Several North Branch Construction employees were honored at the Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT (ABC NH/VT) Annual Employee Appreciation event held on June 15th at the ABC NH/VT Headquarters located in Concord, NH.
The firm celebrated the graduation of Project Superintendents Jamie Stewart and Jeremy Jefferson from the Future Leaders in Construction (FLiC) program. The Future Leaders in Construction program has been designed as an interactive exchange to develop results-oriented leadership for the emerging leaders of ABC member firms and the construction industry. Jefferson, along with North Branch carpenter Greg Vallee, also received a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Construction Supervision for completion of the ABC Superintendent Program.
North Branch Construction was the proud recipient of multiple Safety Awards from the event, including Second Place Construction Safety Performance, Zero Cases Resulting in Lost Workdays, and Most Creative Safety Program awards, all in the ‘SIC Code 15 100,000-200,000 Man-Hours’ category. The firm was also recognized by ABC National with the Platinum Level Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award. The awards were accepted by North Branch Safety Director Don Carter.
North Branch Construction is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an Energy Star Partner in 2017. The Concord-based construction firm began its Energy Star partnership in 1997 and is the first and longest-standing Energy Star Builder in New Hampshire. Since becoming a partner, North Branch Construction has built over 250 Energy Star qualified multi-family and affordable housing residential units – more than any other builder in the state, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in Energy Star rebates for their clients. North Branch Construction receives special recognition from the EPA for honoring Energy Star’s 100% Commitment for Builders option by committing to build 100% of their residential units to Energy Star standards.
North Branch Construction has long remained on the forefront of sustainable construction as the first construction company in New Hampshire to build a LEED-certified building for their own corporate headquarters and as the state’s first Passive House Institute of the United States (PHIUS) Certified Builder. The firm utilizes sustainable construction practices on its commercial and institutional projects as well, completing LEED-certified projects for several clients including Dartmouth College, Colby Sawyer College, Morgan Stanley, and the City of Portsmouth’s Public Library. North Branch Construction is currently building the new $9.9m New Hampshire Army National Guard (NHARNG) Field Maintenance Shop in Hooksett, NH, which will be built to achieve LEED certification.
(Keene, NH) North Branch Construction has recently begun the renovation of a 104,000 square foot manufacturing facility located at 25 Production Avenue in Keene, NH for the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The project will convert space previously occupied by medical equipment supplier Smiths Medical into a manufacturing facility for pre-fabricated homebuilder Unity Homes, a subsidiary of Bensonwood Woodworking Company of Walpole, NH. Bensonwood and Unity Homes develop affordable, high-performance, and low-energy timber frame, hybrid, and panelized homes utilizing off-site construction and on-site assembly.
Funding for the development of the facility is made possible in part by a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) subgranted to the MEDC, who will lease the property to Unity Homes. Originally founded in 1985 as the Keene Industrial Development Corporation (KIDC), the MEDC’s mission is “to lead the region in the enhancement of its industrial and business base to improve the standard of living, quality of life, and economic vitality of our communities”.
Construction is expected to be completed by late summer. The architect for this project is Catlin + Petrovick Architects located in Keene, NH.
(Tyngsborough, MA) North Branch Construction of Concord has recently broken ground for the construction of a new 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor shooting and self-defense complex for Freedom Alley Shooting Sports in Tyngsborough, MA. The two-story facility will feature four indoor shooting ranges with a total of twenty-six shooting lanes: two 25-yard static ranges, one 100-yard range (the longest range of its kind north of Washington DC), and one 360° shoot house featuring 14-foot-high walls, ceiling, and fully ballistic sliding door to allow vehicle access. In addition to the ranges, the facility will provide a Krav-Maga self-defense studio, fitness gymnasium, café, executive offices, and a VIP lounge overlooking over 10,000 square feet of retail and manufacturing space.
Construction is expected to be completed early next year. The architect for this project is Port One Architects located in Portsmouth, NH.
(Concord, NH) North Branch Construction is the proud recipient of the 2017 Construction Industry Good Scout Award presented by the Daniel Webster Council division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Concord-based construction firm was honored with this meaningful award on May 23rd at a reception held at the Falls Event Center in Manchester, NH. The Good Scout Award honors construction-related companies and organizations for positively impacting their communities. Several factors are taken into consideration during the selection of each year’s honoree including reputation, willingness to support the mission of the Boy Scouts, and community involvement.
