Historic Preservation Support for the VA National Archives Program
CRA has provided ongoing historic preservation support to architects and engineers working with historic buildings at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark. As part of its ongoing assistance, CRA has routinely prepared preservation plans, completed thorough building documentation and assessment, prepared Section 106 coordination materials, and conducted review of schematic, conceptual, and design development plans on behalf of the VA and its project partners in order to assist these entities in balancing the VA’s obligation to provide appropriate medical care for veterans and their families with historic preservation requirements.
A particularly noteworthy example of CRA’s assistance to the VA and its consultant architects and engineers is the VA National Archives Master Program. This project, intended to provide the necessary framework for adaptive reuse of two historic buildings at the Dayton campus for build-out as the VA National Archives facility, required extensive building documentation and archival research, as well as critical analysis of existing conditions and complex program needs in order to achieve a practical, well-executed outcome befitting of this important institution.