People and Property: Real Estate and Construction News Roundup

Fulcrum to build student housing, Brookstone completes senior center … and more

A contract to construct a 200-bed private student housing project for Orion Student Housing at 25-35 Main St. in Durham has been awarded to Fulcrum Associates of Amherst.

The project involves rehabilitation of existing houses at 25 and 35 Main St., demolishing existing houses at 27 and 29 Main St., demolishing a barn at the rear of the site, constructing two new houses fronting on Main Street, constructing two new buildings, one fronting on Main Street and one to the rear of the site.

DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth provided design services and Allen and Major of Manchester provided civil engineering services for the project.


Fulcrum also recently broke ground for a new 2,550-square-foot medical office building at 2 Washington Place in Bedford. The building will provide space for the practice of Dr. Daniel Sterling, currently located in Manchester.

Dignard Architectural Services of New Boston provided design services while Meridian Land Services of Amherst provided civil engineering services.


Brookstone Builders Inc., Manchester, recently completed construction of a new senior center for the town of Hudson.

The project involved building a two-story, wood-framed structure at 19 Kimball Hill Rd., which is part of the former Benson’s Wild Animal Park site. The 9,200 square-foot facility features two function rooms, a kitchen, offices and community space, as well as a suite outfitted for the Hudson Community Television Access Center.

Mark Gemmiti was Brookstone’s project manager, and Warrenstreet Architects of Concord served as architects.


GZA GeoEnvironmental is relocating its Manchester office to newly expanded office space at 5 Commerce Park North in Bedford

The second-floor office space will almost double the size of the existing office and allow for the continued growth of GZA’s core service areas including environmental, geotechnical, ecology, water resources and construction management, the company said.

John C. Murphy of Derry and a senior principal at GZA serves as GZA’s Northern New England District Office Manager.


Frank Wells, senior shareholder and chairman of the board at engineering firm Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Manchester, has been elected chairman of the University of New Hampshire-Manchester advisory board. Wells has served on the board since 2007 and on several other University of New Hampshire committees, including the UNH Manchester Campus Expansion Planning Committee, the UNH Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the UNH Advocacy Council and the UNH Manchester Strategic Positioning Advisory Committee.


Kathleen H. Bergeron of Portsmouth-based Bergeron Commercial Appraisal has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s MAI membership designation, which is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation of commercial real estate.


Nobis Engineering Inc., Concord, has announced that James Ricker has joined the firm to provide senior project management and program management experience to Nobis' State and Municipal and Commercial/Institutional teams.

Ricker has 25 years of experience as a technical, management and business development professional in the environmental consulting, engineering, sustainability and construction industries.


North Branch Construction Inc., Concord, has completed construction of the new Interventional Spine Medicine office in Plaistow. The project involved renovation of a 3,300-square-foot home built in 1920. Plans included a 1,400-square-foot addition to the back of the house and all new HVAC and electrical systems, as well as a new elevator.

The design/build project was designed by Dennis Mires P.A., The Architects of Manchester.


Curtis Boivin has joined the staff of Warrenstreet Architects, Concord, as technical director. With nearly 17 years experience, in his most recent role he acted as principal architect on federal, municipal and commercial projects. He also designed and developed an award winning sustainable development in Newmarket and energy-efficiency standards in renovations of the New Hampshire Army National Guard armories.


NAI Norwood Group has added Bill Wagner to its Portsmouth office. A former seven-term city councilor, Wagner has real estate experience as a tenant, property owner, public servant and has participated in the permitting and building of two office buildings at Pease International Tradeport and various other projects on the Seacoast.


Jewett Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors, a Scarborough, Maine-based division of Jewett Construction Co., Raymond, N.H., has begun construction of an addition at Pratt & Whitney’s Berwick, Maine facility. Working under contract with PM Construction of Saco, Maine, JMB is erecting a 19,500-square-foot pre-engineered metal building and mezzanine.

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