NV5 has been contracted by Perini Management Services, Inc. on behalf of the National Park Service to conduct archaeological monitoring at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Eddy County, New Mexico. The Park is undergoing extensive electrical distribution infrastructure repairs and replacement. During the project, archaeologists from the NV5 Albuquerque office will monitor the installation of buried 5 kilovolt (kV) and 15 kV lines and the demolition and removal of existing lines. Monitoring will be done to ensure avoidance of important cultural resources in the area.
The undertaking is within the Carlsbad Caverns Historic District and in the vicinity of 17 archaeological sites. The Historic District consists of an assemblage of National Park headquarters buildings and landscape features dating from the 1920s through the early 1940s with additions in the 1960s. The buildings and landscape features are illustrative of the Pueblo and New Mexican Territorial Revivals, of National Park Service stylistic architectural development prior to World War II, and as examples of Civilian Conservation Corps work of the Depression Era. The project has been designed to avoid the known sites and Historic District structures.