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New Interior Designer/Architectural Planner, Kailey Woodbury, Joins The Team

We are pleased to welcome Kailey Woodbury, who joined TTG in March as Interior Designer/Architectural Planner in a newly created position. She has over 10 years of experience working as an interior designer specializing in commercial architecture and design. Kailey earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Endicott College after earning her Associates degree from Manchester Community College.

"Even though Kailey has only been with us for a short time she is already demonstrating her skill and capability. She is proving to be a great resource for our group and we look forward to having her as part of the team.” - Doug Proctor, Senior Vice President of Architecture and Principal at The H.L. Turner Group Inc. in Concord, NH.

The H.L. Turner Group Inc. Announces 2022 Scholarship Winners

The H.L. Turner Group Inc. (TTG) is proud to announce the winners of their Architecture and Engineering Scholarships. On May 3rd, for the second year in a row, TTG awarded two $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to two high school seniors; one accepted to an architecture program and one to an engineering program for the Fall semester of 2022.

The winner for this year's Architecture Scholarship was Milikit T. Jaleta of Pinkerton Academy. Milikit was accepted to Keene State College where he plans to pursue an education in Architecture. The winner for this year's Engineering Scholarship was Clyde Thurber-Wells of Merrimack Valley High School. Clyde was accepted to Clarkson University where he plans to pursue an education in Mechanical Engineering.

The firm’s goals with these scholarships are to support future generations of architects and engineers in the community in which they will live and work. Several of TTG’s board members have taught or presented guest lectures at educational institutions including New Hampshire Technical Institute and the University of New Hampshire. TTG is delighted to be able to give back to the next generation, with this scholarship fund.

Last year’s recipients were Katelin Howe of Bow High School and Ben Sporcic of Pembroke Academy.

“We were impressed by Milikit and Clyde's applications and enjoyed meeting them in-person. They both seem very interested in the field's of architecture and engineering. We are excited to be able to provide financial assistance through our scholarship to future architects and engineers in our local community.” - Heidi Nadeau, Principal & Chief Executive Officer at The H.L. Turner Group Inc. in Concord, NH. 

We Welcome Carole Zielinski to the Finance Department

Concord, NH - The H.L. Turner Group Inc. (TTG) is pleased to welcome Carole Zielinski, who joined TTG in February as Controller in a newly created position. She has over 25 years of accounting experience in a variety of construction industries. Carole earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University. She is a life long resident of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband, daughter and two German Shepherds. 

"Carole brings years of experience to our organization and we feel she will be a great addition to our team.” - Heidi Nadeau, Principal & Chief Executive Officer at The H.L. Turner Group Inc. in Concord, NH.

Two New Professionals Join The Team

We pleased to welcome Structural Designer, Elhadj “Boubacar” Bah and Marketing Manager, Cindy Phillips to the team.

Elhadj “Boubacar” Bah has recently moved to New Hampshire from Conakry, Guinea. He has 5 years of experience working in project management and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He joins us as one of the team’s Structural Designers.

Cindy Phillips is a New Hampshire native. She has over a decade of experience in marketing as well as more than 15 years of experience as a graphic designer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising with a minor in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University as well as an Associate degree in Graphic Design. She joins us as the firm’s Marketing Manager.

“We are very excited about the great additions of Boubacar and Cindy to our team. These talented individuals will bring fresh views and ideas. We are fortunate to have both of them join our team and we are looking forward to what we can accomplish together.” - Heidi Nadeau, Principal & Chief Executive Officer at The H.L. Turner Group Inc. in Concord, NH.

The H.L. Turner Group Inc.’s Paige Wilber Earns Professional Engineering License

We would like to congratulate Paige Wilber for earning her Professional Engineer license in New Hampshire. Over the past four years with our firm, Paige has gained significant experience as a structural engineer through her commitment to a variety of projects ranging from building assessments to hydroelectric design. 

Some of her noteworthy projects include the Coastal Forest Products Distribution Warehouse in Bow, NH, School Street Parking Garage Renovations in Concord, NH; Auburn Village School in Auburn, NH; Goshen Dam Intake Design in Goshen, VT; and work on several cleanroom projects across the country. Paige graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2017 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020 with a Masters of Business Administration. 

“We applaud Paige’s dedication to her work and growth as an engineer. We are proud to have her as an essential part of our team.” - Heidi Nadeau, Principal & Chief Executive Officer at The H.L. Turner Group Inc. in Concord, NH

   

Cutting the Ribbon at Palmer & Sicard, Inc. Facility

interior view of new Palmer & Sicard facility in Exeter, NH

On Wednesday, July 21, we joined Palmer & Sicard, Inc. as they celebrated the opening of their new facility in Exeter, NH. We have worked alongside Palmer & Sicard on numerous projects, including the recently completed $24.6 million Hampton Academy renovation and addition, and when it was time for the company to explore options for a new home office building, they approached the Turner Group to partner on the project. At the time, their original space didn't meet their needs or support future growth, so we worked with the to design a facility that would empower their entire team.

