Achieving preservation goals with little dedicated funding sources requires creativity and teamwork, particularly addressing flood mitigation and preservation planning policies. For those using grant funds to work with professional consultants, it is often another challenge creating a scope of work that achieves the community’s needs while fitting within a vague or limited grant solicitation. At a local scale, St. Augustine, Florida maximized local, state, and national resources that resulted in the successful development of a historic preservation master plan, flood vulnerability assessment, and flood mitigation design guidance. Some of these methods are being translated into a statewide comprehensive cultural resource assessment with additional outreach and data collection tools. Attendees will be equipped with case studies from consultant's work developing local flood mitigation documents, community design guidelines and preservation plans in coordination with local and state government officials using resources from multiple sources.
PDP Preservation Planning SpecialistPrevious Historic Preservation Officer, St. Augustine- Jennifer Wolfe joined PDP in October 2021 as a Preservation Planning Specialist with fifteen years of experience in historic preservation. After earning a Master of Science in Architectural Studies degree specializing in historic preservation from the University of Florida she began working at the local government and non-profit level. Her work as the Historic Preservation Officer for the Nation’s Oldest City in St. Augustine included development and administration of ten preservation grants during her year tenure totaling more than one million in grant funds the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the National Park Service. Achievements include implementation of a historic preservation master plan, updated architectural surveys covering the entire city, historic rehabilitation projects, archaeological data analysis and exhibit design, heritage tourism programs, national register nominations, incorporating geo-spatial data analysis and story-maps for public education, and directing research for climate change initiatives such as disaster mitigation and sea level rise. The result of this work expanded the historic preservation planning responsibilities beyond routine design review and maintaining the city’s Certified Local Government status to include comprehensive planning for the city’s diverse and nationally significant historic and cultural resources. Coinciding with her professional career, Jennifer increasingly attained leadership responsibilities following her appointment to the statewide preservation non-profit, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation where she now serves as President of the Board of Trustees.
Dominique Hawkins, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB PDP Partner, Managing Principal- In 1995, Dominique established PDP as a planning and design practice focusing exclusively on offering high-quality professional services for clients with nationally significant historic sites and buildings. From small projects to multi-million dollar undertakings, Dominique's work has maintained the highest standards of planning, design and preservation, resulting in long-lasting relationships, some of which span over a decade of continuous involvement and service.One of the unique dimensions in Dominique's portfolio is her nationally recognized work in developing Design Guidelines for historic communities throughout the country, including New Orleans and Ft. Lauderdale. Additionally, she has shaped a framework to connect cultural resources into the floodplain management and disaster preparedness consciousness, prioritizing projects for mitigation funding and providing resources and contact information to advance the conversation from a study of vulnerabilities to one of responsive action to protect of our heritage. PDP developed Maryland, New Jersey, and St. Augustine guidance for flood-vulnerable resources and is currently working with the Florida Division of Historical Resources to develop the statewide guidance for Florida. Through this work, Dominique has developed unique skills in working with client groups, stakeholders and community leaders in shaping projects, achieving consensus and reaching conclusions in an efficient way.Some of her most recognizable planning and rehabilitation projects includes work for the Cincinnati Museum Center at the Cincinnati Union Terminal, the Virginia State Capitol, the Jeffersonian Millwork at the Virginia State Capitol, and Independence Hall with adjacent buildings. Her work has been recognized with several preservation and design awards.