North Branch Construction Erects Steel for National Guard Field Maintenance Shop in Hooksett


(Hooksett, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord is nearing completion of structural steel erection on site of the new $9.9m New Hampshire Army National Guard (NHARNG) Field Maintenance Shop in Hooksett, NH. This facility, located along Route 3, consists of a 27,200-square-foot field maintenance building and a 2,435-square-foot storage shed. The field maintenance building includes 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. Masonry, framing, and roofing are ongoing and the building is expected to be enclosed and weather-tight over the next month. A directional boring across Route 3 has brought water service to the building which, along with all other utilities, should be installed this fall.

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 facility is being constructed to achieve Silver Level LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Several sustainable construction techniques and materials have been and will be incorporated throughout construction to accomplish this. Over 11,000 cubic yards of ledge were blasted earlier this year and 100% of the material will be processed and recycled for use onsite. The building will feature an advanced building envelope expected to achieve high-performance blower door testing results as well as a PVA solar panel system.

The architect for this project is Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects located in Burlington, VT.

Posted in Current Projects, Municipal, news

North Branch Construction Completes Fire Reconstruction at Dartmouth College’s Morton Hall

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(Hanover, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has completed the fast-track total gut renovation of the four-story Morton Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College and students have begun moving in. Morton Hall is one of four dormitories that make up the East Wheelock cluster on campus. Following a four-alarm fire that occurred at the dormitory in October 2016 leaving the facility uninhabitable, North Branch Construction was hired to perform the extensive reconstruction of the building based on the firm’s experience with disaster recovery. The College took the opportunity of the gut renovation to incorporate a new layout into the dormitory, increasing the number of beds from 67 to 84, incorporating two new central common areas on each floor, and installing an elevator. Harriman Associates of Portland, ME provided design for the project.

Posted in Academic Residential & Dormitories, Multi-Unit Housing, news

North Branch Construction Begins Addition and Renovation at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living

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(Sunapee, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has begun work on the $4 million addition and renovation at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living located along Route 11 in Sunapee, NH. Sunapee Cove is a lakeside community offering comprehensive wellness services to its elderly residents, provided in the comfort and privacy of their own apartments. Owned by HallKeen Assisted Living Communities, the facility also offers short-term respite care services for recovery after hospital stays and illnesses.

North Branch Construction will add a two-story, 14,000-square-foot addition and renovate portions of the existing four-story, 31,000-square-foot building. The addition will provide Sunapee Cove with a new Memory Care unit, expanding the facility’s offerings to include specialized care for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The addition will also have a new community room, health services area, and lounge. The existing building will receive renovations to current independent and assisted living units, the dining room, nursing station, arts and crafts studio, and beauty salon, and will add a new nursing station and convert some common areas into additional Memory Care units.

This project will increase the number of individual residential units from 42 to a mix of 53 independent, assisted living, and memory care units. Outdoor spaces will be improved to provide patios and walkways to Lake Sunapee. The residences will remain partially occupied throughout construction, which will be phased to allow residents to vacate and occupy specific areas of the building as they become available.

The Architectural Team of Chelsea, MA is providing design for the project, which is expected to be complete by fall 2018.

Posted in Elderly & Assisted Living, Multi-Unit Housing, news

North Branch Construction Announces New HR Generalist and Project Superintendent


(Concord, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord is pleased to announce its recent hire of Rebecca White and Kenneth Rimm. White joins the firm in the newly-created position of Human Resources Generalist and Rimm as Project Superintendent.

White has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, specializing in employer/employee benefits, client implementation, payroll, and customer service. Having worked within several industries including healthcare staffing, PEO, and manufacturing, White brings a diverse skillset to her new role for the company.

Rimm is an Army veteran and graduate of Eastern Maine Technical College with over 40 years of construction experience as both an Estimator and Project Superintendent, specializing in high-end residential homes and light commercial construction. Rimm has completed projects throughout New Hampshire and Maine, and previously owned his own framing, roofing, and siding company for twelve years. His first assignment with North Branch Construction will be supervising the firm’s major addition and renovation at the Sunapee Cove Assisted Living facility in Sunapee, NH.

