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XSS Hotels and PROCON Receive 2017 EBC Brownfields Project of the Year Award

2017-06-16 | Chelsea , MA

On June 8, 2017, XSS Hotels and PROCON of Manchester, NH were honored with the 2017 Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) Award for Brownfields.  Local leaders, environmental officials, and guests packed the Marriott Copley Place Ballroom in Boston for the 27th annual awards event. The award was given in recognition for Urban Brownfields redevelopment of the 145 Beech Street site resulting in the newly opened Hilton Homewood Suites. The upscale Hotel is owned by XSS Hotels who selected PROCON as the designer and builder.

Historically speaking, the site was occupied by the American Barrel Company until it was destroyed by fire in 1974, along with several surrounding blocks of property. It became home to the Lawrence Metal Forming Company in 1986 and was acquired by the City of Chelsea in 1999.  After becoming the City’s property, it was designated untouchable for development due to contaminated soils. The Beech Street site remained vacant for 14 years until XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH acquired the 1.2-acre parcel of land for redeveloping with a proposed hotel.

For Chelsea, the prospect of a new hotel represented a welcome economic boost for the city and the promise of increased future development of the Beech Street area. As a result, a Bay State task force conducted by leading environmental organizations focused their combined efforts towards an extensive cleanup.

With a redevelopment agreement in hand and a vigorous soils abatement process underway, PROCON’s in-house architectural team set about designing an 116,390 SF LEED certified hotel. PROCON joined their efforts with the City and environmental officials by partnering with them on the clean-up efforts as part of the construction process.

On March 15, 2017, all the hard work paid off with the opening of the Hilton Homewood Suites and effectively paved the way for additional developments in the future. XSS Hotels Development Partner Christine Thomas accepted the award on behalf of the developer. She stated, “We are honored to receive this award. It was a journey for us all – a collaborative effort by so many who were dedicated to the outcome, which was the redevelopment of the site. For Chelsea, for the neighborhood and for us, it has been a win-win situation, and we are proud to have been part of it all.”

PROCON Co-President James A. Loft, who also attended the gala event, later commented, “It was tremendous to be a part of reclaiming a site that really did not have a future. This project represented a milestone for Chelsea, and we were excited to be a key part of helping them rebuild their City. Our goal in the bigger picture was to protect the public and make it a safe, usable environment. I am really proud that we were able to achieve this.”

Each year the EBC recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishment in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards Celebration. These awards were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organization’s and environmental professional to serve as role models for others to emulate and, in doing do, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

Jet Aviation Soars with New Aircraft Hangar Opening in Bedford, MA

2017-06-14 | Bedford , MA

On June 8, 2017, Jet Aviation of America was joined by partners, local dignitaries and business officials in a grand opening celebration for a new 40,000 SF hangar and fixed-base operation (FBO) at their Boston/Bedford location. The ultra-modern hangar and FBO was designed by SAA Architects and Design of Iselin, NJ and Manchester, NH-based design-build firm PROCON was the construction manager on the project. In a prime location positioned only 20 miles from Boston, the hangar and FBO will serve customers in the Greater Boston area.

Arriving guests were greeted by a pristine and brightly-finished hangar outfitted with refreshment tables for the occasion and back-dropped by sleek shiny aircraft. The evening’s program was opened by Jet Aviation President Robert E. Smith, who welcomed the attendees and commended the community partnerships and project team whose efforts made the facility possible. He stated, “As we celebrate our new FBO and hangar facility 23 years after we began operations at Hanscom Airport, we hope you will see Jet Aviation’s growing dedication, not only to this region, but also to delivering premium services to our customers in business aviation around the world.”

The new facility is comprised of the hangar space capable of handling larger private/corporate aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650 and a Global 6000. The structure also includes a 16,000 SF office and shop space, and a two-story, 13,000 SF contemporary FBO, to serve the needs of passengers/crews. Travelers and crew members alike will enjoy an FBO waiting area equipped with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, access to an executive conference room, and a crew lounge. A refreshment center and snack area for breakfast and lunch options will also be available.

Business partners and attendees expressed their excitement about the potential of the area’s latest private aircraft facility. Among them were representatives from Essex Aviation Group – an aviation consultation firm based in Portsmouth, NH. Company executives Lee Rohde and Tom Mitchell were quick to point out the positive benefits saying, “The value of the new hangar and FBO facility we feel is tremendous.  Private aircraft are in many instances physically larger than in past years and the ability for our clients to experience efficient FBO operations and to have access to hangar protection for their aircraft, particularly here in the Northeast, is paramount.”

The Vice President of FBO Operations North America for Jet Aviation John Langevin, explained it in marked terms, “This facility has become a real game changer for this airport. It’s a 40,000 SF free span facility, and with the larger cabin-class aircraft entering the market, we feel that this is a game changer for us. Also, the hangar is 90% sold already just because of what our team has built here.”

A Milestone Moment
The hangar’s construction journey included a milestone marking the half-way point of the project. On September 12, 2016, workers, officials and project leadership were awed as the mammoth-sized 285,000-pound steel truss (to span the back of the hangar) was hoisted into position. It took two weeks for Massport in partnership with the contractors, erectors, designers, and engineers, to develop the logistics to support the tandem crane lift-assisted venture. The procedure was hazardous, but the spectacular sight of 300 feet long by 20 feet tall truss swinging into position was a momentous achievement felt by all.

A Green Facility
From the start, sustainability was an important issue, and sustainable elements were incorporated into the LEED Silver design. The structure was built in compliance with USGBC requirements, which includes high-efficiency HVAC systems, low-flow plumbing low-VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives, LED lighting and more. The results are an energy-efficient structure with a minimal carbon footprint.

The Process
Phase I of the two-phased project commenced in late 2015 with the installation of an access road and two parking lots. Phase II consisted of the 40,000 SF hangar space and 13,000 SF FBO to accommodate the needs of Jet Aviation customers. Additional improvements included the 92,000 SF ramp and apron upgrade, and the exterior was finished with new pavement and landscaping.

A Timely Solution
Hanscom Field is the largest general aviation facility in New England, and hangar space demand has soared in recent years as private air traffic has increased resulting in waiting lists for storage space. Jet Aviation’s new facility is ready to meet that demand by providing a best-in-class facility for its returning clients and ready to welcome new clients from the Greater Boston area. 

Lee Rohde voiced the sentiments of many of the attendees when he said, “Its size and architectural design has clearly made it the centerpiece among other hangars surrounding it and truly is a magnificent structure.  In the coming years, we fully expect to provide Jet Aviation many opportunities to extend their aviation services to our clients.”

Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 4,500 employees cater to client needs from more than 20 facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions, and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 250 aircraft. For more information visit:  https://www.jetaviation.com/bedford.

Jet Aviation Officials L-R
V.P. FBO Operations North America John Langevin  , Hanscom Field Director Sharon Williams, Jet Aviation President Robert E. Smith, Senior V.P. and General Manager of Regional Operations USA David Paddock.

New Hampshire Development Partners Receive Prestigious Worcester WBDC Award

2017-05-19 | Worcester , MA

On May 16, 2017, XSS Hotels Managing Partners Leo Xarras and Mark Stebbins were honored with the 2017 Robert S. Bowditch Economic Development Award by the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC). The award was presented to them for their impact on Worcester’s economic development over the last 20 years.

Leo Xarras, who is also the Chairman of Colwen Hotel Management of Portsmouth, NH and Mark Stebbins - CEO and Chairman of PROCON in Manchester, NH accepted the award at Worcester’s CitySquare Plaza. The heavily attended ceremony was officiated by WBDC Chair John Merrill and President and CEO Craig L. Blais. Mayor Joseph M. Petty was present along with numerous City business leaders, officials, and well-wishers.

As Craig Blais presented the award, he cited the two decades of economic impact made by XSS Hotels in their City. “Leo and Mark are not just your typical developers. They are both huge supporters of the communities in which they do business.” Craig described how their development of hotels, support of the community and influence on other businesses is a key factor in the ongoing development of the Greater Worcester area.

Today, Gateway Park is an acclaimed academic and engineering and technology hub, but 22-years ago it was a parcel of contaminated land. Before passage of the Massachusetts Brownfields Act of 1998, XSS Hotels decided to take a chance on the contaminated site. In partnership with the Central Mass Economic Development Authority, they built the 134-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which launched the development of Gateway Park.

The success of the Gateway Park led to XSS Hotels constructing additional hotels to include the Residence Inn by Marriott on Plantation Street and the Hilton Hampton Inn and Suites on Prescott Street. And, in 2016 they began work on the 168-room AC Hotel by Marriott that is currently under construction at 125 Front Street across from CitySquare. The European-styled boutique hotel is expected to open in early 2018. 

In a brief acceptance speech, Mark Stebbins said, “We have been incredibly impressed with the support that Worcester has given us on every project we have taken on here.” He went on to express his appreciation for the business partners whose behind-the-scenes efforts and financial support have made it possible. Mark said that approximately 80% of their hotels are staffed by Worcester residents and concluded his acceptance with gratitude for their work. “They are amazing; they really care about what they do and work hard to make the hotels a success.”

The prestigious award is given annually in the memory of Robert Bowditch a founding member of the WBDC. The recipients are selected each year based on Mr. Bowditch’s expectation for success in economic development.  

Jiten Hotel Management and PROCON Partner on Home2 Suites by Hilton Walpole, MA

2017-04-17 | Walpole , MA

Construction work is underway on a new Home2 Suites by Hilton in Walpole. Jiten Hotel Management (JHM) of Brockton, MA teamed up again with long-time partner PROCON of Manchester, NH, who is the designer and construction manager for the 67,340 SF hotel. Home2 Suites is making its debut in the Bay State and is Hilton’s first new brand launch in 30-years. The hotel is off Route 1, eighteen miles southwest of Boston and less than a mile from Gillette Stadium – home of the New England Patriots Football team.

Home2 Suites is a mid-scale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel designed for savvy, cost-conscious travelers seeking longer stay accommodations. The newest Hilton brand is known for its signature fusion of innovative, thoughtful design and contemporary comfort. Its distinctive features include a lighted glass rooftop beacon, an adjacent single-story swimming pool, a Spin2 Cycle laundry/fitness room combo and an expansive community space. The exterior will offer a barbeque pit patio area for guests to cook on the grill or relax together.

The 4-story, 118 king and double-queen guestrooms will all contain another of the brand’s unique features known as the “working wall,” a kitchenette-to-desk-to-closet component along the same wall. Also included in each room is a state-of-the-art kitchen with a sink, full-sized refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave, and a coffee maker.

Arriving guests will be welcomed by an attractive trellis-covered entrance flanked by a seating area and fire pit. Inside, the first-floor design centers around the “Oasis” - a community gathering space that emerges from the front desk into a comfy and brightly decorated seating area.  A host of other complimentary amenities will be offered, such as a 24/7 sundries market, a 600 SF meeting room, breakfast buffet area, and a 24/7 business center that will include complimentary WiFi. Parking will be available for 118 vehicles.

Walpole is a quaint New England town characterized by steeple-topped churches, parks, tree-lined streets, locally-owned shops and farm-to-table restaurants. Guests of the Home2 Suites will be able to enjoy a “taste” of the town’s local charm. Additionally, the hotel’s proximity to Gillette Stadium will provide football enthusiasts and concert fans with a convenient and affordable option for their accommodations needs.

Preliminary site work began in January 2017 with the preparation of the soils followed by foundation placement that was completed in March. The exterior design is a combination of Hardi panels, Ground-Face CMU and Nichiha cement siding. Current work includes the installation of structural steel. The project is expected to be complete in late 2017.

Over the past 20-years, Jiten Hotel Management has evolved into one of the top hotel management companies in New England, providing hands-on development services and hotel management excellence. The company is focused on delivering customer satisfaction typified by personalized touches and warm greetings that exceed expectations while delivering a memorable guest experience.

PROCON Partners again with Child and Family Services on Third Annual SleepOut

2017-04-04 | Manchester , NH

Almost nothing is as attention-getting as a group of people hunkered down outside on a frosty night. Unquestionably, that was the intended message of Child and Family Services SleepOut on March 24. Child and Family Services (CFS) joined with prominent New Hampshire business leaders, friends and supporters at the Stanton Plaza in Manchester to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth. Among the attendees were New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and longtime supporters, PROCON Owner’s Mark and Sally Stebbins.

The annual CFS SleepOut raises funds and community consciousness of homeless and at-risk youth by sleeping on the ground outside in a spirit of solidarity.  President/CEO of Child and Family Services Borja Alvarez de Toledo shared the significance of this year’s campaign, which at first appeared disheartening because it did not receive federal funding for the Street Outreach Program. (CFS is the only agency with an Outreach Program that actively seeks out homeless kids in the streets) However, not easily deterred, they rallied quickly and as Borja put it, “We were very clear when we knew we would not be receiving the funds that we would not give up.”

Their efforts paid off, and Borja proudly announced that thanks to the generosity of their many supporters, $182,000 was raised for the cause. He continued, “The beauty of a fundraiser like this is that every single dollar is going to provide services for the youth, including survival aid for the winter. It also provides substance abuse services, housing and education – all the things that will enable these kids to have a future.”

The future is filled with possibilities for kids like “Max,” whose story was recounted at the event. Max was thrown out of his home on Memorial Day, 2016 after years of abusive behavior that included being locked up in a 10x10 room with the windows nailed shut. After finding out about CFS, he received support and kindness, which he said, “seemed too good to be true.” With the help of CFS, Max got his life on track and has been accepted to two colleges.

PROCON Owner’s Mark and Sally Stebbins are CFS’s longest standing corporate sponsors with over 25-years championing their cause in the community. In fact, it was PROCON’s donation last year, which facilitated the much needed renovation of their Lincoln Street building. The new center that opened in fall 2016 was named the Katherine and Herbert Stebbins Youth Resource Center as a tribute to the Stebbins’ family’s longstanding contributions. This year, they presented CFS with a $20,000 check on behalf of the Stebbins Family and PROCON.

The Youth Resource Center provides food, clothing, laundry, showers, and a computer lab. They also offer crucial services such as educational advocacy, mental health counseling, housing support, job skill training, and substance abuse treatment. Beyond that, Child and Family Services puts “boots on the ground” with a street outreach program that goes out to the parking lots, under the bridges, etc. and finds homeless youth.

Countless homeless and at-risk youth have benefitted from the spectrum of life-changing services offered by Child and Family Services.

This year, over 70 “sleepers” participated in the event, with eight of them representing PROCON. Steve Kanavich, Jimmy Lehoux and Tom Haubrich returned to the event and were joined by Christal Vandecar, Neil Billings, Deb Billings and Jen Bowles.  “Sleep time” commenced at 11:00 pm Friday night and concluded at 6:00 am Saturday morning.

Child and Family Services’ mission is to end youth homelessness by 2020. 

Stroudwater Lodge Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

2017-04-03 | Westbrook , ME

It was standing room only at Stroudwater Lodge Senior Living as Northbridge Companies and the Sandy River Company welcomed local dignitaries, partners, residents and friends to its grand opening. PROCON of Manchester, NH was the Construction Manager and Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, ME designed the building. Stroudwater Lodge is located off Spring Street with quick access to I-95 and is minutes from downtown Portland.

As attendees took in the elegantly designed common area enjoying assorted Hors d'oeuvres prepared by the executive chef, Northbridge Companies President Wendy Nowokunski opened the event. She thanked the many partners whose collaborative efforts made it all possible and stated “We are so thrilled to welcome so many wonderful new residents to Stroudwater Lodge. The quality of this project and process truly exceeded our expectations.”

Jim Coughlin, CEO of Northbridge Companies thanked the City of Westbrook, the City Council, and many others who made the project possible, saying “Any project of this scale is a true team effort and we could not have done it without them.” He also thanked PROCON saying, “Have you ever seen a more beautiful community.”

This 90,848 SF state-of-the-art multi-level community features 95 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments with the option of independent or assisted living. The thoughtfully designed environment includes a robust selection of programs and services specific to older adults. Among the numerous amenities are a theatre, salon and barber shop, gourmet kitchen, pub and a fitness center. Planned group programs are also available for the residents to enjoy, such as computer, yoga or painting classes through the Artists in Residence Program.  Community members who like cooking may take classes with the executive chef.

Stroudwater’s design, with its gabled roof and A-framed entry, echoes the welcoming style of a Maine Lodge. The community sits on a 65-acre wooded campus adjacent to sister-community Avita of Stroudwater which opened in 2013 and focuses on memory care. Exterior elements feature manicured landscaping complete with comfortable seating and an outdoor patio with a fire pit. It also boasts approximately a mile of walking trails for resident’s that enjoy outdoor excursions. James Coughlin acknowledged, “It is a monumental task to create a community of this scale.”

Every contingency for comfort and convenience has been addressed at Stroudwater Lodge. A 24-hour specialized trained staff is equipped with all the tools to provide exceptional service. Additionally, all personnel undergoes an intensive memory care program that exceeds industry standards.

The opening of Stroudwater Lodge completes the Owner’s masterplan for adding three senior living communities to the Maine landscape in Brunswick, Wells, and Westbrook. In fact, the new communities could not have come at a greater time for multifamily housing.  According to David Schless, President of the American Seniors Housing Association, “With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the demographics are smiling on the senior housing market segment.”

That is good news for Northbridge and Sandy River, whose combined resources directly address the underserved senior living market while covering the full continuum of older adult care options. It’s also good news for Westbrook’s Stroudwater Lodge with 15% of the town’s population over 65 or older, according to a 2010 census.

The three combined communities have generated approximately 285 new jobs in the State of Maine. But, at the end of the day, the goal of Stroudwater Lodge and its sister communities, is to provide their residents with a thoughtful and caring place that they can call home.

Portwalk Place Phase III Achieves LEED Silver Certification

2017-03-30 | Manchester , NH

PROCON of Manchester, NH is proud to announce that in early 2017, Portwalk Phase III achieved LEED Silver certification. The development is comprised of the Hampton Inn & Suites and the Aria Residences. PROCON was the architect and construction manager for the project, which was the final phase of a nearly 400,000 SF, multi-phase enterprise consisting of hotels, condominiums, retail spaces and parking. Together, the mixed-use development occupies a city block in downtown Portsmouth. XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH developed the hotel portion and Boston-based Cathartes developed the apartment complex and parking garage.

The 79,486 SF Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel and the Aria Residences were completed in August and October, 2014 respectively. The hotel features 124 guest rooms including 24 suites, and the 151,885 SF Aria offers one and two-bedroom luxury apartments available in a variety of layouts.

The LEED program is an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that encourages a more sustainable approach to building design, construction, and operation. To be recognized as a LEED Silver certified building it must meet certain requirements in five categories as laid out by the USGBC. Those categories include sustainability, water efficiency, energy conservation, recycling initiatives and indoor air quality.

“We are pleased that Portwalk Place is recognized by LEED as an environmentally friendly, sustainable building,” said Portwalk Place Developer and Principal at Cathartes Jeff Johnston. “We will continue to look for ways to improve our operations from a sustainability viewpoint.”

Portwalk Place has reinvigorated the northern tier of downtown Portsmouth, and to date, it is the only live-work-play development of its kind in the State of New Hampshire.   

Four NH Firm's Dynamic Role in one of Greater Boston's Largest Projects

2017-03-07 | Hooksett , NH

Few may realize that four New Hampshire companies are strategic partners in the Assembly Row project - one of Greater Boston’s largest and most transformative developments in Somerville, MA. XSS Hotels, PROCON, Colwen Design and Purchasing and Colwen Hotel Management are the developers, design-build and management entities of the $140M Block 5A portion of the venture that is positioned between I-93 and the Mystic River. Hotel developer XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH, partnered with leading U.S. REIT Federal Realty of Bethesda, MD to develop the 13-story mixed-use property as part of the live-work-play campus featuring entertainment, upscale retailers, luxury residences, hotel and high-end eateries.

A Trailblazing Partnership
The “New Hampshire Four” at Assembly Row are no strangers to working together, and their successful partnership has a backstory. XSS Hotels emerged out of S&S Hotels established by Mark Stebbins and Mark Schleicher about 13 years earlier, to develop and manage hotels in the Northeast.  Their hard work and strong leadership quickly grew the company to 20 properties. By 2008 they were ready to expand their brand and partnered with Leo Xarras, owner of Colwen Hotels, whose premier hotel management services and trendy interior design team enriched the collaborative. Together, they formed XSS Hotels using their combined initials and are the only vertically-integrated hotel development team in the New England region.

Block 5A at Assembly Row
Assembly Row Block 5A is 315,000 SF of space that includes the 160-room 5-star Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, the 122 Alloy luxury condominiums, and 20,000 SF of upscale retail space. The hotel and retail areas are on floors 1-5, and 6-13 feature the residences with two upper penthouse levels. By the end of 2016 pre-sales of the Alloy condos were half sold, with prices ranging from $900,000 to $2M for the premium penthouses. As the Assembly Row neighborhood unfolds, the hotel, condominiums and retail spaces are strategically placed to offer deluxe hotel accommodations, and residences ideally located for commuters making the 3-mile trip to Boston’s financial area.

The Block 5A project is a seamless collaboration between the four New Hampshire companies, each supplying their industry expertise to take the building from the drawing board to completion. Recently, PROCON Owner and XSS Hotels Partner Mark Stebbins was asked what makes the partnership work. He replied, “It works because Leo and I own the hotels, and our combined resources make us one of a kind - meaning we do it all; land acquisition, design, interior design, management and loans, etc. and, we also run it after it opens.”

