DALLAS – Nov. 29, 2017 – AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure service firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney Emich Spellicy to the City of Dallas Landmark Commission. Councilmember Tennell Atkins of District 8 appointed Spellicy to serve a two-year term effective now through September 2019.
Spellicy will help make recommendations on what should be deemed a conservation or historical district as well as permit or refute changes to historical properties. As part of the existing board of architects, landscape architects and historical preservationists, Spellicy will keep long-term goals in sight for preserving the city’s culture. When asked about her goals for the position, Spellicy said she would like to see “preservation with a purpose.”
“I don’t want preservation to be about limitations and prohibitions. I want to see preservation serve as a symbol of where the city was, and as we move toward development, juxtaposed with where the city will be; and, I’m willing to put in the time and effort to serve in a way that is meaningful and effective,” said Spellicy.
Spellicy brings 11 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry with projects ranging from $3 million to $150 million. Her interest in historic preservation began with an estimate for a client on the Old Central Dallas Library. She joined AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice in 2016 to grow the firm’s design, building engineering and master planning presence in multiple markets. She is heavily involved in several community organizations including The Real Estate Council (TREC) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee and as a board member of the Friends of Fair Park.
“Courtney has been an active member of Friends of Fair Park and during the last City bond program, she attended numerous public meetings and paid extraordinary attention to the details in the proposal to make sure Fair Park's historical preservation needs were addressed,” said Craig Holcomb, executive director, Friends of Fair Park. “Thanks in part to her efforts, Fair Park received $50 million and I know she will uphold the same standard of excellence within her role on the Landmark Commission.”
Recently, AECOM’s internal team of archeologists and architecture historians worked in tandem to create a D2 Alternative Analysis for a DART subway station in Downtown Dallas. The analysis provided cultural resource center considerations that enabled engineers to analyze nine different routes that maintain historical intent. AECOM has also provided services for many projects around the U.S. including the modernization of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C., the renovations program for the Capitol Complex in Minneapolis, planning of historical streetscapes at Dumbo & Vinegar Hill in Brooklyn, New York and renovation of the mammal exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to name a few.
“AECOM is actively engaged in helping the city create mindful, intentional developments that protect the integrity of the past and future. I’m proud to be a part of this firm and extend my expertise and personal mission through the various committees I serve on, including my new role on the Landmark Commission, helping maintain the integrity of cultural resources here and throughout the nation,” said Spellicy.
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