Posted in Miscellaneous, news

North Branch Construction Completes New Center for Art + Design for Colby-Sawyer College

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(New London, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has completed construction of the new Center for Art + Design on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College. The new, 15,000-square-foot, single-story facility features a state-of-the-art black box theater, outdoor sculpture garden, studios for ceramics, sculpture, painting, and graphic design, along with faculty offices and support areas. The Center will be home to the new Davidow Fine Art Gallery, with views of Mount Kearsarge, which will offer national and international, museum-quality exhibitions and opportunities for students’ and professional artists’ artwork to be displayed.

The purpose for the Center for Art + Design is to unify the instructional, performance, and exhibit spaces essential to the College’s art program into one facility. The building is located at the south end of the core campus as part of a developing academic quad, near the Silver Level LEED Certified Windy Hill School, an early childhood laboratory school built by North Branch Construction in 2010. Colby-Sawyer will host its inaugural exhibition at the Center in October during the College’s Homecoming week.

Design for the new Center for Art + Design was provided by The S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, CT.

Posted in Institution & Education, Miscellaneous, news, Non-Profit, Recreational Facilities

North Branch Construction Completes New Mascoma Community Health Center


(Canaan, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord has completed construction of the new Mascoma Community Health Center in Canaan, NH. The new single-story, 13,280-square-foot facility is located at the corner of Roberts Road and Route 4 and is now welcoming patients from the communities of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, and Orange. The center contains several exam rooms, offices, a pharmacy, phlebotomy lab, and nurse triage; and will provide many much-needed services to the area including general exams, dentistry, radiography, behavioral health, bariatrics, nutrition and diabetes education, and physical therapy and rehabilitation. This comprehensive primary care facility is the flagship location for the new community owned and operated Mascoma Community Healthcare, Inc.

Mascoma Community Healthcare is a non-profit organization developed with a mission to promote health in its communities with a health center that draws local resources together to provide personal, affordable, accessible, and quality care. The location of the new facility accommodates many communities that are not in close proximity to comprehensive medical care services. Stratton Brook Associates of West Simsbury, CT provided design for this project.

Posted in Commercial, Medical & Dental, news, Non-Profit

North Branch Construction Begins Shooter’s Outpost Addition

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North Branch Construction of Concord has begun construction of an addition to Shooter’s Outpost located within the iconic log cabin on Route 3, Hooksett Road in Hooksett, NH. The retail store offers a large selection of firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, tactical apparel, safes, and more. The over-14,000-square-foot, three-level addition will double the size of the existing building, and feature high-vaulted ceilings and exposed interior beams. The addition will be made of structural steel with real log siding and corners. The new space will provide a new display area, increased retail space, a café with commercial kitchen, employee offices, new bathrooms, and inventory storage. Cowan and Goudreau Architects of Concord are providing design for the project.

The Shooter’s Outpost addition is North Branch Construction’s second project currently underway on Route 3 in Hooksett. Earlier this year, the firm began construction of the new $9.9m New Hampshire Army National Guard (NHARNG) Field Maintenance Shop located less than a mile up the road from Shooter’s Outpost.

Posted in Commercial, Firing Ranges, Manufacturing & Office, news, Retail & Showrooms

North Branch Construction Completes Renovation of Concord Coach Corporate Offices

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North Branch Construction has completed the renovation of Concord Coach’s Corporate Offices and Maintenance Facility located on Langdon Street in Concord, NH. The existing office and storage space within the building was renovated to create new offices, including all new window, mechanical, and electrical systems. The renovated facility also features a new training room, new conference room, and a new fitness room.

This newly-renovated facility will accommodate the growth and expansion of Concord Coach Lines, Inc. Udelsman Associates of Hollis, NH provided design for this project.

Posted in Commercial, Manufacturing & Office, news

North Branch Construction Employees Recognized at ABC Safety Awards & Future Leaders Graduation Ceremony

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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.

Posted in Awards, Miscellaneous, news, Safety

North Branch Construction Celebrates 20th Anniversary as Energy Star Partner

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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.

Posted in Commercial, Miscellaneous, news, Sustainable Construction, USGBC LEED Certified Projects