How the Partnerships Work
In actuality, the four companies work together like a well-oiled machine. Even as the “ink dries” on XSS Hotels’ development, banking and permitting processes, PROCON of Manchester, NH is already at work producing the architectural design and ramping up their operations team for the construction management services. In conjunction with that Colwen Design and Purchasing, with offices in Manchester NH and Chelsea, MA is already commissioning its interior design team for their stylish European-flavored interiors aimed at today’s design-led traveler. As the hotel goes up, Colwen Hotel Management begins the process of hiring an expert team of professionals sourced from both states to provide comprehensive management services.

Impactful Developers
Since their first collaboration in 1997 they have partnered on over 40 hotels in the Northeast with another 15 in various stages of construction or development. Their hospitality demographic extends from Maine to New Jersey as owners of some of the world’s best hospitality brands, including Hilton and Marriott. In fact, the vertically-integrated team has an instinct for selecting strategic sites for their hotels and has even played a role in re-urbanizing certain areas. One example of that is Chelsea, MA, where they own three hotels with a fourth in the works. One Chelsea City Official said, “I was here in the beginning stages, and it was a humble area before the hotel. This is fabulous and great for the Chelsea economy.”

The Reinvention of Portsmouth’s Downtown Area
XSS, Colwen, and PROCON have also left an indelible mark on the city of Portsmouth, NH. In 2014, the team completed Portwalk Place that was the final phase of a nearly 400,000 SF, multi-phase development, consisting of hotels, condominiums, retail spaces and parking occupying a City block. Portwalk Place has reinvigorated the northern tier of downtown Portsmouth, and to date, it is the only live-work-play development of its kind in the State of New Hampshire.

4,000 Keys and Counting
Together, the four companies have placed approximately 4,000 beds throughout the Northeast, but one of their most popular destination spots are two Patriot Place hotels - The Renaissance Hotel and the recently opened Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Both hotels are not only a stone’s throw from the stadium but also directly access the 1-million SF Patriot Place shopping mecca.

Introducing Something New
Always looking to broaden their portfolio and remain industry relevant, in early 2016 the team introduced a brand to the Northeast – AC Hotel Boston North at Station Landing in Medford MA, which is a Marriott-branded hotel of Spanish origin. It was quickly followed by a second AC Hotel at Cambridge Discovery Park the same year, with plans to open additional AC Hotels in Brookline, Worcester, MA and adjoining the Ink Block development in Boston’s South End.

Exciting Times for the New Hampshire Four
It is an exciting time for owner’s Leo Xarras and Mark Stebbins as progress is made on their largest and most ambitious project to date at Assembly Row. They are fresh off the January 2017 topping-off ceremony and expect completion by early 2018. And, given their instincts for smart hospitality choices, and scope of work, a dynamic role in the metamorphosis of a Greater Boston community is a fitting place to be. Their partnership tells a remarkable story about the possibilities when intuitive development and innovative design, meets quality construction and exceptional management. But, at the end of the day, they are customer-focused. In the words of Leo Xarras upon the opening of a recent hotel, “Our aim is to provide our guests with a first-rate lodging option and a memorable experience.”

Stroudwater Lodge Senior Living in Westbrook Welcomes its First Residents

2016-12-19 | Westbrook , ME

The newly completed 90,848 SF Stroudwater Lodge Senior Living community is open to residents. Northbridge Companies of Burlington, MA and The Sandy River Company of Portland, ME developed the project that is located at 116 Landing Road, just off Spring Street with quick access to I-95 and minutes from downtown Portland. PROCON of Manchester, NH was the Construction Manager and Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, ME designed the building.

The three-story, 95-apartment community offers luxury studio, one and two-bedroom apartments with the option of independent or assisted living. It is a thoughtfully designed environment offering a robust selection of convenient programs and services that work with the residents’ age, not against it. Onsite amenities include a theatre, salon and barber shop, gourmet kitchen, pub, fitness center, and an outdoor patio with a fire pit. Planned group programs are also available for the residents to enjoy, such as cooking classes with the executive chef, computer classes, yoga or even learning how to paint though the Artists in Residence program.

Stroudwater Lodge is an attractive community echoing the style of a Maine Lodge with gabled roofing, and a heavy timbered A-frame entry. Inside, the welcoming lobby features a stone veneer two-sided fireplace and concierge desk with a grand staircase leading to the 2nd floor mezzanine.  The property also boasts a mile of walking trails for outdoor excursions.

According to PROCON’s project manager there have been many favorable responses to the new community. He stated, “We have had compliments all around by everyone who has seen the final product. People love the property and they love the way it turned out.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Stroudwater Lodge to the Northbridge family.” Stated Wendy Nowokunski, President of Northbridge Companies. “The local Westbrook community has been so welcoming and we look forward to serving many local families and the greater Portland in the years to come.”

Stroudwater Lodge sits on a beautifully wooded 65-acre campus adjacent to the well-renowned Avita of Stroudwater which opened in 2013 and specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. The two communities cover the full continuum of senior living options and function as part of the larger Westbrook community with common areas for local events. Northbridge owns and manages three other senior living communities in Brunswick and Wells, ME. Together, the three new communities will generate 285 jobs in the state of Maine and directly address the current high demand for senior housing. 

XSS Hotels Cuts Ribbon on Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough Patriot Place

2016-12-16 | Foxborough , MA

Excitement filled the air as XSS Hotels Partners Leo Xarras and Mark Stebbins were joined at the Hilton Garden Inn ribbon cutting ceremony by Jonathan Kraft, President of The Kraft Group, Foxborough Town Manager William Keegan, Jr. and General Manager of Patriot Place Brian Earley. XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH is the owner and developer of the new hotel located at 27 Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA. PROCON, also of Manchester was the hotel’s designer and builder, and Colwen Hotel Management of Portsmouth, NH is providing comprehensive management services.

The hotel’s ideal location overlooks Gillette Stadium – home of the New England Patriots football team. This is the second hospitality property at Patriot Place by the Granite State’s vertically-integrated team of XSS Hotels, PROCON, and Colwen Hotel Management. The three companies previously collaborated on the neighboring Renaissance Hotel that opened in 2009.

William Keegan weighed in on the new hotel’s community impact. "This latest venture not only compliments their neighboring Renaissance, but another quality hotel to this location will help further support and grow our regional economy."  

An authentic and contemporary experience awaits guests of the new hotel featuring spacious king and queen guestrooms designed for maximum comfort and convenience. Thoughtfully planned amenities include an indoor pool, 24-7 sundries market, state-of-the-art fitness center, a boardroom, lounge/bar area, and a 24-7 business center. The 3,000 SF function room flows to an outdoor patio and is supported by a full-service kitchen and warming room for catering. While the total space is perfect for larger occasions, it can be subdivided into two smaller meeting rooms by an operable partition.

The 136-room hotel opened in November to sold-out occupancies and favorable public response. In particular, New England Patriots fans have an additional accommodation venue for the remainder of the 2016 football season. XSS Hotels Partner and PROCON CEO and Chairman Mark Stebbins pointed out, “The New England Patriots have proven themselves to be the best team in the NFL, and we wanted to build a hotel that would suit their home turf.”

Additionally, hotel guests may combine their visit with holiday shopping at Patriot Place which is only a few steps away. The 350-acre complex offers a plethora of retailers and entertainment, and is visited by 20 million people annually. “We are pleased to be back at Patriot Place with the Hilton Garden Inn, which will provide our guests with another first-rate lodging option when they come to Foxboro,” said Colwen CEO and XSS Partner Leo Xarras.

Collaborating with the New Hampshire companies has proven to be a rewarding experience for Patriot Place Manager Brian Earley. He explained, “Our partnership with XSS hotels and PROCON has been tremendous. We are thrilled to see this relationship grow with the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough Patriot Place. The result is incredible.”

The new 79,000 SF hotel is part of the Hilton worldwide brand with 570 locations across six continents. Returning Hilton Honors™ guests can take advantage of the Hilton’s exclusive members-only benefits and book their rooms at the Patriot Place location. Brian Earley added, “Once again XSS hotels and PROCON have delivered another high-end, first rate hotel to Patriot Place.”

For more information visit http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/massachusetts/hilton-garden-inn-foxborough-patriot-place-BOSPPGI/index.html

Rand-Whitney Pawtucket RI Expands Warehouse Facility

2016-12-14 | Pawtucket , RI

It was shovels-in-the-ground again for corrugated packaging giant Rand-Whitney just months after opening their new manufacturing plant in New Hampshire. Manchester, NH based firm PROCON is the designer and builder for the project expansion. This will be the second back-to-back partnership between the two companies since completion of the 118,600 SF Dover, NH facility in July 2016. Rand-Whitney, is owned by The Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriot’s Football team.

Plans call for a 65,000 SF addition to the existing warehouse located at 455 Narragansett Park Drive. The one-story warehouse expansion includes the addition of a 425 SF conference room, 800 SF cafeteria and a 483 SF driver’s office. Upon completion, the combined expansion and existing building will total a 150,000 SF space and will function as a storage facility for the company’s manufacturing materials.

Rand-Whitney President and CEO Nick Smith stated, “We are extremely appreciative of the support we have gotten from the city and state. This expansion will enable us to provide even greater levels of service for our valued customers.”

Narraganset Park is one of the area’s largest, mixed-use business developments, and is home to dozens of businesses, including world-renowned toy maker Hasbro. Pawtucket sits just off the I-95 interchange bordering Massachusetts, and is less than 10 miles from Providence. It is considered the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and is increasingly seen as a place for businesses to grow and invest. Pawtucket is also home to the 10,000-seat McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawsox), an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Rand-Whitney traces its origins to 1857 when Elvira Dodge started a company making carton boxes at her home in Leominster, MA. In 1938, Whitney Box of Worcester, MA acquired Dodge Paper Box forming the modern company, and the combined entity became Rand-Whitney. In nearly 80 years, the company has become a household name by pioneering innovative and environmentally friendly corrugated packaging.

The expansion project began in September 2016 with preliminary site work to clear the area and bring it to grade. Current work includes the installation of underground utilities concurrent with foundation placement. Steel erection will begin in mid-December with an expected completion by June 2017.

PROCON and Stebbins Family Support Easterseals NH with Generous Gift and Matching Challenge

2016-11-22 | Manchester , NH

Easterseals names renovated headquarters after PROCON Vice Chairman
 

Manchester, NH: This is a banner year for Easterseals NH as they celebrate their 80th Anniversary, journey through a “brand renaissance,” and kick off their “Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign.” The inspiration for the 2016 Big Ideas project came in the form of a generous $500,000 gift from PROCON and the Stebbins Family. PROCON's gift was given in tribute to former Easterseals NH Board Member and PROCON Vice Chairman John Samenfeld.  John has been a strong supporter and champion of Easterseals NH programs and services for more than 32 years.

The Big Ideas Campaign will allow Easterseals NH to renovate their 60,000 SF building located at 555 Auburn Street in Manchester. An upgraded facility will enable them to expand their existing programs while moving current (offsite services) into the new and improved space. The resulting consolidation of staff and programs under one roof will provide “one-stop-shopping” for their valued clients.

News of the PROCON donation and Capital Campaign kick-off was announced at the 2016 Annual Celebration of Giving evening on 15th November at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Easterseals community leadership, supporters, volunteers, and clients who have benefitted from its services attended the event.

The evening’s moving testimonials, speeches and performances came to a crescendo with the drumroll announcement of PROCON’s $500,000 gift. PROCON CEO and Chairman Mark Stebbins, along with Sally Stebbins, were joined by Easterseals NH President and CEO Larry Gammon, who announced the naming of the renovated building as The Easterseals New Hampshire John A. Samenfeld Center. The Stebbins Family and PROCON would like Easter Seals to use it as a challenge to raise an equal amount.

For the last 32 years, John Samenfeld has contributed significantly to Easterseals NH. He has chaired various committees of the board, as wells as fundraising campaigns, and has consistently been a leader in securing funds for their programs, raising more than $500,000 throughout the years. He has made a tremendous impact for those served by Easterseals. “I am humbled, honored and so grateful to the Stebbins family and my PROCON family for giving Easterseals its largest single gift ever and to the Easterseals Board for naming the Center after me.  Most importantly the gift also honors the Easterseals administration and staff, who work tirelessly to provide our NH community with the best services available and our clients and families who will be better served by the updated and modern space,” stated John Samenfeld.

Senior Advancement Officer Karen Van Der Beken recalled her experience on the board with John. “I remember that John was the first volunteer to push for philanthropy. It was he who suggested that we should actively seek donations to support our continuing programs and services.” She explained. “John was a role model for the board and staff, by not only leading the charge but, also by active participation.”

John was more than a spectator; he was a participant. During our annual telethons, he was right there manning the phones and reaching out to his community connections for their support,” added Pamela Dube, Senior Director of Communications.

Although John’s last board term ended in 2011, he has remained supportive of Easterseals as a former board member through the Annual VIP Campaign raising funds in the business community. Recognized for his commitment and outstanding efforts, he was the 2008 recipient of the Eugene Van Loan III Leadership Award. The PROCON and Stebbins Family gift are to honor his legacy in the Easterseals NH community.

PROCON has been an active supporter of Easterseals for decades.  In 2004 their generous gift led the way for the organization to start an Autism Clinic. Over the years, the Company, along with John Samenfeld has championed Easterseals through numerous campaign activities raising visibility and community awareness for those with disabilities in the state.

The Auburn Street facility has been home to children, adult and senior services since 1982. The building's total renovation costs are estimated at $3.5 million, and plans are to raise $2.5 million and finance the difference. To date, $1.7 million has been raised, including the Stebbins gift. Phase I of the renovation work began in October and is expected to be completed next summer, simultaneous with the campaign’s conclusion, and followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In total, Easterseals NH offers 90 different programs and impacts nearly 27,000 people in the New Hampshire community each year. Ultimately, all the initiatives have one clear goal in mind of more effectively serving the people of the community and the state of New Hampshire. The branding may be evolving with a renewed clarity and relevance, but the purpose remains strong, serving as a guidepost for change in the way disabilities are defined and making a difference for years to come.

Larry Gammon summed up the Big Ideas Campaign saying, “This would not be possible without the generous gift from The Stebbins Companies, nor the lifetime commitment that John Samenfeld has given to Easterseals, and we are proud to name this most comprehensive social services center in New Hampshire the John A Samenfeld Center. Our Board, staff, and thousands of consumers will be forever grateful.”

About Easterseals NH: For 80 years, Easterseals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure we change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Easterseals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in social services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, Easterseals NH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 26,900 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easterseals NH, visit www.easterseals.com/nh

New Hilton Garden Inn Underway in Lebanon NH

2016-11-14 | Lebanon , NH

PROCON construction crews recently broke ground on a new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center to be located at 35 LaLombard Street. PROCON, based in Manchester, NH is the designer and builder, and XSS Hotels of Manchester is the developer.  The hotel intersects Routes 89 and 91 south of Hanover and is approximately five miles from the shops and restaurants at the Powerhouse Mall.

Plans call for a 4-story, 100-key hotel featuring double queen and king guestrooms. Each room will come equipped with a workstation, complimentary high speed internet, microwave and refrigerator. The first floor consists of an entrance lobby, meeting rooms, guest dining, buffet area, and a lounge/bar area. A 24/7 market will be available, as well as a WiFi-connected business center. Guests will also be able to enjoy an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center. The lounge and bar are designed to flow outdoors to a patio area for social gatherings.

The design includes an 8,600 SF flexible-space conference center with a 300-person capacity - perfect for larger events, such as seminars, training meetings or weddings. Operable partitions will permit the space to be subdivided into four smaller rooms that can function simultaneously. It is supported by a full-service kitchen and a back-of-room corridor, giving catering team’s easy access to the function area. The Conference Center will be available by reservation to companies, visitors and guests of the hotel.

“Lebanon is a city in a great location with a lot to offer visitors to the area. We are looking forward to providing a comfortable and affordable accommodation option that guests will enjoy and remember after they leave. Additionally, we feel that the first-class conference space attached to the hotel will be a welcome addition to the Upper Valley.” Said Partner XSS Hotels Mark Schleicher.

PROCON architects worked closely with the owners to design the Hilton Garden Inn to blend seamlessly with the traditional architecture of the surrounding area. In keeping with this, the exterior is comprised of a porte-cochere entry, flanked by a combination of brick veneer masonry and clapboard siding. Upon completion, parking will be available for 226 vehicles.

The hotel and conference center are located near Dartmouth College - one of the world’s most prestigious Ivy League institutions, as well as the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. However, future guests of the Hilton Garden Inn may also enjoy visiting the Dartmouth College Museum, the Lebanon Opera House, or the historic Shaker Museum, which is only 15 minutes away.

Preliminary site work commenced in August with the grading of soils and removal of ledge. The installation of underground utilities was concurrent with foundation placement; that was completed in early November. The hotel will also incorporate environmentally friendly elements, such as LED lighting throughout, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, Low-flow plumbing and Low VOC paints and adhesives. It is expected to be open to guests by the late summer of 2017.

Worcester AC Hotel by Marriott Beam Signing – Part of New CitySquare

2016-11-04 | Worcester , MA

On November 2, State and local officials, business leaders and partners joined with XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH to celebrate the construction of the AC Hotel by Marriott to be located at 125 Front Street in Worcester, MA. XSS Hotels collaborated with the Manchester based PROCON, who is the designer and construction manager for the 117,000 SF upscale hotel. Colwen Hotel Management of Portsmouth, NH will provide comprehensive management services for the new hotel.

Expectations ran high, as attendees added their names and best wishes to the steel beam in celebration of the construction project that will be part of Worcester’s master plan for urban revitalization. The six-story AC hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the downtown Worcester with access to local shops, restaurants, and entertainment. It is a short walk from Union Station offering train and bus service and is just two blocks from the DCU Convention Center.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty was unable to attend, but he shared his sentiments about the new hotel in a prepared statement. “The CitySquare development and this hotel are at the heart of our plan for revitalizing our city’s core.”Even before the construction began we started seeing the positive impact with new restaurants and businesses opening around our downtown.  I want to thank XSS hotels, and all of the partners for being part of our vibrant new vision for downtown and for Worcester as a whole.”

Plans call for 170 king suites and double-queen guest rooms to be located on floors two through six of the building. The European-inspired hotel will offer a robust package of guest-friendly amenities. The design concept includes a fitness center, a yoga room, a 24/7 market, conference center and meeting rooms and a business center. Expansive public space designs feature a bar/lounge area that flows to an outdoor terrace. In addition, the 7,100 SF function room will include an in-house full-service restaurant with an outdoor patio seating area.

Worcester is undergoing a renaissance, and the new AC Hotel is part of a series of four high-profile projects that will comprise the CitySquare area, A.K.A., the Grid District. A 365-apartment mixed-use development is already under construction, and numerous street-level retailers and upscale restaurants are expected to set up shop within the next two years. Together, a section of downtown Worcester will be transformed into a live-work-play hub, designed to attract young professionals.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. was one of the morning’s speakers. After commending all the leaders and officials who collaborated to make the hotel possible, he added,  “This hotel is another fantastic sign of the vitality and momentum we are seeing downtown and throughout Worcester. This project brings us one step closer to fulfilling the vision of CitySquare. It’s another piece of the puzzle that will fit into place alongside new restaurants, apartments, and high-class office space to help create the 18-hour downtown we’ve all been working towards.”

The Worcester AC Hotel is rising from the ashes of the demolished Galleria mall and sits atop the city’s recently opened 586-car underground parking garage; that will service the hotel and surrounding buildings. AC Hotel guests will have ample venues for shopping, dining, and entertainment at their fingertips. One of the city’s biggest attractions is the nearby DCU Center that seats 15,000 and has featured such entertainers as Sting, Miranda Lambert, and Kiss. The center hosts a variety of concerts, sporting events, family shows, conventions, tradeshows, and meetings annually.

The momentous beam signing can be summed up in the words of Worcester District 2 City Counselor Candy Mero-Carlson who said, “This is a great day for everyone and we are certainly a city on the move.”

Work began on the site in early October, and structural steel installations are currently in progress. The building is expected to be weathertight by February 2017. The signed beam will be installed towards the end of the structural steel erection, with an expected project completion in late 2017.

Founded in 1998 AC Hotels originated in Spain, was launched in the U.S. in 2013, and is characterized by sleek, innovative aesthetics in a sophisticated setting for the design-conscious traveler. According to Top 10 Hospitality Trends 2015 by Hoteliers Hotel, Travel and Hospitality News, “Exploration, interaction, and experience are the major focus of today’s travelers who are looking for an overall gourmet experience for a reasonable price. They seek a unique experience, and this has, and will continue to drive change within the hospitality market.” For more information visit http://achotels.marriott.com/

Group Photo: L-R

Donald Birch-Exec VP/COO Leggat McCall, Tony Economou-Worcester City Councilor District One, Tim Murray-Pres. and CEO Worcester Reg. Chamber of Commerce, Mark Stebbins-Chairman and CEO PROCON and Partner XSS Hotels, Ann Tripp-Opus Investments, Edward Augustus, Jr.-City Manager, Candy Mero-Carlson-City Councilor District Two, Leo Xarras-Partner XSS hotels, Christine Thomas-Development Partner XSS Hotels.

PROCON Honored with Multiple 2016 ABC NH/VT Excellence in Construction Awards

2016-11-01 | Bedford , NH

Manchester, NH based PROCON, one of New England’s leading design-build firms took home multiple ABC Excellence in Construction awards for its projects. On the evening of October 27, A/E/C industry professionals from throughout the region gathered at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, NH for the celebration. The annual event, hosted by ABC NH/VT (The Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter), recognizes the top construction companies in the region with awards given for outstanding projects.

