ACI’s 40 plus years of successful cultural resource service is a result of our professional integrity, client first philosophy, and knowledge and skill in navigating clients through the complex review and compliance process for local, state, and federal agencies.
Christine Newman manages ACI’s St. Augustine office and is responsible for overseeing its daily operation, as well as ACI’s projects in the region. She worked on the awarded project extensively.
A Registered Professional Archaeologist with over 30 years of professional experience in archaeology and cultural resource management, Ms. Newman has also served as the City Archaeologist for St. Augustine, Florida, and as an adjunct professor at St. Johns River Community College in St. Augustine. Presently, she serves on the St. Johns County Cultural Resource Review Board.
The City of St. Augustine was recognized in two award categories by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation at the Florida Secretary of State Awards and Florida Preservation Awards in 2021.
Archaeological Consultants, Inc., and a collaboration team consisting of Taylor Engineering, Place Economics, Marquis, Latimer, Halback, Inc., and The Craig Group, were awarded for the City of St. Augustine’s project, Resilient Heritage in America’s Oldest City. This report was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the Resilient Preservation category. The results of this study outline best practices for resiliency strategies that can be used in historic districts nationwide. The comprehensive final document identifies methods for prioritizing archaeological sites threatened by rising seas, outlines the economic impacts of previous and future flooding events and recommends potential solutions such as mitigation strategies and policy revisions. Having city-wide vulnerability assessments, adaptation strategies and mitigation planning for flooding and sea level rise are valuable sources of information for the City’s policymakers and the community’s property owners. [From the City of St. Augustine, Civic Press]
In May of 2018, Marion Almy received the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award, the state's most prestigious award, bestowed on an individual, whose life exemplifies the guardianship of Florida’s historic properties through philosophy and action.
FROM THE FLORIDA TRUST PRESS RELEASE:
Marion Almy has dedicated her professional life to the documentation, assessment, and preservation of both prehistoric and historic resources. A native of Sarasota, Marion is founding principal and President of Archaeological Consultants, Inc., (ACI) a cultural resources management firm. ACI holds the distinction of working as part of the mitigation team to document the decommissioning of NASA’s space shuttle program, specifically Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and associated launch complexes. Furthermore, as Principal Investigator for her firm, Marion has worked extensively with state and federal agencies to conduct surveys and excavations for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and undertakings that require compliance with Chapter 267 of the Florida Statutes.
In addition to private sector work, Marion is experienced in facilitating the coordination of historic preservation issues and Florida’s growth management legislation through her tenure on local and regional planning boards and historical commissions. She also regularly engages with the public by attending community workshops and events. At present time, Marion continues to chair the Florida Historical Commission and serve on the Florida National Register Review Board. As an archaeologist with an acute sense of architectural history, she is uniquely positioned to be an effective advocate for all cultural resources of Florida.
ACI has been the recipient of
-the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions and service for work at the Kennedy Space Center on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
-the NASA Environmental Quality Group Award, one of NASA’s Environmental and Energy Blue Marble Awards, in recognition for environmental leadership and helping NASA reach Constellation Program goals.
-awards from Kennedy Space Center in recognition of contributions to “the successful operations of preserving our environment, conserving or energy, and reserving our natural resources while reaching for the stars.”
"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center (KSC) would like to take a moment to thank you and your staff for the excellent contributions to the Cultural Resources Management Program in meeting the requirements of the Shuttle Transportation and Retirement Program (T&R) for the Agency… Completing the mitigative measures…has contributed to the success of the Shuttle T&R process at KSC. The historic recordation… will be added into the Library of Congress and passed onto future generations to enjoy and interpret for many years. In recognition of and appreciation for your contributions to the Space Shuttle program, the NASA Environmental Program Branch would like to present your company with a “Catch an Environmentalist” award."
- G.S., Chief, Environmental Management Branch and AB, Shuttle Transportation & Retirement Program
We were recognized by the American Express Corporation’s Your Company magazine, as a "successful small business with a bare-bones management style"; and by the Maddux Business Report magazine as "the oldest and best (Florida-based archaeological firms), is Archaeological Consultants of Sarasota".
ACI was a member of the team that received the FICE/FDOT Outstanding Project Award in Special Project category for District 1, which recognizes outstanding achievements in accomplishing the Florida Department of Transportation studies and projects.
ACI received the ASLA Award of Honor in the Preservation and Conservation Category in recognition of work on the redevelopment of the St. Augustine Colonial Quarter Museum. Also recipient of the 2016 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award in Archaeology in recognition for significant achievements in the preservation of Florida’s rich heritage for work conducted in historic St. Augustine.