Market Study: Preservation Construction Trades

An analysis of need for preservation construction practitioners in Arizona and New Mexico

Pat Parris at San Xavier

Pat Parris at San Xavier. Photo by Helen Erickson.


Project Details

Budget: $15,000; funded by National Trust for Historic Preservation and Arizona Preservation Foundation

Where: Arizona and New Mexico

When: January 2021 - March 2022

Project Overview

Anecdotal evidence tells us that the highly skilled practitioners of the preservation construction trades are aging out, and across the nation there is a growing scarcity of these craftspeople. To encourage the development of appropriate training programs in high schools and community colleges, a market study confirming the need was required. Our survey covers practitioners and other professionals in Arizona and New Mexico. Survey questions were designed in collaboration with a group of volunteers who spanned the disciplines of construction, preservation planning, and rehabilitation design. A firm of analytic consultants will distribute the survey, conduct follow up interviews, and provide an analysis of the collected data. This survey is one of the first efforts in this area. Today several major firms are beginning to develop similar surveys in a nationwide effort.

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