2017 commercial construction continues to move forward in Northern New England

Commercial construction continues to move forward at an extremely fast pace.

2017 looks to be a very busy year in Northern New England.

Some of the areas we continue focusing on include: Banking, Healthcare, Retail, Corporate Office, Manufacturing and Education.  All of these segments are growing and look to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Most recently we completed projects for Wilson Language in Portsmouth, NH, SIAA in Hampton, NH, Berwick Academy in South Berwick, ME and Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Most of these projects are on the seacoast which seems to have the highest demand for both commercial and residential construction.

We are working on a project for Summit Land Development at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH.  This project is a 16,000-sf addition to Sprague’s Corporate Headquarters which we originally constructed three years ago.

We look forward to upcoming projects with the Franklin Savings Bank-Merrimack, NH, Catholic Medical Center- Manchester, NH, and SpaceCenter in Hooksett, NH, and a 44,000-sf Class-A office building at 39 Constitution Drive, Bedford, NH.

A robust economy creates a tight job market and getting additional labor is really challenging in this market.

We are focusing on providing our employees with the best tools for them to succeed.  We recently implemented a cutting-edge Project Management software which allows us to integrate our project management and accounting programs seamlessly.   It allows our field personnel to be integrated as well.

A busy economy means permitting can take longer as building departments have a much busier schedule than typical.

Cost of construction materials are increasing. Commodities such as steel, concrete, and lumber have all gone up this year and will continue to go up.

2016 was our best year ever with customer satisfaction so we are continually striving to find what our customers really need and provide them with the best services possible.

BUILT AROUND YOU is our tagline.  As long as we focus on our employees, customers, and vendors we are confident that we will have a very successful future.  One of the important aspects of Sullivan Construction, Inc. is our commitment to our community.  We are proud to support many charitable organizations including, Easterseals, New Hampshire Catholic Charites, Building on Hope and many other worthy causes.

We are not looking to be the biggest commercial contractor but simply the one who owners respect, trust and can rely on to make their visions become reality.

As Sullivan Construction, Inc. enters our 47th year in business we want to thank all of our employees, clients and vendors for all they do to support us.

-Thomas F. Sullivan, President of Sullivan Construction, Inc. Bedford, NH

Construction activity strong heading toward 4th quarter

Design and construction activity has remained strong throughout the summer and this momentum should continue as we enter the 4th quarter of 2015 and early 2016. This solid construction activity has reached many industries and markets across the region and has generated increased hiring and substantial building expansions, renovations, and ground-up construction. While the overall growth in the region has been robust, there are several markets and specific industries that have been the most vibrant. Distribution center construction has seen significant growth during 2015. Prologis completed a 614,240 s/f high-bay logistics center adjacent to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Scannell Properties recently developed a 400,000 s/f distribution center in Londonderry for FedEx Ground. Rand Whitney is building a 129,000 s/f office/warehouse in Dover and adjacent to that project Sullivan Construction is commencing, for Summit Land Development, the construction of a 72,000 s/f distribution center for Stonewall Kitchen. This is the first phase of a planned 275,000 s/f complex to accommodate their growth. The banking and credit union market has generated a flurry of new branch construction in the region. The team at Sullivan Construction recently completed projects for Eastern Bank and Optima Bank & Trust, and we are now beginning construction on a new branch for The Provident Bank at the exciting new Goffe Mill Plaza development in Bedford, N.H. at the former Wayfarer Inn & Convention Center site. Also in Bedford, in the educational market, Sullivan has begun a building addition for the New Morning School. Educational institutions continue to upgrade and expand existing facilities. Many healthcare organizations have projects underway throughout New England. Sullivan Construction recently completed a first-class 37,000 s/f Memory Care facility in Rye, N.H. for Sanctuary at Rye. This is the first project of its type in the state. Other Sullivan Construction healthcare projects include the renovation of an MRI Lab for Alliance Imaging in No. Dartmouth, IR laboratory upgrades at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, and projects for Mid-Coast Healthcare, Wentworth Douglass Hospital, Eyesight Ophthalmic Services in Somersworth & Portsmouth, N.H., Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation & Nurses Center in Manchester, and Sanborn Place – a supportive living community for elderly, disabled and/or handicapped individuals, located in Reading, Mass. In a very active office market, Sullivan Construction has completed over 250,000 s/f of office space in the past twelve months. For Summit Land Development we constructed two first-class office buildings: a new 40,000 s/f headquarters building at Pease International Tradeport for Sprague Energy and an adjacent building consisting of 38,000 s/f for High Liner Foods which will house their Culinary Institute. We have also completed the construction of a new 37,000 s/f first-class office building at the Tradeport for Katz Group development. This project included the first-class office fit-up of a majority of the building for Loftware, Inc. Also at Pease we constructed office improvements for Computer Associates on Corporate Drive. Sullivan Construction recently completed the new construction and office fit up of 33,000 s/f in Londonderry for Falling Water Development and over 80,000 s/f of phased office renovations for Curriculum Associates in Billerica. We also performed a comprehensive office renovation at ECCO USA’s 60,000 s/f Londonderry headquarters in an exciting phased construction program in a fully operational building. Critical to the success of this project was Sullivan’s extensive track record at working within occupied spaces and our industry leading approach to sustainable construction and safety. Another industry showing promising growth in the coming months is the manufacturing and technology market. Northern New England firms such as Titeflex Aerospace, Teledyne, Watts Water Industries, Tender Corp., Benchmark Technologies and Teleflex Corp. are expanding their buildings and adding employees. Sullivan Construction completed a complex renovation in Merrimack for an advanced technology company that is expanding within the state and we continue work with several major defense contractors with existing building renovations and upgrades. The retail and restaurant industries also showed solid growth in the region. Many dining facilities have been upgraded and expanded during 2015 and the types of restaurants being constructed represent target customers of very varied demographics – from new “Tap Rooms” and mid-level fast food to high end eating establishments. Sullivan Construction recently completed the renovations to the wonderful new CR’s The Restaurant located just off Rte. 101 in Hampton, N.H. In the retail market, our team has constructed multiple retail stores for a national mass media company for locations throughout the northeast United States. At Sullivan Construction our mission is to have each project “Built Around You” and we are excited to see solid growth in 2015 that will continue in to the New Year. By providing customized solutions and building trusted partnerships we look forward to continued long-term relationships with our clients for many years to come.

