Infrastructure Improvements and the Historic Preservation Act

Infrastructure Improvements and the Historic Preservation Act

March 8, 2022 | Online :: Central Time


Infrastructure development projects using federally-assisted funding or requiring a permit from a federal agency are likely to require an analysis of historic resources that may be affected by the project and a plan for documenting or protecting those resources. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act governs these reviews, which must adhere to strict requirements for public outreach, resource analysis, and documentation. The level of detail the Section 106 process requires will vary depending on the complexity of the project and the impact it is projected to have on historic resources. The potential impacts that project sponsors must take into account are not limited to direct physical effects, and may include such considerations as noise, views, landscape alterations, and general compatibility of the proposed project with its existing context. Financial incentives in the form of infrastructure investment, state and federal tax incentives, and other forms of financing geared toward historic preservation can also play a role in determining project viability. This symposium will discuss Section 106 requirements for various infrastructure projects, including those involving highways and bridges, airports, renewable energy development, and broadband expansion. Register now to learn more about how to prepare your project for consideration under NHPA. 

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Review what Section 106 is, how it works, and when it applies
  • Demonstrate how to conduct Section 106 review
  • Evaluate the intersection of the NHPA and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
  • Compare Section 106 processes for a variety of infrastructure projects, including highway improvements, airport rehabilitation, renewable developments, and broadband expansion
  • Define what constitutes a historic property
  • Evaluate adverse effects and how they can be resolved
  • Identify the tax incentives, financing, and investment opportunities available for Historic Preservation efforts
  • Discuss the roles of state historic preservation officers (SHPOs) and tribal historic preservation officers (THPOs) in Section 106 reviews


Tuesday, March 8, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: KEYNOTE: Infrastructure Improvements and Section 106

This keynote will introduce Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and provide an overview of how the NHPA review process intersects with infrastructure projects, including the actions federal agencies must take to meet their legal obligations when considering the effects on historic properties of projects they assist, fund, permit, license or approve.

Blythe Semmer, PhD, Assistant Director for Special Initiatives, Office of Federal Agency Programs, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. :: Application Processes: Negotiating the Intersection of NHPA and NEPA

The NHPA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are two separate laws which require federal agencies to “stop, look, and listen” before making decisions that impact historic properties and the human environment. This presentation will examine the benefits of integrating the independent processes and statutory obligations of NHPA and NEPA in the early stages of planning infrastructure projects.

Denise M. Jurich, Senior Archaeologist, GEI Consultants

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Tribal Consultation and Coordination for Infrastructure Projects

Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) are designated by federally-recognized Indian tribes to advise Federal agencies on the management of tribal historic properties. Section 106 requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of undertakings such as infrastructure projects on tribal lands and to consult with THPOs for advise and assistance in consideration of those projects. This session will provide an overview of tribal consultation requirements related to NHPA and the role of THPOs in that process.

Valerie Grussing, Executive Director, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Everett Bandy, Director and Preservation Officer, Quapaw Nation Historic Preservation Program 

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Cultural Resource Considerations in Transportation Planning

The Federal Highway Administration is the federal agency with statutory responsibility to consult and coordinate with ACHP and state and tribal governments to fulfill its obligations under the NHPA to integrate its historic and archaeological preservation planning and management decisions regarding new highway and bridge infrastructure projects. In this presentation, David Clarke of FHWA will provide the agency perspective on Section 106 compliance.

David Clarke, Federal Historic Officer, Federal Highway Administration

12:30  – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Renewables and the Historic Preservation Act

Laws protecting historic resources have increasingly conflicted with the development of renewable energy sources and with the essential transmission lines that connect such sources to end users. How do we resolve the conflict between efforts to preserve historic resources and the growing push to develop utility-scale renewable energy? Can historic and renewable energy resources coexist in a way that meets both of their objectives? This presentation will discuss how preservation guidelines impact terrestrial renewable planning, including for wind and solar, as well as offshore wind project siting.

Zachary Overfield, Cultural Resources Practice Leader, HDR

Ray Pasquariello, Offshore Wind Program Lead, HDR

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: NHPA Compliance for Broadband Projects

Enhancing the United States’ wireless infrastructure is essential to meet growing demand for mobile services and new network technologies. On properties of historic or cultural significance, the siting of broadband infrastructure such as towers that support communications antennas becomes more complex and requires that the FCC coordinate permitting with the ACHP to meet requirements described in the Historic Preservation Act. This session will examine processes involved in broadband expansion under Section 106.

Wesley Wright, Partner, Keller and Heckman

Timothy Doughty, Associate, Keller and Heckman

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Kansas City International Airport: A Case Study in Landmark Preservation

Kansas City International Airport was designed by noted modernist architectural firm Kivett and Myers and opened in 1972 with a unique and innovative design which would influence the design of many other airports that followed. In 2019, an environmental assessment of a proposed new, single terminal found that the new development would have an adverse impact on that landmark design, which a Section 106 consultation determined was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. This case study presentation will discuss the State Historic Preservation Officer and Environmental and Programmatic Agreement developed for modernization of KCI’s terminals and the mitigation required to preserve the airport’s historic designation.

Jade Liska, Deputy Director of Aviation, Kansas City Aviation Department

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. ::Tax Incentives, Investment, and Financing Programs for Historic Preservation

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic structures. What projects qualify for these incentives, and what other financing and investment programs exist at the state and federal levels to support historic and cultural preservation efforts? What role can these incentives play in various infrastructure improvement projects? This session will address options available to offset the costs of preserving historic structures as well as financing and investment opportunities tied to a variety of infrastructure projects proposed on historic properties.

Senior Representative, National Trust Community Investment Corporation

4:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns


  • Everett Bandy, Director and Preservation Officer, Quapaw Nation Historic Preservation Program

  • David Clarke, Federal Historic Officer, Federal Highway Administration

  • Timothy Doughty, Associate, Keller and Heckman

  • Valerie Grussing, Executive Director, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers 

  • Denise M. Jurich, Senior Archaeologist, GEI Consultants

  • Jade Liska, Deputy Director of Aviation, Kansas City Aviation Department

  • Zachary Overfield, Cultural Resources Practice Leader, HDR

  • Ray Pasquariello, Offshore Wind Program Lead, HDR

  • Blythe Semmer, PhD, Assistant Director for Special Initiatives, Office of Federal Agency Programs, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

  • Wesley Wright, Partner, Keller and Heckman

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Transmission Project Planners
  • Highway and Bridge Project Planners
  • Broadband Project Planners
  • Airport Project Planners
  • Solar Project Planners
  • Onshore and Offshore Wind Project Planners
  • Environmental Coordinators
  • Cultural Resource Managers
  • Tribal Representatives
  • Construction Managers
  • Forest Planners
  • Cultural Resources Researchers
  • EPCs
  • Attorneys
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Infrastructure Consultants

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