The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) invites proposals for an Architectural Historian or Historic Architect (hereby referred to as a Consultant) to assist the Executive Director with the Saving Historic Places Grant Program that is being funded by the National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Rural Revitalization Grant. This position will be funded in part by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in the Mountain State. PAWV created the Saving Historic Places Grant Program in 2019, to provide funding to help communities save the places that matter most to them. In 2021, PAWV received a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior to expand this program and has approximately $485,000 to award in grants for this application period that had a deadline of March 18, 2022.
The objective of the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization grant program is to support the rehabilitation of historic properties at the National, State, and local level of significance in order to rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development in rural communities (less than 50,000 population) through subgrants which come from States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits able to support a competitive subgrant program. This program will fund preservation projects for historic sites to include architectural/engineering services (not to exceed 20% of the grant award) and physical preservation.
The purpose of the Saving Historic Places grant program is to save certified historic buildings in rural communities from demolition by neglect. To qualify for this grant, buildings must either be individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or listed as a contributing building in a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Funding will be provided for building emergencies, building stabilization, and pre-development. Subgrantees of this program will be required to bid projects out for both pre-development and construction purposes.
This is a competitive grant program whereby applicants will be required to complete an application and submit required materials, and a PAWV committee will evaluate and score each application based on certain criteria. The committee will make a formal recommendation of grant recipients to the PAWV Board of Directors and the NPS for approval. The PAWV review committee anticipates awards will be voted on during its May 2022 board meeting and grant awards will be made in June 2022. More information about the program is available in the Appendix at the bottom of this document.
SCOPE OF WORK GOALS
PAWV anticipates the architectural historian will assist with providing direct historic preservation assistance to approximately 10 – 20 Saving Historic Places Grant recipients, as well as assisting the Executive Director with monitoring to ensure projects follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The consultant will work with grant recipients to help specifically with the procurement process by helping to review bids and the proposed scope of work for each project to ensure that it meets the Standards.
We anticipate this contract will require periods of high activity with an average of approximately 15 – 25 hours per week required. The consultant will be required to maintain a daily work log for National Park Service Grant reporting requirements. (PAWV will provide a timesheet template for this purpose).
The consultant must maintain good communication with the Executive Director by having regular email correspondence and participating in a weekly virtual/phone meeting to discuss project updates. Remote work is preferred, but PAWV can provide a workspace at its headquarters in Elkins, WV, if need be.
Statewide travel to conduct at least two (2) in-person monitoring visits at project sites to ensure work is being done according to the Standards will be required. Additional site visits may be required based on project scope and difficulty. (Project sites will not be determined until May 2022.) During these visits, the consultant must take a photographic record of the projects according to the guidelines outlined in the National Park Service’s Cooperative Agreement. The consultant will also organize and help to prepare reports required by the National Park Service based on these site visits.
The consultant will be required to provide their own transportation for any position-related travel. The consultant will be reimbursed for pre-approved travel according to PAWV’s travel policy for employees. Travel reimbursement will be approved at the Government Service Administration’s mileage reimbursement rate (currently $.585/mile) and per diem/lodging rates. Alternatively, rental car fees and gas expenses may be reimbursed for travel purposes.
It is the preference of PAWV that this project contract begin by July 1, 2022 and last for one year, ending no later than June 30, 2023. The contract may be renewed for a second one-year term depending on the remaining funding amount and the remaining scope of work for grant-funded projects.
The ideal candidate will live in West Virginia and have applicable experience working with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Candidates must qualify under the category of Architectural History or Historic Architecture as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR Part 61.
REQUIRED PROPOSAL FORMAT
Individuals interested in participating in this project should submit a complete, professional-quality proposal which includes:
1. A description of the project to be completed.
2. Designation and resume of the person to be involved.
3. A summary of previous experience, as determined by a list of references and completed projects.
4. A statement explaining why the person is interested in this opportunity and why they are qualified for the position (1-3 paragraphs).
5. A proposed payment for services rendered and payment schedule
Incomplete proposals will not be considered. The proposal must be computer generated. Faxed or mailed proposals will not be accepted. All proposals should be submitted in .pdf format to Danielle Parker, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline – Proposals are due by email to Danielle Parker, email@example.com by Friday, April 29, 2022 by 5:00pm EST.