Portwalk Phase III located in Portsmouth, NH won three awards in the Design-Build category, Excellence in Construction, Sustainable Building and the Community Service Award. Totaling 290,000 SF, it spans a city block consisting of a hotel, apartment complex with ground floor retail spaces and a below-grade parking garage. It was the final phase of the Portwalk Place live-work-play complex, connecting major streets and introducing walkability to the downtown metropolis. The project was environmentally friendly from conception, recycling 98% of its construction waste and diverting 3,453 tons of debris away from landfills. Its LEED Silver designed apartments and hotel are energy and water efficient, use non-CFC refrigerants, Energy Star appliances and include electric car charging stations.

Upon receiving the awards, Co-Presidents Lance Bennett and James Loft took to the stage, along with representatives from their teams to say thank you. Jim Loft stated, “Portwalk Phase III was a milestone project that brought us together as a company – the technical aspect, the design, and the constructability.” Lance Bennett confirmed, “Up until that time, Portwalk was our largest design-build project to date, and one that everyone at PROCON touched at some point or another.” He went on to express gratitude to the families of PROCON employees by supporting them during tireless work hours until the project’s completion.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Cambridge, MA won the “Merit Design-Build Award” and the “Sustainable Building Award.” Lance remarked, “We thank ABC NH/VT, the project team who worked so hard on this hotel, and Leo Xarras and Mark Stebbins of XSS Hotels. We had numerous site challenges, but were able to overcome them all with a tremendous team.”

The 123-guestroom hotel is located at 215 Monsignor O’Brien Highway in the heart of Cambridge’s business, art, and historic district. It recently received a LEED Silver certification for its multiple green features including a white roof, over-sized windows, low-flow plumbing and LED lighting throughout the hotel’s common spaces and parking lot. The hotel’s exterior features an eye-catching glass canopied Porte-cochere entrance, and upper floor guestrooms offer stunning views of the Cambridge skyline.

The annual ABC event is one of the premier competitions in the building and construction industry, showcasing and recognizing outstanding construction projects throughout the region from some of its leading firms. A cross-section panel of judges representing owners, architects, and planners selects the winners in several categories. Awards are based on criteria that recognize professionalism, creativity, attention-to-detail, general appearance, sustainable practice and overall accomplishments in its category.

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Lance Bennett-Co-President, Jason Diorio-Architect, Chris Alvino-Project Manager, Phil Germain-Senior VP Estimating, Brian Knox-Sr.-Project Manager, Jake McManus-Superintendent, Linda Moquin-Project Coordinator, Jim Loft-Co-President.

Merrimack College Breaks Ground on New Academic Pavilion

2016-10-27 | Andover , MA

Merrimack College recently broke ground on its first new academic building in nearly three decades with a ceremony followed by a campus “block party” and fireworks. Students, faculty and staff were on hand at the Sakowich Campus Center for the celebration. Also in attendance were representatives from PROCON of Manchester, NH, who is the designer and builder of the 49,000 SF building to be located at 26 Rock Ridge Road.  President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., and Chairman Michael Crowe were the featured speakers at the event before an excited gathering.

The new academic pavilion is to be home to the Girard School of Business, and accommodate several state-of-the art classrooms. Among those classrooms is the Mucci Capital Markets Lab, which is a mock financial trading floor, and the Financial Capability Center, which offers workshops and coaching to those underserved by the traditional financial system.

It was a momentous occasion for the college that last broke ground in 1989 for the Mendel Building —dedicated to the Rev. Gregor Mendel, O.S.A., a pioneering geneticist. Merrimack’s Academic Innovation Center, a wing of the Athletics Complex, opened in 2013; it houses the Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Center, the Mucci Lab and the Writers House. North Campus, between Flaherty Road and Rock Ridge Road, now includes two residence halls, the Honors Commons and the Sanctuary Coffee House.

The North Campus Academic Pavilion is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Merrimack College is an independent, private college with robust programs in business, education, engineering, health sciences and the liberal arts, whose mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. Founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine in the Boston suburb of North Andover, its growing student body of 3,200 undergraduates and 575 graduate students come from 32 states and 31 countries to form an engaged community of thinkers and doers in an academic culture of care that emphasizes hands-on learning, global citizenship and a quest for enduring relevance in an ever-changing world. For more information about Merrimack College visit http://www.merrimack.edu/index.php

PROCON is a single-source, architecture, engineering and construction management firm serving commercial developers throughout the Northeast. The 81-year-old, 3rd generation Company is built on integrity, lasting partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to client success. The Company’s one-stop-shopping approach to design, engineering and construction services means that at PROCON, every solution is just down the hall. Visit www.proconinc.com for more information.

Photo Caption L-R:
Jeff Koetteritz Senior PM VHB, Felipe Schwartz Asst. VP External Affairs Merrimack College, Jean Garbier Landscape Architect VHB, Lance Bennett Co-President PROCON, Gino Baroni Owner Trident, James Loft Co-President PROCON, Todd Hooper Architect, PROCON, Lynn Kramer Project Exec. PROCON, Marc Lehoullier Sr. PM Trident

Boylston Properties Opens Watertown’s First Hotel in 50 Years

2016-09-21 | Watertown , MA

In mid-September, 2016, the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston/Watertown celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Boylston Properties of Boston, MA and Stonebridge Companies of Denver, CO are the joint-venture owners of the hotel located at 570 Arsenal Street in Watertown, MA. PROCON of Manchester, NH was the construction manager, Stantec Architecture (a/k/a ADD Inc.) of Boston, MA was the designer, and Group One Partners, Inc. of Boston was the interior designer. The 108,000 SF hotel is in the former location of the Charles River Saab, the oldest Saab dealership in the United States. It is across from The Arsenal Project, nearby the Charles River, and just nine miles from Boston Logan Airport.

Boylston Properties President William McQuillan, and Principal Mark Deschenes were joined by the President of the Watertown Town Council Mark Sideris, Watertown officials and business executives. William McQuillan opened the event by welcoming the attendees and thanking all the participants in the success of the project. Mark Sideris stated, “This is a welcome addition to Watertown and a product that has been lacking for many years.”

Six-stories feature 150 spacious studios and one and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas with fully-equipped kitchens. Guests may enjoy other onsite amenities such as an indoor saltwater pool, 24/hour fitness center, meeting room, full lobby/bar, fireplace/entertainment areas, a 24/7 sundries market, laundry facilities, and a covered drive-under entrance. WiFi connectivity is also available throughout the hotel for busy travelers to stay connected. A ground patio area for mix n’ mingles completes the outdoors, along with on-site parking. William McQuillan envisioned a bold contemporary design to compliment the neighborhood’s architecture. The building’s exterior was a combination of color reflective masonry and panels with lighter toned upper floors highlighted by recessed faux wood accents.

Established in 1630, Watertown is part of Greater Boston and is considered one of the fastest growing towns in Massachusetts, according to a 2014 census. The Residence Inn is Watertown’s first extended-stay all-suite hotel, and the first hotel built in the town in 50 years. Guests will have the bonus of shopping, restaurants and community activities at the nearby Arsenal Project – Watertown’s iconic mall. The sprawling 50-store complex is a part of several properties acquired by Boylston Properties as part of a masterplan to re-envision the area as a live-stay-play campus.

This collaboration was PROCON’s first with Boylston Properties – a connection that spun out of a long-term acquaintance between the two companies. Mark Deschenes and William McQuillan and the CEO and Chairman of PROCON Mark Stebbins have talked about working together since 2013. Deschenes stated, “When we decided to build another hotel, we wanted to work with PROCON as their reputation for building this kind of hotel was second to none.” “Without PROCON none of this would have been possible. The PROCON team Mark Stebbins brought onto this project was just spectacular, and they have delivered an AAA+ job all the way,” added William McQuillan. 

Work on the LEED Silver designed project began in May 2015 with its duration lasting just over a year. PROCON’s Senior Project Manager was all smiles as he reflected back on the project. “I’ve really enjoyed working with Boylston Properties on this job! But, we’ve also had a great experiences with many subcontractors on this project but specifically our framing contractor team JPI Construction (c/o Wallace Building Products Corp.), who’s Framing Superintendent  (Raffael Fernandes) was outstanding, solid, organized and worked extremely hard to get this project slightly ahead of schedule working into the winter months.”

Mark Deschenes echoed those opinions adding, “An excellent team makes all the difference between a good and a bad project. PROCON’s Project Manager and Project Superintendent’s made sure that everything was kept on target, under budget and excellently put together.” It was a fitting narrative for the successful partnership that together, brought the project to the finish line ahead of schedule.

In the mid-afternoon of August 31, the Residence Inn welcomed its first guests. It was a satisfying moment for the owners. Deschenes was asked what he hopes his guests will take away from their experience. He was quick to say, “We certainly hope that they enjoy the design, the accommodations, and the building’s quality. But most of all, we hope they have a great and comfortable stay. We wanted to build something that our company and Watertown could be proud of.”

Steel goes up at Brightview Senior Living Community – Wakefield MA

2016-09-13 | Wakefield , MA

Structural steel installations began recently at the Brightview Senior Living community located at 21 Crescent Street in scenic Wakefield, MA. Shelter Development of Baltimore, MD developed the new 167,000 SF community that quickly accesses the town’s quaint shops and eateries, is nearby Lake Quannapowitt and about 10 miles from Boston. PROCON of Manchester, NH is the project’s architect and construction manager.

The 4-story, Victorian inspired community features 130 luxury apartments in a variety of floor plans and care options. Independent living residents will occupy 61 units, and 32 are dedicated to assisted living. The remaining 27 apartments fall under Wellspring Village®, which is a specialized program designed to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations and is unique to Brightview Senior Living Communities.

Convenience and necessity are crucial elements in the lives of older adults, and Brightview Senior Living in Wakefield will offer abundant in-house services to ease the lives of its residents. Among those amenities are a salon/barber shop, pub, fitness area, a well-stocked library café, a multi-purpose room, group activity spaces and elegant dining rooms. These types of one-stop conveniences free up more time for the residents to enjoy leisure activities, such as clubs, games, hobbies and get-togethers. Residents also have the assurance of being in the hands of Brightview’s expertly trained staff, who are carefully selected for their  warmth and respect for the residents.

In recent years, medical technology has prolonged overall lifespans producing a “silver boom.” That translates into an increased demand for housing that addresses the specific needs of older adults. According to the 2015 Akerman Real Estate Industry Report the number of people 65 or older is expected to increase 183 percent by 2050 to nearly one billion people. Brightview Senior Living Communities has responded by providing older adults with upscale, state-of-the-art communities in eight Eastern Seacoast States.

The project commenced in spring, 2016 with preliminary site work involving building abatement, demolition, and removal of the existing sidewalk and utilities. New sewer lines were installed followed by foundation placement, that continues as steel erection goes into full swing. Brightview Senior Living Community in Wakefield is expected to be completed in December 2017 and will serve the areas of Wakefield, Reading, Saugus, Woburn, Lynnfield and Winchester, MA.

Jet Aviation Boston/Bedford Raises Beam Truss on 40,000 SF Hangar

2016-09-07 | Bedford , MA

In late August Jet Aviation, Massport and PROCON celebrated a raising of the beam (truss) on a new 40,000 SF hangar under construction at the Boston/Bedford location. PROCON of Manchester, NH is the construction manager for the project, and SAA Architects and Design of Iselin, NJ is the design architect.

Raising the beam (truss) was a hazardous procedure requiring meticulous planning and precision crane maneuvers. Weeks of pre-planning included a presentation to Massport with a complete crisis management plan. Strategic planning culminated in a matter of hours as Astro Crane experts utilized two hydraulic cranes to hoist the 240,000-pound mammoth beam into place. It was a spectacular sight as the 300 feet long by 20 feet tall truss spanning the entire back of the hangar swung into position. Standing at the ready, were two A.S.P.E professionals guiding it into place and connecting it to the column. The remainder of the day was spent securing 66-bolt connections to the frame.

The beam raising process was an achievement seen and felt by all in attendance. Tim Johnson, Program Manager of Construction at Massport was impressed with the process. Tim stated, “Your entire team, including contractors, erectors, designers and engineers, worked in collaboration with the Massport for two weeks to develop a comprehensive work plan to support the critical tandem crane pick of this 300’ X 20’ 129 ton truss. I commend the team for their professionalism and willingness to work together in developing a sequence of erection that focused on safety as a top priority.”

The 40,000 SF project underwent preliminary enhancements earlier this year when a 92,000 SF ramp and apron upgrade were installed, along with two new roads accessing Hanscom Drive. In addition, two parking lots were added, one for MassPort and the second one for Jet Aviation clients, employees and visitors.

The new facility upgrade is designed to improve operational safety and efficiency with a capacity for the storage/maintenance needs of aircraft up to the Gulfstream G650 and a Global 6000. Plans also include a 16,000 SF office and shop space, and a two-story 13,000 SF state-of-the-art FBO (Fixed-Base Operator), to accommodate the customized needs of the Jet Aviation clientele. Upon completion, the upgraded facility will feature a state-of-the-art architectural design with the emphasis on safety and efficiency.

Hanscom Field is the largest general aviation facility in New England with significant storage facilities for private and corporate aircraft. The highly anticipated Jet Aviation hangar and FBO located just 20 miles from Boston, is expected to be finished in early 2017.

Photo Credits: Bob Umenhofer

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Celebrates Construction at New Headquarters

2016-08-09 | Exeter , NH

State and local officials, business leaders, and employees joined with GourmetGiftsBaskets.com (GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM) in early August to celebrate the construction of their new headquarters in Exeter, NH. The popular gift basket company joined forces with two New Hampshire-based firms; PROCON of Manchester, who is the designer and construction manager, and the Monahan Companies based in Nashua. Monahan Companies is the project developer of Garrison Glen Corporate Park where the new 106,600 SF manufacturing and distribution warehouse is currently under construction.

The morning’s festivities included celebratory speeches by attending dignitaries including Governor Maggie Hassan who opened by congratulating the company on its new headquarters. “This is exciting for Gourmetgiftbaskets.com, for Exeter and for the State of New Hampshire. It provides good paying, high quality jobs for our people and it spurs on the economy in New Hampshire, so we all benefit. I want to support the blood, sweat and tears that have gotten you here. This company shows that anyone can come here, roll up their sleeves, work hard and see a great final product.”

GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM has occupied several New Hampshire locales over the past decade with the most recent in Kingston, where they have been since 2012. However, when it came to seeking a new location, the Company wanted to keep its feet firmly planted in the Granite State. After years of searching, they chose Exeter for the construction of their new home base.

As it happens, GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM approached Monahan Companies Owner Tom Monahan over a year ago about development on his Garrison Glen lot. Both companies mutually agreed to a deal, and negotiations with the Town of Exeter began for a summer, 2016 start. Exeter officials welcomed GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM with enthusiasm calling them a “good fit” for their community, and an “ideal attraction” as part of the Town’s economic development initiatives. GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM Chief Operations Officer Jeff Abood remarked, “The support in the community, the agencies involved, and the Town of Exeter has been astonishing. Everyone involved has wanted this project to be a success, and it has proven to be just that. Exeter has welcomed us, and we are grateful to be here!”

Tom Monahan shares the overall enthusiasm stating, "We are very excited to welcome GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM as our newest corporate resident at Garrison Glen. We have developed a wonderful working relationship with the Abood Family and are looking forward to watching their company grow and succeed here.” Garrison Glen Corporate Park is a 200-acre growing industrial/corporate development located off exit 9 of NH 101. Tom added, “The ideally located park is also home to companies such as F.W. Webb, Cobham and North American Power. It is my hope that other businesses will see that Exeter and Garrison Glen are open for business." He concluded.

Jeff Abood, along with his brother Founder and CEO, Ryan Abood come from a family of serial entrepreneurs, including their parents, David and Trudy, who have owned and operated several New Hampshire businesses over years. The two brothers grew up working in those establishments. One of them was Chalifour’s Flower Shop in Manchester, NH, and it was in the basement of the family florist that the two brothers and their mother, Vice President Trudy Abood began making gift baskets. The success of the customized baskets leads them to realize the enormous potential of providing handmade, high-quality gift baskets on a larger scale.

In 2002, Ryan launched the idea as a separate business and GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM was born. In the last 14 years, the Company has built its reputation on the quality, beauty, and diversity of its offerings, along with service that includes same-day delivery of some gift baskets. Still privately owned and family-run, GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM has grown into a recognizable name in the national online gift-giving market, as sales have exploded nationwide. They have placed multiple times on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list, and are currently ranked at #238 as “One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S.” Such exponential growth made the eventual move to a larger facility a necessity.

The deal is even “sweeter” for Jeff Abood because of GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM’s long association with PROCON that finally materialized into a project. “Our relationship with PROCON has been nothing short of amazing. I have worked with their Director of Business Development, Paul Roy on several projects in the past and the Company always works to create the best building for us. Paul and I share an extra special excitement that this particular project has come to fruition after several attempts in the past. I know that PROCON will deliver a great building because they have a proven track record that holds true to that.”

Jeff was quick to add, “A particular game-changer moment for me on this project was that PROCON, Monahan Companies, and the Town of Exeter truly believed in GourmetGiftBaskets.com and its team. Everyone worked so hard from the beginning and between PROCON, Monahan’s team and GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM - it’s a perfect all-star team where the best-of-the-best have partnered up!”

The new GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM headquarters, hi-bay manufacturing/warehousing and distribution facility is comprised of offices, assembly lines, 14 dock doors for shipping/receiving, extensive storage and will also be home to GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM’s sister companies, KingofPop.com, Cheesecake.com, and Strawberries.com. The site also includes a 99-car parking lot and a loading dock on the north side of the building, with connections to the Town’s water and sewer. Current work includes installation of the exterior metal wall panels and roofing, with an expected project completion in the winter of 2017.

Rand-Whitney and Governor Maggie Hassan Open New 118,600 SF Warehouse in Dover, NH

2016-07-18 | Dover , NH

July 14, 2016, marked the grand opening of Rand-Whitney’s new 118,600 SF container facility located on Stonewall Drive in Dover, NH. Rand-Whitney President and CEO Nick Smith hosted the ribbon cutting celebration that was attended by local business leaders and dignitaries. Governor Maggie Hassan, NH Senior Business Development Manager Michael Bergeron, Dover Mayor Karen Weston, Senator David Watters, as well as Robert, Jonathan and Dan Kraft of the Kraft Group attended. PROCON of Manchester, NH designed and constructed the expansive packaging facility. The company’s Chairman and CEO Mark Stebbins, Vice Chairman John Samenfeld and the PROCON team were present to celebrate the project’s successful completion with the Rand-Whitney team. Summit Land Development of Dover, NH was the land developer for the project.

The festivities included a tour of the warehouse facility and the ribbon cutting ceremony. Several guest speakers expressed their thanks and congratulations to the Company. Governor Maggie Hassan began by saying, “The opening of this facility and its expansion will help create good high-quality jobs for workers here in New Hampshire, and will spur economic development and boost our innovation economy.”

Excited Rand-Whitney employees gathered at the event with their company’s leadership - clearly pleased about their larger, new facility. Rand-Whitney President and CEO Nick Smith took a few moments to share his gratitude with those gathered, “I am so proud of how everyone involved in this project pulled together to make it happen, from Dover city officials to Summit Development to PROCON. I am also proud of the Rand-Whitney team, who all entered the spirit of this move with such support and enthusiasm. And, it is thanks to such a great company of dedicated hard workers that we stand here today.”

Dover officials have welcomed Rand-Whitney as part of the City’s commitment to attracting new businesses to the area as reiterated during the event by Mayor Karen Weston’s statements, “One of our goals as a city has been to develop our economy, and we thank Rand-Whitney for helping us to achieve this goal.”

The Kraft Group, who also owns the New England Patriots, owns Rand-Whitney. Robert Kraft flew in from the West Coast to participate in the morning’s festivities for a company, which has been so meaningful in his family’s history. He acknowledged their achievements while adding, “We believe in the family business, we are about tradition and remembering our roots, which began in 1972 when I opened my first Rand-Whitney warehouse in Dover.” He elaborated about how much the State of New Hampshire means to him and the Kraft family and concluded with, “Thank you so much to PROCON for doing the work you did, and for being such strong leadership in the State of New Hampshire.”

In fact, the Company occupied a corrugated sheet plant in Dover from 1972-2002. Subsequent company growth and expansion required relocations to various Granite State sites over the years - with Portsmouth as most recent. It has taken years of searching for the new Dover location that allows them to increase their equipment capabilities, and enhance their production capacity. Nick announced that he intends to hire an additional 15-20 employees during the coming months that will boost their productivity by 40 percent over the next year.

The 118,600 SF structure’s magnitude is an impressive three and one-half football fields in length and bears the company’s signature blue hue. The facility is segmented by function with 112,500 SF dedicated to manufacturing and warehouse storage and 6,100 SF of office space.

Rand-Whitney traces its origins to 1857 when Elvira Dodge started a company making carton boxes at her home in Leominster, MA. In 1938, Whitney Box of Worcester, MA acquired Dodge Paper Box forming the modern company, and the combined entity became Rand-Whitney. In nearly 80 years, the company has become a household name by pioneering innovative and environmentally friendly corrugated packaging.

Until a couple of years ago, the site of the new Rand-Whitney warehouse was a gravel pit. Developer Chad Kageleiry of Summit Land Development turned it into The Stonewall Industrial Park with the intent to develop it with multiple commercial and warehouse industries.

Senator Kelly Ayotte sent a congratulatory video in lieu of attendance saying, “I am delighted in celebrating you and welcoming you back to Dover. You are incredible business leaders and New Hampshire is lucky to have an important company like Rand-Whitney continue to create jobs in our great state.” She went on to say, “New Hampshire has a bright economic future and I know that Rand-Whitney will play an important role in our success.”

