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Stonington South Pier and Inner Breakwater Renovation

Engaging with the community to create optimal solutions

  • Stonington, Connecticut

    Stonington, Connecticut

Protecting long-term pier resilience and the livelihood of commercial fishermen.

Our team is providing permitting and design for renovations to the town of Stonington’s 180-year-old stone South Pier, which supports the local fishing fleet, and Inner Breakwater.

Over the course of the project, our team conducted underwater and above water inspections and multibeam bathymetric surveys to ascertain the condition of the structures. We also conducted wave and sea level rise evaluations, including two-dimensional modeling. Based on structure and oceanographic conditions, we identified design alternatives and prepared an alternatives analyses for each structure. Alternative analyses took into consideration important factors such as cost, longevity, constructability, aesthetics, and resilience to sea level rise and coastal storms, as well as impacts on pier operations and public access.

Community engagement in this process is vital to its success. We presented the alternatives to town staff, local fishermen, and to the general public to solicit input. This input has been important to identifying the selected alternatives to renovate the two structures.

Our team is proceeding with design and permitting, with the objective of making both renovation projects “shovel ready” for when construction funding is available.

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Rebecca Aiken, Coastal Engineering Specialist

Our team works on diverse projects all over the US, from the Atlantic to the Gulf to the Pacific.
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Melissa Bezanson, Senior Scientist

I like to think about the potential of a brownfield site and what it could mean for a community’s future.

Paul Carroll, Senior Coastal Engineer

With raising seas and increasingly powerful storms, evaluating and mitigating for risk has never been more important.

Paul Harrington, Vice President

A good designer needs to understand and appreciate how things are built—constructability is a critical element of our designs.

Bill Heiple, Associate

I’m proud that my environmental and coastal restoration work helps communities be safer and more resilient while fostering redevelopment.

Jeff Tabar, PE, D.CE, Senior Associate, Senior Coastal Engineer

We take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to coastal communities—it’s the key to our success and exceeding client expectations.
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Rebecca Aiken

Coastal Engineering Specialist

Melissa Bezanson

Senior Scientist

Paul Carroll

Senior Coastal Engineer

Paul Harrington

Vice President

Bill Heiple

Associate

Jeff Tabar, PE, D.CE

Senior Associate, Senior Coastal Engineer

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