Project coordinator and point-of-contact
Danielle Parker, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-642-0693
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, 421 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241
Award Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
This RFP does not commit PAWV to award a contract or to pay costs incurred by bidder in the preparation of a proposal to this RFP. PAWV may accept other than the lowest bid, waive minor informalities, and award a contract based only on the written proposal without any discussions with bidder. Issuance of a contract will be subject to the approval of the PAWV Board of Directors. PAWV reserves the right to reject any or all proposals because of non-responsiveness to RFP requirements, insufficient PAWV funds, evidence of unfair bidding procedures, financial insolvency of bidder, or if, in the opinion of PAWV’s Executive Director, the best interests of the program will be served.
Addendum - More Information about the Saving Historic Places Grants:
The review committee will consider the following factors when scoring grant applications and determining project eligibility for the grant award. Priority will be given to projects that will
Applicants may apply for funding for pre-development and construction purposes. Proposals must be focused on construction costs, as pre-development costs may not exceed 20% of the total project cost, and pre-development expenses should contribute to the construction work being proposed. Applicants are not required to include pre-development costs if they are not needed for their project.
Plans for all physical preservation work must be reviewed and approved in advance and be in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation, and all projects shall adhere to all applicable Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and codes such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This grant cannot be used retroactively for pre-award costs, and no work can be started on a grant-funded portion of the project prior to the grant award and approval of work items from the National Park Service.
This grant can be used for a broad range of services that support the rehabilitation and stabilization of historic buildings. This request should be dependent on your building needs. Eligible costs can include, but are not limited to:
Minimum grant awards will be $10,000, and there are no maximum award limits. Note only $485,000 is currently available in grant funds.
This is primarily a reimbursable grant opportunity, but in some cases, project costs may be disbursed sooner. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you think your project will need grant funding up-front, include that information in your application narrative. A fraction of the grant award may be disbursed once a contract is signed with a consultant and/or contractor that has been approved by PAWV and plans have been approved by the National Park Service. The remainder of the award will be reimbursed upon project completion and approval of the work by PAWV and the National Park Service.
Applicants must demonstrate a 15% cash or in-kind match for this project. Federal funds cannot be used as a match for this project. In-kind matches must be pre-approved by PAWV.
We are seeking Operations Coordinator to aid in the administration of the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program and to manage the PAWV headquarters in Elkins. The Operations Coordinator will help with a variety of administrative tasks to directly support PAWV’s executive director and approximately 23 Preserve WV AmeriCorps members providing service across West Virginia. The ideal candidate will be independent, well-organized, computer savvy, and conscientious.
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation. It administers the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program – the statewide, national service initiative where AmeriCorps members help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and help preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. The program currently involves 23 AmeriCorps members in a combination of full-time and half-time slots that are assigned to nonprofit organizations and government agencies with history-based missions or services.
This position will be hourly part-time (20 - 30 hours/week) with pay of $16/hour. They will be expected to work a set schedule to be determined during Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 am – 5pm, with occasional weekend activities. This is a flex position between working from home and at the PAWV office located at 421 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV. Some periodic statewide travel will be required for this position. The Operations Coordinator will be directly supervised by, and report, to Danielle Parker (PAWV Executive Director).
The Operations Coordinator will work on the following tasks:
PAPERWORK & MONITORING FOR AMERICORPS
AMERICORPS RECRUITMENT, TRAINING & TEAM BUILDING
ELKINS OFFICE MANAGEMENT
Successful candidate must be organized and meticulous with paperwork, a self-starter, and must be be advanced in Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel), Google Drive, Zoom and Gmail Nonprofit Suite. Demonstrable ability to learn on one’s own is essential.
Candidate should have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, or significant life experience. Prior AmeriCorps experience will be a plus.
The successful candidate must work closely with a wide variety of people, including community members, site supervisors, representatives of partner organizations, AmeriCorps members, and Board members. It is important that the Operations Coordinator be open-minded, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, enjoy helping people, be comfortable speaking in groups, and maintain a positive attitude in their work, as well as a calm demeanor in response to stress or conflict.
