MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Louis Berger was recently awarded two contracts supporting the improvement of two historic sites at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania — Little Round Top and Big Round Top — adding to Louis Berger’s extensive history of work for the National Park Service (NPS).

The Little Round Top battlefield as viewed from the Slaughter Pen at Gettysburg National Military Park, PA
The Little Round Top battlefield as viewed from the Slaughter Pen at Gettysburg National Military Park, Pa.

“Louis Berger recognizes its duty to ensure these sites remain cultural touchstones of American history long into the future. We take that responsibility very seriously,” said Dana Otto, Louis Berger’s client manager for NPS.

During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Little Round Top was considered the key point in the Union Army’s defensive line. The site was the location of a dramatic downhill bayonet charge, one of the most widely known battles at Gettysburg and in the American Civil War.

Today, the Little Round Top visitor area sees increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic due to its popularity, straining an overused circulation system and putting the surrounding historic landscape at risk. As a subcontractor to DHM Design, Louis Berger will support the elimination of pedestrian safety concerns, realignment of walkways and roadways, and protection of cultural and natural resources. Louis Berger’s scope of work will include site civil engineering support, traffic and transportation planning, and environmental permitting guidance.

Big Round Top, south of Little Round Top, is the highest point on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Its height made it a critical strategic position, and possession of the hill changed hands between Union and Confederate forces multiple times during the three-day battle.

At Big Round Top, Louis Berger is providing expert archeological consultation and insight to a team of designers, led by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering, tasked with designing new walking trails, utility lines and roadways through sensitive historic sites. Principal Archeologist Dr. John Bedell will lend his extensive expertise working on Civil War battlefield projects to ensure site improvements are undertaken in a manner that preserves and protects existing cultural resources, and avoids or mitigates any potential impacts.

“This is a great opportunity to work in a deeply historic and consequential place, with a terrific client and partners,” said Kenneth Breitkreuz, project manager. “We are making history more accessible, while respecting and protecting the site.”

Since the 1980s, Louis Berger has managed and supported a diverse range of construction and conservation projects for the National Park Service in more than 100 national parks. Projects range from environmental assessments in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona to rehabilitation of the Newfound Gap Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina to award-winning work on the iconic Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. In addition, scores of Louis Berger employees have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours at National Parks across the U.S.

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