Eight months of dedicated construction was summarized by PROCON Vice Chairman John Samenfeld, who highlighted the new warehouse’s remarkable size and energy-efficient features before concluding with recognition of the PROCON team for their hard work. “It took a team of people to get all this work done, and we are very proud of this building and our association with the Kraft’s.”

Brightview on New Canaan Senior Living Ribbon Cutting – Fairfield County, CT

2016-07-06 | Norwalk , CT

Welcoming courtyards and flowing fountains greeted Shelter Brightview Senior Living leadership, Norwalk Town officials, and guests to the ribbon cutting celebration at the Brightview on New Canaan Senior Living Center. The 70,000 SF 3-story building, is an upscale all-inclusive senior living community located at 162 New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Brightview Senior Living of Baltimore, MD, partnered with architecture and construction management firm PROCON of Manchester, NH, to bring the community for older adults to life.

The generous gathering spaces and café were filled with well-wishers who were greeted with complimentary signature drinks and refreshments, while they mingled to the sound of live acoustic guitar music in the background. Guests also enjoyed guided tours of the model apartment homes, as well as a touch of fun in the party photo booth on hand for the occasion.

Among the opening speeches of appreciation was a particularly memorable one given by Raymond Spinola, who is married to one of the new residents. He shared the moving story of transitioning his wife from their home into the Brightview Canaan community. Ray said that he loved the homey environment, and he has peace of mind that his wife will be well cared for by the Brightview staff.

A variety of floor plans and care options are available with the convenient onsite amenities. Included among those features are dining facilities, café, wellness/fitness center, activities room, beauty/barber salon and a library/media room. Victorian-inspired architectural elements are echoed throughout Brightview on New Canaan’s design. The exterior is completed by elegant patios, gazebos and water fountains for residents or guests to enjoy. Brightview Senior Living believes that easy access to services for everyday needs translates into freeing up more leisure time for fun and productive activities.

“One of the great things about Brightview communities is that they are not focused on institutional-like facilities,” said one of the PROCON designers who attended the event. “Instead, they concentrate on creating environments that provide a welcoming home-style atmosphere. Their thoughtful attention to design is reflected throughout the community, from the architecture to the comfortable interiors and decors. Seniors really feel as though they are at home.”

The 90-unit addition to the Brightview network of communities is packed with attractive features that cater to the needs of people who may need some assistance to get the most out of each day and people living with dementia, Wellspring Village®. Brightview’s trained staff is carefully selected for their warmth, friendliness, and respect for the residents.

With older adult communities along the length of the East Coast, Brightview Senior Living is a front-runner in the fast-growing U.S. senior housing segment. Innovative medical science has allowed older adults to live longer than ever before, and increasingly more of them want to age in place. Brightview Senior Living provides them with a place with the comforts of home, along with peace of mind for their families.

Brightview on New Canaan will serve Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Westport, Greenwich and the surrounding towns in Connecticut.

 

New Hampshire based PROCON Makes ENR’s National Lists

2016-06-30 | Hooksett , NH

PROCON of Manchester, NH has been named #88 on the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 2016 Top 100 Design-Build firms in the U.S. and ranked #337 on the “Top 400 Contractors in the U.S.” PROCON is the only New Hampshire based company ranked on both lists.

As an 81 year old, 3rd generation family-owned business, the architecture and construction management team serves commercial developers in the aviation, education, commercial, hospitality, industrial, multi-family and senior living markets, with projects extending from Maine to New Jersey. PROCON is unique in the industry with in-house architects, engineers and construction management professionals.

“We are proud to be a leader of the design and construction industry in the Northeast. We have an outstanding team of professionals who consistently work to develop, nurture, and value our partner relationships,” said PROCON Co-President Lance Bennett. “We owe our growth and success to their dedication to providing services that bring our client’s dreams into reality.”

The Top 400 Contractors in the U.S. generated $344.14 billion in contracting revenue in 2015, an increase of 3.7% from 2014’s $331.94 billion. The figure marks a record high for the Top 400, eclipsing the previous record of $338.38 billion in 2008. According to ENR, it was a banner year for the construction trades.

Engineering News-Record provides the engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals need to do their jobs more effectively. ENR reports on the top design firms, both architects and engineers, and the top construction companies as well as projects in the United States and around the world.

Brightview Senior Living Canton, MA is Opening to Residents

2016-06-29 | Canton , MA

Final interior finishes are complete, and furniture is arriving in readiness for new residents hoping to make Brightview Senior Living in Canton, MA their new home. Manchester, NH based design-build firm PROCON completed construction on the new community that is owned by The Shelter Group in Baltimore, MD. PROCON’s architects and engineers designed the 3-story building that is located at 125 Turnpike Street. Since 2007, the two companies have collaborated on eight Brightview Senior Living communities throughout the Northeast.

The newly opened community features 160 residential apartments, including 95 independent living, 40 dedicated apartments for assisted living and 25 for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Brightview communities also offer a specialized program and environment for dementia caregiving known as Wellspring Village®, to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations.

The 167,000 SF building offers “village style” living designed for the unique needs of the older adult population. Its abundant features include housekeeping, dining, transportation, maintenance and chef-prepared meals. Residents may choose from a variety of spacious, comfortable and easy-to-manage apartment styles and floor plans. It also offers a wellness/fitness center, movie theater, beauty/barber shop, café, pub library/media room, elegant dining rooms and gathering spaces for seniors to enjoy.

One of Brightview Canton’s unique features is a quarter-mile walking path that loops through the surrounding wetlands and grassland areas. A PROCON Project Manager stated, “We have gotten a lot of feedback from residents, who have commented on how much they like the walking path. In fact, the views along this path are among the best on the site.”

The Canton building’s design is unique in its architecture and layout, and echoes the style of New England’s historical Victorian mansions – with a mansard roof, porches, turrets and dormer windows with top quality construction and high-end finishes. The building's exterior is also adorned by graceful courtyards around the property that are accessible from independent living units, or private for those receiving memory care.

According to the 2015 Akerman Real Estate Industry Outlook, “In the United States the number of people age 65 and older is projected to grow 51 percent by 2025.” As more baby boomers are retiring, or planning retirement, they are also living longer. Many of them prefer to age in place, and communities like Brightview Senior Living offers attractive options that allow them to receive appropriate care at each stage of life without having to relocate to other facilities.

The Canton location will be the 7th Brightview community in the State of Massachusetts. It is less than 20 miles from Boston, and will serve Canton, Milton, Sharon, Westwood, Randolph, Norwood, Dedham and the surrounding areas.

About The Shelter Group: The Shelter Group is a privately held real estate development and property management company founded in 1977, specializing in multifamily and senior living communities. More than three decades of experience in delivering creative and successful outcomes make the company a recognized leader in the industry. The company offers thirty-five Brightview Communities in eight states including Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They include Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care options. 

Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel Refreshes Spaces

2016-06-01 | Foxborough , MA

The Renaissance Boston-Patriot Place Hotel by Marriott recently unveiled its newly renovated concierge space. The 138,000 SF hotel opened in 2009 and is adjacent to Gillette Stadium - home to the New England Patriots. PROCON of Manchester, NH, was the original design-build firm and completed the recent refurbishments. XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH owns the property, which anchors the stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues at Patriot Place.

Several first floor enhancements were implemented at the Renaissance. A relocated and redesigned concierge (Club) area was moved from the fifth floor down to the first floor.  It features fresh, sophisticated charcoal grays and dark earthy tones that blend seamlessly with the overall hotel decor. The first floor also received two new meeting rooms across from the indoor pool. The Stadium Room seats up to 20 people and the Club Board Room seats up to eight people, and both are available by reservation for private meetings. Two additional king guestrooms were added to the fifth floor; one with choice views of Gillette Stadium and the practice facility through its two corner windows.

The Renaissance offers numerous amenities, such as multi-purpose lobby spaces for relaxation, socializing and entertainment, and distinctive room designs and services. The hotel’s 98-seat restaurant and lounge, Twenty8™ features a signature 60-foot bar & stone hearth oven and a private dining room. The elegant Patriot Ballroom is available for functions and partitions into two smaller rooms as needed. Additionally, the hotel provides an enclosed business space, fitness center, and an indoor pool. Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth, NH, manages the establishment and their staff curates every moment of a guest’s stay for a memorable experience.

Millions of travelers annually visit the Patriot Place shopping/entertainment hub and Gillette Stadium. The convenient location of the Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel has ensured it consistently sold out since its opening. The Renaissance is soon to be joined by a second hotel currently underway at Patriot Place, and also designed and built by PROCON. The 136-key Foxborough Hilton Garden Inn will offer visitors to the area an additional upscale option for their overnight accommodations. The five-story hotel will be open to guests in the fall of 2016.

Photographer Credit: Joseph St. Pierre Photography

 

Child and Family Services Cuts Ribbon on New Youth Center

2016-05-16 | Manchester , NH

Excitement and gratitude mixed in the air on May 12 as Child and Family Services (CFS) honored the Stebbins Family and PROCON in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of their new youth center. The newly renovated center was named “The Katherine and Herbert Stebbins Youth Resource Center” to honor the parents of PROCON CEO and Chairman Mark Stebbins. Mark was in attendance with his wife Sally and mother Katherine “Tinka” Stebbins. City leaders, advocates, and supporters joined with them to celebrate.

President/CEO of Child and Family Services Borja Alvarez de Toledo welcomed guests and paid tribute to the Stebbins’ 25-years of unwavering support and how they made the youth center possible. Mayor Ted Gatsas spoke to the attendees, commending the Stebbins and PROCON and added, “Child and Family Services is an incredible place and there are going to be a lot of children taken care of because of this place. Thanks from the bottom of my heart on behalf of every child and citizen in this community.”

In fact, last year the architectural and construction management firm donated $200,000 towards the Center’s renovations, along with the resources of their design team, who helped with furniture acquisition and interior fit-ups. In March of 2016, they added to that amount with an additional $50,000 for operations of the center.

As it turns out, the new Center’s opening was commemorative in many ways for Mark Stebbins. Lincoln Street happens to be the very location where Mark’s grandfather, Blanchard, opened the family business in 1935. CFS acquired the building, before knowing of the connection with the Stebbins history. The association was discovered - to everyone's surprise at the 2015 SleepOut event.  It was a serendipitous moment for all – one that has made the partnership between PROCON and CFS more meaningful.

Mark Stebbins thanked everyone for supporting CFS. “My brother and I grew up in the building behind this one, and my father and grandfather spent years of their lives here. We are very proud of our roots in Manchester and we hope that my parent’s name on the facility will be a reminder that every teenager deserves love and guidance. We are so glad to be able to give back to the City that gave us so much.”

The youth center opened its doors last November and provides support services for homeless youth in the City, ages 12 to 22-years-old. The facility provides them with a hub to address personal needs such as receiving a meal, doing laundry or taking a hot shower. However, they may also work towards educational or career goals, or participate in workforce development and finding jobs.

As the event drew to a close, the air resonated with compassion as two youth shared positive experiences of how CFS has changed the direction of their lives, followed by candid questions and answers. In his welcome address Borja summarized the effort needed to reach Manchester’s homeless youth, “It takes every one of us lending our support to make a difference in the lives of these kids.”

Child and Family Services of New Hampshire is a private nonprofit dedicated to advancing the well-being of children by providing an array of social services to strengthen family life and by promoting community commitment to the needs of children. http://www.cfsnh.org/

PROCON is single-source design and construction firm specializing in aviation, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, industrial, senior living and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 81 plus years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its design-build philosophy and commitment to client success. www.proconinc.com.

Ribbon Cutting Photo Left to right: Mark Stebbins-CEO PROCON, Ted Gatsas-Mayor of Manchester, Sally Stebbins-PROCON Marketing, Katherine “Tinka” Stebbins, Borja Alvarez de Toledo-President Child and Family Services, Erin Waters-Child and Family Services Development Coordinator 

PROCON Honored with Enterprise Bank’s 2016 Business of Year Award

2016-05-05 | Lowell , MA

PROCON of Manchester, NH was honored with the Enterprise Bank 2016 Celebration of Excellence “Business of the Year Award,” before 2,000 attendees who packed the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on May 3rd. Business leaders, CEO’s and local dignitaries gathered for the celebration to recognize outstanding businesses in the region.

PROCON CEO and Chairman Mark Stebbins took to the stage and thanked the committee on behalf of his Company, while taking a few moments to share what PROCON means as a business. “Our goal is to take the dreams that our customers entrust us with; whether it is a warehouse, senior housing community, or a hotel and turn them into a reality. That is something that brings great pride and joy to our organization.”

The festive event was kicked off with a reception, followed by the opening welcome by Enterprise Bank CEO Jack Clancy, before moving into the award presentation portion of the evening. Motivational speaker, author, and activist Travis Roy concluded the night with an inspirational keynote address on the value of goal setting.

The occasion marked the sixth Enterprise Bank Celebration of Excellence Awards – an event that is held every 18 months to recognize successful businesses. The judging committee received hundreds of submissions from companies based in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. An industry cross-section of judges selected the winners in six different categories based on their contributions to the community and industry, innovative business practices or strategies, and proven leadership.

Mark Stebbins is the third generation to own and operate PROCON; that evolved from a small family business started 81 years ago by his grandfather Blanchard Stebbins. Today, it is a $200 million single source design and construction management company, specializing in aviation, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, industrial, multi-family residential and senior living projects throughout the Northeast. The Company’s success is due to a highly skilled collaborative workforce, a family-like work environment, a customized approach to client’s success and the high value placed on giving back to the community.

In a final statement that concluded his acceptance speech and captured the mood of the evening, Mark Stebbins said, “We look forward to doing this for a long time to come.”

Work Progresses on Stroudwater Lodge Senior Living Westbrook

2016-05-02 | Westbrook , ME

Construction crews are hard at work framing Stroudwater Lodge Senior Living Community in Westbrook, ME. Construction Manager, PROCON of Manchester, NH, teamed up on the project with the prominent developer, Northbridge Companies of Burlington, MA and The Sandy River Company of Portland, ME. Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough designed the 95-apartment senior living community. The new center is located at 116 Landing Road, just off Spring Street with quick access to I-95 and minutes from downtown Portland.

Preliminary site work began in November, 2015 – followed by the foundation placement that was completed in December. Currently, exterior framing is about ninety percent finished, and work crews are half way through the interior framework. PROCON’s project manager commented, “As a whole, we have a great group of subcontractors, who are focused on the schedule, and are meeting or exceeding the critical completion dates for the work.”

Stroudwater Lodge offers residents a new standard of living for the next generation of seniors with numerous onsite amenities for their convenience. The three-story community features upscale one and two-bedroom apartments with the option of independent or assisted living. Residents may enjoy a theater, art studio, salon and barber shop, café, pub, outdoor patio, brain gym with touch screen technology, and a sunroom.

The 90,848 SF community is part of the Stroudwater Landing campus and adjacent to Avita of Stroudwater that opened in 2013. Stroudwater and Avita will cover the full spectrum of senior living needs to include specialized memory care. Together, the multi-living communities will function as part of the larger Westbrook community with common spaces to support and connect with local events.

Wendy Nowokunski, Northbridge Companies President, said, “Our senior living communities are about enriching the lives of older adults and their families while being a vital resource to the surrounding community. Whenever possible, we plan to source food from farms in the area, allowing us to engage community suppliers. In turn, this connects us to and strengthens the neighboring economy.” She added, “Northbridge owns two other senior living communities in Brunswick and Wells, ME. The three communities will generate 285 jobs in the state of Maine.”

Senior housing is one of the most active segments of the multifamily housing market according to a 2015 U.S. Real Estate Industry Outlook Report. Independent living is ranked as the top trending portion of that market. Stroudwater Lodge and its sister communities provide customized senior living options with the added bonus of convenient onsite amenities that directly address that high demand. Stroudwater Lodge is expected to be weathertight in the middle of May and ready to welcome residents in the fall of 2016.

Northbridge Companies’ goal is to serve the many diverse needs and desires of today’s senior. Their company mission is to create living environments and innovative programs that encourage freedom, offer lifestyle choices, and provide necessary services to live life to the fullest. They thoughtfully develop, own, and manage quality senior living communities throughout New England, from independent to assisted living and memory care residences.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in senior living, multi-family residential, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, and industrial projects. PROCON is celebrating 81 years of business and is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON Donates Big to Granite YMCA Capital Campaign

2016-04-25 | Manchester , NH

The Granite YMCA’s Capital Campaign received a major boost recently, thanks to a considerable donation of $150,000 from PROCON. PROCON is a local design and construction management firm in the Manchester area, who has been serving the New England community for over 81 years.

“Our heart-felt thanks to Mark and Sally Stebbins and PROCON for this amazing gift,” said Hal Jordan, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA. “Their kindness and generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of youths across our region.”

The PROCON donation was a result of a pledge made to match funds raised by the team’s division of the Y’s Capital Campaign. All funds raised will support building the Y’s Centers for Youth and Teen Leadership.  The Allard Center site, a new facility, is expected to open this fall with the renovated and expanded downtown Manchester center slated for a winter, 2017 opening.  When completed, both centers will serve more than 2,000 teens and tweens.

As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2015, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.55 million to 19,488 individuals. www.graniteymca.org.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 81 plus years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success. www.proconinc.com.


Photo L-R Left to right:

PROCON CEO and Chairman Mark Stebbins, Sally Stebbins and Hal Jordan, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA.

JHM and PROCON Celebrate New Whole Foods on Site of Wayfarer Inn

2016-04-14 | Bedford , NH

Crowds of eager Bedford shoppers lined the pavement for the opening of Whole Foods’ newest location on the former site of the historic Wayfarer Inn. The 43,000 SF store on South River Road anchors Goffe Mill Plaza, memorializing the Goffe family’s name and 200-year ownership of the property. Excited employees cheered as the supermarket hosted its version of a ribbon cutting with a Bread Breaking Ceremony. Town officials gathered with development owner, Jiten Hotel Management (JHM) of Brockton, MA, Design-build firm PROCON of Manchester, and Civil Engineer company TFMoran of Bedford. Fourth Generation descendant of John Goffe, David Woodbury also attended the celebration.

JHM developed the mixed-use project in partnership with PROCON, who designed and constructed the foundation and exterior shell. As early plans took shape, Bedford officials wanted to ensure the Wayfarer Inn’s long and rich history would not be forgotten. With this in mind, JHM, PROCON, and Whole Foods committed to retaining as many historical elements as possible. As a result, Whole Food’s traditional framework was complemented by reclaimed portions of the original mill and bridge materials.

JHM Vice President Beth Scherer talked about the overall Goffe Mill Plaza project. “We enjoyed seeing the reclaimed products from the Wayfarer Inn used in Whole Foods. And, we are excited about the green spaces this project will eventually provide to the community. It is going to be a nice area for families to gather, as well as take in the beautiful waterfall and dam.”

Whole Foods Market Regional Vice President Laura Derba commented, “The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. The Town fully supported the process of getting this store built, and our team members are excited and ready to open it to the community.”

The John Goffe Historical Mill remains directly behind the plaza as a salute to the past, with a new roof and exterior refurbishments. Prominently placed signage will point out its historical significance for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

Whole Foods is a significant part of the growing Goffe Mill Plaza complex, that embodies the mixed-use development era, by blending residential, commercial and cultural amenities for “Village Style” living. Upon completion, the 16.2-acre complex will include two restaurants, an apartment building, fitness center, and nearly 8,000 SF of retail space. In February 2016, the 2,900 SF Provident Bank, also a part of the Plaza, opened its doors.

JHM is a premier hotel management company that has been providing hotel management expertise and hands-on development for over 20 years.’ During that time, it has become one of the top companies of its kind in New England. JHM’s particular focus is delivering customer satisfaction at all their properties with personalized touches that exceed guests expectations. www.jitenhotels.com.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 plus years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success. www.proconinc.com.

PROCON Partners with Child and Family Services SleepOut 2016

2016-04-05 | Manchester , NH

On Friday, March 25th, members of the local community attended the 2nd Annual Child and Family Services (CFS) SleepOut. City leaders, CFS officials, advocates and supporters gathered at Stanton Plaza on Elm Street for the event. Among the attendees were Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, PROCON CEO and Chairman Mark Stebbins and his wife Sally, and about 60 sleepers. The SleepOut is a night spent outside in the spirit of solidarity to raise funds for services that transform lives of homeless and at-risk youth. During the event, Mark and Sally Stebbins presented CFS officials with a $50,000 donation check, which helped CFS surpass their goal for the evening.

President/CEO of Child and Family Services Borja Alvarez de Toledo welcomed the attendees and stressed the ongoing need for raising community awareness with events like the SleepOut. He made reference to PROCON’s recent and longstanding partnership with the organization and added, “We are raising awareness and funds for 300 youth who have nowhere to sleep tonight. We are doing this with the community, the mayor, the Stebbins family, and with leaders who support this initiative. We want to make sure that these kids never become invisible.”

The Stebbins $50,000 gift follows on the heels of their previous $200,000 donation given for refurbishments of CFS’ recently opened youth center on Lincoln Street. Last year PROCON contributed the renovation funds, along with the resources of their design team, who helped with furniture acquisition and interior fit-ups. In November, the CFS staff moved into the renovated facility, which has allowed them to provide additional support services for the City’s troubled youth.

Mark Stebbins took a few minutes at the event to share why he supports the vision of CFS. “It’s amazing what Child and Family Services does day in and day out for youth in need. The heart and soul that goes into caring for these kids on a daily basis is truly outstanding. Sally, our Company and I support CFS so that these youth can someday grow up and be able to provide the home they did not have when they were kids.”

