ASI’s core values recognize that cultural heritage resources exist below and above ground, are inextricably linked with natural heritage, and have tangible and intangible qualities. This approach reflects industry best practice and provides integrated and seamless consulting services for our clients in the public and private sectors. Our firm has embedded this practice through complementing our core strengths in archaeology with a dedicated Built Heritage and Cultural Heritage Landscape Planning Division. Originally created in the late 1990s, this Division consists of a team of four heritage professionals that together provide a range of interdisciplinary expertise and skills in the areas of: heritage policy development and research; historic building evaluation; development of interpretative and commemorative content; conservation planning; cultural landscape survey, and analysis; project management; and consultation. Some of our recent project highlights include: provision of heritage evaluation and documentation services within a transportation corridor spanning 70 kilometers; creation of an interpretation plan and content for a new recreational trail system; and development of guidelines for assessing and mitigating impacts on significant heritage views.
Our team also has extensive experience preparing assessments required for undertakings subject to the: Ontario Environmental Assessment Act including all Class Environmental Assessments in the Province of Ontario, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Transit Project Assessment Process, Environmental Protection Act, Planning Act, Ontario Heritage Act, municipal Official Plans, Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties; and Ontario Heritage Bridge Guidelines. The Division works across and with all other ASI business areas, including Environmental Assessments, Planning Applications, and Special Projects. Through our depth of experience, integrated approach, and resource capacity we are able to provide the following above ground heritage services:
- Inventory, evaluation, analysis and documentation of built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes;
- Heritage evaluations of municipally, regionally, and provincially-owned bridges;
- Heritage impact assessments and statements of significance;
- Commemorative and interpretative planning;
- Mapping of cultural heritage resources on GIS platforms and floor plan generation in AutoCad;
- Development of heritage guidelines, protocols, and heritage evaluation tools for public sector agencies;
- Heritage policy research and development for Official Plans, Master Plans, and Secondary Plans;
- Visual impact assessment studies;
- Historical research;
- Peer reviews.