North Branch Celebrates 50 Years in Business

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorConcord, N.H. –North Branch Construction Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The year-long celebration also coincides with the company’s move to a new LEED-registered 16,200-sq.-ft. facility in Concord, N.H. that will serve as the company’s headquarters.President of North Branch, Ken Holmes, says that the move was because the company outgrew its existing property in Henniker, N.H. as well as the company’s desire to be more central to its marketplace. North Branch purchased an existing building located at 76 Old Turnpike Rd. and construction is underway for additions and renovations to the building.North Branch, a commercial construction company, has recently worked on projects including the $18.9 million award winning Gold Level LEED-Certified Tuck Mall Residence Hall for Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., the $7.8 million award winning Silver Level LEED Certified Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, N.H., the $4.5 million Brown School Apartments in Manchester, N.H. and the $5.1 million Squamscott Block (multi-unit workforce housing and retail building with parking deck) in Exeter, N.H. About the company’s 50th anniversary, Holmes tells MHN that, “the company will strive to value quality and service during this year as any other.”Holmes also tells MHN that being green is very important for North Branch Construction. “Our company was involved in implementing construction of sustainable designed projects long before ‘green construction’ became a common term,” he says.In 1997 North Branch completed one of the first large (over 20,000 sq. ft.) Energy Crafted Homes in the state of New Hampshire. The company also received an Energy Star for Homes Outstanding Achievement Award for building more than 50 Energy Star qualified housing units during the year.“We have extensive experience with geothermal heating and cooling, wind generated power and solar generated power technology as well,” Holmes adds.