Mayor Ted Gatsas said, “This is about raising money to help children find their way in life. It is one of the most important things we can do for kids today - to help keep them off the streets, and away from the drug epidemic.”

This year three PROCON employees, Steve Kanavich, Jimmy Lehoux and Tom Haubrich, participated in the “cold-ground” event by spending the night under an open-air tent. The ground was covered with tarps and cardboard boxes, which is similar to what many homeless youth experience on a nightly basis. “Sleep time” began on Friday at 11:00 pm and concluded at 5:00 am Saturday morning. While the event did not propose to emulate true homelessness, it did serve to raise community consciousness about the plight of homeless youth.

The event generated $170,000 that will go towards operations of their new resource center that is visited by about 30-40 youth per day. CFS seeks to change the trajectory of these youth by providing them with the support and practical skills they need to live safe and productive lives.

On Thursday, May 12th, 2016, Child and Family Services will be celebrating the grand opening of their new Lincoln Street facility with a ribbon cutting and official naming of the building.

Child and Family Services of New Hampshire is a private nonprofit dedicated to advancing the well-being of children by providing an array of social services to strengthen family life and by promoting community commitment to the needs of children. http://www.cfsnh.org/

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in aviation, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 plus years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source design-build philosophy and commitment to client success. www.proconinc.com.

PHOTOS

Stebbins Donation L-R: President and CEO of CFS - Borja Alvarez de Toledo, CEO and Chairman - PROCON Mark Stebbins, Sally Stebbins, Jennifer Stebbins

2nd Photo: L-R:  Jimmy Lehoux, Jennifer Stebbins, Mark and Sally Stebbins, Tom Haubrich, Carol Duhart, Steve Kanavich

Residence Inn Concord MA Progresses towards Summer Finish

2016-02-11 | Concord , MA

PROCON construction crews are hard at work in Concord, MA framing the historical town’s first large-scale hotel. The Residence Inn by Marriott is going up at 320 Baker Avenue and is located just over a mile from Concord Center and 19 miles west of Boston. Waterford Development of Framingham, MA shares joint ownership in the venture with Manchester, NH based XSS Hotels. The two companies teamed again with longtime design-build partner PROCON of Manchester, NH who also designed the 77,250 SF hospitality project.

The 3-story hotel will feature stylish extended-stay king and queen studios with fully outfitted kitchens in each room. Guests of the hotel may enjoy numerous amenities that include a saltwater pool, fitness room, bar, and a breakfast lounge area. The exterior is complimented by a large patio with comfortable seating and fire pits for outdoor enjoyment. Environmental elements are incorporated into the design such as white roof, LED lighting throughout and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

Concord is one of the oldest towns in the Nation and the locale of the Minuteman National Historical Park that was a backdrop to key events during the American Revolutionary War. It was also called home by some of the greatest literary minds in America, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Its rich cultural heritage makes it a popular destination spot for thousands of annual visitors to the Greater Boston area. The new Residence Inn will provide tourists and visitors to Concord with an additional and closely accessible choice for their accommodation needs.

Foundation placement on the Residence Inn began in August 2015 concurrent with underground utilities that completed in the first week of October. With the utilities in and back-filled, slab-on-grade work commenced in mid-October. Framework and roof construction was finished at the end of January in readiness for windows, mechanical, plumbing and electrical work. The PROCON project manager remarked on how work is progressing. “Site conditions have been favorable since the start and construction is progressing as expected. We anticipate that the job will be completed on schedule this summer.”

Waterford Development Corporation was established in 1995 by principals Richard Houlding and Robert Shapiro and has developed over $200 million in real estate in the last 20 years. Waterford Development has combined the unique ability to design, develop, finance, and lease both large and small commercial and residential properties, making them one of the highly respected development companies in the Northeast.

XSS Hotels concentrates on developing dynamic, high-quality lodging with strong brand recognition. XSS Hotels has brought to life over 3,000 hotel guest rooms throughout the Northeast. The XSS Hotels’ portfolio serves the full-service, boutique, upscale extended-stay, select service and upper midscale hotel segments that are licensed with Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in hospitality, commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating over 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

What is the Formula to PROCON’s 80 Years of Business Success?

2016-02-03 | Manchester , NH

PROCON’s formula for success is a strong family presence coupled with a dedicated workforce, collaborative team culture, commitment to meeting client’s needs and offering solutions, and the high value placed on serving the local community. In recent times PROCON has experienced explosive growth hiring over 100 employees in the last two years while remaining true to the Company’s core values. Statistics shows that family-owned businesses makeup 80-90% of firms worldwide and are important drivers of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and job growth. Worldwide, the average family-owned company has been in business for 88 years and is in their 4th generation. The PROCON story certainly exemplifies these statistics. PROCON is a third generation, $200 million design and construction firm with 90% repeat business. The success story began 80 years ago with the Stebbins family in Manchester, NH.

Three Generations Strong
Blanchard Stebbins opened a small family business in 1935 building modest single-family homes in Manchester. In 1946, Blanchard began focusing on commercial, industrial and public works projects. Ten years later, Herbert Stebbins joined his father Blanchard in the business, after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. Herbert started as a laborer and learned every aspect of the business before taking the Company helm in 1963. Herbert steadily grew the business while serving as a tireless community leader in a variety of Granite State business and civic organizations. He served as President of both the Boys & Girls Club and the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association and was the youngest recipient of the UNH Alumnus Award. Elliott Hospital awarded him the “William S. Green Award” for lasting impact as a longtime Trustee and he was a longstanding supporter of Granite United Way. In 1989, Herbert received the “Citizen of the Year” award by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Herbert’s son, Mark, graduated from Dartmouth College and launched his professional career working in the real estate department at Chase Manhattan Bank in Manhattan. In 1979, he returned to New Hampshire and established the development arm of the Company. Among the early projects Mark developed were Straw Hill in Manchester, Blye Farm in Concord, the renovation of the Opera Block in Manchester, and the operation center for First New Hampshire Bank at exit 10 off I-93 in Hooksett. Herbert quickly recognized Mark’s keen business sense and was supportive of his willingness to take risks necessary for growth. Mark increasingly assumed the business’ leadership responsibility and took over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PROCON in the mid-1980s.

Exponential Growth
As the next decade unfolded, Mark and PROCON President John Samenfeld recognized the benefits of a seamless approach to construction by combining the architectural and building services to create a customized project delivery process. In 1988, PROCON hired its first in-house architects, moving the Company towards the design-build paradigm. A fully integrated design team had a transformative effect on productivity. Architects, engineers, estimators and construction managers collaborated to define the project parameters in design, derive cost estimates, produce value-added solutions, and work through issues of constructability before the start of construction. The results have been exceptional; a 30-year revenue growth from $5 to $200 million, a thriving 180-strong workforce, and 90% repeat client business. The Company currently has hundreds of multi-million dollar projects in its portfolio, and this year it is proud to celebrate 80 years of delivering client success and innovative services.

PROCON’s extensive design and construction portfolio specializes in athletic, aviation, commercial, institutional, hospitality, industrial, senior living and multi-family residential projects throughout the Northeast. The firm’s high profile projects include the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place, the Portwalk Urban Development, Exel Warehouse, Merrimack College Dorms, The Volpe Center Ice Arena at Merrimack College and Brightview Senior Living Communities.

The luxurious 150-room Renaissance at Patriot Place Hotel is adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough; home to the New England Patriots and anchors a $1.3 million SF lifestyle complex and entertainment center. Downtown Portsmouth’s skyline has been rejuvenated by Portwalk; a pedestrian friendly, urban development providing hotels, restaurants, event center, office space and luxury apartments covering a full city block. Exel Warehouse in Bow, NH is a 247,000 SF warehouse/distribution center for the State Liquor Commission. Residential Village at Merrimack College accommodates 350 students in 3-story town-home style dorms. The Merrimack Volpe Skating Complex was an 83,000 SF expansion in N. Andover, MA, complete with a new practice ice arena and home to the college’s sports medicine and health sciences programs. Also included is PROCON’s architectural wing expansion, a 14,870 SF former warehouse redesigned into a collaborative workspace for its 50 plus architects and engineers. The firm has also completed six Brightview Senior Living Communities’ that redefines a new generation of upscale amenity-rich living accommodations for seniors. 

Even as the Company celebrates its achievements, Mark Stebbins, and the PROCON team remains conscious of the perils of complacency. At a recent company-wide meeting, he inspired his workforce with the words, “Our goal is to always be reinventing ourselves. We should never stop evolving or changing to meet the needs of our clients.”

Value-Based Leadership
PROCON’s remarkable success can be attributed, in part to the Company’s commitment to attracting and retaining only the highest skilled professionals who fit into their collaborative culture. The Company’s long-term stability and proactive approach translates into increased productivity and higher levels of satisfaction to their clients. PROCON’s backdrop is a highly collaborative atmosphere where all employees regardless of position, are appreciated and recognized for their hard work. PROCON President John Samenfeld, who will celebrate 40 years with the firm in 2016, shares these values with Mark. Together, they share profits through surprise bonuses with the employees throughout the year. Like John, most of the executive team members have been with PROCON for 20 to 35 years. Among those clocking in with longevity is Mark’s wife, Sally, who joined her husband in the business in the early 1990s. Although the Company has been a Stebbins owned enterprise for three generations, Sally is the first spouse to play a significant role in the Company. She has spent 25 years overseeing public relations that have been strategic in building and solidifying the corporate brand.

Giving Back
The Stebbins family and PROCON’s management team has always placed high priority on giving back to the local community, and employees are encouraged to do the same. PROCON and its employees have supported many organizations including Easter Seals of NH, the YMCA, Manchester Boys and Girls Club, and Child and Family Services, to name a few. The Company has particularly championed the cause of Granite United Way raising hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last 30 years through concerted fundraising drives and generously matching employee contributions.

Continuing the Legacy
As the Company looks to the future, members of the fourth generation of the Stebbins family have joined the business perpetuating the legacy. Mark’s son, John Stebbins began working summers on job sites as a laborer and interning with the architecture and estimating departments. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and received his Master’s in Architecture from Virginia Tech. After working several years for the architectural firm Onyx Group in Virginia, John officially joined the family business in 2010 as a Project Manager in the hotel division. Mark’s daughter, Jennifer apprenticed at the Company in various roles including financing and special projects during summers. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in psychology and economics, she spent four years as a strategy and management consultant for L.E.K. Consulting. In 2013, Jennifer joined the Company as a Financial Strategist.

Ongoing Commitment
PROCON remains committed to the core company values that characterize the heart of the PROCON experience; customer service excellence, a high-performance workforce, team-culture dynamics, community service and a strong family presence. This collective ideology epitomizes the spirit of how this family-owned business continues to thrive 80 years since its humble beginnings.

PROCON Nears Framework Completion at Rand-Whitney Container Facility

2016-02-02 | Dover , NH

Rand-Whitney has been a household name for nearly 80 years pioneering innovative and environmentally-friendly corrugated packaging. This year its Corporate Drive facility in Portsmouth will be relocating to a new 118,600 SF container building currently under construction at Stonewall Industrial Park in Dover. Rand-Whitney collaborated with Summit Land Development of Dover on the land and they selected PROCON of Manchester, NH as the design-builder on their new facility. PROCON is currently nearing completion on the framework. The $7.7 million enterprise is a welcomed sight to Dover City officials as part of the City’s commitment to promoting an attractive environment for new businesses.

This is a landmark moment for Rand-Whitney after years of searching for a new location in which to expand its equipment, production and workforce in the New Hampshire area. This summer, it will pack up its 45-plus Portsmouth employees and move into the substantially larger building adjacent to specialty food company, Stonewall Kitchen. The relocation is highly anticipated by the Company and employees alike, since many of their current personnel already live in Dover and towns north of its location.

The 35-foot high structure will be segmented into 118,600 sf overall with 112,500 SF dedicated to manufacturing/warehouse use and 6,100 SF for offices. The Company intends to hire more employees and add additional equipment to the Dover facility. Plans call for transferring the existing equipment to the Dover location and integrating the new equipment and machinery – a move that is expected to increase their production values.

An expert assessment of the Company’s existing equipment was conducted by PROCON’s design team to incorporate old and new equipment accurately into the drawings. The structure is a standard industrial building over a steel frame clad covered with 3” structured insulated panel (SIP). A 2” thermal break was installed between the interior and exterior slab to prevent the perimeter slab from exposure to excessive cold, which in turn will help minimize the operation’s energy consumption within the structure.

Initial work involved foundation placement in October 2015, simultaneous with the construction of underground utilities and subsequent installation of the parking area. Structural Steel framework began in late November along with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Work also commenced on the erection of 3” insulated metal panels in January that will take approximately a month to complete. Roof work is set to begin shortly. According to the project manager, the project has been smooth and fluid. He added, “Our comprehensive weekly meetings with the owner to coordinate the equipment relocation have been mutually beneficial and has allowed us to maintain the project’s schedule and budget.”

Rand-Whitney produces and ships corrugated displays, shipping containers and folding cartons to a variety of industrial and consumer end-users. Since 1938 Rand-Whitney has provided fast turnaround service and innovative solutions, along with broad resources, and award-winning capabilities exceeding demands in the consumer marketplace.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in industrial, aviation, athletic, commercial, hospitality, institutional, and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating over 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source design and construction management philosophy and commitment to client success.

Brightview Senior Living Norwalk, CT Opens to Residents

2016-01-29 | Norwalk , CT

Brightview Senior Living Community in Norwalk is welcoming its first residents. The innovative 3-story hub for senior living at 162 Canaan Avenue sits close to the downtown Norwalk area and is less than 50 miles from New York City. The prominent Baltimore-based firm, Shelter Development has partnered again with PROCON of Manchester, NH as the architect and construction manager for the $16 million project. This is their seventh collaboration on a Brightview Senior Living project.

This new addition to the Brightview network of communities, called Brightview on New Canaan, features 90 units total, with 66 designated for assisted living and 24 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Brightview communities also offer a specialized program and environment for dementia care known as Wellspring Village®, designed to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations. Residents are offered a variety of floor plans and care options with numerous onsite amenities to include an elegant dining room, private dining spaces, a café, wellness/fitness center, activities room, beauty/barber salon and library/media room. Victorian-style architectural elements are reflected throughout the 70,000 SF building, such as recessed columns, gable and shed dormers and a dramatic porte-cochere at the main entrance. Surface parking is available in front of the building and walkways. The exterior is completed by elegant patio spaces highlighted by gazebos and water fountains to enhance the senior’s enjoyment.

The host of onsite amenities are a combination of convenience meeting necessity. At Brightview Senior Living Communities, seniors participate in all-inclusive living for their everyday needs. This often translates into freeing up more leisure time for fun, productive types of activities such as clubs, games, hobbies and get-togethers. Brightview’s trained staff are carefully selected for their warmth, friendliness and respect for the residents.

Shelter Development is one of the companies at the forefront of filling a fast growing vortex in the U.S. - the need for senior housing with onsite services. According to the 2015 Akerman Real Estate Industry Report, the number of people 65 or older is projected to grow to 51 percent by 2025. Medical technology allows them to live longer lives, which in turn has increased the demand for the housing of older adults. The Baltimore-based company not only meets this need, but provides seniors with upscale, state-of-the-art communities located in eight states along the Eastern Seacoast. Brightview on New Canaan will serve Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Westport, Greenwich and the surrounding towns.

The project commenced in fall 2014 with site work and foundation placement followed by framework in spring 2015. Subsequent construction involved installation of the exterior skin, sheeting, vinyl siding and the exterior windows. The final phase of work included flooring, common spaces, dining areas and millwork that were all finished with tasteful furnishings and decor.

PROCON has enjoyed a long partnership with Shelter Development since 2012 when they collaborated on the Brightview N. Andover community. Shelter Development realized the value and quality of PROCON’s in-house design and build process and contracted with them for consecutive projects. The $200 million design and build Company has since completed Brightview communities in Arlington, Danvers and Billerica, MA, with additional projects currently underway in Wakefield and Canton, MA.

Based in Baltimore, MD, Brightview Senior Living, LLC, offers senior living communities in eight states - Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They include Independent Living, Assisted Living and Dementia Care options. Brightview is committed to creating vibrant senior living communities by providing excellent service and creating environments that are great places to live and great places to work.

PROCON to Complete Brightview Senior Living Canton, MA this Summer

2016-01-25 | Canton , MA

Brightview Senior Living Community located at 125 Turnpike Street in Canton, MA is on schedule for a summer 2016 completion. The community is situated 15 miles from Boston and lies at the foot of Great Blue Hill, located within the Blue Hills Preservation. The project was developed by The Shelter Group, a prominent firm located in Baltimore, MD. PROCON of Manchester, NH was selected as the designer and construction manager for the $30 million project. This is the seventh collaboration between PROCON and The Shelter Group on Brightview senior housing in Massachusetts since 2012.

Plans call for 160 residential units including 95 independent living apartments, 40 dedicated apartments for assisted living and 25 for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Brightview communities also offer a specialized program and environment for dementia care known as Wellspring Village, designed to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations. This location will serve Canton, Milton, Sharon, Westwood, Randolph, Norwood, Dedham and the surrounding areas.

Brightview Canton is all-inclusive living designed for the unique needs of the older adult population. The community will provide housekeeping, dining, transportation, maintenance and chef-prepared meals. Prospective residents will have the option to choose from a variety of spacious, comfortable and easy-to-manage apartment styles and floor plans. Among the convenient state-of-the-art amenities are a wellness/fitness center, movie theater, beauty/barber shop, café, pub library/media room, elegant dining rooms and gathering spaces for seniors to enjoy. A unique feature to the Canton location is a quarter-mile walking path that loops through the surrounding wetland and grassland areas.

Construction began on the 167,000 SF community occupying 29 acres in December 2014. Due to the general size and layout of the building, work was divided into three overall areas. The current status of construction ranges from finishes in the first area to the hanging of drywall in the third area. Each Brightview community is unique in its architecture and layout. The Canton community was designed to echo the style of New England’s historical Victorian mansions – with a mansard roof, porches, turrets and dormer windows with top quality construction and high-end finishes. The project manager stated, “It’s strong exterior Victorian influences required a meticulous attention to detail and a high level of coordination. It has been a rewarding process to see the whole thing come together so well.” 

The Shelter Group is a privately held real estate development and property management company founded in 1977, specializing in multifamily and senior living communities. More than three decades of experience in delivering creative and successful outcomes make the company a recognized leader in the industry. The company offers thirty-five Brightview Communities in eight states including Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They include Independent Living, Assisted Living and Dementia Care options.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design and construction firm specializing in aviation, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON LEADERSHIP CHANGES

2016-01-22 | Hooksett , NH

John Samenfeld has been promoted to Vice Chairman of PROCON. John has 40 years with the Company, most recently as President. He has been involved in many of PROCON’s major projects from concept to completion. His experience has been an invaluable asset in providing consistent guidance throughout all phases of the design and construction process. Under John’s leadership PROCON has grown into a $200 million fully-integrated design and construction management firm with projects throughout Northeastern United States.

PROCON has appointed Lance Bennett as Co-President of the company. Lance has 31 years of experience with PROCON, lately as Executive Vice President of Construction Operations. His oversight of the company’s construction management professionals has been a strategic part of the Company’s successful progression into more complex and sophisticated projects throughout the Northeast.

PROCON has appointed James A. Loft, AIA as Co-President of the company. He has been with PROCON for 20 years, most recently at Executive Vice President of architecture and engineering. His leadership has spearheaded the department’s explosive growth from four to fifty professionals and has allowed PROCON play an integral role in redefining the industry’s design-build paradigm.

PROCON Launches AC Hotel in the Northeast

2016-01-12 | Medford , MA

PROCON is nearing completion of the first AC Hotel by Marriott to be launched in the New England area at 95 Station Landing in Medford, MA. The 82,682 sf AC brand hotel makes its debut in the “live-stay-play” campus at Station Landing, minutes from downtown Boston and walking distance to the Wellington “T” station. PROCON of Manchester, NH is the architect and construction manager of the nearly $16 million project, XSS Hotels of Hooksett, NH is the project developer and Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth, NH will manage the property that is expected to open to guests in early 2016.

The tri-company collaborative team of PROCON, XSS and Colwen has a successful track record with Marriott International - with a robust assortment of upscale hotels they have previously built throughout the Northeast. When they were looking to expand their hospitality portfolio, the AC Hotels’ brand appealed to them for its modern interpretations and European flavor that they felt would be attractive to today’s “design-led” traveler. The much anticipated AC Hotel Boston-North is an exciting venture for the three companies and a corporate milestone as they initiate the brand in the Northeastern United States. Even as the final touches are being installed at the 5-story hotel, plans are already underway to add three additional AC Hotels to the Bay State in Cambridge, Worcester and Boston’s South End.

“We continually look to complement our expanding hospitality portfolio with exceptional properties that deliver unique experiences for both leisure and group travelers," said Leo Xarras, XSS Hotels Managing Partner. "We are excited to be the owners of the first AC Hotel by Marriott in the Northeast and look forward to making our guest’s stay a memorable one.”

The smartly-appointed AC Hotel Boston North sits adjacent to the Shops at Station Landing offering dining, shopping and local attractions with all that Boston has to offer within easy reach. The 152 modern guestrooms blend European influences with cosmopolitan sophistication for a seamless and affordable travel experience. In-room amenities include flexible work space with USB outlets, mini refrigerator, a wall-mounted bench unique to the AC brand and 48-inch LED flat-screen TV. Guest accommodations are complimented by lounge/bar, library area, fitness center, meeting rooms, saltwater pool, restaurant/café, 24-hour market and complimentary WiFi.

