Manchester’s The Factory on Willow wins PLAN NH Merit Award of Excellence: NEREJ

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Shown (from left): Preston Hunter of Eckman Construction,
Liz Hitchcock, owner of Mariana Beer of The Factory on Willow,
and Adam Wagner of Market Square Architects.

Manchester, NH Liz Hitchcock, owner of The Factory on Willow, and her project team received a Merit Award of Excellence from PLAN NH in recognition of having had a positive impact on the surrounding community through good planning, design and development.

“Eckman is proud to have served as the Construction Manager for the Factory on Willow project,” said Preston Hunter, Vice President of Eckman Construction, “The restoration of this former factory building was a true effort of The beautiful character of this historic structure shines through in every space.

The adaptive reuse project involved 90,000 square feet of renovations to the 118-year-old McElwain shoe factory, repositioning the property as a mixed-use arts community. The four-story factory building now includes 76 live-work apartments and micro-hotel units, commercial/retail spaces, event space and generous outdoor spaces.

Eckman Construction served as construction manager, with design by Market Square Architects, civil engineering by Fuss & O’Neill, structural engineering by TF Moran, and environmental testing provided by GZA Environmental.

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