(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.
(Hanover, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord continues work on the fast-track total gut renovation of Morton Hall at Dartmouth College. Following a four-alarm fire that occurred at the dormitory in October 2016, North Branch Construction was hired to perform the extensive reconstruction of the building based on their experience with disaster recovery.
Work on the roof along with mold and asbestos abatement is currently underway and will continue through the end of February. The project is expected to be completed by late summer. Harriman Associates of Portland, ME is providing design for the project.
(Concord, NH) Joseph Campbell, Vice President and Project Manager/Estimator at North Branch Construction in Concord, NH, was sworn in as Second Vice Chair for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NH/VT Chapter Board of Directors. This ceremony took place at ABC NH/VT’s 32nd Annual Meeting held at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, NH on January 26th.
Campbell has been with North Branch Construction for nearly nineteen years, starting as a part-time summer laborer while continuing his college education in Business Management. He has worked his way up as a Project Manager/Estimator into an ownership position with the company as Vice President of the firm. Campbell has been a member of the ABC NH/VT Board of Directors since 2014.
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work, and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
(Concord, NH) North Branch Construction’s dedication to jobsite safety includes the implementation of a Safety Fine Program on all of their projects. The North Branch Safety Fine Program was developed in 2005 with the intent to increase hazard recognition, reduce risk of injury, and create an overall safer working environment for all personnel working on North Branch construction sites. At a minimum, it requires subcontractors, as well as North Branch’s own employees, to abide by the OSHA Construction Industry Regulations at all times. When safety violations are observed, it is North Branch’s objective to correct them immediately. Consequently, North Branch warrants safety fines for any repeat violations.
North Branch Construction continues to raise the bar for construction jobsite safety in addition to the Safety Fine Program by performing random jobsite inspections and obtaining OSHA 30-Hour Certification for all of their Project Managers and Project Superintendents. This diligence has led to North Branch once again obtaining the lowest EMR of all 33 members of the Workers’ Compensation Self-Assurance Group, with which the firm is affiliated. North Branch also reported zero OSHA Log 300 recordable injuries for 2016.
At the end of each year, North Branch donates all proceeds from the Safety Fine Program to the non-profit charities and organizations that they work with. This year, North Branch donated the proceeds to Mascoma Community Healthcare. North Branch is currently working on the new flagship Mascoma Community Health Center in Canaan, NH.
(Canaan, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has completed roofing and windows of the new Mascoma Community Health Center Medical Facility in Canaan, NH, making the building weather-tight in time for winter. Siding and mechanical roughs have begun. The new single-story, 13,280 square foot facility is located at the corner of Roberts Road and Route 4 and will serve the communities of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, and Orange. This comprehensive primary care facility is the flagship location for the new community owned and operated Mascoma Community Health Center.
The building will contain several exam rooms, offices, a pharmacy, phlebotomy lab, and nurse triage, and will provide many services including general exams, dentistry, radiography, behavioral health, bariatrics, nutrition and diabetes education, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Construction is expected to be complete by Spring 2017. Design for the project is provided by Stratton Brook Associates of West Simsbury, CT.