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Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is conducted to preserve, conserve, and protect the built environment, including buildings, bridges, landscapes, and other objects of historic significance. TranSystems has been active in historic preservation and architectural conservation for nearly thirty years. We have undertaken a wide variety of restoration projects and planning projects with historic preservation components and are expert in condition assessment for historic buildings, planning for the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and local, state and federal regulations relating to buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We welcome the challenge of melding the requirements for restoration with standard construction practices and tight budgets. Restoration and adaptive use projects demand a somewhat different approach and set of skills than new design projects. Restoration design must respond to the existing character, condition and context of the historic building or site. Successful restoration and reuse projects find creative solutions to inherent and posed problems presented by the constraints of existing fabric, form and concept. Four key principles guide our work in this area:

  • First, sensitive restoration design is based on a thorough comprehension of a building’s history, design and construction, gained through archival research and on-site survey.
  • Second, a well-restored building is a well-functioning building. It is necessary to identify, qualify and quantify the programmatic goals and space requirements of those who will use the building when its restoration is completed.
  • Third, a significant percentage of restoration design work is design for repair. Such design requires an understanding of the existing physical conditions at the site, developed through thoughtful analysis of the exterior envelope, interior spaces, underlying structure and all building systems.
  • Fourth, new design elements within the historic context need to complement, but not mimic, the past. These elements should possess their own identity and engage in dialogue with the existing fabric.
Our specific offerings also include preservation planning, preparation of nominations for individual buildings and historic districts and consultation on certified rehabilitations and Section 106 regulations.

We serve clients in municipalities and transportation departments, locally and nationally, and metropolitan planning organizations, as well as other public and private organizations.
 


 

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