Design Contract Awarded for Project to Minimize Flood Risk in Connecticut Town

WSP, Arcadis, Waggonner & Ball, and the Yale Urban Design Workshop have been awarded a contract to design resilience measures to minimize flood risk and account for sea level rise affecting Bridgeport, Connecticut’s South End businesses and residents. The project, one of 13 awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is part of the $1B National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), an initiative to help communities recover from disasters and safeguard against future hazards.

The coalition will plan and design resilience strategies to reconnect communities to the water, create new uses for the city’s waterfront, foster new development, and revitalize a community sitting five minutes from downtown Bridgeport.

Under the terms of the contract, WSP will be responsible for project management, public outreach, civil and geotechnical engineering, and environmental assessments. Arcadis will undertake numerical modeling and design of coastal flood risk reduction structures and interior drainage solutions, environmental assessments, and support stakeholder and community engagement. Waggonner & Ball, in collaboration with Yale Urban Design Workshop, will lead architecture, urban design, and coordinate landscape architecture, as well as support public engagement.

Design features will include a combination of floodwalls, raised corridors, embankments, interior drainage improvements, and green infrastructure, all integrated with Bridgeport’s South End. The project also includes the continuation of a $6.5M stormwater system designed by Arcadis, Waggonner & Ball, and Yale Urban Design Workshop, in collaboration with Reed Hilderbrand, as part of a HUD Rebuild by Design pilot project. The pilot project includes a 2.5-acre stormwater park designed to store and manage rainfall runoff while relieving combined sewer system overflows.

The design phase of the project will take place in 2018, with construction activities scheduled to begin in 2019.

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