People and Property: NH Real Estate and Construction News Rundown

VHB acquires Johnson Company, Plan NH offers housing assistance grants … and more

Todd Hanson, an architect with JSA Inc., Portsmouth, has been named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. The honor, awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession, was conferred on Hanson in recognition of his work of promoting the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice. He will be honored in June at an investiture ceremony at the 2019 National AIA Convention in Las Vegas in June, as well as at AIA New Hampshire’s 2019 Design Awards March 28 at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester.

Portsmouth-based JSA Inc. recently renovated the interiors at Benchmark Senior Living’s New Pond Village, a 30-year-old senior living community in Walpole, Mass. Work included an extensive renovation of the lower-level amenity spaces, including all dining areas, bistro, bar, fitness center, salon and activity room.


The next round of applications for Plan NH’s Municipal Technical Assistance Grant program are due May 6. The program provides competitive funding to communities that are looking to expand their housing options. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 and are for hiring a consultant to assist in identifying housing needs, reviewing current zoning, and rewriting or creating new zoning to support what is needed.

A cash match of 25 percent is required, as is community participation in the program.

For more information about the program, visit


Engraving, Awards & Gifts, Laconia, recently exhibited its ceremonial product lines at the National Association of Homebuilders 75th annual International Builders Show held Feb. 19-21 in Las Vegas. The EAG booth showcased the company’s construction-themed products, including gold shovels, chrome shovels and ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors.


VHB, a Watertown, Mass.-based civil engineering firm, has acquired The Johnson Company, a 30-person environmental science and engineering firm that has offices in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. VHB will maintain Johnson Company’s Montpelier, Vt., location, but Johnson Company employees in New Hampshire and Maine will join VHB’s Bedford and South Portland, Maine, offices and the firm’s Glen Kirkpatrick and Guy Vaillancourt will join VHB as principals.


Attorney Megan C. Carrier, a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney, been named to the board of directors if NeighborWorks Southern NH, which leads reinvestment and reinvigoration efforts in neighborhoods throughout Manchester and southern New Hampshire.


Three new agents have recently joined Ruffner Real Estate, Exeter: Hali Vieira, Michael Bythewood and Paul Tarnowski.


Ellen Mulligan, a real estate agent affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Center Harbor, has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite award, which recognizes the top 1 percent. In addition, her colleague Bruno Coppola has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society Award, and Bob Williams and Danielle McIntosh, also of the Center Harbor office, have been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society award.

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