Kal Krishnan Consulting Services, Inc. Historic Preservation Specialist & Coordinator in Los Angeles, California

Kal Krishnan Consulting Services, Inc. (KKCS), a California Corporation, is a full-service engineering & design, construction management, and program management organization. The firm has grown steadily in size and capability since its founding in 1987, and today employs more than 85 professionals in our regional offices. KKCS has attracted to its staff a full complement of highly experienced, talented, and dedicated professionals who bring a collaborative, integrated team approach to our clients’ projects.

KKCS experience includes work on rail, airports, ports, freeways, schools, universities, facilities, water, wastewater, bridges, and roadways. Our client list includes federal agencies, state agencies, regional agencies, and private clients. KKCS has broad experience and expertise in engineering design, project management and project controls services.

The KKCS culture is rooted in the ideals of integrity, safety, diversity, and ethical business practices, which is a commitment shared by all KKCS employees throughout our offices and project sites around the country. We have a positive impact on the communities we serve by not only improving infrastructure but also providing service at a relatively low cost to the taxpayer. This allows for more money to be available to the agencies we serve, that inevitably will be reinvested in the community. At KKCS, we value the individual employee and the importance of their contributions toward quality improvement.


  • Company-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees

  • 401K retirement plan with company matching contribution

  • Paid holidays

  • Paid time off

  • Company-paid life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) benefits

  • Company-paid long-term (LTD) insurance

  • Annual tuition assistance allowance for employees

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Relocation allowance


The Historic Preservation Specialist & Coordinator manages the Client’s compliance on issues related to historical resources, especially as it relates to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The role coordinates with the Client’s CEQA compliance group to ensure that CEQA’s provisions for historical resources are followed, through the identification, documentation and management of Client’s historic assets and through the preparation and review of environmental compliance documentation. The Historic Preservation Specialist & Coordinator will review client projects and activities involving campuses with historical resources to plan for the avoidance, mitigation or to minimize potential impacts to the historic integrity of the campuses.


  • Ensures the Client’s compliance with established design guidelines (including but not limited to the Client’s Historic Context Statement, Design Guidelines and Treatment Approaches for Historic Schools, School Design Guide and Program Environmental Impact Report for the School Upgrade Program), and provides or updates comprehensive performance guidelines and criteria as necessary.

  • Prepares historic assessments for the Client’s campuses including but not limited to Historic Resource Evaluations, Character Defining Features Memoranda (CDFM) and Secretary of the Interior (SOI) conformance reviews.

  • Provides project-level historic review and input during the schematic, 50% and final planning phases for efforts at the Client’s historic campuses.

  • Completes peer reviews, historic document reviews and historic consultant management reviews.

  • Completes the Client’s historic resource inventory that was initially undertaken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the 1994 earthquake, continued in 2002 by a $50,000 Getty grant and advanced further in a 2014 multi-site survey.

  • Prepares and processes the appropriate historic review documents necessary to provide information to the public, Board members, client’s staff, public agencies and other representatives involved in the school upgrade, maintenance, building, acquisition or related programs.

  • Interacts and coordinates with historic resource agencies, outside consultants and advocacy groups, school stakeholders, Board Members and various client’s staff, as necessary.

  • Participates in and presents related historic material at public meetings hosted by the Client or outside agencies, as required.

  • Assists the Client’s curriculum staff in developing a model program involving students in understanding local history by learning about the history of their own school.

  • Performs others duties as assigned.

When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in historical preservation and environmental compliance, preferably in a school setting

  • Master’s degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture or Architectural History from a recognized college or university

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the provisions of CEQA and NEPA Section 106 for historical resources

  • Extensive experience interpreting and applying local, state and federal criteria of significance to a range of property types, particularly school campuses

  • Knowledge of:

  • Secretary of the Interiors (SOI) Standards and Historic American Building Survey (HABS) demonstrated comprehension and experience applying these standards

  • Relevant historic preservation documentation and processes such as the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms, nomination reports, record searches, Phase IIII Site Investigations, Survey/Plan and Data Recovery/Mitigation Program

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106), AB 52, and key resource policies and agencies including but not limited to the Office of Historic Preservation

  • Historical research, techniques, archiving, analytical, and technical writing skills and tasks associated with historic preservation

  • Ability to:

  • Apply local, state, and federal criteria in evaluations of individual properties and historic districts

  • Provide historic preservation input in master planning process

  • Prepare written documentation in support of the historic preservation process including DPRs, SOI conformance reviews, CDFM, nomination reports, etc.

  • Prepare and peer-review environmental compliance studies for CEQA and NEPA Section 106, among others

  • Conduct historical research including but not limited to: records’ search, historic resources surveys and assessments, site inspections, photographs and evaluations

  • Read and interpret architectural drawings including elevations, schematic designs and construction documents

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Conducting historical resource evaluations of campuses and applying the criteria of the Historic Context Statement

  • Experience applying design guidelines at the project level

  • Experience in Secretary of the Interior’s Standards compliance review including a minimum of five (5) years of experience reading and interpreting architectural drawings and plans