Historic Preservation Project Markets

Loven Contracting’s award-winning Historic Preservation Division offers an array of services via a single resource to owners of, or investors in, historic properties. We recognize that preserving a historic building involves more than safeguarding cultural heritage; it’s a modern construction endeavor shaped by budgets, timelines, existing conditions, and project requisites. Whether we are preserving the oldest historic structures in Grand Canyon National Park or tackling more modest adaptive reuse projects in municipalities across the Southwest, Loven Contracting understands the complexities associated with historic building construction and improvement.

Our Team Knows Historic Preservation

Backed by an accomplished historic preservation team, we offer a complete contractor service with decades of experience. This spans navigating state and local preservation mandates to hands-on craftsmanship by seasoned veterans with over 40 years in preservation work.

Meet Our Qualified Craftsmen: Our highly skilled craftsmen, journeymen carpenters and our trusted subcontractor resources have decades of practical preservation construction experience. They have spent the time out in the field developing and standardizing new techniques that are beyond the industry standards. This knowledge includes the use of historically appropriate building materials and construction methods, as well as the incorporation of contemporary systems (MEP, Fire/Life, ADA compliance) that adhere to historic preservation guidelines.

Historic Preservation Solutions

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Experience-Based Estimating: Our preconstruction and estimating team offers realistic estimates and cost-saving options based on experience working with Historical Architects and on historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects.

Preservation Planning: Our team will partner with you to develop a step-by-step plan that incorporates all desired aspects of the historic preservation process. This includes sourcing historically appropriate material, site planning, environmental contaminant assessment, and working with the federal, state, and local preservation offices to ensure compliance.

Architectural Surveys: We offer architectural survey services and will document existing architectural components, as documentation may be required for compliance with preservation guidelines or may be utilized in grant applications.  

Adaptive Reuse Planning: The greenest building is the one that is already built. Loven Contracting will work with property owners to repurpose existing structures to suit current needs.

Historic Preservation Construction Projects 

We partner with private, non-profit, and governmental organizations in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada to bring your vision to life. Between working with projects on the National Register of Historic Places, National Landmarks, the National Park Service and SHPO historic renovation, preservation, and rehabilitation guidelines, we are prepared for every project.

Recent Projects

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BRIGHT ANGEL CABINS ROOF REPLACEMENT

This project is also a UNESCO World Heritage site creating a highly occupied site leading to an increase in safety measures which had minimal impact on park activities and allowed us the team to match everything from shingles to paint and the salvaging of materials to the original elements. 

LUMBERYARD BREWING COMPANY

As a Arizona Real Estate and Development Award (RED) recipient, the Lumberyard Brewery Taproom and Grille is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with high-trafficked one-way streets and located adjacent to an active BNSF railway. This adaptive reuse project included structural repairs and asbestos abatement while reusing the building’s original wood trusses.  

RED Award 2011 Lumberyard Brewing Company
Historic Preservation

BUCKEY O’NEILL CABIN

Winning both the Arizona’s Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award and the ENR Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration, Buckey O’Neill Cabin is a UNESCO World Heritage, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and just inches from the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

ASSESSMENT & PRECONSTRUCTION SERVICES

    • Historic Structures Reports: Historic Structures Reports may be required before construction can begin on a significant structure. Our in-house Historic Preservation Specialist is qualified by the Secretary of the Interior to perform site assessments and draft historic structure reports. These reports detail historic context and how the proposed project may affect the existing historic resource.
    • Site Assessment: Our Historic Preservation Specialist, in partnership with our skilled craftspeople and tradesmen, will evaluate and determine site conditions for use in preconstruction phase.
    • Experience-Based Estimating: Our Preconstruction and Estimating team offers realistic estimates and value engineering options based on many years of experience working with Historical Architects and on historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. 
    • Preservation Planning: Our team will partner with you to develop a step-by-step plan that includes some or all aspects of the historic preservation process, as desired. This includes sourcing historically appropriate material, site planning, environmental contaminant assessment, and work with the federal, state, and local preservation officers to ensure compliance.
    • Preventative Maintenance Planning: Preventative maintenance is the best way to reduce building life cycle costs. We provide case-specific plans that take both current issues and anticipated requirements into account. 
    • Preservation Law Compliance: Our team is experienced in complying with local, state, and federal laws pertaining to historic preservation, and can supply guidance and documentation in that regard.
    • Architectural Surveys: We offer architectural survey services, documenting existing architectural components, as may be required for compliance with preservation guidelines or may be utilized in grant applications.  
    • Adaptive Reuse Planning: The most sustainable building is the one that is already built. Loven Contracting will work with Flagstaff property owners to repurpose existing structures to suit current needs. 

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

      • Qualified Craftsmen: Our highly skilled craftsmen, journeymen carpenters, and our trusted subcontractor resources have decades of practical preservation construction experience. This knowledge includes the use of historically appropriate building materials and construction methods, as well as the incorporation of contemporary systems (MEP, Fire/Life, ADA compliance) that adhere to historic preservation best-practices. 

Historic Preservation Experts

Looking for the right leaders for your Flagstaff historic preservation project? Loven Contracting Superintendent and master carpenter Audey Eckel has over 40 years of experience completing projects on some of our nation’s most iconic structures. Audey was the superintendent for both the Desert View Watchtower Preservation and Buckey O’Neill Cabin Preservation, both of which received Governor’s Heritage Preservation Awards for exceptional project results. Brett Woods has over 20 years of historic preservation experience and was the project manager for the award-winning Buckey O’Neill Cabin Preservation project.