‘Independence day' arrives at Goffstown engineering firm
John Turner says tablet computers play a big role in the plan by Team Engineering for its data and photos. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
GOFFSTOWN — Team Engineering, led by licensed engineer John Turner, launched its new identity last week as an independent engineering firm after the nearly 20 years that Turner operated the business as a franchise under Criterium-Turner Engineers.
Team Engineering held an “independence day” party last week with 100 invited guests.
Turner and his team of three other licensed engineers and two support staff have established a niche in home inspections and structural restoration of existing buildings.
With his architectural engineer's license, Turner “can render structural opinions, opinions on code compliance,” he said, a much-needed service with qualification to provide building inspection and design services.
“Our big market niche is existing buildings and helping owners understand existing buildings, understand how to fix them,” Turner said.
Turner moved to 67B North Mast St., Goffstown, in a new residential/business district, about five years ago from 400 square feet off Mill Street in Goffstown.
The firm recently moved its records creation system to tablet computers. “All the data gets entered directly on the tablet; the photos get taken directly by the tablet,” he said.
More than renovation
Turner is particularly proud of work the firm did to help the parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Hinsdale to rescue their church, which had been condemned by another engineer about seven years ago.
“We outlined critical repairs that were required to make that place structurally safe, because it was legitimate that it definitely had some serious problems,” Turner said.
The quarter-million-dollar price tag for repairs was a big challenge, but diocesan leaders and parishioners pulled together to fix it.
Turner's firm also has worked for Community Resources for Justice on several projects including halfway houses off Elm Street in Manchester and off Park Drive in the Fenway section of Boston.
He is currently working on a project at 550 Elm St. in Manchester, a million-dollar-plus renovation across from the Verizon Wireless Arena.
“Here's a project that's in trouble,” he said of 550 Elm. “It's a very significant location ... Our role in that is to come in ... figure out how we're going to solve this thing; get this project back on track.
Before breaking away from the franchise system, Turner said January and February 2012 were record months, coming on top of a very strong year in 2011.
“We had an awesome year in 2011 and part of it was attributable to crazy weather events,” he said. For example, Turner helped the town of Bedford solve ice dam and roof leaks at its library. But government work is atypical for the firm, he said.
“Our typical client is private sector, homeowner business, nonprofits.”
The firm's other engineers are: Nancy Nichols, civil and environmental; Denny Townson, electrical; and Terry Terry, civil and structural.
All the engineers are also licensed as home inspectors.
When outside expertise is needed, Turner works with architect David Ely of Wind Hill Associates in New Boston and others.
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