Project Management Institute

Preserve & Protect

Historic Renovation Projects Require Rigorous Attention to Past, Present and Future Surprises

The massive blaze in April that destroyed the spire and roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France stopped a €150 million renovation project in its tracks. The charred timbers and blackened scaffolding at the 856-year-old landmark also cast a haunting reminder of the peril that all preservation project teams face: How do you restore history without betraying it? The exhaustive risk registers for major restoration projects go well beyond safety hazards. With so many unknowns lurking in aging structures, organizations must rethink how they plan for major and minor surprises.
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