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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Cultural Resource Management Firm SEARCH Expands Offices in Downtown Hollywood

Archeologist searching through the ground with SEARCH Inc logo

The South Florida office of SEARCH, the largest archaeology and cultural resource management company in the United States, has expanded and more than doubled its size in Downtown Hollywood.

SEARCH, which currently has offices nationwide including Guam, opened its first permanent South Florida office in November 2018 in Downtown Hollywood after relocating from Miami-Dade County.

"New client opportunities arose that necessitated an office in southern Florida," said office manager and principal investigator Mechelle Kerns, Ph.D.

The original downtown office moved Oct. 11 to a larger space in the same building at 2028 Harrison Street.

"Our staff grew from two to six in 10 months. We have one architectural historian and five archaeologists based in Downtown Hollywood and we expect that number to increase over the next year in order to accommodate the number of opportunities for SEARCH in South Florida."

Cultural Resource Management (CRM) entails the identification of cultural resources including archeological sites, historic buildings, museum objects and any other items of cultural value prior to development.

SEARCH provides a full spectrum of cultural resource services with a total staff of 200 full-time professionals and five in-house divisions: Terrestrial Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Architectural History, History & Archives, and Museum Services.

Since its founding in 1993, SEARCH has conducted more than 3,500 projects across 44 U.S. states, six U.S. territories, and 37 countries in Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the West Indies. They have worked with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to recovery missing U.S. service personnel, helped discover the last slave ship to cross the Atlantic, the Clotilda, and provided creative and technical direction for National Geographic's leading documentary "Drain the Oceans."

SEARCH currently has clients in Fort Lauderdale and Miami and is working on the Miami-Dade County Underline Linear Park Project (www.theunderline.org), which will transform underutilized land below Miami's Metrorail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into a 10-mile linear park, world-class urban trail, and living art destination.

"While we have extensive project experience overland and underwater throughout Florida (and across the world), we're looking to grow our client base in Hollywood," Kerns said.

Kerns was already planning to live in Hollywood's historic downtown district when she selected it for SEARCH's first permanent South Florida office location.

"I chose Downtown Hollywood because it offered both affordable residential and commercial options within the same neighborhood," Kerns said. "In addition, the downtown area is extremely walkable with all the amenities you need in close proximity."

For more information on SEARCH, visit searchinc.com.

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