Founded in 1998 AC Hotels originated in Spain, was launched in the US in 2013, and is characterized by sleek, innovative aesthetics in a sophisticated setting for the design-conscious traveler. According to Top 10 Hospitality Trends 2015 by Hoteliers Hotel, Travel and Hospitality News, “Exploration, interaction and experience are the major focus of today’s travelers who are looking for an overall gourmet experience for a reasonable price. They seek a unique experience and this has, and will continue to drive change within the hospitality market.”

Construction began on the 5-story hotel in November 2014 and it is currently in the final phase of finish carpentry and flooring. The exterior features a modern entrance way canopy and two patios compliment the adjacent dining and meeting rooms. Façade finishes are completed by metal paneling, precast stone, brick, vinyl windows and a curtain wall.

XSS Hotels concentrates on developing dynamic, high-quality lodging with strong brand recognition. XSS Hotels has brought to life over 3,000 hotel guest rooms throughout the Northeast. The XSS Hotels’ portfolio serves the full-service, boutique, upscale extended-stay, select service and upper midscale hotel segments that are licensed with Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design and construction firm specializing in aviation, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON is Designer and Construction Manager at Patriot Place Hilton Garden Inn

2015-12-17 | Foxborough , MA

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2015/12/patriot-place-expanding-with-hilton-garden-inn.html
 

Construction is underway for a new Hilton Garden Inn at Patriot Place in Foxborough. The 79,000 SF hotel overlooks Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots and is part of the 1.3 million SF Patriot Place shopping, dining and entertainment hub. PROCON is the architect and construction manager of the $14 million project, XSS Hotels of Manchester is the project developer and Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth, NH will manage the completed property.

This is the second hotel project at Patriot Place that the three companies have developed, designed, built and managed; the first hotel is a Marriott branded property, which is immediately adjacent to the new Hilton Hotel. In 2009, the 138,000 SF Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel opened to exceptional public response and a consistently high occupancy.

Guests of the Hilton Garden Inn will be able to enjoy the two-pronged bonus of stadium-side accessibility, combined with world-class shopping and entertainment at their fingertips. The extensive Patriot Place Shopping Center draws over 20 million shoppers a year, sits on 350 acres and is a stone’s throw from the famous sports stadium. Recognized as a “lifestyle destination center,” the 80-store complex has reinvigorated the Foxborough area since its completion and easily accesses Boston in less than 30 minutes.

XSS Hotels’ Managing Partner Leo Xarras points out, “We wanted to offer another upscale hotel option for the millions of travelers who frequent this area each year; one that provides quality, convenience, and great service, and the Hilton Garden Inn is highly respected for all three.”

The Foxborough Hilton Garden Inn is a chic addition to the renowned Hilton global brand providing travelers with an authentic upscale and contemporary guest experience complimented by thoughtful amenities. The 136-key hotel will feature an indoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, 24/7 business center, meeting room, lounge/bar, 24-Hour Market for sundries, a designated office space and complimentary WiFi throughout. Guests can relax, discover and connect with great service, inviting social spaces and the convenience of a stylish onsite restaurant. The onsite parking includes 39 spaces, with four spots designated for low emissions vehicles. Additionally, two electric vehicle-charging stations will be on hand, as well as a canopy-covered area where guests can pull through to drop-off/pick-up passengers.

In recent years, the demand for hotel rooms in the Boston area has far outstripped the supply and it is not expected to change anytime soon. This is according to Jan Freitag of “HotelNewsNow” in a November 2015 U.S. hotel industry market report. The New England Patriots attract fans to the Gillette Stadium from around the world, as one of the most successful teams in NFL history. The stadium also attracts some of the biggest concert performers in the entertainment industry including Taylor Swift, who packed the 68,000+ seat stadium during her “1989” World Tour this year. Kenny Chesney has drawn huge crowds at Gillette for the last several years, and will team with Miranda Lambert at Gillette Stadium for his 2016 “Spread the Love Tour.” New England Revolution Soccer team also plays their home games at the venue. When millions of concert-goers and shoppers visit Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place annually, they will have the options of staying at the new Hilton Garden Inn or the Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel.

Site work commenced on the Hilton property in October 2015 with preliminary excavations, followed by the concurrent installation of underground utilities and the placement of the foundation. PROCON’s Project Manager stated, “Things are going well, the steel placement is set to begin in mid-December, and we are right on track towards our target finish in the fall of 2016.” Plans call for the 5-story building to be wood framed construction with brick and metal panels, and a precast veneer along the lower level completes the exterior finish.

XSS Hotels concentrates on developing dynamic, high-quality lodging with strong brand recognition. XSS Hotels has brought to life over 3,000 hotel guest rooms throughout the Northeast. The XSS Hotels’ portfolio serves the full-service, boutique, upscale extended-stay, select service and upper midscale hotel segments that are licensed with Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design and construction firm specializing in aviation, commercial, educational, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON Supports Child and Family Services New Youth Resource Center for Homeless Youth

2015-12-09 | Manchester , NH

Child and Family Services recently opened a new Youth Resource Center at 330 Lincoln Street in Manchester. The new center will provide support services for the homeless youth in the City, ages 12 to 22-years-old. PROCON, which has been an active supporter of Child and Family Services (CFS) for over 25 years,  provided $200,000 for the interior renovation of the new youth center, as well as assistance with furnishing and fixtures. PROCON’s financial support allowed Child and Family Services to move and expand the youth center to the new location and open its door before the start of the cold winter season.

Earlier this year, PROCON sponsored the CFS SleepOut 2015 that raised awareness of the youth homelessness problem in the City and raised funds to provide services. PROCON Chairman and CEO Mark Stebbins attended the event with his wife Sally, and heard about the story of a 15-year old who struggled as a homeless youth. Both were moved by the story, along with the realization that over 300 youth are homeless in Manchester on any given night.  As a result, he inquired where PROCON’s dollars would be most beneficial in helping with this problem. The then Director of Development Ruth Zax mentioned that CFS had acquired the Lincoln Street property but had not taken up occupancy pending the resources for renovations. What no one knew about at the time, was the fortuitous back-story to the Lincoln Street venture involving Mark Stebbins and PROCON that took on a pleasantly surprising twist.

Ruth Zax recalls the occasion, “When we mentioned our intention to move the center to the Lincoln Street address, there was a brief silence, then Mark’s face lit up. He told us that the future CFS building was adjacent to the site where his grandfather, Blanchard Stebbins originally opened the family business in 1935. As we registered what he said it was a serendipitous moment for us all.” President/CEO of Child and Family Services Borja Alvarez de Toledo added, “Mark immediately took us under his wing and committed to providing both financial support for the renovations and his Company’s design services. It was an exciting moment for us because we realized our dream of a new youth center would be able to become a reality.”

PROCON set the ball rolling with an initial $200,000 donation to fund the renovation work. Mark went into action commissioning PROCON’s in-house design team with the interior layout, color choices, a selection of fabrics, and furniture purchases. Within months, contractors commenced work on the renovations. PROCON’s partner’s XSS Hotels and Colwen Hotels also pitched in assistance with materials, donations and the purchase of furniture through their wholesale distribution channels.

Sally Stebbins remarks, “We are very pleased to continue our support of Child and Family Services with the renovation of the new Resource Center. The Center will provide a variety of services to Manchester’s homeless youth, including access to food, clothing, hot showers, laundry facilities and access to a computer lab and community services.”

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and experts believe that one in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the US, according to a study by the National Center for Family Homelessness. On the local level, it is estimated that 1,000 or more homeless youth are on the “known” radar in the Manchester area, and approximately 300 are homeless on any given night.

These types of statistics accentuate the critical role that Manchester CFS plays in the community, where they are seeing roughly 30-40 youth per day inside their doors and around 750 per year. Ages range from 12 to about 22 years-old and are solicited through outreach efforts targeted to underage homeless youth. However, their personal lives are often complicated by in-home alcoholism, drug addiction or domestic violence. The Center provides them with a hub to address personal needs from meeting with a therapist, or receiving a meal, to doing laundry or taking a hot shower. They are also exposed to career presentations given by local businesses. CFS Communications Director Kat Strange underscores that the Center is also an access point of opportunity to show them options for rebuilding their lives, “We are in a position to help youth change the trajectory of their lives through these services. They work toward a goal such as finding housing, learning a trade, taking their HiSET exam, developing usable skills, doing workforce development and finding jobs.”

Ruth Zax has devoted 40 years of her life to working with Child and Family Services and is retiring this year. Ruth shared her sentiments about the Lincoln Street move and PROCON’s partnership with CFS. “This is my last big project, and for me it is the perfect donor wish fulfilled…it is one of those picture-perfect stories - and a nice way for me to go out.”

In addition to providing financial support for the renovation and fit-up, PROCON is offering a $50,000 challenge match during CFS Sleep-Out 2016 to raise operational funds for the Center. “It is our hope that the Teen Resource Center will provide the additional support services these teens need to become self-sufficient adults,” stated Mark Stebbins.

PROCON Partners with Rand-Whitney on Bigger Better Container Facility in Dover, NH

2015-12-02 | Dover , NH

Excitement was in the air on November 20th as PROCON of Manchester, Rand-Whitney of Portsmouth, neighbors and local officials celebrated groundbreaking on a new 118,600 SF Rand-Whitney Container facility at Stonewall Industrial Park in Dover, NH. Rand-Whitney is a household name known for pioneering innovative and environmentally friendly corrugated packaging for nearly 80 years. PROCON is the designer and construction manager celebrating 80 years, and Summit Land Development of Dover is the developer. Cheers and congratulations abounded as speakers took to the podium to express their gratitude about the project that came together with remarkable teamwork and comradery by everyone involved.

Rand-Whitney is pleased that years of searching for a long-term facility have successfully concluded with the decision to construct a plant in Dover, where they began. Their new “home base” is conveniently located at Route 108 and the Spaulding Turnpike junction.  According to Nick Smith, president & CEO of Rand-Whitney, “many of the employees are ecstatic about the move because they either come from Dover or other town’s father north, so it is a great area for us. At this location, we will be able to hire more employees, bring in new equipment and develop our relationship with our neighbor Stonewall Kitchen and other local businesses.”

Rand-Whitney operated a corrugated cardboard sheet plant in Dover from 1972 to 2002, but subsequent growth and expansion required relocations over the years to Rochester, then later to Pease. When the decision was made to construct a new plant to house their massive operations, Dover’s business friendly environment was the most viable option. Daniel Barufaldi, the Economic Development Director for Dover, weighed in on how the project developed. “Rand Whitney’s long history in this City and our relationship with PROCON made it a good match. It was a true team effort – everyone worked together, along with the capabilities of the City to move the project forward quickly and it was something of a miracle. They are back where they started, and that’s a wonderful thing.” 

Smith also said the new building will be substantially larger than the current one on Corporate Drive in Portsmouth to allow for additional equipment and higher production volumes. The intended 35-foot high structure is to be segmented into 118,600 sf overall with 112,500 sf dedicated to the manufacturing/warehouse use and 6,100 sf dedicated to offices. Rand-Whitney will also be neighbors to specialty food company, Stonewall Kitchen who already has construction work underway on a 75,000 sf facility with plans to conclude by summer 2016.

The packaging firm’s move involves the relocation of its existing equipment to the completed facility, as well as adding new equipment and machinery in the prospective space. PROCON’s design team conducted an expert assessment of the Company’s existing equipment to incorporate old and new equipment accurately into the drawings. The intended structure is standard industrial building over a steel frame clad in a 3” structured insulated panel (SIP). A 2” thermal break was installed between the interior and exterior slab to prevent the perimeter slab from exposure to excessive cold, which in turn will help minimize the operation’s energy consumption within the structure.

In recent years, the City of Dover has been experiencing a surge in economic and industrial growth, as more companies are attracted to the City for its commitment to promoting a sound environment for prospective businesses to prosper. Rand-Whitney’s longevity, reputation for quality products and services, and dedication to customer success make it a gratifying addition to the Dover landscape. City of Dover Mayor Karen Weston was clearly elated about the enterprise, “our goal as a City has been to increase economic development and this is such a huge boost to our economy. We are already seeing the economic benefits of having Rand-Whitney here.”

Rand-Whitney produces and ships corrugated displays, shipping containers and folding cartons to a variety of industrial and consumer end-users. Since 1938 Rand-Whitney has provided fast turnaround service and innovative solutions, along with broad resources, and award-winning capabilities exceeding demands in the consumer marketplace.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in industrial, aviation, athletic, commercial, hospitality, institutional, and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source design and construction management philosophy and commitment to client success.

 

PROCON Adds to the Innovative Stroudwater Landing Senior Living Campus in Maine

2015-11-16 | Westbrook , ME

The air was filled with expectation on November 12 as key players in the Stroudwater Lodge development placed their shovels in the dirt to kick off construction of Stroudwater Lodge Residences. The project’s Construction Manager, PROCON of Manchester, NH, teamed up with prominent developer, Northbridge Companies and renowned real estate firm, the Sandy River Company for the festivities. Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, ME, designed the 3-story, 95-unit, state-of-the-art senior assisted/independent living facility. Local Westbrook officials and business well-wishers were on hand to join in the festivities in a warm show of support.

Stroudwater Lodge is a joint venture between Northbridge Companies of Burlington, MA, and Sandy River Company of Portland, ME, offering residents a new standard of living for the next generation of senior residents in New England. It is steps away from the acclaimed Avita of Stroudwater that opened in 2013 and it is slated for a fall 2016 completion. Conveniently located just off I-95 near bustling downtown Portland, residents will have accessible shopping, entertainment and medical services at their fingertips.

Representatives from each of the project contributors spoke briefly about the role of the new facility and its impact on the area. “We are proud to be part of building something that provides housing in an upscale environment that meets a need in the senior community and supports the local economy at the same time,” stated PROCON Senior Vice President Dan Messier.

Northbridge Companies President Wendy Nowokunski stated, “Stroudwater Lodge is complimentary to Avita as we build out a campus that covers the full spectrum of senior living needs from independent living to memory care. This building is going to have terrific high-end amenities, and together the two communities will function as part of the larger Westbrook community with common spaces to support and connect with local events. Whenever possible, we source our food from fresh local farms which allows us to draw on the community resources which in turn strengthens the neighboring economy.”

Senior housing is expected to be the second most active segment of the multifamily housing arena over the next few years according to the 2015 U.S. Real Estate Industry Outlook Report, with independent living as the top trending portion of that market. Stroudwater Lodge is meeting that demand head-on by providing customized senior housing options in upscale accommodations incentivized by numerous “one-stop-shopping” amenities. Stroudwater residents will enjoy an abundance of conveniences, such as a theater, art studio, salon and barber shop, café, pub, outdoor patio, brain gym with touch screen technology, and a sunroom. Exterior finishes include a clapboard and board and batten siding with heavy timber accents and 3-story heavy timber porches. The exterior is completed with a beautifully landscaped courtyard and walking path at the building’s rear.

Passion and genuine affection for the communities shone through as Wendy Nowokunski expounded on her vision with attendees, “our goal for Northbridge Companies’ communities is simple – to make a positive difference in people’s lives by creating a special place where residents can thrive and families can have peace of mind. Our communities not only support seniors and their families, but are a vital resource to the area, generating 285 jobs in Brunswick, Wells, and Westbrook.”

The multi-level community will offer one and two-bedroom units with the option of independent or assisted living.

Every contingency for comfort, convenience and safety are addressed, from the selection of the Executive Director to the wait staff. All personnel undergoes an intensive memory care training program that exceeds industry regulatory standards and equips all Northbridge Avita personnel with the tools needed to support residents affected by dementia.

Northbridge Companies’ goal is to serve the many diverse needs and desires of today’s senior. Their company mission is to create living environments and innovative programs that encourage freedom, offer lifestyle choices, and provide necessary services to live life to the fullest. They thoughtfully develop, own, and manage quality senior living communities throughout New England. From independent to assisted living and memory care residences, Northbridge offers choices for seniors and their families.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in multi-family residential, commercial, hospitality, institutional, and industrial projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON Projects Earn 2015 ABC NH/VT Excellence in Construction Awards

2015-10-26 | Concord , NH

Design and construction firm, PROCON of Hooksett, was honored on October 22nd with two prestigious 2015 Excellence in Construction awards by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter, (ABC NH/VT). Brightview Assisted Living Community in Arlington, MA was awarded the top honor, "Design-Build Excellence" and PROCON’s Architecture/Engineering (A/E) Office Expansion received the "Design-Build Merit" award. Project teams from companies throughout the region gathered at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord to recognize the award winners.

Brightview Assisted Living Community in Arlington originated in 2012 as a rocky ledge filled with trees, dense foliage and a steep boulder-filled slope presenting immense construction challenges. Today, a beautifully appointed 4-story 68,000 SF building overlooking Boston’s skyline, occupies the site with every modern amenity to meet the needs of a rising assisted living population. “It was a challenging job that had a successful ending thanks to our project team. Shelter Development has called it one of their favorite communities because of the building location, color schemes, and layout,” stated Senior Vice President and Project Executive Dan Messier who accepted the award alongside members of the project team.

The premier Class A office space now known as PROCON A/E offices began its life in the 1960s as the Gilbert Block Plant. PROCON acquired the building in the 1980s and the warehouse quickly became a storage zone for construction equipment and Associated Builders and Contractors training. As the Company grew exponentially, the need arose for a collaborative workspace to house its 50 plus architects and engineers. The new A/E office expansion has provided a productive and attractive office space showcasing the PROCON design team’s architectural skills and construction management talents. PROCON Executive Vice President of Operations, Lance Bennett, took to the stage with members of the AE design team and thanked the organization for the award adding, “We were a Company growing fast with architects spread throughout the building. In 2010, we decided enough was enough, and we needed a collaborate space to bring everyone together. We are proud of how it turned out; it’s a wonderful work area where our teams can effectively connect.”

ABC’s panel of judges represented a cross-section of the industry including owners, architects, and planners. Award winners are selected based on several criteria that recognize professionalism, creativity, capabilities, sustainable practice and overall accomplishments in its category.

PROCON is a fully integrated, in-house, design-build firm specializing in athletic, aviation, commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source design and construction philosophy and commitment to client success that has resulted in 95% repeat business.

PROCON Honored with NH Business Review's Business Excellence Award

2015-10-26 | Manchester , NH

On October 20, PROCON was honored with the 2015 Business Excellence Award for a large company in Real Estate and Construction by NH Business Review. Nearly 300 of New Hampshire’s best and brightest business and civic leaders attended the 13th annual gala at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

“It is an honor to receive this award that I accept on behalf of all my employees who have worked hard to make PROCON the company it is today,” stated PROCON Chairman and CEO Mark Stebbins. “We are so proud to be doing business in the great State of New Hampshire and being able to make a difference in our local communities.”

A native of Manchester, Mark believes in having a positive impact on the community by generously donating to charities including Granite United Way, Child and Family Services, Easter Seals, Manchester YMCA, Manchester Boys and Girls Club, among others. PROCON leadership and employees feel that it is a privilege to be able to help those less fortunate in the local community and know that it can positively change the lives that have been touched by these organizations.

NH Business Review Business Excellence Awards is an annual recognition of the initiative, creativity, and determination of Granite State businesses. Award nominations were selected by a seven-judge panel and determined based on industriousness, innovation and vision, achievements and community involvement.

PROCON’s fully integrated in-house design-build team grew from humble beginnings of constructing single-family homes with an annual revenue of under $5 Million in 1935, to now a large commercial design and construction firm with annual revenues of over $200 Million. PROCON’s 180 employees, including 60 architects, designers, and engineers, specialize in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial, athletic, aviation and multi-family residential projects throughout the Northeast, from NY to Maine. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success that has resulted in 95% repeat business.

PROCON in the Completion Stages of Brightview Tarrytown, NY

2015-09-22 | Greenburgh , NY

Construction work is nearing completion on the Brightview Senior Living Community in Tarrytown, NY. The community is owned by Shelter Development of Baltimore, MD, and abuts Old White Plains and Benedict Roads. Two companies based in Manchester, NH partnered with Shelter Development in the construction and design; PROCON was the construction manager, and JAL Architecture & Engineering, PC designed the building. 

The interior millwork, flooring, finishes, and equipment testing are in the final stages, and the punch-list is in-hand. Exterior work on the sidewalks, paving and plantings are underway in readiness for turnover to Shelter Development for their incoming residents. The building’s exterior features a combination of cultured stone and a vinyl siding facade. Walkways, patios, pergolas, and gazebos will further enhance the exterior courtyard area. When asked about the final results, the project manager was especially pleased stating, “The design, facade and landscape came together really well. This is a site with great views, and now to see it like this is a really gratifying feeling.”

Brightview Tarrytown is conveniently located near the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing the Hudson River, that connects to New York’s Metropolitan area. The 4-story 70,000 SF senior living community features 61 apartment homes and 29 specialized apartments for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The residences are tastefully designed, spacious and available in a variety of floor plans. A vibrant social environment is promoted with inviting spaces for residents to gather, such as an elegant dining area, a café, wellness/fitness center, activities room, beauty/barber salon, and library/media room. Housekeeping, dining, transportation, and maintenance are all provided by a caring staff. Parking is also available in front of the building.

PROCON has completed several other Brightview projects in the Massachusetts area, including Brightview Arlington, North Andover, and Danvers. A new Brightview in Norwalk, CT is currently nearing completion, and an additional Massachusetts community in Canton is expected to be completed in spring, 2016.

Based in Baltimore, MD, Brightview Senior Living, LLC, offers senior living communities in nine states - Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The communities include independent living, assisted living and dementia care options. Brightview is committed to creating vibrant senior living communities providing excellent service for their residents, and a great working environment for their staff.

