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News » US » Louis Berger wins roles on refurb of historic Gettysburg sites » published 19 Jul 2018

Louis Berger wins roles on refurb of historic Gettysburg sites

Louis Berger has won contracts to support rehabilitation and improvement works at two historic sites in the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

The projects will take place at Little Round Top and Big Round Top.

During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Little Round Top was considered the key point in the Union Army’s defensive line. The site was the location of a dramatic downhill bayonet charge, one of the most widely known battles at Gettysburg and in the American Civil War.

Big Round Top, south of Little Round Top, is the highest point on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Its height made it a critical strategic position, and possession of the hill changed hands between Union and Confederate forces multiple times during the three-day battle.

“Louis Berger recognizes its duty to ensure these sites remain cultural touchstones of American history long into the future,” said Dana Otto, Louis Berger’s client manager for the National Parks Service (NPS). “We take that responsibility very seriously.”

Today, the Little Round Top visitor area sees high levels of pedestrian and vehicular traffic due to its popularity, straining an overused circulation system and putting the surrounding historic landscape at risk. As a subcontractor to DHM Design, Louis Berger will support the elimination of pedestrian safety concerns, realignment of walkways and roadways, and protection of cultural and natural resources. Louis Berger’s scope of work will include site civil engineering support, traffic and transportation planning, and environmental permitting guidance.

At Big Round Top, Louis Berger is providing archeological consultation and insight to a team of designers, led by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering, tasked with designing new walking trails, utility lines and roadways through sensitive historic sites. Principal archeologist Dr John Bedell will lend his extensive expertise working on Civil War battlefield projects to ensure site improvements are undertaken in a manner that preserves and protects existing cultural resources and avoids or mitigates any potential impacts.

“This is a great opportunity to work in a deeply historic and consequential place, with a terrific client and partners,” said Kenneth Breitkreuz, project manager. “We are making history more accessible, while respecting and protecting the site.”

 

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This article was published on 19 Jul 2018 (last updated on 19 Jul 2018).

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