Proposal, Contract, and Project Planning Tools
Working with our partners, the Center for Historic Buildings provides project management tools and sample scopes to ensure the best quality for historic building design and construction projects. It provides support to our regions for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and consistent application of GSA policy and national stewardship strategies.
Project Management Preservation Checklist
The checklist summarizes preservation project requirements affecting cultural resources; includes project start, A/E selection, design development, and construction. The checklist also answers common questions and provides guidance for project teams.
Download/Print the checklist [PDF - 132 KB]
Historic Preservation Decision Trees
These decision trees chart the development of rehabilitation and new construction projects from planning through construction. Each shows the relevant documents and principal groups involved in each step of development, including NHPA Section 106 compliance.
- Historic Building Projects Decision Tree [PDF - 311 KB]
- Courthouse Projects Decision Tree [PDF - 326 KB]
Site Solicitation Location Clause
(NHPA & Executive Order 13006 Compliance)
The following text is to be included in all site solicitations:
Site Acquisition Advertisement
Include the following clause in all site solicitations involving downtown locations:
In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and Executive Order 13006, when operationally appropriate and economically prudent, the government will consider historic buildings and sites within historic districts. Demolition of historic buildings in anticipation of government purchase may disqualify an offeror from consideration. Additional information is available at /historicpreservation.
Section 106 Compliance Report Template
GSA’s Section 106 Compliance Report template provides a concise format and content outline for historic building design project submissions. The reports are included with each submission as the design develops, to meet federal project review and consultation requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Download the Compliance Report Template [DOC - 36 KB] .
Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC)
Contracts that will upgrade historic buildings to implement energy saving technologies must include contractor requirements for Section 106 Compliance. GSA provides this language to assist facilities management teams negotiating ESPC agreements, to ensure that vendors are compliant with applicable legislation, including the National Historic Preservation Act.
Download the Section 106 compliance clause [DOCX - 21 KB] for Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC)
P100 Performance Standards for Historic Buildings
GSA's Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service (P100) establishes design standards and criteria for major and minor alterations, including work in historic buildings. P100 Performance Standards for Historic Buildings integrate federal requirements for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act into design team acquisition, design development and analysis of alternatives. The standards also align GSA documentation and design with Secretary of the Interior Professional Standards, Rehabilitation Standards and technical guidance.
106 Compliance Requirements for Design-Build Projects at Historic Buildings
These clauses address the specific requirements of design-build projects at historic buildings to ensure compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. These requirements also apply to new construction adjoining a historic building or within a historic district.
Requirements for Custodial Contracts at Historic Buildings
Provides training and scope of work requirements for appropriate care of historic building materials, including selection and use of products, tools, equipment and cleaning techniques.
Custodial Treatment Specifications Contracts at Historic Buildings
Details methods for routine maintenance, periodic cleaning and general care of historic flooring, walls, woodwork, furnishings, fixtures and finishes.