January 4, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
Great Things in Store for 2016!
I am happy to share some exciting news…
We are now the PA SHPO
As of January 1, 2016, the Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) is now the PA SHPO, for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office.
The PHMC Commissioners approved the official designation at their December meeting “to recognize the significance and legacy of the [National Historic Preservation] Act and to honor the 50th anniversary of the Act to assure a more vibrant future for preservation in Pennsylvania…”
You’ll see our new name and logo on our emails, blog, newsletters, correspondence, forms, displays, and official paperwork. The new changes will roll out over the course of the next few months.
PA SHPO Office Reorganization
With our new name comes a new office space!
Beginning on January 14, 2016, the PA SHPO offices in the Commonwealth Keystone Building will be completely redone with a new and improved research room, conference rooms, and a floor plan that helps us work more efficiently and effectively. We expect the reorganization to take about five weeks.
* The Research Room will be closed from Thursday, January 14th through Friday, January 29th. To accommodate the closure, the Research Room will be open on Monday, January 11th and Monday February 1st for its normal 9:00 to 4:00 hours.
* Staff phone numbers will remain the same.
* Please expect some disruptions with our service during this time. We will do our best to maintain ‘business as usual’ but there may be times when we are not able to return a call or email immediately. We hope this reorganization will go smoothly and we appreciate your patience!
We are gearing up for some truly great work in 2016. We hope you’ll be part of it!