Stewards of the parks – celebrating the centennial of America's National Parks Service
Bob Norton, Tom Lowery and John Peterson
America's National Parks are truly some of its greatest treasures. The US National Park Service has an impressive record of safekeeping these recreational assets with conservation programmes that preserve the history of what the parks have come to symbolise. As the National Park Service turns 100 on 25 August 2016, Amec Foster Wheeler is proud to have supported it with a diverse range of services that have been enjoyed by the public for more than 30 years.
There are a multitude of National Parks Service projects that we could feature - they all have fascinating aspects and significance. A few in particular stand out.
Imagine being part of the award winning team that rehabilitated and relocated Founding Father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton’s house, Hamilton Grange National Memorial, to its new home a few blocks away. Now imagine that home is in St Nicholas Park, in busy, bustling Manhattan, New York City. Need a lighthouse moved? Our team assisted in the relocation of Cape Hatteras National Historic Light Station in North Carolina.
Big challenges don’t stop us. At the Grand Canyon in Arizona, we took helicopters to the bottom of the canyon as part of our energy audit. The adventure continued with the 10-mile foot hike back out of the canyon. While restoring a pier on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Kuluapapa, which once served to deliver supplies to a leprosy colony, we had to stop work when the seals came to play. We completed the project just in time for the annual barge delivery before the high winter swells overtook the seas.
These and other projects represent our proud history supporting the National Park Service at over 300 parks in all 50 states plus in Washington DC, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. The National Park Service and Amec Foster Wheeler exemplifies a true working partnership. We offer a wide arrange of services and capabilities working on projects that help restore and preserve unique aspects of our community and important parts of history. As a result, future generations have the opportunity to experience pristine landscapes while also being able to take steps back in time.
We are passionate about the US National parks because we appreciate the outdoors and the chance to restore irreplaceable pieces of our history. We go above and beyond to provide outstanding quality and value to our clients. On this day, remember that the parks belong to you, and we should all act as stewards of them. We encourage you to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary by visiting a park, allowing yourself and your family the time to experience at least one of these majestic treasures. Happy birthday, National Park Service. Here’s to the next 100 years.
About the bloggers
Bob Norton works in the Government sector, civilian agencies as Senior National Account Manager. He is based out of Charleston, South Carolina and has worked with the company for 43 years.
Tom Lowery is Director of Energy Services Division. He is in our Gainesville, Florida office and has spent 25 years with the company.
John Peterson is Senior Project Manager out of Portland, Maine. He has been with Amec Foster Wheeler for 30 years.
Collectively Bob, Tom and John have worked at Amec Foster Wheeler for almost 100 years. All three are proud to have worked with the National Park Service on diverse projects, showcasing the unique skills and capabilities of our people and demonstrating how we work together to provide valued solutions.