PROCON Completes Madbury Commons at UNH for Fall 2015 Semester

2015-09-02 | Durham , NH

PROCON has completed construction work in time for the Fall 2015 Semester on Madbury Commons, a 525 bed student housing development that is just steps away from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. The mixed-use complex is a combination of student housing and commercial retail space. One of Durham’s most prominent student housing developers, Golden Goose Capital, developed the multi-purpose complex. PROCON of Manchester was the construction manager, TMS Architects of Portsmouth, NH produced the comprehensive design and financing was led by Kennebunk Savings.

Construction work began on the project in June, 2014 and took fourteen months. Severe winter conditions and site conditions challenged the construction schedule, but the PROCON construction team worked aggressively to keep the project on target for the upcoming school year. “The remarkable effort put forth by the PROCON Team over the past four months working whatever hours it took to finish the project has paid off. It has allowed the students to move in as scheduled,” says the PROCON project manager.

The two multi-purpose buildings are comprised of 126 student apartments located at 17 and 21 Madbury Road. The buildings sit on 2.6 acres and total 208,000 SF. The property includes 46,000 SF of commercial retail space. The prospective retail areas are contained on the lower floor of the buildings with the student housing located above. UNH has signed a 20-year lease for 38,000 SF for its nationally acclaimed InterOperability Lab, which provides hands-on experience to future engineers. The lab is expected to open by December of this year.

The furnished upscale apartments are around 1,000 SF each to accommodate the 500 plus students. The units stretch along color-coded hallways with twenty-six uniquely designed floor plans for students to choose from. Each unit contains chic kitchens with granite countertops, full bathrooms, air conditioning, stackable washer/dryer units, cable and WiFi, and the living rooms include 46’ flat screen HDTV’s for student enjoyment. The buildings’ contain state-of-the-art security surveillance, and room access is available via cell phones, rather than traditional keys. The new Madbury Commons complex will meet the rising demand for student housing that has soared in recent years in the Durham neighborhood.

Golden Goose Capital is a private equity firm based near Boston, and operates one of the largest student housing portfolios in New Hampshire. Student housing is their passion! Golden Goose focuses on developing, owning, and managing student housing properties near leading universities, and creating environments where students can thrive.

PROCON Completes Merrimack College House 6 and 7

2015-09-01 | North Andover , MA

PROCON has completed two student residence halls on the Merrimack College campus in North Andover. PROCON based in Manchester, New Hampshire is the design builder for the $12.5 million project, which accommodates approximately 175 students starting the Fall 2015 semester. The 3-story town-home-style dorms were designed to blend in with the nearby neighborhood, and will meet an increased demand for student on-campus housing.

Site work began in November, 2014 with $2.5 million in site work that included the installation of underground utilities to prepare the site for the two buildings. Simultaneous with the site work was the placement of the footings and foundation. In February wood framing began and by spring the buildings were weather tight and ready for interior installations.

The building’s exterior is a pleasing hardy panel and brick combination that blends effortlessly into the surrounding area. The dorms are 76,000 SF offering four and six-bedroom units for incoming students. Besides the convenience of on-campus accessibility, the buildings supply an onsite laundry area, and a community room for student gatherings. Plans also include the added bonus of an adjacent café with a wrap-around porch for students to enjoy.

Grueling winter conditions presented many challenges to the construction crews, but that did not prevent them from moving the project towards its August deadline. The project manager commented, “I am so proud of the great team we’ve had on this project. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty to get the buildings finished in time for the students to move in.”

The College is located about 25 miles from Boston, sits on 220 acres, and is situated at the border of two towns – Andover and North Andover — abutting the Route 114 interchange. These residence halls are phase one of the North Residential Village project which includes the construction of two additional 170-student dormitory buildings that are expected to commence in the near future. PROCON has designed and built several projects over the years for Merrimack College, and recently completed renovations on the Academic Innovation Center.

Merrimack College founded in 1947 is a selective, independent college in the Catholic, Augustinian tradition whose mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Over the last 68 years’ the college has graduated 22,000 students and has grown to nearly 40 buildings. The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and is committed to scholarship and service to others.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in institutional, commercial, hospitality, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON Breaks Ground on 77,000 SF Residence Inn by Marriott, Concord MA

2015-08-18 | Concord , MA

PROCON of Manchester, NH broke ground on a new Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Concord, MA today. PROCON is the design-builder for the hotel, and was joined by Waterford Development Corporation of Framingham, MA and XSS Hotels of Portsmouth, NH, who share a joint ownership in the venture. Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth, NH will manage the completed hotel.

Representatives from the town of Concord, MA along with approximately fifty guests gathered at the site located at 320 Baker Avenue to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony. This new hotel will meet the growing extended-stay demand that is one of the fastest growing segments in the hospitality industry. The hotel’s expected completion is the summer of 2016.

“The town of Concord is very pleased to see construction of this project begin. The Residence Inn will provide Concord’s businesses, private schools, and citizens with another convenient, quality location for visiting guests to stay, and a function venue for their events,” said Concord Select Board Member, Carmin Reiss.

Once completed, the hotel will feature 118 extended-stay sophisticated king and queen studios with fully outfitted kitchens in each room. Guests of the hotel may enjoy numerous amenities that include a saltwater pool, fitness room, bar, breakfast lounge area off the lobby, as well as an outdoor sports court.

The hotel is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, and will incorporate environmentally friendly elements such as white roof, LED lighting throughout and high efficiency heating and cooling systems. Plans also include a roof water collection system for landscape irrigation, along with an upgraded building envelope for R-value. In addition, two car charging stations will be available on site for guests with electric cars.

The construction plan involves a 3-phase process beginning with the construction of an adjacent 168-space parking lot to the hotel. Phase two is the removal of the existing parking lot area where the new hotel will be constructed. Phase three consists of the construction of the new 3-story hotel. The building’s exterior will be a combination of aluminum composite metal wall panels and masonry brick, with four-inch frost walls and interior spread footings with slab on grade.

Mark Stebbins, CEO of PROCON and XSS Hotels partner said “We are thrilled to build a hotel offering the comforts of home in a sophisticated setting in historic Concord, MA.”

PROCON and Waterford Development have been partnering on projects throughout the New England region since 1998; including residential housing communities and hotel developments. The Concord Residence Inn is the second extended-stay hotel and the sixth major project on which the two companies have collaborated. Other collaborations include the Marriott TownePlace Suites in Quonset Point, RI and the Needham Residence Inn in Needham, MA, as well as three multi-family residential complexes in New Hampshire.

“We are proud to be working with PROCON’s design-build team again, this will be our 6th major project together over our 20-year relationship. The Concord Residence Inn is conveniently located just 1 ½ miles from Concord Center,  nineteen miles from Boston’s downtown and cultural landmarks, and will occupy Concord’s ‘backyard” that is rich with literary and early American history,” says Bob Shapiro, Executive Vice President & CEO of Waterford Development Corp.

Waterford Development Corporation was established in 1995 by principals Richard Houlding and Robert Shapiro, and has developed over $200 million in real estate in the last 20 years. Waterford Development has combined the unique ability to design, develop, finance, and lease both large and small commercial and residential properties, making them one of the highly respected development companies in the Northeast.

XSS Hotels concentrates on developing dynamic, high quality lodging with strong brand recognition. Together with our management company affiliate and our construction affiliate, PROCON and XSS Hotels has brought to life over 3,000 hotel guest rooms throughout the Northeast. The XSS Hotels’ portfolio serves the full-service, boutique, upscale extended-stay, select service and upper midscale hotel segments that are licensed with Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Intercontinental Hotel Group, or affiliated with Historic Hotels of America. Projects are currently under development in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Florida.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in hospitality, commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success. 

PROCON Completes Framing on Courtyard by Marriott in Edgewater, NJ

2015-08-05 | Edgewater , NJ

PROCON completed the framing on the Courtyard By Marriott in Edgewater, NJ. PROCON of Manchester, NH is the design-builder for the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel located at 45 River Road in Edgewater, NJ that XSS Hotels is developing and Portsmouth, NH based Colwen Hotels will manage. Construction on the 5-story 93,000 SF hotel designed to achieve LEED certification began in October, 2014 and is scheduled for completion in early 2016.

The first floor will feature common areas including a bar and lounge, meeting rooms, and an indoor pool and fitness area. Second through fifth floors will contain 156 sophisticated guestrooms and suites. The traditional guestroom concept is boosted by uniquely designed built-in storage spaces beneath the windows, with window treatments incorporated as part of the window casement. Guests will also enjoy the property’s proximity to the commuter ferry into New York City, the New Jersey transit system and local retail shops, activities and fine dining.

The 1st floor garage area masonry work is in progress with additional parking available adjacent to the site. Simultaneously, the 5th floor and roof are being constructed. The foundation for the hotel is based on a grade beam system, supported by 225 piles. The second floor is concrete slab on deck, and the remaining three floors will be a wood panelized structure.

With the framing complete and window installations underway, the plan is to have the Tyvek wrap and roofing installed by mid-August making the building weather tight in time for the fall-winter temperatures. The Project Manager indicated, “We have a good set of subcontractors in place, the project is moving ahead quickly, and we are on schedule for the early 2016 opening.”

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in hospitality, commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

How PROCON, JHM and Whole Foods Revitalize an Historic Bedford, NH Site.

2015-07-28 | Bedford , NH

Picturesque Bedford is comfortably situated next to Manchester - New Hampshire’s largest city, and is an easy 50-something miles from Boston. Founded in 1750 the town has a proud history in which Goffe Mills and the Wayfarer Inn have each played relevant roles. But history is giving way to progress this year with the construction of a 40,000 SF Whole Foods Market and complex to be located at 121 South River Road. The store will anchor the new Goffe Mill Plaza memorializing the name of the Goffe family that owned the property from 1744 to 1961. PROCON of Manchester is the design-builder for the mixed-use project, and Jiten Hotel Management (JHM) is the developer. The proposed complex includes 73 residential units, 8,800 SF of retail space and is being built to house a bank, fitness center and retailers, yet to be determined.

When developer JHM initially envisioned the site of the former hotel and conference center as a retail/residential complex they needed an architecture and construction partner that understood the New Hampshire climate. JHM chose the NH based, 80-year old design-build firm, PROCON, for the task. Conceptually, the complex would offer housing, goods, and services, as well as provide jobs to the local community. JHM Vice President, Beth Scherer says, “PROCON is usually our go-to company for hotels, but we wanted to work with them on this particular project because of our great relationship with Mark Stebbins and John Samenfeld, and architects at the firm. They also understand the New Hampshire climate, and they appreciated the historical value of the Goffe Mill project to the Bedford community.” The PROCON team immediately saw the value of how incorporating modern naturalistic materials within a traditional framework would promote the community’s future, while respecting its rich heritage.

The last descendant of the Goffe family sold the property to hotel developers - the Dunfey family in 1961. They opened the Sheraton Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center the following year. The hotel complex included the Goffe Mill Bridge connecting the hotel and conference center. The current Owners closed the property in 2010, and hired the civil engineering firm of TFMoran to redesign the area for the purpose of mixed-use development.

As the plans took shape the Town of Bedford, JHM, and PROCON committed to retaining as many historic elements of the property as possible for the future enjoyment of local residents and visitors to the area. As such, the mill is to remain intact, receive exterior refurbishments and a new roof. Signage will be prominently placed pointing out its historical significance for residents and guests to enjoy for years to come. Whole Foods has also committed to reclaiming portions of the original mill and bridge materials to be used as part of their new store.

This site is full of rich history, including the former Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center which has played a significant role in New Hampshire’s political history serving as a long-time hub for politicians during New Hampshire Presidential Primaries. Bloomberg columnist, Al Hunt called the Wayfarer “One of the genuine landmarks in the history of American politics.” News outlets once used the location for extensive elections coverage and nationally televised programming such as “Face the Nation.” Over the years the iconic establishment has hosted political luminaries including Hillary Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

The historic Goffe Mill covered bridge took a different direction when the Town of Wentworth was able to successfully negotiate with JHM, TFMoran and PROCON for its acquisition to install in place of a failing Warren Truss metal bridge. In March 2015, PROCON, along with the collaborative efforts of several local firms successfully transported the 107 foot long covered bridge to a Wentworth storage facility to be refurbished. NH DOT has put out an RFP to remove the Town’s old Warren Steel Truss bridge built in 1909. All former bridges over the Baker River Falls before 1909 were wooden covered bridges, so Wentworth is thrilled to be able to use a rich piece of local history for their residences and visitors to enjoy for at least 75 more years. Wentworth has applied for the Northern Borders Grant to receive the much needed funding to upgrade and install the recently acquired bridge. The remaining funds are coming in from private sources and the Town hopes to see the bridge installed over the Baker River Falls in the summer of 2016.

Massachusetts’ based JHM and PROCON share their own piece of history together, which began when they teamed on the construction of the Manchester Courtyard by Marriott eighteen years ago. It was the start of a lasting business friendship. Both companies collaborated on five subsequent hotels before the Goffe Mill Plaza project. Their relationship has the easy camaraderie of partners who are accustomed to working together. Jiten Patel, CEO of JHM commented about this saying, “Mark, John and the team at PROCON have provided exemplary work over the years. They are committed professionals who offer a unique design-build process that drives our product to market faster.” PROCON Chairman and CEO, Mark Stebbins said, “It has been a great experience working with Jiten Hotel Management all these years. We’ve done several successful projects together, they are a great development team, and we are thrilled to partner with them on this project.”

To date the construction work is on schedule with PROCON expecting to complete the Whole Food’s shell by November, 2015, and the grocery store anticipates opening in spring of 2016. Overall, Bedford’s community has rallied around the Goffe Mill project with enthusiasm as being beneficial to the Town by providing new jobs, a great place for visitors to the area to enjoy, and as a catalyst for economic growth. The entire team is proud to be a part of the revitalization of this historic site.

PROCON Breaks Ground on New State-of-the-Art Jet Aviation Hangar and FBO

2015-07-17 | Bedford , MA

On July 16, Jet Aviation and PROCON were joined by leading corporate and local officials at the groundbreaking for a facility improvement project at Jet Aviation’s Boston/Bedford location. PROCON of Manchester, NH is the construction manager for the project, and SAA Architects and Design of Iselin, NJ is the design architect. 

“We are delighted to be underway with the construction and enhancements to our Boston/Bedford facility.” said John Langevin, Vice President, FBO Operations, North America. “Jet Aviation has worked diligently to bring this project forward and we are excited to be taking the next step, and to be partnered with PROCON on the construction of our facility. We are confident that by working with PROCON and our other construction partners, that we will have a best-in-class facility at Hanscom Field.” 

The new facility upgrade is a two-phase 12-month project designed to improve operational safety and efficiency and achieve LEED Silver certification. The project will be comprised of 40,000 SF of hangar space capable of handling larger private/corporate aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650 and a Global 6000. The plan also includes a 16,000 SF office and shop space, and a two-story 13,000 SF state-of-the-art FBO (Fixed-Base Operator), to accommodate the needs of Jet Aviation customers.  Additional improvements include a 92,000 SF ramp and apron upgrade, new roads and parking,  underground utilities, and finished with new pavement and landscaping. The facilities, which are located 20 miles outside Boston, will offer direct access to Hanscom Drive and is expected to be completed in late summer 2016.

Massport officials were in attendance at the event, including Hanscom Field Director, Sharon Williams, who stated, “Business Aviation is very important to the economic strength and growth of Massachusetts, and this Jet Aviation project is important for the Hanscom Air Field.” PROCON’s president, John Samenfeld also commented, “We are very pleased and excited to partner with Jet Aviation in the construction of their new facility.”

Hanscom Field is the largest general aviation facility in New England with significant storage facilities for private and corporate aircrafts. In recent years, the demand for hangar space has soared as private air traffic has increased resulting in waiting lists for storage space. The new Jet Aviation hangar will be meeting that increased demand. 

PROCON Completes Renovations at 80,000 SF Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel

2015-06-26 | Hampton , NH

Historic Ashworth-by-the-Sea hotel has occupied a picturesque corner of Ocean Boulevard in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire for 100-years. The hotel recently underwent a series of renovations, with the latest beginning in January, 2015 and was completed in advance of the busy summer season. PROCON of Manchester, NH was the architect and construction manager for the renovations. The property is owned by XSS Hotels of Manchester, NH and is being managed by Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth, NH. 

The 80,000 SF hotel has been refreshed to blend in modern updates, while retaining its historic appeal. The newly renovated lobby space features a contemporary design with fresh color schemes and artwork. Tastefully appointed seating allows guests to enjoy breathtaking beach views through a new glass wall. The front entrance was relocated and outfitted with automatic glass doors for better guest accessibility. Tech-savvy travelers can stay connected in the newly added 24-Hour business center, which includes two computers, printer and complimentary WiFi service. The public bathrooms were also upgraded with sleek modern elements. Additionally, guests can now enjoy the convenience of a new 24-Hour market for sundries. Customer feedback about the recent renovations has been very positive; and one guest remarked, “We visited there recently, and the hotel looked so amazing!” Another guest said, “I come here every year, and was stunned by the beautiful new look when you walk through the front door.”

The hotel features many additional travel-friendly amenities including a heated pool and fitness room. 6,000 SF of private function/meeting spaces are an attractive venue for weddings, corporate retreats, or social gatherings. The hotel also has two onsite restaurants with oceanfront views.

 The 107-room Ashworth is the only full-service oceanfront hotel in Hampton Beach. It offers spacious double queen or single king accommodations, and seven executive junior suites. Guests of the hotel get to experience staying in a uniquely designed rooms with the added bonus of spectacular coastline views from many of the rooms. Summer vacationers may also take advantage of the  nautical-themed Ashworth Summer Cottage, that is steps away from the beach and sleeps six.

An abundance of popular attractions are just minutes away, such as whale watching, deep sea fishing, museums, live entertainment, and tax-free outlet shopping. While the recent updates have added modern splashes to the iconic hotel, the Ashworth remains a time-honored seaside experience for the leisure traveler, that continues to offer authentic New England charm.

PROCON Completes Goffe Mill Plaza Foundations

2015-06-10 | Bedford , NH

PROCON’s design build team placed the foundations for the 40,000 SF Whole Foods Market that will anchor the upcoming Goffe Mill Plaza in Bedford, NH.  The site is the former home of the Sheraton Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center, and was a hub for the presidential primary campaign trail for many years. The complex includes the proposed development of 2 restaurants, 73 apartment units, a fitness center, a Provident bank, and almost 8,000 SF of retail space.

Manchester based design-build firm PROCON is the architect and construction manager for the project. The Company began construction on the mixed-use development in February, 2015. PROCON’s project manager commented on the initial stage. “The concrete sub, Southern New Hampshire Concrete, did an exceptional job placing our foundations. The process went smoothly thanks, in part, to their experience and professionalism. Also, I’d like to mention the site contractor, Pichette Brothers, who did a great job preparing the site for the Whole Foods building.”

Structural steel installation commenced in late-May and is slated to last approximately six weeks. TFMoran was selected as the project’s civil engineer and will oversee the connection of power, water and sewer services by the Town’s utility companies in June. Concurrent work on the building pad for the bank is scheduled for an end of June completion.

The historic site originally owned and developed by the Goffe Family in 1744, has undergone several generations of ownership and development. The Dunfey family acquired the property in 1961, and built the Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center the following year. The hotel complex included a pedestrian covered bridge over the Bowman Brook, (that was salvaged and relocated to the Town of Wentworth, New Hampshire). The original mill building was the location of the hotel gift shop. The Dunfrey family sold the hotel in 1986 and the current owners, HIR Realty closed the hotel in 2009. The Project is funded by the Massachusetts based Rockland Trust Company.

The plans call for the original Mill Building on the property to remain intact with an exterior refurbishment, and signage identifying its historical significance.  The Goffe Mill project has rallied the enthusiasm of the Town of Bedford, which anticipates the influx of new jobs, visitors and economic development that the plaza will bring. The Whole Foods shell and site work is expected to be completed in November, 2015.

PROCON is a fully integrated in-house design-build firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Celebrating 80 years of business, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON Promotes James A. Loft, AIA to Executive Vice President on 19th anniversary

2015-05-11 | Manchester , NH

PROCON is proud to announce Jim Loft’s promotion to the position of Executive Vice President of Architecture and Engineering as he celebrates his 19th year with PROCON. Jim’s ongoing passion and dedication to the design-build process is only matched by his excitement at working with a team of skilled professionals. Jim has a personalized leadership style that has been intimately involved at each level of the department’s advancement, and strategic in its progression to larger and more complex projects. His leadership has spearheaded their explosive growth; one that has allowed PROCON to redefine the industry’s design-build paradigm.
 
When he started with the company there were 4 people in architecture, and it has since grown into a team of over 45 architects and engineers who recently moved into a new, innovative architectural space. Jim’s career was a natural progression into management stemming from his capacity to foster the collaborative spirit and an ability to see the big picture of departments working together. Mark Stebbins says, “This is an incredible time for us all at PROCON and Jim’s ability to bring people together over the years has helped us get to this point.”
 
Jim’s leadership approach involves gathering the team regularly with his managers to coordinate and strategize. He has tremendous trust in his team’s abilities and demonstrates this by allowing his team members to take on new responsibilities and opportunities and not hold them back. This is also where he relies on the talents of Matt Wirth, Kent Beirne, and Erik Anderson to join forces in carrying the work load and overseeing multiple projects.
 
“This is a really exciting time at PROCON. We are at a milestone with AE services – between the talent of the people, the amount and diversity of our projects and the new office, we are taking our services to the next level,” says Jim.
 
Jim believes this is a pivotal moment in the design industry with innovations in Revit, 3D Building Information Modeling.  Technology is helping to streamline the complexities of what we do, producing more integrated processes and improving the design-build delivery system, which affects all areas of our company, especially in the field. 
 
