Connecting data with historic properties and sites allows research and analysis to guide stewardship and planning. We strive to continually develop efficient and effective means to expand modeling to larger property sets.

Linking History with Location

GIS and Database Development: Artifacts has extensive experience integrating Geographic Information Systems into projects to provide long-term data management tools for campus and site management. We have developed built environment predictive and evaluative models to guide large-scale survey efforts and support preservation plan policy. By georeferencing historic maps we have reconstructed development chronologies for entire sites to guide planning and interpretive efforts. Our predictive models efficiently guide surveyors to key resource areas and provide city-wide demolition values, energy usage, and significance levels for properties.

EIS and NEPA Documents: Artifacts has developed cultural resources technical reports for Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. We have worked on a range of property types from industrial complexes and medical campuses to individual buildings. We have been hired by state and city agencies to assist in their review of EIS documents. Our skilled staff works as an efficient team to collect background on large and diverse project areas and analyze project impacts. Digital collection methods and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping allows us to quickly share data with other disciplines.

Sections 106 and 4(F) Compliance: Artifacts staff are well versed in helping projects navigate review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. We have worked on bridges, roadways, and a variety of building types throughout the state. Our close coordination with the project team and reviewing agencies ensures early identification and resolution of issues and adherence to schedules.

Preservation Planning and Policy: Artifacts continues to set the standard in development of preservation plans and policy documents integrating preservation review mechanisms and sustainability goals, and providing Geographic Information System (GIS) databases to support policy and planning. Our policy recommendations developed as part of two state-wide physical needs assessments led to grant programs created by the state legislature. With our staff of a former SHPO, city historic preservation officer, and two preservation commission members we have a thorough understanding of public process and preservation planning.

Preservation and Sustainability: Artifacts facilitates the realization of preservation and sustainability goals through policy development and consultation on historic building and materials reuse. We have integrated sustainable landscape and building stewardship practices into preservation plans for large campuses. As part of building rehabilitation projects we have worked with architects and engineers to further sustainability goals through preservation best practices, including the use of geothermal, solar, and hydronic heating and cooling systems in historic buildings and districts.



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Historic Property Management Plan

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City of Tacoma GIS Modeling

Update to the city's preservation plan

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Rainier School

Cultural Landscape Assessment

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Historic State Roads

GIS evaluative model and context

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Lake Sacajawea Park Preservation Plan

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American Lake Preservation Plan

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