Preservation Massachusetts – a nonprofit historic preservation organization – honored Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s (SGH) Susan Knack-Brown with a 2016 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award recognizing her contributions to preserving the commonwealth’s historic resources. Susan, Principal and head of SGH’s Building Technology Division in Boston, received the award at the organization’s annual awards dinner on 4 May 2016, which honored the leadership and accomplishments of women in the field of preservation.
“Susan is an outstanding leader in the historic preservation community – her contributions can be seen in many of the state’s most important buildings and on its most active organizations,” said Niklas Vigener, SGH Senior Principal and head of Building Technology at SGH. “She is a deserving recipient of this award not only for her engineering expertise, but also for her efforts to mentor and develop the next generation of preservation engineers, some of whom nominated her for this honor.”
Susan specializes in large-scale preservation projects where she applies leading edge analysis, design, and construction technologies to restoring historic and landmark buildings. She has contributed to many of the commonwealth’s most prestigious historic structures, including the Massachusetts State House, the Marriott Custom House, Quincy Marketplace, the Christian Science Campus, and Boston Symphony Hall, among others.
The Paul & Niki Tsongas award is Preservation Massachusetts’s highest honor. The organization renamed the award in 2016 to recognize Congresswoman Niki Tsongas along with her husband, the late Senator Paul Tsongas.
Above, L-R: Michael Rosenberg, Board Member for Preservation Massachusetts; Susan Knack-Brown; James Igoe, President of Preservation Massachusetts