Larson Design Group (LDG) is pleased to announce the hiring of archaeologist Judson M. Kratzer, RPA.
Mr. Kratzer will be based in LDG’s Lititz, PA branch, but will work with LDG offices across the states of Pennsylvania and New York. He will perform Phase 1 archeological and historical surveys to comply with guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Historic Museum Commission (PHMC). Compliance with PHMC is required by the Army Corps of Engineers for all federal projects.
Jeff Byler, Project Manager with LDG’s energy department, says, “A lot of times, linear projects require PHMC clearance, whether it’s a sewer line, a water line, a pipeline, or even a highway. Appointing an in-house archaeologist furthers our capabilities in providing full service to our clients. With the number of natural gas pipelines being built in the area, the demand is growing.”
Kratzer is eager to use his experience to help LDG expand. He says, “My goal is to build a practice of cultural resource management within Larson Design Group. This work includes archaeological projects as well as above-ground issues related to historic structures. Incorporating this service into the Energy Division makes it a viable product and enhances our other services.”
Byler says LDG was drawn to Kratzer because “He’s been in this business for a long time, so he has a lot of context to bring to the firm. And if he doesn’t know the answer to something, he knows where to find the answer.”
The new service will also benefit current employees. Byler explains, “When we have a big project, our existing field staff will assist him. Then, once that project goes away, those employees can go and do other things in the company. It’s a way for us to not only provide an additional service, now we can provide extra work and opportunities for other staff.”
Kratzer obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from Clarion University and an M.A. in Public History from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. Before joining LDG, he worked for companies in the mid-Atlantic region. When not working, he enjoys gardening, home improvement projects, and spending time with his wife.