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Posted: 02/01/2011

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Founded in 1885 and headquartered in New York City, PB is a leader in the development and operation of infrastructure to meet the needs of communities around the world. The firm provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and program and construction management services to both public and private sector clients. PB is active in multiple market sectors, including transportation, power, buildings/facilities, water/wastewater, environmental, and urban/community development. The firm has the capability to see a project through its entire life cycle, from planning to implementation to operation and maintenance, and has earned a distinguished reputation for its technical and management expertise. Parsons Brinckerhoff has enhanced its capabilities with the addition of Heery International, serving as its US buildings operating company and Halsall Associates, serving as its Canadian operating company. Parsons Brinckerhoff serves as the global professional services division of Balfour Beatty plc.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Honolulu, HI

The Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project (HHCTCP) Office, a $5.4 billion transit project, located in Honolulu, Hawaii has an opening for a Lead Architectural Historian or an historic preservation professional. The individual will work as a part of a dynamic team of accomplished architectural historians and environmental and planning professionals throughout PB.

The successful candidate will be experienced working in a high paced, highly visible project environment and be used to working as part of a team of internal colleagues, supervising architectural historians, and external consultants to complete required work. Assignments will include National Register of Historic Places documentation; Historic American Buildings Survey documentation; historic contexts and cultural landscape reports; interpretive materials; and complex Section 106 work. The position requires a person with strong communication and people skills, excellent writing skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, ability to receive direction and feedback from supervising architectural historians, and the ability to meet the physical demands of field work. It is anticipated that a reasonable amount of overtime will be required based upon the demands of the work.

Serving on the staff of the General Engineering Consultant (GEC), the selected candidate will report directly to the Planning Manager. More information regarding the Project can be found at http://www.honolulutransit.org.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Coordinate Section 106 Project activities with other City and County of Honolulu departments (e.g., Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP)).
  • Extensive contact with governmental agencies, local cultural and historic organizations, the public, and other PB and client personnel.
  • Ensuring consideration of historic preservation in Transit Oriented Development and other development projects along the Project corridor.
  • Surveying, documenting, and evaluating architectural resources and producing forms and technical reports.
  • Managing multiple tasks, projects, and contracts including deliverables in a fast-pace environment.
  • Draft correspondence for signature by others.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.
  • Experience Required:

  • Masterís Degree in architectural history or historic preservation from an accredited university.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience.
  • Meet the Secretary of the Interiorís Professional Qualifications Standards set forth in Procedures for State, Tribal, and Local Government Historic Preservation Programs, 36 C.F.R. pt. 61, Appendix A and have completed the above-mentioned documentation within the past two years
  • Expertise in American architectural history with experience completing architectural history projects in Hawaii preferred; proven success completing architectural descriptions and significance evaluations by applying the National Register of Historic Places criteria; experience successfully completing cultural landscape reports and historic contexts; and experience evaluating project effects on significant properties.
  • Conducted work according to the Federal historic preservation review process and under Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
  • Managed multiple, fast-past deliverables while completing excellent technical work.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in implementation of projects resulting from complex agreements with consulting parties, and Programmatic Agreement or Memoranda of Agreement execution is desired.
  • Excellent research, writing, photography, and communication skills are essential.
  • Successfully worked with design teams to develop context-sensitive solutions as well as groups with disparate goals.
  • Demonstrated high degree of technical expertise, organization, foresight, responsibility, and mature judgment in directing significant projects or assignments.
  • Working knowledge of MS Word Office applications and use of both digital and 35 mm cameras.
  • Working knowledge of GIS applications is highly desirable.
  • EOE M/F/D/V

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