Manchester, NH – North Branch Construction announced the completion of renovation projects at two facilities owned and operated by Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) in Manchester.
The renovations will allow FIT-NH to respond more effectively to operational limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide assistance for food insecurity and homelessness in the future. The project included moving the organization’s food pantry to a new property located at 176 Lake Avenue across the street from its family emergency shelter at 177 Lake Avenue.
Dennis Mires, P.A., The Architects of Manchester, N.H. was the architectural design firm for the project and renovations included major structural improvements, asbestos abatement, roof replacement, new gas service, new three-phase electrical service, and two new RTU systems. New security, fire alarm, and LED lighting systems were installed. Bathroom renovations ensured ADA compliance. A walk-in cooler and freezer were relocated from the organization’s 199 Manchester Street location, and an ADA compliant ramp at the entrance was added.
The former food pantry area at the 199 Manchester Street location was renovated to create additional sleeping quarters for individuals experiencing homelessness. Renovations included selective demolition of walls and offices and reframing new partition walls; installation of new LED lighting; upgrades to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing; upgrades to the HVAC system; and painting.
The projects, made possible by funds received through the CARES Act, received certificates of occupancy on Dec. 22, 2020 and certificates of completion on Dec. 30, 2020.