We moved our headquarters to the historic Amoskeag Locomotive Works building at 145 Hollis Street in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 7, 2011. We recently purchased a condominium unit in the notable building and worked with Stibler Associates, LLC of Manchester, New Hampshire and Bruss Construction, Inc. of Bradford, New Hampshire to build our new offices. The unit has been designed and built in accordance with guidelines for LEED Silver certification in the Commercial Interiors category.
LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, which is an internationally recognized green building certification system that verifies that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. “As the state’s leading agency addressing all matters that affect lung health, our Board of Directors felt strongly that our new home should be constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner” said Daniel Fortin, President & CEO of Breathe New Hampshire. “First and foremost, this strategic decision will reinforce and strengthen our commitment to advance our mission of eliminating lung disease. It also makes good fiscal sense for us.”
The building was part of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company complex built along the Merrimack River in the early 1800’s. At the time, the company was a giant in the textile industry of the northeast. In order to equip its own mills and mills of other companies, the Amoskeag created its own machine shop in 1840. The machine shop’s early productions included textile machinery, steam engines, boilers, turbines, and heavy tools. Steam locomotive production began in 1849 at the Hollis Street location and continued there for the next ten years. Locomotives built at the site were sold throughout the world. Records documenting the production and sales of these locomotives are available through the Manchester Historical Association.
“We take great pride in the history of our organization, which was founded in 1916 to ‘eradicate tuberculosis,’” said Fortin. “Over the years, we have remained relevant by committing ourselves to emerging lung health issues, such as asthma, COPD, and nicotine addiction. It is especially fitting that we are moving into this building that is also rich in New Hampshire history, yet has been renovated using contemporary ‘green practices.’”