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TFMoran meets Engineering Students at UNH Career Fair

Structural Engineers Kyle Roy, PE and Eric Picard, PE represented TFMoran at the University of New Hampshire Spring Career & Internship Fair on February 26th, 2019. Held at the Whittemore Center, the career fair gives UNH students of all majors an opportunity to meet with potential future employers and practice their interviewing skills. Kyle and Eric set up the TFMoran booth, where they met with students to discuss what it’s like to work for TFMoran. The Career Fair was a big success with over 200 companies participating, and many potential candidates to fill both full-time and internship positions.

A big Thank You to UNH for putting on this very organized and energized event.  Best wishes to all the students seeking a position in their field.

Fun Fact: TFMoran currently employees 14 Civil/Structural Engineers who attended the University of New Hampshire!

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TFM’s Nick Golon presents at the ASCE 2019 Multi-Region Leadership Conference

TFMoran’s Nick Golon, PE attended the American Society of Civil Engineers 2019 Multi-Region Leadership Conference for Regions 1, 2, 4 & 5 held in Orlando, FL as part of the NH Section delegation.  The conference included the Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders (WSBL), the Eastern Region Younger Member Council (ERYMC), and the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL).  Participation in the Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders strengthens and expands the programs and activities of Sections and Branches through the interchange of ideas, information and experiences, while it exposes incoming officers to the tools needed to be effective leaders.

Nick not only attended the conference but was also a presenter, leading breakout sessions on “Creating a Successful Website and Use of Social Media”.  With Nick’s role as Treasurer of the NH Section he focused on what he knows best and centered the presentation on the concept of designing a website to fit your budget and best serve your membership.  The sessions he led were well-attended and highlighted by incredible crowd participation making for an informative and fun experience for all.

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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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Looking Back on TFMoran’s 50th Year Celebration

As we start a new year, we’re taking a moment to look back on 2018 – a year of celebration for TFMoran. Last year marked our 50th year of service, and we found ourselves “Celebrating 50 Years” throughout the entire year. To commemorate this milestone, we designed a Gold Anniversary logo that  was used on all company collateral including polo shirts, pens, notebooks, and even brandy snifters.

Throughout the year, TFMoran hosted special events with staff  and guests to celebrate our 50-year-milestone, including two summer barbecues held at our Bedford office. Great food and great fun were key elements as we shared our success with those who have made our 50 years in business possible. The barbecues featured steak tips, hamburgers, chicken, summer salads, topped off with anniversary cake and ice cream, of course!

In addition to the commemorative gifts and barbecues, TFMoran held a 50th Anniversary celebration luncheon at the Bedford Village Inn just before Thanksgiving. TFMoran’s principals gave thanks to the more than 60 dedicated staff in each department: Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Land Surveying, Traffic Engineering, Landscape Architects and Stormwater Management Group.

The year-long celebration concluded with an office family Christmas party, decorated in theme with blue and gold ornaments, a beautiful live tree, and festive poinsettias.

Now that 2019 is underway, TFMoran has retired the 50th Anniversary logo and has introduced a slightly revised logo to start off our 51st year. Here’s to continued success and another 50 years!


 

 

 

 

To read more about TFMoran’s 50-year history and role in many of the region’s most significant projects, link to these stories in New England Real Estate Journal June 2018 or High-Profile September 2018.

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TFMoran on Award-winning Project Team at the ENR Regional Best Projects Awards

Engineering News-Record hosted their annual Regional Best Projects Awards Breakfast on December 12th, 2018.  ENR hosts these awards to recognize some of the best, most challenging, and most innovative projects of the year across the country. The awards are divided between the different regions of the country. Winners of the ENR Best Projects Awards are invited to a Regional Awards Breakfast to accept their recognition. This years awards breakfast for the New England area took place in the Hyatt Regency Boston and featured dozens of innovative projects.

One of TFMoran’s engineering projects at Southern New Hampshire UniversityMonadnock Hall, received an Award of Merit Higher Education/Research at the event. The 4-story, 300-bed dormitory was opened in September of 2017 and provides apartment-style living to SNHU students. TFMoran provided survey, permitting, civil/site engineering, and landscape architecture for the project. Project team members included architects Mackey Mitchell and Lavallee Brensinger, along with general contractor Whiting Turner and construction manager PMA Consultants, who submitted the project for the award.

Congratulations to all award-recipients. Winners are listed on the ENR New England website and are profiled in the December 3rd to 10th issue of ENR New England magazine.

Thank you to the ENR Regional Best Project Awards for recognizing Monadnock Hall in this year’s awards.

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Supporting the Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit

Dylan Cruess represented TFMoran at the Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday November 14th, 2018. The event, put on by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, was hosted at the Manchester Country Club and was presented by TD Bank. Mr. Cruess was one of the panel members on the Board of Directors.  The keynote speaker, Jeff Speck, who is a city planner and bestselling author, spoke about how economic development is affected by the walkability of a city. The event also featured a presentation about Driving Economic and Community Development through Grassroots Leadership, and an update on the major projects taking place in the Greater Manchester area and how the projects will impact the local infrastructure. Snacks were provided to those who attended, as well as coffee. Sponsors for the event included Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and TFMoran.

