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 Five Consecutive Years ABC Excellence in Construction Awards  Institutional Over $2 Million Category with three years President's "Best of the Best"

Dartmouth College, Tuck Mall Residence Hall, Hanover, NH

  • 70,000 sq. ft. new
  • $19.0 million contract
  • 18 month construction schedule
  • Built for LEED Certification

North Branch was contracted by Dartmouth College as Construction Manager for the new Tuck Mall Residence Hall. Pre-construction services actually began in 2001, but the college decided to put the project on hold at that time. In the fall of 2004, Dartmouth College proceeded with pre-construction services with North Branch and the project became a reality with sitework beginning in March 2005.

Tuck Mall Residence Hall is a five-story, 70,000 square foot, brick, load-bearing block, concrete plank and structural steel facility. The project was built under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program, a self-assessing system which evaluates environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective over a building’s life cycle providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a “green building”. The new dormitory, designed by the architectural firm of Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell of Philadelphia, PA, houses 170 students and includes several common and study rooms.

The new building is nestled among several older buildings on this busy college campus and the site provided several challenges to the construction team. An existing steam line providing steam for the President’s house was located through the middle of the new foundation site. Before the foundation work could begin, a temporary steam unit was installed, which allowed removal of the existing line. In an effort to save a large elm tree on the site, a 12 foot high retaining wall constructed of concrete block was installed. This type of material is normally used for finished retaining walls, but as the foundation was backfilled, the top two courses of this retaining wall were removed, leaving the remaining wall in place to be buried.

Another unique feature of the construction is the in-slab radiant system, which not only provides the heating for the facility, but the cooling as well. Two standing column wells (approximately 1,500 feet deep) provide the geothermal source for the cooling system.

Despite one of the wettest springs in history, construction continued on schedule. In mid June 2005 the foundation was in place and the concrete planks for the first floor were installed (7,000 sq. ft. of planks installed in one day). In early July 2005, first floor masonry and structural steel were well underway. In October, concrete plank was flying for the fourth floor and, as the new year began in 2006, the building was topped off. By early spring 2006, interior finish work was well underway, with exterior brick and granite work complete. By mid summer 2006 construction was nearly complete and students began to move into the new dormitory on schedule in September 2006. The project was completed on time and approximately $500,000 below the guaranteed maximum price.

On September 19, 2006 the new building (east residence and west residence) was dedicated to the Fahey and McLane families in appreciation of their gifts and support of the facilities at Dartmouth College.

North Branch is no stranger to the Dartmouth College Hanover campus, having completed several other projects including the McCulloch Hall dormitory, also designed by Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell Architects, for which North Branch was awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Award in October 2000. While the Tuck Mall Residence Hall was under construction, North Branch was also the CM for the $12.8 million Alumni Gym Pool Dehumidification and Major Upgrades project at the Hanover campus. At the same time, North Branch was one of three select bidders for Phase I of a steam line extension of the Tuck Mall Steam Line. The $1.4 million project encompassed approximately 560 feet of trenching to carry underground electrical, telecommunications and steam for additional growth on the campus. With successful completion of Phase I in November 2005, North Branch negotiated Phase II (a $1.3 million continuation of the steam line) which was completed in August 2006.


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North Branch Construction, Inc.      

50 Western Avenue, Henniker, NH 03242-3451   (603)428-3233  Fax: (603) 428-7165

Soon to be located at 76 Old Turnpike Road, Concord, NH 03301   (603) 224-3233


 North Branch Construction is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.(NH/VT Chapter), American Institute of Architects, Plan NH, and the NH Preservation Alliance





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