People and Property: Real Estate and Construction News From Around NH
Home sales volume rises on Seacoast, Roche Realty adds sales associate … and more
Single-family real estate sales on the Seacoast surged in May, with the Seacoast Board of Realtors reporting the most closed sales since October 2021. While the 89 transactions were just one more sale than in May 2021, there were 92 pending sales, the most for May since 2016. The median price of $650,000 is up $25,000 from last year, although well off the year’s high of $682,500 set in March. There were yearly highs in all categories of homes sold, except for those priced less than $400,000, in which only five sales were reported. But there were 17 $1 million-dollar-plus sales, the fifth straight new monthly record for that category. For the year, single-family sales are off 19.6 percent, while the median for the first five months of 2022 is $638,000, up 7.2 percent from 2021.
Concord-based engineering firm Nobis Group recently awarded scholarships to two 2022 high school graduates: Morgan Bellavance of Methuen (Mass.) High School and Alyssa Graber of Lebanon (NH) High School. Bellavance and Graber are pursuing higher education in the fields of biomedical engineering and environmental science, respectively.
The eagerly anticipated 165,000-square-foot Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center at Dartmouth College has been completed, meeting the “acute” need for engineering and computer science research space. The project – the largest in Dartmouth’s history, according to Boston-based architectural firm HGA – is a four-story building with an enclosed mechanical penthouse above three floors of below-grade parking for 337 cars and a central loading dock. The building also connects to the existing Thayer Engineering complex on multiple levels, doubling its size to accommodate an increased faculty count. Firms taking part in the project included VanZelm Engineers, LeMessurier, Engineering Ventures, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, interior design firm Mohar Design, Cabanaigh Tocci and Acentech.
McFarland Johnson, a Binghamton, N.Y.-based engineering firm with offices in 10 states – including one in Concord and another in New Hampshire – has been selected by Zweig Group, an independent outlet advising the infrastructure industry, for two 2022 Best Firms To Work For Awards, which honor outstanding workplaces at architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout North America.