Brian Gallagher is director of business development for Sullivan Construction, Inc., Bedford, N.H.

Sullivan Construction completes two corporate office buildings totaling 78,000 s/f

Portsmouth, NH The Pease International Tradeport, and the seacoast region of New Hampshire in general, has shown strong growth and vitality during the past several years and has become a destination location for corporate office headquarter users. Sullivan Construction, Inc., a Bedford, N.H. design-build and construction management firm, has constructed or renovated numerous facilities and developed an exceptional track record at the Tradeport. Most recently Sullivan Construction has worked on behalf of Tower Hill Development to build two first-class office headquarter facilities on International Drive for Sprague Energy and High Liner Foods.

The Sprague Energy building consists of 40,000 s/f of first-class office space on two-levels. Sprague is utilizing the building for their corporate offices and the building includes a trading floor, conference facilities, audio-video center, private executive offices and an open area office environment. The building includes a structural steel frame with exterior masonry, EIFS, and pre-cast concrete. The project was delivered on a design-build delivery method to meet the owner’s aggressive schedules and budgets. The architect and structural engineer for the project was JSN Associates out of Portsmouth, N.H. and the civil engineer was Hoyle Tanner & Associates.

After an extensive property search throughout the seacoast area, High Liner Foods chose the Pease Tradeport for their new office and culinary training headquarters. This three-story, 38,000 s/f office building included a structural steel frame with a masonry, pre-cast concrete and EIFS exterior. The building was built utilizing a design/build MEP approach and is located adjacent to the newly constructed Sprague Energy headquarters. The building is situated on a high topography with great views of the Tradeport area. The pre-construction team at Sullivan Construction worked closely with the building developer and High Liner Foods to achieve the schedule, budget, and design goals necessary to make the project a success. Included in this first-class building are a full dining area, a culinary research & development kitchen, a culinary training center, advanced technology conference areas, and private and open office environments. A striking entrance atrium was designed to maximize natural light to the building with full-height glass, open stainless steel stairways, and a dynamic color combination. Sullivan Construction’s corporate culture allowed for an ideal construction partnership with High Liner Foods and their strong focus on sustainability, safety, and social responsibility. Packard Design out of Boston was the interior designer for High Liner Foods and JSN Associates was the architect and structural engineer for the building owner.

Sullivan Construction, Inc. works throughout New England providing its clients with customized service. Our specialties include: healthcare, banking, manufacturing, corporate office, education, hospitality and automotive. We have unique skills in working within occupied spaces.

Sullivan Construction, Inc. has been serving corporate users, tenants, and developers for over 45 years with comprehensive design-build services. They are looking forward to continued growth in 2015 and beyond. This success is based on building trusted partnerships with their clients and providing customized solutions, comprehensive pre-construction services, and a focus on safety and sustainability for every project.

Many segments of the construction market remain steady moving into the 4th quarter

The growth of many segments of the construction market remains steady as we head in to the 4th quarter of 2014 and in to early 2015. With project financing available, strengthening hiring numbers, and an increased consumer demand, many owners are revisiting their expansion plans or considering building upgrades.

Markets that are showing the strongest growth as we enter the fall and winter seasons include office, retail & automotive, banking, warehouse/distribution, private school, and advanced technology. In the healthcare market – an aging population and advantageous development funding has generated an increase in the construction of assisted living, senior housing, and memory care projects.

