Mr. McKissick’s involvement in historic preservation is maintained with memberships in Preservation PA, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historical Society of Dauphin County and past involvement on the executive board for Historic Harrisburg Association.

Our affection for historic structures, sensitivity to historic neighborhoods, and experience with adaptive reuse allows us to evaluate older buildings with a more holistic eye for their potential contributions to the community.  Though not every old building can (or should) be saved, you can be assured that we assist every client in objectively determining the highest and best use of construction resources to serve the needs of each community. 

McKissick Associates is dedicated to creating community architecture. In establishing McKissick Associates, Vern has focused upon architectural projects that reinforce communities. His 1999 master plan for the Dauphin County Courthouse and offices resulted in the commissioners determining to stay in downtown Harrisburg, reinforcing the community. He has over a dozen years of service on the Harrisburg City Planning Commission, and is the past Historic Review Board Architect for the Borough of Wellsboro.