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1 Working With the National Park Service and the States Avoiding Common Problems Current Economic Impact National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services

2 Success Projects approved – 36,000 Investment of over $50 billion Repeat users

3 It Is a Regulatory Program Not uncommon that there will be some required changes Submit your project for review early in the planning process

4 Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation 10 broad principals of preservation Widely used by agencies and organizations Only NPS makes certification decisions

5 Avoiding Common Problems Start the certification process early in the project planning Consult with the SHPO Get decisions in writing from NPS

6 Helpful Suggestions Keep track as to which set of architectural plans have been approved Use services of a preservation consultant as needed Realize each project is different

7 Common Rehabilitation Issues New Construction New buildings or new onsite parking

8 Common Rehabilitation Issues New Construction New buildings or new onsite parking Rooftop additions and mechanical equipment Adjacent and connecting new additions

9 Common Rehabilitation Issue Exteriors New balconiesSolar panels

10 Common Rehabilitation Issue Exteriors Windows

11 Common Rehabilitation Issues Interiors Dividing significant rooms or major common spaces Redefining a buildings basic floor plan Exposing mechanical ductwork in traditionally finished spaces Removing plaster to expose masonry walls and ceiling joists

12 Less than 2% of submitted projects fail to get certification

13 Current Economic Impact Impact on project review 2008 activity level

14 Impact of Past Economic Downturns 1986 low and subsequent rebound Number of projects and project size Geographic factor

15 Activity Level in FY % of projects over $1 million Nearly half of these were over $5 million

16 Economic Conditions May Benefit Project Approval Less new additions More less is best renovations More preliminary reviews More conservative building uses

17 Economic Conditions May Foster Several Problematic Issues Pushing the unit count

18 Economic Conditions May Foster Several Problematic Issues Ownership changes Condos to apartments Budget pressures

19 Fostering Project Development Importance of personal interface Seek preliminary reviews Large-scale development

20 Broaden Opportunities Post World War II historic Shopping centers Publicly owned and other institutional buildings

21 Broaden Opportunities The Risks and Rewards

22 For Additional Information NPS website is To request copy of the Technical Preservation Services Catalog of over 100 publications either at Or write Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service, 1840 C Street NW, Washington, DC To contact me: at


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