Assisted living development firms are actively pursuing projects for 2014- 2015 construction. Companies such as Calamar Enterprises, Epoch Senior Living, Benchmark Senior Living, and LCB Senior Living have projects underway throughout New England. Sullivan Construction recently completed a first-class 37,000 s/f, 56-room Memory Care facility in Rye, N.H. for Sanctuary at Rye. This is the first project of its type in the state. Other Sullivan Construction healthcare projects include the renovation of the Emergency Room wing at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., renovations for Mid-Coast Healthcare in Brunswick, ME, renovations for Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, medical fit-ups for Eyesight Ophthalmic Services in Somersworth & Portsmouth, N.H., and the phased renovation of the Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation & Nurses Center in Manchester, N.H. Also recently completed was the Phase II construction of an expansion project at Sanborn Place – a supportive living community for elderly, disabled and/or handicapped individuals, located in Reading, Mass.

The warehouse and distribution market has seen a huge spike in activity in the region. FedEx Ground recently completed a 178,000 s/f facility in Natick, Mass. and is commencing a 400,000 s/f distribution center project in Londonderry, N.H. developed by Scannell Properties. UPS (for client Pratt Whitney) is planning a 600,000 s/f logistics center in Londonderry and FW Webb is considering the construction of a new distribution center approaching 1 million s/f in southern N.H. The trend toward more “highbay” warehouse space demanded by users has generated new requirements for increased cubic space facilities and raised roof heights. In Stratham, N.H. Lindt & Sprungli continues its campus expansion program with new office space renovations and the addition of 180,000 s/f of packaging & distribution space.

In an active office market, Sullivan Construction completed a new, 40,000 s/f headquarters building at Pease International Tradeport for Sprague Energy and a second office building of 38,000 s/f for High Liner Foods is currently under construction at Pease. Sullivan has also started construction of a 37,000 s/f first-class office building at the Tradeport for Katz Group development. We recently completed the new construction and office fit up of 33,000 s/f in Londonderry for Falling Water Development and office renovations for Curriculum Associates in Billerica. Sullivan Construction this month has finished a comprehensive office renovation at ECCO USA’s 60,000 s/f Londonderry headquarters in an exciting, phased construction program in a fully operational building. Important to the success of this project was Sullivan’s extensive track record at working within occupied spaces and our industry leading approach to sustainable construction.

Manufacturing and technology firms are also showing growth. It is promising to see that some companies are bringing back their manufacturing operations from China and other countries and to be hiring again. In the advanced technology market the team at Sullivan is currently completing a complex building renovation in Merrimack, N.H. for a major nano technology firm as it expands within the state. Included is the creation of manufacturing & office space, raising a portion of the roof, and site work. This exciting project will create valuable skilled jobs in the region and add to the emerging high-technology reputation of N.H.

Auto dealers are upgrading and expanding their facilities as consumer demand increases and manufacturers push for new store prototypes. Sullivan Construction recently completed an extensive new construction and renovation project of three automotive and service buildings for Rowe Ford Hyundai and Quick Lane in Westbrook, ME – while the dealerships remained in operation. In the financial segment we are seeing similar growth as new bank branches are being built and existing facilities are upgraded and redesigned. We are currently working as construction managers for Centrix Bank and Optima Bank for projects in Nashua, Portsmouth and Bedford.

At Sullivan Const. we are excited to see solid growth in 2014 that will continue in to the new year. This success is based on building trusted partnerships with our clients and providing customized solutions for every project.

Read the article at New England Real Estate Journal

Nature of Business with Chrissy Coughlin

Tom Sullivan, President of Sullivan Construction, Inc. took a few minutes on Wednesday June 29th to talk to Chrissy Coughlin, host of The Nature of Business on WSMN.

To hear the interview regarding Green Construction and how our building and leadership in presenting energy efficient solutions and materials to our commercial clients and their projects, click here.

Shaheen tours efficiently renovated Bedford building, touts proposal for economy

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is going to great lengths - and great heights - to demonstrate why her Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 ought to pass.

On a tour led by Sullivan Construction President Tom Sullivan, Shaheen climbed into the attic of Sullivan Construction's South River Road building in Bedford, to check out the energy-efficient innovations the company has implemented to certify it as one of two buildings in New Hampshire with a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Enviroment (LEED) rating. 

Click here to read the full article published in the Nashua Telegraph on June 7, 2011.

Mason Elementary School receives Collaborative for High Performance Schools Certification

Sullivan Construction, Inc. the Construction Manager for the Mason School project, coordinating with the Jordan Institute managed the construction process in order to achieve this noteworthy certification to achieve a 3% additional school building aid/incentive from the

NH Department of Education.  We wish to extend our thanks to the collaborative efforts of Daniel Scully AIA and Paul Leveille of the Jordan Institute for working with us during construction.

Certification Letter

Sullivan Construction is committed to provide solutions to benefit the environment and to save energy costs for all of its clients.  We thanks the school committee for selecting Sullivan Construction, Inc. for this CHPS project.