This position is funded in part by an AmeriCorps grant from Volunteer WV. Due to the funding requirements, applicants must complete and be cleared for work through a two-part criminal background check investigation that includes a digital submission sex offender check and a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
To apply, please submit by email:
The first application deadline is May 15, 2022 (applications will be accepted after this due date until the position is filled), and PAWV will begin scheduling interviews after this due date. In-person interviews with the PAWV hiring committee will be scheduled at the PAWV office in Elkins. For more information or to submit application. Contact Danielle LaPresta Parker, Executive Director at 304-642-0693 or at email@example.com
Last week, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation that improves the 25% State Historic Tax Credit (HTC) in West Virginia, and it is now on its way to the Governor's desk.
House Bill 4568 (known as Phased Rehabilitations of Certified Historic Structures) achieves multiple goals such as:
If signed into law by Governor Justice, this legislation will become effective on July 1, 2022. What this means for West Virginia is that completing HTC projects just got a little simpler. The three-part application for the state and federal HTCs (which when combined total 45%) will be a more fluid process when working with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service because the agencies will now follow the same procedural rules, thus minimizing paperwork requirements. Equally as important, removing the limitations on allocations and guarantees of historic tax credits will make it more secure and improve investor confidence when undertaking both larger and smaller projects.
This is a major win for West Virginia! These provisions increase the Mountain State’s attractiveness from industry-based development firms that specialize in HTC-backed projects, in addition to making the program more user-friendly for individuals wanting to undertake smaller projects. Neighboring states have more restrictive programs, making West Virginia a very investor-friendly state for HTC projects in the mid-Atlantic region. For instance, Maryland has a 20% state HTC that is capped at $3 million per project with a $9 million annual cumulative cap per fiscal year. Pennsylvania and Ohio both have a 25% state HTC, but they have $5 million annual cumulative cap per fiscal year.
HB 4568 was sponsored by Delegates Jason Barrett (R-61), Eric Householder (R-64), Erikka Storch (R-03), Vernon Criss (R-10), Paul Espinosa (R-66), Daniel Linville (R-16), Joe Ellington (R-27), Ruth Rowan (R-57), Clay Riley (R-48), Dianna Graves (R-38), and John Hardy (R-63). The Alliance appreciates their support and would also like to thank the leadership and policy expertise provided by the Abandoned Properties Coalition and their long-term dedication to seeing West Virginia’s state historic tax credit improved.
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is the statewide, grassroots nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation. The Alliance has been working as a member of the Abandoned Properties Coalition since 2016 to improve the state HTC to include the provisions outlined in HB 4568.
For inquiries regarding usage of the West Virginia commercial HTC, contact the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office’s Tax Credit Coordinator, Meredith Dreistadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's 2021 Annual Report. Check out the .pdf or scroll down to see the report in images.
West Virginians are invited to celebrate their historic preservation success stories through the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s new West Virginia Preservation Spotlight series.
Submitting a Preservation Spotlight story helps shine a light on the small preservation successes that can add up to significant positive change in a community. Whether it’s a homeowner restoring a historic feature of their house or a business moving into a building on historic Main Street, PAWV wants to hear about preservation “wins” both big and small.
Spotlight stories should involve a West Virginia property listed on the National Register of Historic Places or as a contributing structure to a National Historic District. If you believe your story is relevant despite not meeting this specification (perhaps an event or advocacy success), please email to check with a member of our staff at email@example.com.
Submitted Preservation Spotlight stories may be featured on PAWV’s website and social media channels to celebrate the positive steps everyday West Virginians are making towards historic preservation in their communities. PAWV is accepting submissions through a Google form here.
A Word document submission form is available for download below.
The BRAMWELL FOUNDATION, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is currently soliciting quotations for the completion of THE PENCE HOTEL STABILIZATION PROJECT grant funded by the PRESERVATION ALLIANCE OF WEST VIRGINIA. This is a historic building project that must follow the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. The Pence Hotel was built around 1911 and is located on Main Street, Bramwell, WV.
SCOPE OF WORK NEEDED
STAGE 1: WORK TO BE COMPLETED
1. Conduct a mortar test to determine the composition of the historic mortar and to ensure a close match. Submit a photograph of the sample and historic mortars to the grantor, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia for approval. Do a test area to ensure the color matches once it dries.
