(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.
(Hanover, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord recently completed major renovation work on the mechanical system at Dartmouth College’s Bartlett Hall. This fast-track project included the removal of all steam radiation in the building and conversion to an all hot water system. This type of heating system is being considered for implementation campus-wide and Bartlett Hall was selected as the pilot project.
The new heating system is comprised of an Energy Transfer Station (ETS) Skid manufactured by the German company Danfoss, and is the very first of its kind to be used in North America. The system had to be rigged into the basement of a building built in 1890. This project was completed on time and below budget.
Built in 1890, Bartlett Hall houses the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (DAMELL) as well as the Arts & Humanities Resource Center. Engineering for the project was provided by Rist-Frost-Shumway, Inc. of Laconia, NH.
(Lebanon, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has completed the construction of a new two-story bus terminal for Dartmouth Coach on Labombard Road in Lebanon. The steel and wood-framed terminal built on the site of a former auto dealership includes offices for management on the second floor and an architectural steel clear story with post and beam trusses over the waiting room. An initial blower door test of the structure resulted in an impressive rating of 0.13CFM50/SF. As it currently stands, the building is already a very tight building and well within the range considered to be high performance. The final blower door test is expected to put the building within ultra-tight performance standards.
This new facility will provide expanded parking and service options to Dartmouth Coach passengers in addition to the company’s existing location on Etna Road. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 17th and the facility is expected to be in full operation by December 1st. Design for the project was provided by Sheldon Pennoyer Architects, PLLC of Concord.
(Various, NH & MA) North Branch Construction of Concord has recently completed several projects for one of the largest energy providers on the east coast (specific company and location information has been omitted for security purposes) including the major renovation and electrical upgrades of a facility that involved a complete multi-floor renovation of offices and an Operations Center and a new Electrical Room.
Ongoing work at several other facilities includes interior renovations of an additional Operations Center at an existing facility, and renovations to provide additional space for offices, conference rooms, storage, and loading, as well as to eliminate congestion on nearby public roadways caused by the company’s delivery and repair vehicles.
Designs were provided by MBA International Architects of Melrose, MA and by Udelsman Associates of Hollis, NH.