In his new role, Jim will focus on tightening up departmental standard operating procedures, and cultivating strategic relationships with other departments. John Samenfeld added, “Jim’s contributions to the growth and success of PROCON have been invaluable, and we are really excited to promote him to this position.”

PROCON Designed and is Building the New $11.5M Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel Project Underway in Worcester

2015-05-07 | Worcester , MA

A new Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is being built in downtown Worcester at Gateway Park. The 100-room hotel, located at 65 Prescott Street, is being developed by XSS Hotels. PROCON of Manchester, New Hampshire is the architect and construction manager for the design build hotel, which will be managed by Colwen Management of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The 60,000 SF hotel will offer king and queen rooms, and studio suites. The suites will have a sitting area with a pull-out sofa sleeper and a wet bar with a refrigerator and microwave. All the guest rooms will offer complimentary high speed internet access and wireless internet access will be available in the lobby. The public areas of the hotel will include a business center, breakfast area for the hotel’s complimentary breakfast, a “Suite Shop” selling snack and sundry items, an indoor pool and fitness room. The hotel will also have a conference room with flexible space.

The impressive 5-story building will be clearly visible when driving through Worcester on I-290. The building’s first floor will house the hotel’s lobby, common rooms & offer covered parking for 8 vehicles. Floors 2 through 5 will house the hotel’s guest rooms.

“We are excited to be developing this beautiful new hotel in Worcester’s Gateway Park,” stated Leo Xarras of XSS Hotels. “Our goal is to provide our guests with a very positive hospitality experience by providing exceptional service in a comfortable upscale setting.”

Construction of the new hotel began in February 2015 and PROCON has scheduled a February 2016 completion date.

The Hampton Inn & Suites is one of several design build hotel projects XSS Hotels has developed in the City of Worcester including The Courtyard by Marriott on Grove Street and the Residence Inn by Marriott on Plantation Street.

Stebbins Family Challenge Match for Granite United Way Campaign Results in $220,000 in Donations

2015-03-26 | Manchester , NH

Mark and Sally Stebbins, owners of PROCON, challenged the community to a $25K Stebbins Family Match during Granite United Way’s campaign. The challenge match resulted in over $220,000 in additional donations during the organization’s 2014 campaign season.
 
United Way loyal supporters for over 20 years and Alexis de Tocqueville Society members for the past 10, Mark and Sally Stebbins challenged the community in a new way during the 2014 campaign. For every new dollar pledged during Granite United Way’s 2014 campaign, the Stebbins Family matched the dollars pledged up to $25,000. In order to qualify for the match, contributors had to either make a new pledge, or increase a past pledge by at least $100. In addition, donors who made a minimum gift of at least $1,000 were eligible for a raffle drawing for a pair of tickets to a Patriot’s football game and an overnight stay.

“Philanthropy has been an important value in our family. Our parents instilled in us the importance of giving back to the community and we wanted encourage others to do the same,” stated Mark Stebbins. “We are thrilled that the Stebbins Family Challenge had such a positive outcome and look forward to offering another challenge during the 2015 Granite United Way campaign.”

As a result of the Stebbins Family Match, 1,004 donors made a new pledge or increased their past gift by at least $100; bringing an additional $220,555 in campaign donations; and 115 donors gave at least $1,000, making them eligible to be entered in the raffle to win a pair of Patriots tickets and an overnight stay.

“As the owners of PROCON, we have always encouraged our employees to support the Granite United Way through PROCON’s annual workplace campaign, but this past year, we wanted to reach a broader audience. The community response to our challenge has been overwhelming and we know the results will have a positive influence on our communities,” said Sally Stebbins.

The Granite United Way serves over half a million residents in NH and VT. The organization is committed to investing in the areas of our communities with the most critical needs - education, income and health. By focusing on these investment initiatives, the Granite United Way is helping people in a new way; breaking negative cycles and tackling the root causes of problems to create lasting change.

Child and Family Services of New Hampshire SleepOut 2015 a Huge Success Raises over $134,000 for youth homeless prevention

2015-03-25 | Manchester , NH

PROCON, a design and construction management company, was a $10,000 sponsor of Child and Family Services (CFS) SleepOut event that took place on Friday March 20 to increased community awareness about the plight of homeless youth and raised over $134,000 to help stabilize and transform the lives of youth who become homeless. The event was held in Stanton Park in downtown Manchester, NH across from The Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire.
 
On any given night, 300 youth are homeless in the Manchester area and in a year’s time, over 1,500 runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth access Child and Family Services. CFS seeks to change the trajectory of these youth, providing them with the support and skills they need to live safe and productive lives.
 
“PROCON is honored to have been a major sponsor of Child and Family Services SleepOut 2015. Homelessness is a major issue in the City of Manchester and negatively impacts so many of our youth. The SleepOut raised awareness throughout our community and the funds raised thru this effort, will be used to combat youth homelessness and provide the services that these young people need and deserve. Working together with Child and Family Services, PROCON is committed to making a positive difference in our community,” stated Mark Stebbins, owner and CEO of PROCON.
 
Steve Kanavich, a project estimator with PROCON joined community leaders in participating in the SleepOut an overnight stay in the park across from the Radisson Inn Manchester in freezing cold temperatures. “It was the best night sleep I have had in a long time.” Says Steve Kanavich

Construction Underway for Goffe Mill Plaza Retail on the site of the former Wayfarer Inn & Convention Center – Inn’s Iconic Pedestrian Bridge to be Moved to Town of Wentworth, NH

2015-03-16 | Bedford , NH

Construction is underway for the new Goffe Mill Plaza which is being built on the site of the former Wayfarer Inn and Convention Center. The new retail development will be anchored by a 48,000-sf Whole Foods Market and includes the proposed development of a 73-unit residential apartment building with spa/personal training space, a bank, and two restaurants. The historic site occupies 16.2 acres across Bowman Brook between South River Road and the FE Everett Turnpike in Bedford. PROCON is the architect and construction manager for the mixed-use development and TF Moran of Bedford is the civil engineer. The project is being developed by HIR Realty, LLC.
 
The site was originally developed in 1744 by Colonel John Goffe. The Goffe family constructed two stone dams and a mill pond, where they operated a gristmill and a sawmill for over a hundred years. In 1939, George Woodbury, a descendent of the Goffe family, built the last of a series of water-powered mills on the property. In 1961, the Dunfey family, purchased the property and opened the Sheraton Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center in 1962. The hotel complex included a pedestrian covered bridge over the Bowman Brook and the original mill building was the location of the hotel gift shop. The Dunfey family sold the hotel property in 1986, and the current owners closed the hotel in 2009. Following the closure, TF Moran was hired to redesign the property as a mixed-use development and PROCON was selected to be the architect and construction manager for the re-development.
 
For many years, the Inn served as the unofficial headquarters for both politicians and news outlets during the New Hampshire’s busy, first-in-the-nation presidential primary season. Every 4 years, both reporters and politicians considered the Wayfarer their “home away from home during the primary season”. The hotel’s iconic 107-ft covered pedestrian bridge, which was built in 1962, and connected the Inn to the Convention Center, was frequently used as the back-drop in national news broadcasts.
 
When the Town of Wentworth learned that the Wayfarer Inn was being re-developed and the pedestrian bridge on the property was slated to be removed, the Town worked with the developer and TF Moran to procure ownership of the bridge. The Town intends to use the Goffe Mill Bridge as a replacement for the town’s existing 97-foot bridge which spans the Baker River and was closed in 2014, because of unsafe conditions. PROCON’s team of architects, engineers and project managers, the Town of Wentworth, and TF Moran developed a plan to ensure that the 107-foot long Goffe Mill Bridge that weighs 72,000 pound, could be successfully disassembled, transported and then reassembled in the Town of Wentworth.
 
The 275-ton, 130-foot crane that will be used to lift the bridge from its foundation, has a 54,000 weight limitation. In order to bring the weight of the bridge into compliance, the PROCON team donated two weeks of manpower to remove the covered roof, the internal wainscoting and the electrical conduits from the bridge. Following the removal of this material, the bridge weighed less than 54,000 pounds and was able to be safely lifted from its foundation and placed in a temporary location on the development site. Plans call for the bridge to be disassembled into three sections and then transported via 3 flatbed trucks to its new location in Wentworth. Through private funds, the bridge will be restored and modified for use over the Baker River.
 
PROCON’s scope of work for the project includes the demolition of the former hotel and convention center and several smaller buildings on the property. The original, historic Mill Building on the property will remain in place and the siding and roof will be replaced. Signage will be installed on the property identifying the building’s historical significance.
 
The Town of Bedford approved the project in October 2014, and PROCON began site work in February 2015.
 
 
 
 

Chelsea TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hotel Welcomes First Guests

2015-03-16 | Chelsea , MA

“We are excited to open this beautiful new hotel,” stated Leo Xarras of XSS Hotels. “Our goal is to provide our guests with a very positive hospitality experience by providing exceptional service and in a comfortable upscale setting.”
 
The new hotel, which is adjacent to the Route 1A Bridge in Chelsea, is less than a 5 minute drive to Boston’s Logan Airport, and downtown Boston, with a wealth of historical landmarks, museums, and world class shopping, is less than two miles away. In addition, the first stop of the new MBTA Silver Line Extension will be across the street and is scheduled to begin service in 2017.
 
PROCON designed the 82,000 sf TownePlace Suites hotel to achieve LEED Silver. The hotel used regional and recycled materials in construction and incorporated environmentally friendly design elements such as a white roof, over-sized windows, low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting throughout the hotel’s common area and parking lot.
 
The 5-story, $13.4M hotel offers king studio and one-bedroom suites with living areas. All the rooms include a microwave oven, refrigerator, cook top, dishwasher, disposal and coffee maker. The hotel amenities include a business center, indoor pool and fitness room, complimentary breakfast buffet and a full bar with limited food service during the evening hours. The hotel site includes 82 street level parking spaces. The building’s first floor houses the lobby and common rooms, with ground level parking. Floors 2 thru 5 house the hotel’s guest rooms.
 
The hotel’s exterior design features a Porte Coche leading from the parking area to the hotel entrance and an oversized, curved storefront window at the corner of the building. The exterior finishes feature brick veneer, insulated metal paneling and cast stone.
 
The TownePlace Suites is one of three hotel projects PROCON has recently designed and built for XSS Hotels in Chelsea. The 128-key Chelsea Residence Inn by Marriott was completed in 2012 and site work recently began on a new 152-key Homewood Suites by Hilton directly across the street from the Residence Inn.

Construction is Underway for Brightview Canton Senior Living Community

2015-02-18 | Canton , MA

Construction is underway for Brightview Canton, a new senior living community located 125 Turnpike Street in Canton, MA. The $30 million project is being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore, MD and will be operated by Brightview Senior Living.  PROCON of Manchester, NH is the project design builder for the Canton community, which will be the seventh Brightview community in Massachusetts. 

Brightview Canton will have 160 residential apartments including 95 apartments for independent living, 40 apartments for assisted living and 25 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.  The apartments, which are all under one roof, will offer the residents a variety of floor plans and care options.   Some independent living apartments will have screened porches or outdoor patios.   

The 3-story, 167,000-s/f apartment home community will offer a vibrant social environment where housekeeping, dining, transportation, and maintenance are provided by a caring staff.  Plans call for the community to have elegant dining rooms, a café, wellness/fitness center, movie theater, pub room, multi-purpose activity room, beauty/barber salon, and a library/media room.  

PROCON began site work on Brightview Canton in December 2014 and has scheduled an April 2016 completion date for the project.      

Brightview Canton is one of several Brightview projects PROCON has recently designed and managed, including Brightview Arlington and Brightview Norwalk.  PROCON is an architectural design and construction management firm specializing in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects.   Founded in 1935, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source design build philosophy and commitment to client success.

ABOUT PROCON: PROCON is one of the most successful privately held design build contractors in the Northeast. With annual revenue of $200 million, PROCON provides engineering, design, preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the hospitality, apartments, office, assisted living, education, and commercial sectors.

PROCON is committed to delivering its integrated design build approach on every project. The company’s project teams provide clients comprehensive planning services, innovative solutions and technologies, and proven processes, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), to deliver the most complex building construction projects on schedule and on budget, with minimal risk. For more information, visit www.PROCONInc.com.

PROCON Celebrates Architecture & Engineering Division Expansion

2015-01-21 | Manchester , NH

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, local officials, clients and PROCON officers and employees celebrated the company new 14,870sf Architecture & Engineering Division office expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. PROCON designed and built the space to accommodate the current team of 44 architects and engineers. The new space provides a more cohesive environment and fosters increased teamwork and creativity.

The aesthetic is modern industrial in neutral colors with pops of red to match the PROCON logo. The office environment is bright and airy, offering many areas for team collaboration. In order to allow the most natural light into the large volume of space, the PROCON designers opened both end walls with floor to ceiling glass and also created a clerestory window running the full length of the space, capturing southern light.

The newly renovated space provides our team with a large open area that supports collaboration and creativity, and will allow for future growth as we continue to attract top talent, stated Jim Loft, AIA Sr. Vice President of Architecture. The team is really enjoying their new work environment and finding the layout is especially beneficial for efficiency.

The interior of the space includes 51 individual working spaces, 5 conference rooms, 4 group collaboration areas with counter height tables and a floating staircase leading to a 2,500 sf second floor mezzanine reserved for future expansion. The staircase is made from reclaimed wood from the former warehouse space and the conference tables are made from reclaimed wood from bowling alleys to create a unique environment.

PROCON is an architectural design and construction management firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, multi-family residential, senior living, educational, and industrial projects. Founded in 1935, PROCON has evolved to become one of the true design-build firms in the Northeast and is well-regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success. 

Shown in the ribbon cutting photo (L to R); Jim Loft, AIA Sr. Vice President Architecture PROCON; Bruce Desmarais, CFO PROCON; Dave Raiche, Sr. Vice President Field Operations; U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Mark Stebbins, CEO PROCON; Sally Stebbins, PROCON; Lance Bennett, Executive Vice President of Operations PROCON; Phil Germain, Vice President Estimating PROCON; Dan Messier, Sr. Vice President, Project Executive PROCON; A. Matt Wirth, Vice President Architecture PROCON.

Shown in office shots: PROCON new Architecture and Engineering Division Interior and Exterior shots and also before shots of the warehouse/shop space.

Hampton Inn & Suites at Portwalk Welcomes First Guests

2014-09-11 | Portsmouth , NH

The new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, part of the phased Portwalk Development Project located in downtown Portsmouth, NH, recently opened and welcomed their first guests. PROCON of Manchester, NH was the architect and construction manager for the $15 million design-build hotel, developed by XSS Hotels and Cathartes Private Investments.

“We officially welcomed our first guests to Portsmouth’s newest hotel on July 17th,” said hotel General Manager Chris Moulton.  “This is a beautiful, upscale hotel and we are excited to be open for business and look forward to serving our guests.”

The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel offers 120 guest rooms and 24 guest suites with living areas and kitchenettes. The 72,000-sf hotel features a large common room, bar and lounge area, breakfast room, indoor pool & fitness room, board room, and business center. The building’s first floor houses the hotel’s lobby, common areas, and retail space for future tenant fit-up. Floors 2 thru 5 house the hotel’s guest rooms. An enclosed surface deck parking area and below grade parking garage with an entrance off Portwalk Place offers parking for 240 vehicles. The hotel has been designed and built to achieve LEED certification.

Now completed, the master planned project called Portwalk began eight years ago consists of four buildings located between Deer, Hanover and Maplewood streets in downtown Portsmouth. Phase I; the Residence Inn by Marriott and the Harbor Events and Conference Center, was completed in June 2010. Phase II; The Residences at Portwalk, was completed in the fall of 2011. Phase III; The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel was completed in summer 2014 and the mixed use retail space and luxury residential apartments are scheduled to be completed in September 2014. The four buildings are connected by a thoroughfare called Portwalk Place, which is aligned with the Vaughan Mall walkway and creates a large pedestrian loop that connects Congress Street with Deer Street.

The developer of Portwalk, Cathartes Private Investments of Boston, is a private real estate development and investment company. Since its inception, the company has developed over five million square feet of residential and commercial real estate worth over $600 million throughout New England and the New York Metropolitan area. Over the last eighteen years, the company has acquired and developed over 40 properties of multiple product types including office, industrial, multi-family, retail, hotel, self-storage, and telecommunications.   

PROCON has managed other projects for Cathartes Private Investments in downtown Portsmouth, including The Residences at Portwalk, the Residence Inn by Marriott, the Harbor Events and Conference Center, and the Hilton Garden Inn. PROCON is an architectural design and construction management firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Founded in 1935, PROCON has evolved to become one of the true design-build firms in the Northeast and is highly-regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success. 

Ground Breaking Ceremony Held for the new Madbury Commons Development

2014-08-18 | Durham , NH

Shown in the photo from left to right: Barrett Bilotta - Golden Goose Capital, John Samenfeld -President of PROCON, Todd Selig - Durham Town Manager, Sam Gangwer - Golden Goose Capital, Ken Rubin – Golden Goose Capital, Eamonn Healy - Golden Goose Capital, and Brad Paige - President|CEO of Kennebunk Savings.

A ground breaking ceremony was recently held for the new Madbury Commons, a mixed-use development located at 17-26 Madbury Road. The project will be comprised of 126 high end student apartments and approximately 45,000-sf of commercial space in two multi-story buildings. Golden Goose Capital of Westford, MA is the project developer, Kennebunk Savings is providing the lead financing, TMS Architects of Portsmouth is the project architect and PROCON of Manchester, NH is the construction manager.    

Plans call for the development to be located in two buildings: Building A, 169,000-sf, will have commercial space on the first floor and floors 2 – 5 will be residential apartments. Building B, 39,000-sf, will have commercial space at the street level and residential apartments on the upper two floors and a limited number of residential apartments below grade. The 126 apartment units will offer a variety of floor plans and each apartment will have a fully equipped kitchen, including a washer and dryer and separate living areas.  The UNH Interoperability Lab will be one of the tenants in the commercial space.

PROCON began site work on the project in June 2014 and has scheduled an August 2015 completion date, in advance of the fall 2015 semester.     

Golden Goose Capital is a private equity firm based near Boston that is focused on developing, owning, and managing student housing properties near leading universities.

Kennebunk Savings is an independent and mutual community bank and a full-service financial institution for retail and commercial customers that employs more than 280 people. With sixteen branches throughout York County, Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire, the Bank’s branch network includes three New Hampshire offices. Kennebunk Savings, with over $860 million in assets, contributes 10 percent of its annual earnings each year to local charitable organizations through its Community Promise program.

Founded in 1984, TMS Architects has built a strong reputation in New England by providing architectural services in three primary areas; custom residential, corporate/commercial and historic preservation.  TMS is an award-winning firm that is efficient, technologically advanced with a strong sense of aesthetics and a deep commitment to the quality and nature of their work. 

PROCON is an architectural design and construction management firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects throughout New England. Founded in 1935, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

PROCON Earns Associated General Contractors Safety Award

2014-06-23 | Manchester , NH

PROCON has earned the 2013 Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Safety Award. This award exemplifies PROCON’s commitment to safety and distinguishes the firm’s excellent safety record.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the AGC Safety Award,” stated John Samenfeld, president, PROCON, Inc. “We are very proud of our firm’s strong safety record and we will continue to ensure our employees and our jobsites remain accident free.”

Approximately 3000 AGC general contractor firms participate in the National AGC Safety Award program. The program gives general contractors the opportunity to compare their safety record with national averages and against AGC general contractors of similar size, performing similar types of construction.

Firms must participate in the program for three consecutive years in order to be eligible to receive a safety award.

PROCON is an architectural design and construction management firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Founded in 1935, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

Foundations Underway for Brightview Tarrytown

2014-06-17 | Greenburgh , NY

The foundations are being placed for Brightview Tarrytown, a new senior living community located at the corner of Old White Plains Road and Benedict Avenue in Greenburgh, NY. The $16.6 million project is being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore, MD and will be operated by Brightview Senior Living. PROCON of Manchester, NH is the construction manager for the new senior living community and JAL Architect and Engineering, PC is the architect.  

We are placing foundations and working on the underground utilities, stated the project manager for PROCON. We are also continuing to crush and process over 10,000 yards of material as part of the site work and building retaining walls.

The 4-story, 70,610-s/f senior living community will offer a vibrant social environment where housekeeping, dining, transportation, and maintenance are provided by a caring staff. Plans call for the community to have an elegant dining room, a private dining room, a café, wellness/fitness center, activities room, beauty/barber salon, library/media room and outdoor patios.  

Brightview Tarrytown will have 90 units including 61 apartments for assisted living and 29 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The apartments, which are all under one roof, will offer the residents a variety of floor plans and care options.

The building’s exterior will feature cement siding and a stone façade. Surface parking for 46 vehicles will be available in front of the building, and walkways, patios, pergolas, and gazebos will enhance the exterior courtyard.    

Brightview Tarrytown is one of several Brightview projects PROCON has managed including Brightview Arlington, MA which was completed in spring 2014,  Brightview North Andover, MA, which was completed in summer 2013, and Brightview Norwalk, CT which is currently underway.

Based in Baltimore, MD, Brightview Senior Living, LLC, offers senior living communities in nine states - Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The communities include Independent Living, Assisted Living and Dementia Care options. Brightview is committed to creating vibrant senior living communities by providing excellent service and creating environments that are great places to live and great places to work.

PROCON is an architectural design and construction management firm specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential projects. Founded in 1935, PROCON is highly regarded for its single-source philosophy and commitment to client success.

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