2. Secure and relay loose bricks located above (4) brick arched windows.
3. On the west and south exterior walls, remove and replace all loose brick with brick matching the original as closely as possible
4. Hand rake the existing masonry joints to clean out the remaining mortar and any false work. Re-point all exterior masonry joins, replacing all loose or missing mortar with the approved mortar sample.
STAGE 1: APPLICATION PROCESS
1. Secure the area to protect persons & property from any falling debris below the work area(s). Remove any loose brick. Prep work area. Relay of brick in arched pattern consistent with original building structure. Cleanup of areas relating to that project.
2. Either scaffolding or a custom-built workbox to be erected.
STAGE 2: WORK TO BE COMPLETED
1. Secure all orifices exposed to outside elements (36 window openings/ 7 doors).
2. Cover window and door openings with appropriate heavy gage plastic to seal from weather.
STAGE 2: APPLICATION PROCESSES
1. Attach plastic firmly to current window frames or install temporary framing where necessary.
The contractor hired must meet the following qualifications:
1. Have performed similar work in the past or be able to prove ability to do work that meets the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.
2. Submit 2 project summaries with references and contact information.
3. Proof of general liability insurance and contractor’s license.
4. Ability to complete PENCE HOTEL STABILIZATION PROJECT by DECEMBER 31, 2022.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:
Companies or individuals interested in submitting a bid or quote on the project should submit a detail of costs, project summaries, references, proof of general liability insurance, and a copy of their contractor’s license to the BRAMWELL FOUNDATION, PO BOX 193, BRAMWELL WV 24715.
Bids/quotes are due by 12 pm on Saturday, Saturday March 5, 2022.
THE BRAMWELL FOUNDATION and the grantor, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, will review all proposals and select a contractor for the project based on:
1. Experience with similar types of projects,
2. Proven ability to complete a project in a timely manner, and
3. Competitive cost to complete the project. A selection will be made within two weeks and a contract will be worked out immediately with the company.
One third (1/3) of the contract amount will be paid the day the work begins, and the remaining two thirds (2/3) will be paid upon satisfactory completion of the project.
Further questions regarding the project or for an appointment to access the building contact John Houston 304-248-7382.
ELKINS W.Va. – The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia announces it has joined West Virginia BusinessLink as a Resource Partner available to the state’s small businesses. West Virginia BusinessLink assembles an array of resources in one online destination.
“We welcome all Resource Partners to West Virginia BusinessLink,” said Secretary Mitch Carmichael, West Virginia Department of Economic Development. “Our goal is for West Virginia to be competitive as a great place for businesses to locate, start and grow successful. Providing support through resources such as West Virginia BusinessLink and every great Resource Partner helps make that possible.”
PAWV services all types of historic building projects and assists all types of building owners such as residential homeowners, commercial developers, and public agencies. PAWV's services include technical assistance and guidance in areas of financing, fundraising, obtaining estimates/bids, and historic preservation in general. PAWV also offers a short-term microloan with a fixed interest rate and competitive grant funding to help bridge the gap in redevelopment projects involving historic buildings.
To utilize BusinessLink, West Virginia’s business owners and entrepreneurs can visit wvbusinesslink.com, use the “Connect to Resources” box to find resources in a specific area, explore upcoming training and networking events in the calendar, and find supportive information in the “STARTUP, “GROWTH” and “FUNDING” tabs.
In the “Connect to Resources” box, website visitors can answer questions about their company and what they need. BusinessLink analyzes the replies, scours the database of Resource Partners, calculates the best matches and responds to the business owner with referrals. The process of searching for resources and providers becomes faster and more effective.
BusinessLink is free to use and available 24/7. One-on-one appointments to discuss business needs can also be requested by calling 888-982-7232.
Services available from BusinessLink Resource Partners include the following:
“West Virginia BusinessLink makes it easy to find all the resources a small business owner needs. It connects them with the right resources at the right time,” said Director Debra Martin, WV Small Business Development Center. “Until now, it was difficult and time consuming to determine what agencies and organizations are available to help small business owners and entrepreneurs. We hope BusinessLink resolves this issue and helps position these individuals and their businesses for long term success.”
