Historic Preservation and Project Management

by Susan Snider on October 28, 2014

Historic PreservationRestoring historic buildings can be a complex and long term project. Grant writing and fundraising are only one of many activities of a historic preservation project.

If your organization is contemplating preserving a historic building, step back and look at the whole picture. What are all the activities, jobs, and tasks that need to happen to get the job done? What resources, expertise, and manpower do you need to accomplish your goal? Someone needs to be in charge of managing and coordinating all of these tasks, jobs and activities. We call this project management.

Project management is integral to the success of any historic preservation project. Consider the scope of work and if the organization has the resources and capacity to manage the project. Marion E. Haynes, in her book “Project Management, A Practical Guide for Success” defines project management: “Project management brings together and optimizes the resources necessary to successfully complete the project.” Underestimating the work and skill involved in project management could lead to volunteer burnout and the inability to move the project along or raise the funds necessary to complete it.

The project manager acts as the owners’ representative and is responsible for fundraising, grants management, managing schedules, working with architects, general contractors, tradesmen, donors, government officials and key people in the organization. This can be a contracted position or assigned to a volunteer. Whoever holds this position is in it for the long haul. They work with the organization from the conception of the idea to project completion.

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