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April 25, 2017: RGA was part of the project team that won an Honor Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey for the design of the Ocean County Route 571 Bridge. The bridge carries County Route 571 over the Main Branch of Toms River in Jackson, New Jersey.

 

May 12, 2016: RGA was part of the project team that won the 26th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the Restoration of the Dey Mansion, Passaic County’s premier Revolutionary War era museum, constructed circa 1772.

 

February 26, 2015: RGA was part of two project teams that won New Jersey's Leading Infrastructure Projects Awards from the New Jersey Alliance for Action, one for the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge Project and the other for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s Garden State Parkway Great Egg Harbor Bridge Project.


January 30, 2014: RGA was part of the project team that won the Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action for the Reconstruction of Monmouth County Bridge S-17.  The bridge carries West Front Street over the Swimming River between Middletown and Red Bank, New Jersey.


November 1, 2013: RGA’s publication, Next Stop Metuchen: Three Railroads Shape a Crossroads Community, recognized as the Best Official New Jersey Publication in 2013 by the Documents Association of New Jersey.

 

May 17, 2008: RGA was part of the project team that won the 18th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of County Bridge No. C0601. The bridge spans the North Branch of the Raritan River between Hillsborough and Branchburg Townships in Somerset County, New Jersey.

 

April 27, 2007: RGA was part of the project team that won the 17th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of Co. Bridge No. E0801. The bridge spans the North Branch of the Raritan River between Raritan Borough and Hillsborough Township in Somerset County, New Jersey.



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Robert J. Wise, Jr. has joined the RGA staff as Principal Senior Architectural Historian with an extensive background in historic preservation planning. Mr. Wise, who holds a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's of Management, Business Administration from Penn State, previously served as President of Wise Preservation Planning LLC, of Chester Springs, PA. Over the past 22 years, he has developed an excellent reputation as a historic preservation planner working with a variety of clientele throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and the greater Mid-Atlantic region. His experience includes comprehensive, open space and master plan elements, intensive level historic architectural surveys, structures reports and impact studies, National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations, battlefield preservation, historic resource protection ordinances, municipal planning assistance, conservation easement drafting and documentation, grant writing, and site interpretation. As Senior Planner - Historic Preservation at the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center in Chadds Ford he drafted the historic preservation section of the Center’s Environmental Management Handbook, a local planning tool used throughout Southeast Pennsylvania. An early member of the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, he also helped develop and coordinate the Brandywine Battlefield Conservation Easement Initiative: a two-county, five-municipality program to identify and protect critical battlefield sites. This led to a multi-million dollar program (and a U.S. Congressional Act) to purchase development rights and easements on the most critical parcels on that battlefield. Mr. Wise is a founding member and former President of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, a county-wide historic preservation advocacy and information organization with over 700 members. In Tredyffrin Township, he served on the Historical and Architectural Review Board for 10 years, including five as chairman. In 2001, Mr. Wise helped establish the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust to save the circa-1782 Jones Log Barn. He has served on the boards of the Eagles Mere Conservancy, the Open Land Conservancy of Chester County, and the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. He now serves on the West Vincent Township Historical Committee, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, and the Berwick Stuart Tank Committee.


Seth B. Hinshaw has joined the RGA staff as Senior Historian. Mr. Hinshaw, previously a Senior Preservation Planner with Wise Preservation Planning, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 with a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation. He has written or contributed to 18 nominations for buildings or districts successfully listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Oxford Historic District in Chester County and the Bangor Historic District located in Northampton County. Mr. Hinshaw has also contributed to several municipal surveys, most notably a survey of East Bradford Township that won an award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and a survey of Erie County, the largest single survey in Pennsylvania history, documenting over 31,000 historic properties. As part of the later survey, he created the website eriebuildings.info to report the results of the survey, with a webpage for each historic property. Mr. Hinshaw currently serves on the board of the Friends Historical Association, which coordinates the efforts of Quaker historians nationwide, and the Chester County Historic Preservation Network. He also served for eight years on the Downingtown Historical and Parks Commission, helping preserve the circa-1703 Downingtown Log House and helping plan the Borough's 150th celebration in 2009. He has written and/or lectured on various topics, including architectural styles, historic research methods, barn chronology, and the architecture of houses of worship. He has also authored or co-authored three local commemorative booklets and four academic articles, one of which was the article “How Colonial is Colonial Religious Architecture?” for the Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society Quarterly, documenting the connection between religious architectural trends in England in the 1600s and religious architecture of Anglicans, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Quakers, and Baptists in the English colonies prior to the Revolution.


Elizabeth Diker is an architectural historian who joined the RGA staff in January 2017. A native of Staten Island, New York, Ms. Diker received her Bachelor’s degrees in Art Conservation and Art History from the University of Delaware in 2014 and her Master’s in Historic Preservation with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware in 2016. While at UD, she focused her studies on the preservation of cemeteries and battlefields and wrote her thesis on a seventeenth century Quaker burial ground in Darby, Pennsylvania. Ms. Diker has worked with numerous organizations, including the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, and the Noble Maritime Collection. She is excited to continue her career in preservation with RGA.


Kristen Herrick is an architectural historian who joined the RGA staff in January 2017. Ms. Herrick received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Minor in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2014 and her Master’s in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware in 2016. While at UD, she studied the vernacular architecture of the Mid-Atlantic region, documenting historic buildings throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Herrick has worked as a researcher for several non-profit organizations and government agencies, including the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and the National Park Service. Most recently, she worked for the American Indian Liaison Office at Yosemite National Park, surveying ethnographic resources and assisting with tribal consultation and traditional cultural events. Ms. Herrick is excited to start a new chapter in her career at RGA.


Laura Hundersmarck joined RGA as an architectural historian in January 2017. Ms. Hundersmarck received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2012 and a Master’s in International Heritage Visualization from the Glasgow School of Art in 2015. Influenced by her enthusiasm for photography, conservation and history, her dissertation explored the symbiotic relationship between conservation and public outreach within the National Trust for Scotland, and the integration of 3D visualization techniques to promote the work of the archaeology department. Prior to joining RGA, Ms. Hundersmarck worked as a visualization intern at the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Her role included planning and carrying out digital documentation work on architectural, industrial and heritage projects employing the use of laser scanners, photography, 3D modeling and V-Ray lighting composition. She is excited to continue the next phase of her career at RGA.

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