This year, the National Park Service celebrates its centennial and SWCA celebrates 35 years as a company. While these are very different events in scale and import, there are parallels and connections between the Park Service and SWCA. In this issue of The Wire, we want to honor this shared history, as well as highlight our growth over 35 years and the possibilities for the future.
How do you go about managing hundreds of Cold War-era historic resources in arguably one of the most significant military facilities in the United States? You start with a highly qualified and talented team, add in extensive background research, and spend a whole lot of time in the desert armed with tablet computers.
The result? A historic context statement and survey approach streamlining the identification, recordation, and management of a diverse group of historic resources representing some of our nation’s greatest technological innovations.
Understanding public concerns and helping stakeholders visualize a project are key steps to advancing transmission development. At SWCA, we combine visual resources with proactive public outreach to help build consensus for projects.
Demand for electricity has been steadily increasing for decades, creating a need for new generation facilities and transmission lines. The expected rate of increase in electricity demand is three times what existing and planned transmission lines can carry, creating a gap between the market for generation and the transmission system.