Cultural resource insights of 2016

Posted in: Cultural Resources

the-new-year-300x235pxAs we welcome the New Year, this post revisits noteworthy news from Mead & Hunt on cultural resources from 2016. It was a year of many milestones, nationally and for Mead & Hunt. I hope you enjoy this look back as we continue to bring the past into the future.

The National Historic Preservation Act reached its 50th anniversary. We commemorated this achievement in a series that included the first 25 years of the National Historic Preservation Act, preservation successes of the last 25 years, and envisioning the future of preservation. The end of the year provided more reason to celebrate as the National Park Service Centennial bill was signed into law, bringing promising change to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and reauthorizing the Historic Preservation Fund. Late 2016 also brought uncertainty with President-elect Trump, which we addressed in perspectives on the future of historic preservation.

Other milestones included ongoing work to implement streamlining provisions of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. We highlighted specific changes that affect environmental and historical reviews for transportation projects and the Federal Highway Administration’s guidance on accelerating project delivery and streamlining review processes.

Closer to home, Mead & Hunt experienced continued growth, which allowed us to expand our already deep bench of cultural resource specialists. Dianna Litvak, an experienced historian, joined our Denver office and supports increased work for clients in the West. In Colorado we celebrated the completion of a statewide historic highway inventory for the department of transportation and helped Discover Denver with an innovative historic buildings survey.

I hope you’ll stay tuned in 2017 as we continue our tradition of providing experts with deep knowledge in cultural resource topics to deliver sound solutions for your projects. As always, if you have ideas about what you would like to read, please send an email or give us a call.

Have a great New Year!

Amy Squitieri

About the Author

Amy Squitieri, an expert in historic bridges, helps states and bridge owners balance engineering needs for safety and good function with interests to preserve the legacy of the past. “Success is when an owner can reuse their existing infrastructure in a way that’s both functional and retains important aspects of engineering heritage,” says Amy. She leads Mead & Hunt’s Environment and Infrastructure Group.

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