The new building is 26,000 square feet, including 19,000 square feet of mechanical shop space and 7,000 square feet of offices and meeting rooms. The configuration of spaces positively transformed employee workflow, and now enables the company to host trainings and events with area groups such as I Build New Hampshire

The vast majority of those who contributed to this project were members of the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC-VT/NH). We are proud to have contributed architectural design and structural engineering services to Palmer & Sicard, and look forward to seeing their continued growth in their new home. 

The Turner Group Welcomes New Professionals

The H. L. Turner Group (Turner Group) is pleased to welcome three new professionals to its team of architects and engineers, and to announce the promotion of one architectural team member to a full-time position.

Wafaa Aly comes to the Turner Group with more than 20 years of experience in architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master’s of Architecture from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, and specializes in complex projects and three-dimensional design. She joins the Turner Group as a Senior Project Architect, and she will assist the team by coordinating with clients and ensuring that their project needs are met.

Michael Anderson, EIT, joins the Turner Group’s structural engineering team as a Project Engineer with experience in project management, as well as specialized knowledge of the design and engineering of complex  aluminum structures and connections. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, NH, has passed the SE1 exam, and is preparing for the SE2 exam in the coming months.

David Vaccaro begins his career with Turner Building Science & Design, LLC as a Project Designer. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Grove City College in Grove City, PA, in May 2021. During his academic career, he served on the leadership committees of the Crimson & White Alumni Association, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air conditioning Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 

Siyue "Alice" Zhou has completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree at Boston Architectural College in Boston, MA, and has been promoted to a full-time position with the Turner Group and received the new job title of Architectural Designer. She is currently working toward her architectural license. Zhou joined the Turner Group as a part-time employee  in October 2016 while she studied at New Hampshire Technical Institute. During her time with the firm, Zhou has contributed to projects including the renovation of and addition to Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH; the renovation of and addition to Auburn Village School in Auburn, NH; and numerous projects with the New Hampshire Army National Guard.

The Turner Group has celebrated multidimensional growth in recent months, and looks forward to serving current and future clients with its expanded team.

David Vaccaro headshot  Michael Anderson headshot  Wafaa Aly headshot  

Pictured from left to right: David Vaccaro, Michael Anderson, EIT, Wafaa Aly, and Siyue "Alice" Zhou.

 

Ben Sporcic and Katelin Howe Win Turner Group Scholarships

The H. L. Turner Group (Turner Group) is pleased to announce the winners of its first-ever academic scholarships in architecture and engineering. Katelin Howe, a senior graduating from Bow High School, received $1,000 toward her degree in architecture, and Benjamin Sporcic, a senior graduating from Pembroke Academy, received $1,000 toward his degree in engineering. In addition to the monetary awards, Howe and Sporcic will both be invited to complete internships at The H. L. Turner Group during their college studies. 

Howe became interested in architecture when she realized the field would empower her to use her skills in math, critical thinking, and design. 

“I am most interested in creating plans for schools and residential buildings,” she says. “My hope is that as a licensed architect I will be able to work on different projects that will help my community, whether it is redesigning an old house or designing a new school.”

Sporcic first became interested in engineering when he discovered his love for math and physics. 

“I am extremely excited to major in engineering,” says Sporcic. “My career goals are to design and build something revolutionary that can change the world. I aspire to make a difference.”

The Turner Group looks forward to following the growth of its first scholarship recipients, and to providing continued mentorship to Howe and Sporcic in the years to come.

An Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Clients, Business Partners, and Colleagues,

The Turner Group continues to take every precaution to maintain the safety of our staff and communities at this time during the coronavirus pandemic. After careful consideration of our internal team's vaccination status and that of the community, we are reopening our doors to the public. We realize that the pandemic is an ongoing concern, therefore even as our doors have reopened, our team continues to mitigate risk through sound protocols and prevention efforts which align with CDC guidance. We will continue to take advantage of the latest technology to allow our staff to work seamlessly both virtually and in-person. We appreciate your collective flexibility and ongoing communication throughout this reopening process. If you have questions, we invite you to contact us at any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon.

Tom Betteridge Featured in Business New Hampshire Magazine

Tom Betteridge, P.E., Vice President and Mechanical Engineer with Turner Building Science & Design, LLC, was recently featured in an article in Business NH Magazine titled, "Engineering the Air We Breathe" by Judi Currie. 

Here's an excerpt:

From the time a heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is installed to the end of its useful lifespan, some building owners may never give that system a second thought other than to change the filters, unless it breaks down... or there's a pandemic.

...It's not uncommon to find the ventilation units within heating and cooling systems bringing in little to no outside air, says Tom Betteridge, P.E., principal and Vice President of  Turner Building Science & Design in Concord. It's an easy fix in some cases by just opening a damper or changing a setting in the control system. He adds that often the building owner or occupant is surprised to learn they were not ventilating their building.

