Millyard II – Families in Transition

  • 5-story residential facility for Families in Transition Program
  • 23,171 square feet (21 units)
  • $2.9 million
  • Award Winning Project

North Branch Construction was chosen to build a new 5 story residential housing facility for Families in Transition in Manchester, NH as low bidder. The 23,171 square foot, steel and brick, $2.9 million facility consists of 21 units of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, each with it’s own private kitchen and bath. The building also includes several offices and a community room. The multi-unit dwelling serves as temporary housing for families suffering from abusive family relationships and doubled the organizations program capacity at that time (2002).

This new building was designed to match an existing historical building which is adjacent to the new site. This is the first new construction of its kind in the historical Millyard District of Manchester in several decades. Construction at this tight downtown site began in mid May. Prior to construction, the site for the new building had been used as a parking lot. In preparing for the foundation, the soils were found to be unsuitable and effected the stability of the existing rubble foundation of the historical building which houses Millyard I. As a result, North Branch installed steel sheet piling, helical piers and flowable fill between the sheet piling and existing rubble foundation. This arrested any potential vertical or horizontal movement of the existing adjacent building. Although this initially set the schedule behind a few weeks, by October the foundation was in, and exterior framing was on schedule. Exterior framing was completed in early November and the exterior of the building including the exterior brick was completed in Mid December. The new facility was ready for occupancy in April, two weeks ahead of contract schedule. CMK Architects of Manchester, NH were the Architects for the new facility which is located at the corner of Canal and Market Streets.

In May 2002, this project was honored with a Historic Preservation Award from the Manchester Historic Association. The project also was honored with an Award of Merit from Plan NH in recognition of a project which exemplifies the highest standards of planning, design and construction. In October 2002, North Branch was honored (for the fourth consecutive year) with the Associated Builders and Contractors “Excellence in Construction” Award in the Institutional Over $2 million category for this project.