John O. Morton BuildingNorth Branch Construction was awarded this addition and renovations project as low bidder of eight bidding General Contractors. The John O. Morton Building, located on Hazen Drive in Concord, NH and owned by the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation, received renovations to the existing 97,200-square-foot building and a 15,000-square-foot, 3-story addition. Construction included a skylight enclosure over the existing 3,000-square-foot courtyard. Renovations included all new finishes (painting, carpeting, ceilings, specialties) as well as all new mechanical and electrical systems. Business has continued as usual at the John O. Morton Building throughout construction. The project was broken into three phases and the facility remained occupied during construction.
Construction began with the erection of a temporary wall on the second floor, prior to the removal of the precast concrete panels from the side of the building. The massive panels were removed with the help of a crane. Phase I of the renovations on the existing building as well as the addition were completed 2.5 weeks ahead of schedule, including a new heating and air conditioning system, new offices, and all new finishes. Phase II was completed one week ahead of schedule. Phase III was completed on schedule despite over 120 owner-generated change orders for the project. Dennis Mires, the Architects, PA is the Architect for the $7.4 million project. North Branch Construction was awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Award in the Institutional Over $2 million Category for this project.