A courtyard on NIST’s Gaithersburg campus (NIST/J. Stoughton)
The agency now shares information about historic properties and preservation efforts at its campuses with the public on its website. In 2018, NIST co- hosted with the Historic Preservation Office of the Montgomery County Planning Department an exhibition on 20th Century Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, where Gaithersburg is located, featuring NIST and other local structures acclaimed for their architectural significance. Within six years, NIST has created a comprehensive preservation planning program for its Gaithersburg campus. From identification to management strategies, programmatic Section 106 compliance, and interpretation, NIST has demonstrated how federal agencies can successfully—and rapidly—adapt to including preservation as a part of their property management approach.
The NIST Gaithersburg campus in the spring (NIST/J. Stoughton)
“ After initial apprehension about the management implications of the campus being determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, NIST welcomed development of a PA as an efficient means to meet its historic preservation responsibilities…. The active participation of key NIST planning staff, its Federal Preservation Officer, and attorneys from the Department of Commerce, working collaboratively with key SHPO staff, greatly facilitated the development of a successful PA.” Beth Cole,Administrator, Project Review and Compliance, Maryland Historical Trust (SHPO)
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