Utilities Projects

Growing communities require new utilities and older towns and cities are constantly upgrading aging and outdated gas, water, electric, and sewer systems. PAL’s cultural resource management services help planners, engineers, and construction contractors meet federal, state, and municipal requirements by including architectural and archaeological survey as a planning element of their utility projects. These surveys identify historic properties and potentially significant archaeological resources early enough in the process for our clients to weigh preservation and mitigation options including partial redesign, evaluation and documentation, or historic property plans of creative mitigation or conventional data recovery.

Utilities, electric, gas, sewer, water, are critical elements in infrastructure. Many systems are in need of repair and new systems are being proposed. Most utility projects are subject to local, state, and federal regulations requiring an assessment of impacts on significant cultural resources.

PAL offers a wide range of cultural resource services to prospective clients involved in utility planning, installation, and maintenance. PAL’s clients range from individual landowners building new homes or installing utilities to municipal agencies improving city wide sewer and water systems, and large national corporations installing major gas pipelines, high voltage electrical lines, and fiber optic cable. PAL’s services include:

  • Conduct archaeological and historic architectural studies to locate, identify, and evaluate properties within areas of impact that are significant
  • Assess the impacts that a proposed undertaking will have on significant historic properties
  • Develop avoidance and mitigation strategies
  • Monitor installations


Selected list of our utility project clients:  
Algonquin Gas Transmission Company Keyspan Energy
American National Power Maritimes & Northeast
Berkshire Gas National Grid
Boston Edison Company Narragansett Electric Company
Central Maine Power New England Power Company
Commonwealth Electric Company Niagara Mohawk
Duke Energy NorthEast Utilities Services Company
Islander East Pipeline Company NSTAR Electric
Bluewater Wind Spectra Energy
Cape Wind Associates Tennessee Gas Company
Deepwater Wind TransCanada Hydro Northeast
First Wind Vermont Electric Company