Christine Davis Consultants, Inc. (CDC) is a cultural resource management firm specializing in archaeological surveys, historic resource surveys, and Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation. CDC’s team includes specialists in archaeology, urban archaeology, history, architectural history, large-format photography, and computer-aided design (CAD). All personnel meet or exceed the Federal qualifications defined in 36 CFR Part 61, as amended. To comply with OSHA regulations, two of the firm’s employees have completed 40-hour training programs administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
CDC has extensive experience in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process through a wide range of cultural resource compliance projects. With over 20 years of experience, CDC has completed more than 750 cultural resource projects in the northeastern United States.
The CDC team has managed a variety of complex cultural resource projects and is dedicated to a pro-active approach to finding new solutions in the management of cultural resources. For example, to document over 300 potentially significant properties in one county, CDC proposed a series of historic contexts to define significance; thus, the project shifted from a diversity of properties to a focus on specific resources representing the proposed historic preservation themes. The acquisition of the first archaeological site in Pennsylvania by the Archaeological Conservancy, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was coordinated by CDC. The Sony Site, located in Westmoreland County, is one of the largest prehistoric villages discovered in the northeastern United States, and was donated to the Conservancy following a Phase III Data Recovery project conducted by CDC.
The firm has coordinated numerous projects with Federal agencies such as the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to Federal agencies, CDC has coordinated with State Departments of Transportation (DOT), State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), and local agencies such as Historic Review Commissions and Planning Departments. CDC maintains up-to-date files of all legislation and regulations regarding local, state and national properties.
Christine Davis, President of CDC, has been actively involved in cultural resource management since 1979. Her graduate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anthropology. Ms. Davis holds the honorary position of Field Associate with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History of Pittsburgh. From 1988 to 1990, she served as a historian for the HABS/HAER Division of the National Park Service. In this capacity, she performed comprehensive county-wide historical surveys and HAER documentation of the region’s historically important industrial resources
The office, laboratory and research facilities of the firm are located in the Lehner Grain and Cider Mill, a stone building built in 1895 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restored in 1993, the building stands 12 miles east of Pittsburgh on the east bank of the Allegheny River in Verona, Pennsylvania.
The main floor of the Lehner Mill, with original timber frame construction, houses computer work stations capable of a range of tasks from word processing to database creation to the graphics abilities of AutoCAD. The firm maintains a library with over 1,000 volumes, maps and other documents. A large laboratory for the cleaning, cataloging and storage of artifacts is located in the stone basement of the building.
The firm owns vehicles, surveying equipment, analytical tools, a Hansen weatherport, and the field equipment necessary for conducting all types of archaeological surveys. The CDC team includes a variety of subconsultants who add the following to the firm’s capabilities:
- large-format photography
- historical research
- geomorphological investigations
- mechanical equipment operations
CDC utilizes the following computer abilities to generate their technical reports and other documents: word processing (Microsoft Word, Word Perfect), database management (Microsoft Access), spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel), and graphics (AutoCAD).