PROCON Completes Foundations for Goffe Mill Plaza

Coffee Mill Plaza foundation

Goffe Mill Plaza foundation

Bedford, NH – PROCON’s design-build team recently placed the foundations for the 40,000sf Whole Foods Market that will anchor the upcoming Goffe Mill Plaza in Bedford.

The site is the former home of the Sheraton Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center, and was a hub for the presidential primary campaign trail for many years. The complex includes the proposed development of two restaurants, 73 apartment units, a fitness center, a Provident bank, and almost 8,000sf of retail space.

Manchester based design-build firm PROCON is the architect and construction manager for the project. The company began construction on the mixed-use development in February.

PROCON’s project manager commented on the initial stage. “The concrete sub, Southern New Hampshire Concrete, did an exceptional job placing our foundations. The process went smoothly thanks, in part, to their experience and professionalism. Also, I’d like to mention the site contractor, Pichette Brothers, who did a great job preparing the site for the Whole Foods building.”

TFMoran was selected as the project’s civil engineer.

The plans call for the original Mill Building on the property to remain intact with an exterior refurbishment, and signage identifying its historical significance. The Whole Foods shell and site work is expected to be completed in November.

The project is funded by the Massachusetts-based Rockland Trust Company.


The historic site originally owned and developed by the Goffe Family in 1744, has undergone several generations of ownership and development. The Dunfey family acquired the property in 1961, and built the Wayfarer Inn and Conference Center the following year. The hotel complex included a pedestrian covered bridge over the Bowman Brook, (that was salvaged and relocated to the Town of Wentworth, New Hampshire). The original mill building was the location of the hotel gift shop.

The Dunfrey family sold the hotel in 1986 and the current owners, HIR Realty closed the hotel in 2009.