Spottlight on Historic Preservation - November 2016

Protecting our History for Future Generations

Historical preservation frames a community's past and defines its heritage. Preservation initiatives have a positive impact on economic growth for a community in the form of higher property values, increased revenue, and job creation. Rehabilitated and renovated historic buildings are core components in revitalized downtowns and cultural venues. From an environmental perspective, renovations and rehabilitation of existing properties results in less construction, demolition, and hazardous material debris. Additionally, the cost of rehabilitation is often less than new construction with the energy savings being considerable since there is no energy used for demolition, new construction or the manufacture of new materials.


Preserving Historical Structures Exploring Technology Applications

High-Definition Laser Surveying(HDS) offers a non-intrusive, non-contact method to obtain three dimensional geometry measurements and models of existing structures and sites for both large and small-scale projects. SSM uses HDS for historic building preservationto acquires as-built information inside and outside of any structure quickly and efficiently.


Heating Historical Structures Exploring Alternative Technologies

From materials to system capabilities, it’s true, ‘they don’t build  them like the used to.’ Retrofits, renovations, and adaptive reuse projects present some challenges in terms of the systems in the buildings.


Drone Technology: Capturing the Coordinates from the Air

We know data. Since 1932, information management has been a core component of SSM's services; improving efficiency in operations, decision-making, environmental management, and engineering design. The combination of our intimate knowledge of the industry, our extensive background in information management, and our continuous commitment to leveraging technology to improve operations allows SSM to bring engineering services to life.