Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc. (Commonwealth) worked with EMCS, Inc. on the South 60th Street reconstruction project in Milwaukee that has been named a finalist for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Wisconsin 2021 Engineering Excellence award. This award is presented to projects that display a high degree of client satisfaction through quality and cost-effective solutions.
Commonwealth served as archaeological and historical consultants on the project and completed the necessary cultural resource investigations to document compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Three buildings within the project’s Area of Potential Effects (APE) were identified that met survey criteria, a c.1870 cream brick gable ell house, an early twentieth-century front gable vernacular house, and a c.1950 Contemporary-style church. None of the properties were found to have potential architectural or historical significance. A portion of the Kinnickinnic River Parkway also was identified within the APE. The parkway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places In accordance with Section 106, project effects to the parkway were assessed and Commonwealth worked with project engineers to avoid adverse effects. Ultimately, it was determined that no resources or other physical features contributing to the parkway’s significance would be impacted. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) concurred that the project would have no adverse effects to historic properties under Section 106.