new 17,000sf brewery and 200-seat restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining. 603 Brewery was designed by McHenry Architecture and is being built by Harvey Construction. TFMoran provided civil and structural engineering services for both buildings. Woodmont Commons is a new mixed-use development designed to be an urban village-style, walkable community in the rural countryside on over 600 acres. This unique multi-phased development is located off of I-93 Exit 4 and will include housing, retail stores, restaurants, office space, and amenities. TFMoran is working with Pillsbury Realty Development in providing civil and site engineering services, which included Michels Way, a new road connecting Garden Lane, and Pillsbury Road. The architect of record Shook Kelley of Charlotte, N.C., helped prepare the planned unit development (PUD) overall master plan. Attorney Ari Pollack of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell provided legal work for permitting and contracts for the development.

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The Derryfield School’s new Athletic Center featured in HP’s March Issue

One of TFMoran’s civil and structural engineering school projects is featured in High-Profile’s March issue. To read/view the story click this pdf link  High-Profile March 2019 Page 17 or read text below.

March 2019  High-Profile Focus: Schools & Institutions

TFMoran Designs Athletic Center

Manchester, NH – Construction is well underway for a new 42,000sf, two-story Athletic & Wellness Center at The Derryfield School, a private day school for grades 6-12 offering competitive athletics, challenging academic programs, fine and performing arts, and a wide array of extracurricular activities.

This new facility, representing Phase 1 of a comprehensive campus master plan, will house the school’s relocated basketball courts, locker rooms, weight room, and offices for the athletic director and trainers.

In addition to this new building, other improvements during this first phase will include the renovation and expansion of classrooms and lab spaces in the existing upper school building and the relocation of the school’s existing tennis courts to a new site located across from the main campus on North River Road. Improved parking facilities and vehicle and pedestrian circulation routes throughout the campus are also part of the first phase.

Cowan Goudreau Architects of Concord designed the new center to complement the school’s existing facilities, with a shingle-clad exterior and multilevel footprint stepped into the sloping topography of the site.

TFMoran of Bedford provided civil/ site design, structural design, permitting, landscape architecture, and surveying services for the project.

The general contractor, Eckman Construction, anticipates a fall 2019 completion.

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Union Leader’s Engineers Week Edition Featured TFMoran, Market and Main

TFMoran’s work on the former Macy’s redevelopment was featured in the Union Leader in the February 18, 2019, Engineers Week edition. TFMoran has designed the site of the large mixed-use development which includes a Trader Joe’s, The Friendly Toast, and many other business and restaurants. Phase One is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. Construction on this new development began almost two years ago, in March of 2017. TFMoran has done work on many aspects of the project, including landscape architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, permitting, land surveying, and traffic engineering. To read the full article click the link to open the PDF here or read the text below.

 

Market and Main phase one to open in Bedford

Almost ready: Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast set to open in March.

The first phase of the “Market and Main” project is taking shape at the former Macy’s site in Bedford, where TFMoran designed this large, mixed-use development for Encore Retail, headquartered in Dallas.

Nicholas Barber, president of Encore Retail, explained, “The name ‘Market and Main’ comes from our new roadways Main Street, which — unlike many other local towns — Bedford does not already have; and Market Street, heading towards the Whole Foods plaza. So, Market and Main is a logical name for the complex, representing the place in town where everyone wants to meet.

“The property is strategically positioned along South River Road at the high-traffic intersection of N.H. Route 101, I-293, and the Everett Turnpike. And its proximity and direct access to the Whole Foods plaza make it a regional destination,” Barber added.

The site contains over 350,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office, hospitality and entertainment space, designed as a walkable lifestyle center, with an interior village green, pergolas and other pedestrian- friendly fixtures, wide sidewalks and pocket parks throughout.

Construction at the site began in March 2017 by Hutter Construction of New Ipswich. The first phase includes Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast, and is opening in March, to be followed soon by a deluxe cinema, a variety of high-end restaurants and retail shops, and an office building and hotel shortly thereafter.

