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Home arrowNews arrowFAA Receives Chairman's Historic Preservation Award for San Diego, Sitka, and Newark Projects
Federal Aviation Administration Receives Chairman's Historic Preservation Award for San Diego, Sitka, and Newark Projects

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February 21, 2003, San Diego—John L. Nau, III, Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, today presented the Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for three exemplary and unique preservation projects located in San Diego, CA; Sitka, AK; and Newark, NJ.

"The FAA, while fulfilling its essential roles in American air safety and transportation, is also playing a significant part in preserving America's heritage. These three projects demonstrate FAA's commitment to historic preservation," said Nau.

"All Federal agencies are charged to consider historic interests, but the FAA has distinguished itself by these efforts. The projects are a great credit to the agency, and a benefit to the Nation."

The projects being recognized are:

    Man working on windows inside house, San Diego, California
  • Implementation of the Quieter Home Program that protects the architectural integrity of historic houses in the Loma Portal historical area while reducing noise impacts from operations at San Diego International Airport—Lindbergh Field. The primary partners with FAA Western-Pacific Region were the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and the City of San Diego.
  • Historic WWII ammunition bunker, Sitka, Alaska (Photo courtesy of Matthew Hunter)

  • Identification and repatriation of the remains of more than 140 Alaska Natives interred in a historic World War II ammunition bunker at the Sitka, AK, airport, to more than 60 villages statewide. The FAA Alaskan Region's primary partners in this effort were the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (proprietor of the Sitka airport), and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, with more than two dozen other agencies, private companies, and some 200 Alaska tribes also participating.
  • Relocation of Building 51, Newark Airport, New Jersey

  • Relocation and adaptive reuse of Building 51, a historic terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport, NJ, site of the Nation's first air control tower and frequented by aviation pioneers including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Wiley Post. FAA Eastern Region's principal partner in this effort was the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The award was presented during the winter meeting of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, held February 21, 2003, at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA.

An independent Federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation promotes historic preservation nationally by providing a forum for influencing Federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties. It also advises the President and Congress about historic preservation matters, advocates preservation policy, protects historic properties, and educates stakeholders and the public.


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