Cultural Resource Management Planning
Cultural resource management (CRM) plans are used to guide owners and agencies with the ongoing management of their archaeological and historical properties. CRM plans include the identification and evaluation of resources, along with other considerations, in order to integrate preservation planning into property management.
AHS has a comprehensive understanding of the CRM planning process: identifying and documenting resources, developing effective strategies to avoid and/or mitigate impacts to significant resources, working with stakeholders, and developing realistic plans within the constraints of budget demands and bureaucratic structures.
Along with teams of architects, engineers, and other professionals, AHS personnel have participated in CRM plans for historic bridges, lighthouses, parks, archaeological resources, Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs), and house museums. Our plans often involve multiple resource types, also known as Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans (ICRMP). We deliver responsible and customized planning solutions for any set of cultural or historical resources.
Newtown Sewer System
AHS identified a large pre-colonial site in the floodplain area of a proposed sewage treatment plant in Newtown, Connecticut. Working with project engineers and administrators, we helped formulate a plan that permitted development to proceed while preserving much of the site in situ. Data from the site has also furthered public understanding of the local prehistory via a six-panel moveable exhibit we designed on the project and local Native American lifeways.
Other Project Examples
Connecticut Green Bank
AHS has reviewed over 1,000 Connecticut Green Bank projects in dozens of towns and cities across the state of Connecticut, including solar photovoltaic panel installations, fuel conversions and HVAC upgrades, ducted and ductless mini-split (air source) heat pumps, geothermal systems, heat pump water heaters, battery storage for solar photovoltaic panel systems, and electric vehicle charging stations. In cases where historic properties would be adversely affected, AHS made recommendations for alternative treatments.
Putnam Memorial State Park
This 19th-century park commemorates the American soldiers of the Revolutionary War, who camped within its borders. It contains considerable archaeological remains, and the park itself is historically significant for its early-period landscapes and architecture. AHS worked closely with project architects to create strategies to avoid development-related impact to archaeological and above-ground historic resources.
Norwich State Hospital
Following a comprehensive archaeological survey and historic resource inventory of a nearly 500-acre property on the Thames River in Connecticut, AHS developed a cultural resource management plan to guide planned redevelopment to avoid significant resources, ranging from waterpower features, to archaeological sites to buildings, or to take action to mitigate impacts.
Harkness Memorial State Park
At this National Register of Historic Places-listed state park, once the 175-acre estate of Eolia, AHS conducted a cultural resource inventory and prepared an Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan (ICRMP) to assist the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in planning park improvements without adverse effects to archaeological and historical resources. AHS staff had previously prepared the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the property.