The complex includes seven new buildings and two new parking garages. TFMoran is responsible for the structural engineering of the garages, as well as civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying and landscape architectural services for the entire development.

The architecture is designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, Mass. Their approach reflects both past and present; incorporating brick, granite, cast stone, masonry, painted wood, and metal in a palette of modern materials and historical colors throughout the complex.

Market and Main is being built just south of the Goffe Mill Plaza, which includes a Whole Foods Market, additional restaurants and retail space, a bank, and 75 apartment units. Th e proximity of these two sites enabled TFMoran to design dense and efficient layouts by leveraging traffic, parking, and drainage benefits of mixed-use development and providing safe pedestrian connections between major uses.

TFMoran has designed several large mixed-use developments in recent years that integrate residential, institutional, industrial and cultural components in a pedestrian-oriented model, as opposed to the traditional vehicle-oriented shopping center or office park format.

According to TFMoran President Robert Duval, “Placing this variety of uses within walking distance reduces vehicle traffic, parking lots, stormwater runoff, improves air quality, and permits denser development of the existing core areas of our communities.”

Added Duval, “Since mixed-use developments use infrastructure more efficiently, increase municipal tax revenue, and add employment opportunities while reducing the negative impacts of development, we expect that they will become an increasingly important factor in the revitalization of cities and towns in New Hampshire and throughout New England.”

TFMoran, Inc. is one of the largest full-service engineering firms in New Hampshire, with offices in Bedford and Portsmouth. The firm’s services include: civil, structural, traffic and transportation engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, environmental permitting, stormwater monitoring, and construction support services.

 

 

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TFMoran’s Work on Concord Theatre Project Recognized in High Profile

TFMoran was featured in the February 2019 edition of High-Profile monthly for our work on the historic Concord Theatre. The building was built in the mid 1800s and was in need of structural repairs and updating. TFMoran provided structural and civil engineering for the project, working alongside Dennis Mires P.A. The Architects and Milestone Engineering and Construction. The construction is underway and is expected to be completed by mid-2019, although no official date has been released. To read the article click the PDF link or read the text below.

TFMoran Works on Theatre Renovation

Concord, NH – Construction is well underway on the renovation of the historic Concord Theatre. TFMoran structural and civil engineers worked closely with Dennis Mires P.A. The Architects, and Milestone Engineering and Construction to provide civil and structural engineering for the project. Originally a bakery started in the mid-1800s, the Concord Theatre building was converted to a movie theatre which ran from the 1930s to the mid-1990s. The property also housed various small businesses more recently. However, the main movie theatre has been vacant for many years. The renovation project will create a flexible event venue for the Capitol Center for the Arts and a box office. The project includes significant structural upgrades and repairs to the building framing. Outdated floor, roof, and wall framing will be reinforced or replaced. Additionally, an interior balcony and new cantilevered marquee will be added. A small addition will be added on the building’s south side for a new stair and elevator. The attractive addition will be built in conjunction with functional and aesthetic improvements to the building’s site. New pavement, plantings, seating, and a loading area are planned. The project is expected to be completed mid-2019.

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TFMoran Basketball Team Celebrates A Win

TFMoran showed support for local athletics by once again sponsoring a recreational basketball team in Bedford. TFMoran’s Tom Lamb’s son plays for the team. The team of 3rd and 4th grade boys won their game against the LAER Beauchemin Realty team, 16-12 today. An article about the game was published in the Bedford Bulletin, highlighting the key points of the game. LBR made a strong comeback after being down 10, but TFMoran was able to pull away and seal the victory. To read the full article, read the text below:

At one point late in the second half, LBR tied the score at 12-12, erasing a 10-point halftime hole. However, TFMoran pulled away down the stretch to win. Camden Santos was huge off the backboards and played solid defense for LBR, while teammate Jackson Jodoin scored and hurt TFMoran by forcing turnovers. Pierce Connolly, Drew Benjamin, Owen Sprague, Myles Lamb, and Jack Bergeron led a balanced attack for the winners.