historic preservation training


VCHP worked with the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service to develop Memoranda of Agreement for a number of undertakings with regard to their historic properties. MOAs were signed and projects completed under the terms of the agreements, which usually involved the preparation of historic context and Historic American Building survey documentation.


The VCHP team worked with Cochiti Pueblo to aid the Tribe in developing and formalizing their cultural resource program. Our team drafted policy, processes, and procedures to support Tribal response to federal consultation efforts. In addition, our team drafted template letters to streamline the Tribal response time. The new program was formally documented and then ratified by the Tribal Council.


The Curio Building was constructed in 1902 as a storage area for Indian products that were sold by members of various tribes to railroad patrons as they stopped for a rest at the Harvey House. The VCHP team worked with David Grubbs, Architect to ensure the rehabilitation construction documents would not have an adverse effect on the historic character of the building. Our team met with the design team and city early in the project and then reviewed the construction documents at 30, 60 and 90%. The VCHP team also drafted compliance letters that accompanied the documents sent for SHPO review.


The VCHP team developed specific training for Phoenix Area Indian Health Service engineers and building maintenance staff on using the service unit preservation plans that had been previously developed by the VCHP team. The training was a full day course which included basics on the laws and regulations (why they need to pay attention to preservation), typical condition issues on their facilities, and discussions on how to repair and rehabilitate using the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. A manual was developed for the attendees and included regulatory data, agency process, data on conditions assessment, and information about repairing historic materials (organized by Construction Specifications Institute spec section number).


The VCHP team has developed specific Section 106 training sessions for federal agencies. The course included information on Section 106 and 110, definition of an Undertaking and other important terms, typical undertakings for the agency involved and the steps of working through the compliance process. These training sessions are typically one day long and include a handout that can be taken back to the office for reference.


VCHP often works with our clients to aid them in developing the most appropriate level of HABS/HAER documentation or creative mitigation package for their project. In many cases our clients are asked to produce HABS Level II documentation. However, if no drawing set exists for the property, this is impossible. As such, it is important to understand the standards, the associated costs, and necessary time required to complete a full documentation package. All these factors affect the larger undertaking. In many cases VCHP has also been asked to create creative mitigation packages, rather than or in addition to traditional documentation. The VCHP team focuses on designing the most appropriate package for the available resource and budget. Examples of deliverables VCHP has produced include 3-D models, popular reports, brochures, and informative videos.


The Old Santa Fe Trail Building was constructed in the 1930s to serve as the Regional Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the National Park Service. VCHP was hired to develop specifications for the repair of wood doors, windows and architectural features. VCHP worked with Cherry See Reames Architects to coordinate the specifications with the construction drawings and ensure all work met the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the NPS requirements for this specific property. Integrating this knowledge into the construction documents ensured that the Section 106 process went smoothly.


The VCHP team supported Wilson & Company with preservation issues at Guadalupe County Courthouse in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Our team conducted research and on-site conditions assessment, noted character-defining features and provided data on potential adverse effects with regard to American with Disabilities Act retrofits to the historic courthouse. The resulting report was used by the architects to streamline the design/Section 106 process. Our team also drafted compliance letters to SHPO and documents were reviewed at 30, 60 and 90% completion.


The VCHP team is providing support to the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service to gather baseline data for the adaptive reuse of a historic building. Once the Area Office determines what will be done with the building, our team will work with them to develop a MOA between the office and the SHPO.

VCHP is thoroughly familiar with the various aspects of compliance required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations 36 CFR Part 800. We have a wide range of experience in analyzing the effects of our clients’ undertakings and developing appropriate strategies to mitigate, minimize, or avoid adverse effects to historic properties. We are well-versed in the preparation of agreement documents (MOAs and PAs) and are knowledgeable of the type of treatment alternatives recommended by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. VCHP has the experience and skill to offer expert support of SHPO, intra-agency, public, and tribal consultation.