Mickelson ABM Missile Site Strategic & Preservation Planning

Nekoma, ND
The National Register-eligible Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex was built in the early 1970s as a key part of the US Strategic Defense Forces during the Cold War. This ballistic missile defense system became fully operational in October 1974 and decommissioned less than two years later. The local government is seeking to utilize the structures for redevelopment and to explore heritage tourism opportunities.
Scope
For this Cold War Era site, we provided historic preservation planning support as well as a tourism development strategy. Our historic preservation framework guides future redevelopment to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The tourism strategy identifies challenges and opportunities for this unique and remote site.
Outcome
The heritage tourism vision and historic preservation requirements would be implemented as plans and funding for redevelopment move forward. The unique heritage of this site can be leveraged to inform economic development for the local community.