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CPR Training at TFMoran

Members of the Bedford TFMoran team participated in a CPR certification course on November 14, 2018. Participants met in the first-floor conference room, where the training was held. Many of the attendees had been certified in the past and were taking the course as a refresher course. The course covered CPR trainings for all ages including adults, children, and infants. The certification class was taught by Robert Martin, who works with Exeter Hospital. The class was broken into two parts. Participants watched informational videos during the first portion of the class, and during the second part were able to practice the techniques on training mannequins.  The informational videos, provided by the American Heart Association, explained how to determine if a person needs CPR, the number of breaths and compressions necessary to properly perform CPR, how to properly perform these compressions and breaths, and how to use an AED, or Automated External Defibrillator. The Bedford office installed an AED in May through a New Hampshire Department of Safety program, which offers a discount and training for participants. There was also a portion of the training dedicated to helping someone who is choking and properly performing the Heimlich maneuver. Of course, we hope that all in attendance never need to use the techniques learned today, but we are glad that our team members are educated and would be able to provide assistants in an emergency.

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Raising the Banner with Manchester Proud

TFMoran’s Dylan Cruess attended the Manchester Proud Banner Raising last Tuesday. Manchester Proud is an organization of community members from the Manchester area who want to build a better public-school system in Manchester, New Hampshire. They reach out to community members for thoughts and opinions on the current school system and changes that should be made to improve Manchester’s public schools. They plan to host more than 100 listening sessions to hear local opinions and discuss possible changes to the public-school system. On Tuesday November 13, 2018 Manchester Proud held an event to give thanks to supporters, volunteers, and community partners. The event took place at Veterans Park and was attended by many local business owners, school representatives, and the Mayor of Manchester, Joyce Craig. We wish Manchester Proud success in its future endeavors.

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High-Profile’s September issue features a story on TFMoran’s 50th Anniversary

We invite you to check out High Profile‘s September issue featuring a story entitled “TFMoran Celebrates 50 Years”. Click on this pdf link High-Profile September 2018 Pages 30-31

Or, read the text below:

TFMoran Celebrates 50 Years

Bedford, NH – The year 2018 marks 50 years of service for TFMoran, Inc., a leading consultant to the land development industry, offering Civil, Structural, and Traffic Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Construction Support, and Environmental Permitting services. Originally a local firm based in southern New Hampshire, TFMoran’s practice area now extends throughout the state and into Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Since its inception in 1968, TFMoran has been a leader in bringing innovative land planning and smart development practices into the marketplace. According to the firm’s president, Robert Duval, “TFMoran has been designing sustainable sites long before it became a buzzword. By their very nature, good designs reduce impacts to the natural environment, harmonize with their surroundings, make more efficient use of infrastructure, thereby saving our clients hard costs, as well as simplifying the approval process.”

The current ownership team has been in place since 2013, including President and Chief Engineer Robert Duval, PE; Chief Operating Officer Dylan Cruess, and Senior Vice Presidents Jeff Kevan, Paul Sbacchi, PE, and Corey Colwell, LLS, all long-term employees with decades of hands-on experience. Dylan Cruess comments, “The shared goal of the new ownership team has been to build on the strong corporate brand that TFMoran has created over the past fifty years, delivering best-in-class client service. We must be doing something right, because in 2016 we were named Business NH’s Business of the Year in the Real Estate, Construction and Engineering category, and we have also earned a statewide “Best of Business” award for the last six years in a row.”

Duval points out that TFMoran has built a strong reputation for successful redevelopment of under-utilized urban and industrial land: “We have played an integral role in many of the region’s most significant redevelopment projects, among them the SNHU Arena and the NH Fisher Cats Stadium in Manchester’s urban core; redevelopment of the Bedford Mall, Wayfarer Hotel, and former Macy’s properties in Bedford; the GE Aviation Plant expansion in Hooksett, conversion of several mill buildings in Lowell and Lawrence to residential/commercial use, and a new 1,700-car parking garage at the south end of Manchester’s historic millyard, currently under construction. Just these few projects alone provide hundreds of millions of dollars of new tax base and revenues to the local community,” says Duval.

In 2014, TFMoran acquired MSC Civil Engineers and Surveyors, a well-established civil engineering and surveying firm in Portsmouth, NH. Subsequently, in 2015, TFMoran expanded its structural engineering department by acquisition of Steffensen Engineering Associates with a solid 30-year history. “We have experienced strong growth over the past few years, to better serve our clients”, says Paul Sbacchi, Chief Structural Engineer. “They have their own tight schedules to meet, and we want to help them succeed.” The TFMoran team now comprises over 65 individuals, including licensed land surveyors, civil and structural engineers, landscape architects, wetland scientists, LEED professionals, and erosion control (CPESC) specialists.

Jeff Kevan, civil engineering group manager, points out that one of TFMoran’s primary strengths is taking on large projects with aggressive schedules. “Our team has demonstrated time and again the ability to meet challenging deadlines through teamwork and an innovative approach to the unique needs and opportunities for each project. Our reputation is built on our track record, and our record is evidence of the pride we take in what we do.”

How would you summarize the TFMoran philosophy? According to Duval, “We want to be leaders and innovators in our industry, taking on projects that have a positive impact on their surroundings. Every day, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide all these things while providing superior value to our clients, too.”

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