Aurora Research Associates, LLC, provides the following services to government agencies, local historic groups, property owners, consultants, and other individuals. If you don’t see your need listed here, please contact us and let us know how we can help!

ARA is a certified woman-owned business through the Ohio EDGE and Ohio and West Virginia Department of Transportation DBE certification programs. The Ohio Department of Transportation prequalifies ARA to provide Categorical Exclusion (CE), Architectural Investigations, and Section 4(f) services.

Research for Historic Buildings and Districts
Historic map review, deed research, historic occupants/uses, alterations, historic contexts, oral histories, and archival research

Survey and Documentation
Large- and small-scale historic resource surveys, Historic Property Inventory Forms, mapping, photography to National Park Service standards, measured drawings, 3D laser scanning, and modeling

Condition Assessment and Technical Advice
Building walk-throughs, documentation of damage, identification of problems, settlement/crack monitoring, historically-sensitive repair recommendations, architect/engineer referrals, and Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties

National Register of Historic Places
National Register research, eligibility determinations, nomination preparation, mapping, photography, coordination with State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and presentations

Section 106 and Section 4(f) Review
Extensive experience with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act, including project analysis, National Register eligibility determinations, determinations of effect, mitigation negotiation, documentation of historic resources, field review, report preparation, early coordination advice, analysis of alternatives, assessment of least harm, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation coordination, Memoranda of Agreement, and Programmatic Agreements

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Project Management
Management of Categorical Exclusions and Environmental Assessments, collaboration on CEs, EAs, and Environmental Impact Statements, planning and materials for public workshops, state and federal agency coordination, alternatives analysis, and report preparation

Phase I, II, and III archaeological site investigations, geomorphology, desktop literature reviews, mapping, and report preparation

Building documentation, educational materials, agreements, SHPO coordination, comprehensive mitigation programs, and website development

Public Involvement
Public meeting displays and materials, meeting leadership, website development, handouts, brochures, flyers, door-to-door awareness, and technical “translation”

Education and Training
Seminars and classes at all levels in architectural history, environmental review, historic preservation, and other topics, creation of walking tour guides, website development, interpretive signage, brochures, and posters