Award-winning historic preservation stewardship in Oklahoma
Posted in: Cultural Resources
We recently celebrated with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as recipients of two Citation of Merit awards from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office. The awards recognized projects that had a positive impact on Oklahoma’s historic properties through research, rehabilitation and restoration, as well as publications and other preservation activities.
Mead & Hunt and ODOT award-winning projects are:
- Bridging the Mighty Red: Red River Crossings Between Oklahoma and Texas, an interesting and visually appealing publication that outlines transportation development and river crossings over time
- A New Deal for Oklahoma: Bridge and Road Building in the Depression Era, a booklet filled with maps, photographs, and an interactive Google Earth layer that maps ODOT’s Oklahoma Depression-era parks and bridges
These awards are especially gratifying to the Mead & Hunt cultural resources team because they recognize excellence in creative products that are part of a large robust mitigation package. Moving beyond the go-to HABS-HAER report, or “document and destroy” mitigation, requires effort and thinking outside-the-box. However, negotiating innovative mitigation measures results in products that are engaging and more accessible to the public than the traditional approach.
Kudos to ODOT for their focus on creative mitigation. Check out ODOT’s cultural resources program to see the award-winning publications plus a whole lot more.
The 2018 awards were presented during Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, held June 6-8 in Tulsa. It was an honor to attend the awards gala and celebrate with our friends at ODOT.
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