"We had one client who mentioned that they used to feel lethargic in the afternoon, and they thought it was just people getting tired" says Betteridge. After they provided proper ventilation, CO2 was no longer building up in the space, and people felt better.

The possibility of a buildup of virus particles raises the stakes. "Looking at how the current pandemic is spread, increasing the ventilation air--the clean air that's brought in and then exhausted out of the space--seems to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. That's been our main focus," says Betteridge. "Our secondary focus has been on increasing the filtration levels so that you can filter out the virus particles from the air that remains in the space."

The full article is available in the April 2021 issue of Business NH Magazine.

Tom Betteridge, P.E. portrait

 

Turner Group Partners with Allenstown on Elementary-Middle School

The H. L. Turner Group is excited to partner with the Town of Allenstown, NH on its new elementary-middle school project, which was just approved by town vote last month. The project will benefit the community for many years to come, and we're looking forward to helping design and bring to life an educational facility that is functional, inspiring, and enduring.

On March 10, 2021, the Concord Monitor officially announced the approval of the project:

"At stake on Election Day was a bold plan to close the two antiquated [Allenstown] schools in town - Armand Dupont and Allenstown Elementary - and consolidate them into a yet-to-be-built school, serving kindergarten through 8th grade.

"Just past 7 p.m., soon after the polls had closed, those gathered received word that, by an overwhelming vote of 480 to 261, Allenstown's educational landscape would soon undergo a giant facelift. 

"...Article 1 on the school ballot for this SB2 town sought $32.5 million to buy 59 acres on River Road and build a brand new school there, a process that will take about 18 months."

 

Steve Caulfield, PE, CIH, Speaks on IAQRadio

Steve Caulfield, PE, CIH, President at Turner Building Science & Design, LLC, was a featured guest on iaqradio+ on its March 19, 2021 episode, which was the second part of a series on the AIHA's second edition of "Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold," also known as The Green Book. Steve discussed several case studies to illustrate the book's key points and offered unique insights as one of the editors of The Green Book.

Mr. Caulfield has more than 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality studies. He is skilled in the design and evaluation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and their relationship to complex indoor air quality problems. He is an innovator in the field and well-known throughout the northeast for his design and commissioning services for healthcare, educational, and commercial facilities. 

Find the recorded session here.

Successful Solutions Featured in Hydro Leader Magazine

The H.L. Turner Group's Paul Becht, PE, recently gave an interview to Hydro Leader Magazine about how he innovated a solution for a renewable energy challenge at Noone Mills Hydroelectric Facility in Peterborough, NH.

The Noone Falls Mill hydroelectric project was owned by Marty Greco, who completed several upgrades, but needed additional expertise to help him tackle the penstock. The penstock dated back more than a century, and it ran under a road and along the foundation of several buildings with decks, making it difficult to reach. Becht was able to develop an effective structural engineering approach that was both time- and budget-conscious. In addition, the project had support from the local municipality and from FERC.

"FERC was very receptive to this project," explains Becht. "The engineers at FERC had limited experience with HOBAS pipe, but based on the information that [we] and HOBAS supplied, FERC completed its review and authorized construction in an extremely tight time frame to allow [the crew] to get started. Normally, it would take about three months for review and approval. I think we got approval in about three weeks."

To read the entire interview, click: https://bit.ly/3b6Xoed

Turner's Caulfield Talks COVID and Clean Air with the Granite Geek

H.L. Turner Group affiliate Turner Building Science & Design's (TBS) Steve Caulfield, PE, spoke with the Concord Monitor's Granite Geek David Brooks, to explore approaches to protect against COVID.

With a growing need to improve indoor air quality for businesses across the nation due to the COVID-19 virus, Caulfield, a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 30 years of experience, and the other mechanical engineers at TBS have been busy performing building evaluations and developing solutions to provide safer and cleaner indoor spaces.

“We’re seeing a lot of people trying to increase the amount of air replacement, the air change rate. The problem we run up against is the engineering problem that on a hot day your system is only designed to cool so much outside air. Beyond that you either raise the temperature or humidity in the space, or both,” Caulfield said. “You can’t just go to every building and open every outside air damper.”

As David Brooks explains, this same complication comes up with air filters. Air filters are calibrated on the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) scale, with bigger numbers removing smaller-sized particles.  Most buildings have filters that are rated as MERV 8, but as Caulfield points out, “it’s not until you get to about a MERV 13 that you start removing 90% or more of virus-sized particles.”

Unfortunately, a MERV 13 filter generally won’t fit into the designated filter space, and the tighter filter puts an additional burden on motors.  As Brooks points out, the added work could burn out motors and will certainly reduce airflow, allowing viruses to build up – the exact opposite of what you want.

For over 30 years, the professionals at TBS have been working to understand the complicated yet delicate nature of balancing HVAC design and system controls to optimize indoor air quality.  To find out how to improve the air quality in your building, contact our experts.  

To read the entire interview, click: https://bit.ly/334m6cH