According to a recent article in the Manchester Union Leader, the TMS-designed, Madbury Commons project is on schedule for an August completion date thanks to construction company ProCon’s valiant efforts in battling one of the worst winters in the Northeast. According to developer Ken Rubin, President of Golden Goose Capital in Durham, “It’s a very important project for the town…the whole concept was to extend downtown and create quality public space.” There is definitely demand for this type of student housing in Durham, NH , as all 126 apartments in the project’s two buildings were leased within a three week period last fall. In addition to the badly-needed housing, Madbury Commons will host Saxbys Coffee, Kennebunk Savings Bank and the UNH InterOperability Laboratory in first floor commercial space. According to Town Administrator, Todd Selig, the relocation of the UNH lab is a “game changer” for downtown Durham, as the lab which now tests products for companies such as Microsoft and Cisco Systems, will benefit the local economy in many different ways.
It was important to the developer and the town that the buildings, in Mr. Rubin’s words, “don’t look like big box warehouses” so the TMS design incorporates rooflines of varying heights, cupolas and other design elements. Solar panels will also provide a percentage of the building’s electrical needs.