Matt Johnson of Devine Millimet Attorneys at Law presented Joseph Campbell, Vice President of North Branch Construction, with the award. In Campbell’s acceptance speech, he addressed the issue of workforce recruitment and getting youth involved in construction early on. “I was very excited,” said Campbell, “to learn that the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Webster Council are in the early stages of developing a new Explorer Post program for the construction industry. These programs have been widely successful within numerous police and fire departments. What a great idea, to get the youth excited and involved in our industry. I certainly welcome the idea of hiring new employees who have the dedication and commitment necessary to have become Eagle Scouts.” All proceeds from the reception will go to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.
(Concord, NH) North Branch Construction recently participated in the 2017 Families in Transition OutFITters Thrift Store Collections Drive by hosting collection bins at their Concord office location. For a period of two weeks, the bins were emptied periodically as North Branch Construction employees brought in clothing and houseware items to donate. These items are then sold at Families in Transition’s OutFITters Thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the funding of housing and services provided by the organization.
North Branch Construction has completed three projects for Families in Transition, a local non-profit organization that provides much-needed, affordable intermediate housing and extensive social service programs to homeless individuals and families in need.
(Concord, NH) North Branch Construction participated in National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down week by hosting OSHA Assistant Area Director George Kilens and Compliance Assistance Specialist Andrew Palhof at the firm’s Concord office for a presentation about fall hazards and prevention. North Branch Construction’s entire staff, along with safety representatives from local subcontractors including Envirovantage, Multi-Weld, CRM, and Chestnut & Cape, were in attendance.
National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down week raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop preventable fall fatalities and injuries. According to osha.gov, Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015.
Safety Stand-Downs are voluntary events at which companies can talk directly to their employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a Stand-Down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention,” providing an opportunity for conversation about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see. Upon completion, the company receives a Certificate of Participation from OSHA.
North Branch Construction’s award-winning Safety Department continues to raise the bar for construction jobsite safety with the development and utilization of a Safety Fine Program, by performing random jobsite inspections, and by obtaining OSHA 30-Hour Certification for all of their Project Managers and Project Superintendents. This diligence has led to North Branch Construction repeatedly obtaining the lowest EMR of all members of the Workers’ Compensation Self-Assurance Group with which the firm is affiliated. North Branch Construction also reported zero OSHA Log 300 recordable injuries for 2016. At the end of each year, the company donates all proceeds from its Safety Fine Program to the non-profit charities and organizations that they work with. 2016’s proceeds were given to Mascoma Community Healthcare.
(Hooksett, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has begun land clearing for the construction of a new $9.9m New Hampshire Army National Guard (NHARNG) Field Maintenance Shop in Hooksett, NH. This facility, located along Route 3, will consist of a 27,200-square-foot field maintenance building and a 2,435-square-foot storage shed. The field maintenance building will include a six-bay garage with overhead crane maintenance capabilities, a drive-through wash bay, a tool storage room, offices, classrooms, and gym and shower facilities. The scope of work also includes site improvements.
This new facility will combine the current NHARNG Manchester and Hillsborough field maintenance shops into one location to support the maintenance and repair of combat and tactical vehicles. The architect for this project is Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects located in Burlington, VT.
(Concord, NH) North Branch Construction was honored to receive the 2017 Business of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual CATCH Neighborhood Housing Fundraiser event held at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on March 3rd. Vice President of the firm, Joseph Campbell, was present to accept the award given to North Branch for their commitment to helping CATCH continue its important work of ensuring that everyone is confident of having a home.
CATCH Neighborhood Housing is a non-profit organization offering housing and education services in Merrimack County, by constructing new affordable housing units and revitalizing existing housing in areas where affordable rental options are limited. North Branch completed construction of Phase II of CATCH’s Bow Highlands, totaling sixteen units of workforce housing, in 2015.
(Concord, NH) Katie Lopes, Marketing Coordinator at North Branch Construction in Concord, NH, has been appointed to the New Hampshire & Vermont Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Young Professionals Group (YPG) Board of Directors.
Lopes has been with North Branch Construction for over eight years, starting as a part-time Project Manager Assistant while continuing her education at New England College. She has been Marketing Coordinator of the company for six years. Lopes has been a member of the ABC NH/VT Excellence Awards Committee, Events Committee, and Golf Committee for six years.
The Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. The mission of its Young Professionals Group is to develop, empower, and connect young professionals through events in an effort to enhance their professional development and business success within the construction industry.