Ayotte Tours Sullivan Construction and Discusses Better Buildings Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte recently visited and toured Sullivan Construction, Inc. in Bedford, a New Hampshire business that specializes in sustainable construction technologies. During the visit, she discussed the Better Buildings Act, legislation that she introduced with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) that encourages tenants of commercial buildings to voluntarily implement cost-effective measures that will help reduce energy consumption and ultimately utility costs for businesses. Ayotte and Bennet previously introduced the bill in 2013. The Better Buildings Act was recently signed into law as a part of the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which Senator Ayotte cosponsored.

“I appreciated the opportunity to visit Sullivan Construction to discuss the Better Buildings Act, which will incentivize commercial tenants to responsibly reduce energy consumption,” said Ayotte. “I also learned more about sustainable construction technologies – a key part of efforts to boost energy efficiency across the public and private sectors.”

As building owners across the country strive to distinguish their buildings with the voluntary ENERGY STAR label to help attract tenants and satisfy investors, this bill creates a new voluntary "Tenant Star" certification to reward and recognize tenants that design and construct high-performance leased spaces.
To date, the focus has been on how real estate owners and developers may lower energy consumption at the "whole-building" level. However, office tenants like data centers, law firms, banks, trading floors, restaurants, and retail stores use a lot of energy - especially in areas experiencing large growth and development. The Better Buildings Act takes a holistic approach by considering office tenants' impact on energy consumption and behaviors.

In addition to the "Tenant Star" designation, the bill asks the Department of Energy to study and learn from private sector "best practices" of how commercially-leased spaces are designed to achieve high performance and help reduce utility costs for businesses.
Dozens of organizations from the real estate sector, construction industry and environmental advocacy, among others have endorsed the bill, including the Real Estate Roundtable, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Institute of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the Real Estate Roundtable, and the U.S. Green Building Council.


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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.