Since 1982, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has been working to enhance West Virginia’s Preservation Community in support of our historic structures and landscapes. One of the most effective programs we have deployed to date has been our Preserve WV AmeriCorps program. Since 2013 our AmeriCorps program has deployed 193 AmeriCorps service members across 176 sites in WV. The members have provided services to their sponsoring sites with the goals of increasing capacity, tourism, and sustainability for our historic assets across the state.
The benefits of the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program to organizations can hardly be overstated. Beyond the direct service provided by national service members, there have been huge collateral benefits to West Virginia's communities. Service members have gained experience and understanding of the importance and intricacies of preservation activities to help them in their careers, sponsoring organizations have expanded their outreach and capacity to fulfill their missions, and members and alumni throughout the state have been invigorating their communities with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for West Virginia's historic assets. Many Preserve WV AmeriCorps members are from out of state, and some have gone on to remain here and become long-term residents of West Virginia.
Recently, the Preservation Alliance completed a Phase One evaluation of its AmeriCorps program with the Indiana University's Eppley Institute for Research. This report found that the 110 Preserve WV AmeriCorps members, who served in the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program during the period 2015-2019, positively impacted West Virginia's communities. Their service directly increased:
A summary of that research is provided in the images below. You can also review a full copy of the report here.
Come to Virtual Morning Coffee with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Join us at 9am on Thursday, December 16th, for a news brief where we’ll discuss an opportunity to improve a crucial tool for redeveloping West Virginia’s downtowns and incentivizing the re-use of vacant buildings - the historic tax credit. A total of 122 Federal Historic Tax Credit projects in West Virginia between fiscal year 2001 through 2020 has leveraged an estimated $258,016,381 in total development.
During the news brief, we will share a legislative update, how to take action and how potential improvements to the historic tax credit can benefit local community development by maximizing the long-term impact and sustainability of current federal funding opportunities for community projects by incentivizing private sector investment.
Register here https://savingplaces-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lf-6rrDwsHtUg7nddSrjOJqOE8i9b3ibZ
AJ Hammond and Dylan Sheldon, DBA Historic Morgantown, recently completed the historic renovation of the home of former WVU President Daniel Boardman Purinton. The home at 76 Grandview Ave. in South Park, had fallen into a state of disrepair and sat vacant for over a year. However, recognizing the historic significance of the property, Sheldon and Hammond spent the last 18 months renovating the stately home to its original grandeur.
“The completion of this project has been incredibly rewarding,” said AJ Hammond, who is a Relationship Banker at Citizens Bank of Morgantown, and the current President of Main Street Morgantown. “The beautiful architecture, the stories behind these properties in South Park and Downtown are what sets this neighborhood apart! Our mission is to preserve these buildings, and share this important history in order to build a more vibrant community and improve the quality of life in Morgantown!”
President D.B. Purinton was not the only famed resident of this property. John Alden Purinton, named after his direct descendant John Alden a crew member of the Mayflower, was a son of the President and served as the first Basketball Coach at West Virginia University in 1904. Additionally, Edward Earle Purinton, who was an internationally renowned author and health expert, called this property home. The author’s most popular book selling over 700,000 copies, “Triumph of a Man who Acts,” was distributed to more than 50,000 Officers of the English Army in 1919.
“This property was the crown jewel of the neighborhood,” said Dylan Sheldon, a Project Manager at Inneraction Media. “Being a part of the team who brought it back to life, has been an honor.” This project was not Sheldon’s first historic renovation, he also restored an abandoned property on Park Street built in 1926 by carpenter, D.B. Biser. “South Park is a special neighborhood, with important properties,” said Sheldon, “in order to be good stewards of what we’ve been given, it’s important to restore these homes for future generations.”
Built in 1907, the Victorian home on Grandview Ave. served as a retirement property for the Purintons. Prior to moving to South Park, the family lived on the campus of WVU in the President’s Mansion. “The Purinton House,” as it is named today, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the offices of International Students and Scholar Services.
The historic renovation features approximately 3,000 square feet of living space, all new electrical, plumbing, roof and windows. This home has been upgraded with modern amenities while preserving the original trim, pocket doors and built-in cabinets. The four bedroom, three bath house will hit the market next week through Nancy Hillegas of Landmark Realty Services.
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