National Park Service’s 100-Year Anniversary

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This summer marks the 100th anniversary of America’s National Park Service. For nearly a century, it has been their goal to preserve some of the nation’s most precious and historic locations.

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, Page & Turnbull discussed three of their historic preservation projects and what they learned from each location:

  • The power of technology
  • The importance of restoring historic buildings
  • Being mindful of the visitor experience

Page & Turnbull partnered with Epic Scan to help preserve two of the three historic locations mentioned in their post: the Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower and Glacier National Park Two Medicine General Store. We conducted 3D laser scanning and provided point cloud data, 2D drawings and virtual site access (VSA) for both projects. This information assisted the architects at Page & Turnbull with the preservation process.

“Technology can triumph, even in the most remote of places. We used 3D scanning to map a network of cracks created over eight decades of summer monsoons. This data informed the repair and restoration of the 1932 watchtower, balanced at the eastern edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.” —Page & Turnbull

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