PROJECT APPROACH AND UNDERSTANDING



INVESTIGATION AND DOCUMENTATION:
The initial phase of a review for a historic property includes Historic Research, a conditions report or review Existing Conditions and finally the preparation of a Historic Structures Report. Preparation of a time-line to do a typical report is difficult, as it requires information on a particular historic property and the size and complexity of the project. Will there be engineer reviews, materials tests etc.? We have completed them in 30 days to as long as 6 months for the Winslow High School.


HISTORIC RESEARCH:
This is the data gathering stage of the project that will provide information on the buildings development, and technical information on conditions, material composition and possible sources and building systems. A thorough search for historical documentation should include finding out if any local landmark forms (local, state, or national) are available as substantial work could have been completed in identification of bibliography and source list which identifies sources of information. Resources discovered during this step can provide important information about original architectural assemblies, materials and their compositions. Records will also identify and additions that may have been done over the life of the structure. Research to find original drawings during this phase are also important. But while they will help, they will only serve as a basis for visual inspection that will confirm or expose modifications to the
structure over time.


EXISTING CONDITIONS SURVEY:
This step involves the inspection and documentation of the buildings composition, condition and organization of spaces. This will include a visual inspection as well as laboratory tests if required. It may also require a more invasive approach that requires limited destructive investigation of certain areas and systems. The extent of documentation should be in keeping with the future scope of work that will be accomplished during restoration or renovation. If the scope has not been determined then it is best to document the existing conditions in more rather lesser detail.

  • Create a record of the property or building condition as it presently exists.
  • Document the layout of the building plan.
  • Document all materials and systems in the building
  • Identify any damage to structure or architectural finishes and condition of mechanical and electrical systems if they exist.
  • Material testing for possible future use in matching materials or mixes that may be used in renovation.
  • Identification of possible hazardous materials that may need special attention.


THE HISTORIC STRUCTURES REPORT:
The purpose of this step is to document the existing condition and history of the building. It includes all the information collected in the fist two steps identified above. It also provides a review of primary and secondary historic background sources, alteration and permit histories if they exist and any oral or personal input from living sources. This report will provide the direction for the preservation of components of significant historic value, in any future development or restoration of the property.

HISTORICSTREETSCAPES PROVIDED ALL SITE DOCUMENTATION FOR THE BUCKHORN PROPERTY THAT WAS USED BY THE CITY OF MESA FOR PHASE I ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND OBTAINING ESTIMATES FOR RENOVATION AND RESTORATION.

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