ABOUT ACI

ABOUT ACI

We conduct over 150 projects per year ranging from small scale desktop analyses to multi-state team projects. We are focused on our clients and their needs, whether it is providing guidance, evaluating the need for CRM services, developing a project specific scope of work, or implementing a multi-year, multi-project agreement, ACI is ready to document the past to help develop our future.

Archaeological Consultants, Inc., founded in 1976 by Marion Almy, has grown from the kitchen table to multiple Florida offices and one of the most respected CRM firms in the southeast. ACI brings together a professional, efficient, and respected staff of prehistoric and historic archaeologists, physical anthropologists, historians, and architectural historians. ACI is certified by the State of Florida as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the federal government.

ACI has successfully helped clients navigate local, state, and federal regulations for 40 years. During this time we have developed a long-standing relationship with the Florida Division of Historical Resources (FDHR), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and various county and local municipalities. ACI is experienced with survey, case study reports, 4(f) reports, and Memoranda of Agreement (MOA). We have worked in all 67 counties in Florida and with all seven FDOT Districts.


"Your reputation is outstanding. Every FDOT District that we deal with recommends ACI highly and so do we." -J.S, WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff


DEVELOPMENT OF ACI

[photo courtesy of Tampa Bay's Maddux Business Report magazine]

Marion Almy founded ACI in 1976 with her husband as the accountant and her brother as the attorney, and two years later, Joan Deming joined the fledgling company as Vice President and Principal. Local projects for developers dominated the first few years, but by the 1990s things had taken off – ACI was awarded cultural resource assessment survey contracts by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The kitchen table was traded for a three-room office on US 41 in Sarasota, Florida. ACI was off and running! Over the years, ACI has become the “first choice” of multiple national and international engineering firms, developers, federal, state and local agencies, as well as a “go to resource” for tribal collaboration. Through the years, Joan and Marion have served as board members on national CRM organizations: American Cultural Resource Association (ACRA), National Trust for Historic Preservation (NRHP), Society of Professional Archaeologists (SOPA/RPA), and with state organizations, including the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida Archaeological Council, and the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS), as well as the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP), and the Florida Historical Commission (FHC).

ACI has now moved into the second generation: Joan has retired, and as Marion looks to the future, her daughter, Dr. Maranda Kles, has joined the ACI team as its Vice President and head of the newly created Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology unit, while the Tallahassee Area Office spearheads ACI’s out of state projects and the St. Augustine Office continues to explore the nation’s oldest city through collaborative efforts with the University of Florida and private development.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & EDUCATION

•  ACI gives back to the communities in which we work, through education, service, and leadership.

•  We frequently visit or host school, university, and community groups to talk about archaeology, CRM compliance, history, and community development.

•  Staff presents and publishes scholarly work at state and regional conferences and journals.

•  We volunteer through a wide variety of organizations in each of their respective communities.

•  Many of our senior staff have served on federal and state boards, city and county commissions, planning boards, and community committees.

INSURANCE AND LIABILITY

ACI stays current on all Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines which set the protocols for the CRM industry.  All Project Managers, Principal Investigators, Senior Archaeologists, and Senior Architectural Historians meet and exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Qualifications for professionals working in the field of historic preservation. We also stay current on all safety requirements: all field crew chiefs are CPR-certified, we are a Drug-Free Workplace, and field crew are routinely trained on project specific safety measures.

We maintain and insure a fleet of two-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles for field work and transportation. Driving records are reviewed as part of the hiring process.

ACI holds standard insurance policies as well as specialized insurance coverage to support various projects; and such policies can be altered for specific coverage requests. ACI Insurance coverage includes:

  • Workers Compensation
  • Employer’s Liability
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Umbrella Policy