NORWOOD, Mass. & NEW HAVEN, Conn., December 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA)Multi-disciplinary engineering, planning and applied science firm, wishes to congratulate our client, City of New Haven on its success in securing federal funds for a Resilient Long Wharf District.
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The Long Wharf district of New Haven, Conn. is seen from the left with Interstate 95 and Long Island Sound to the right. With the support of GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., other partners, the City of New Haven has secured over $240 million in federal funding for flood protection, resiliency and public access improvements throughout the district. (Photo: Business Wire).
GZA also acknowledges the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) Connecticut, which provided disaster relief grants as well as bond financing for climate resilience planning projects in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
GZA President and CEO Patrick Sheehan said: “We are pleased that the extensive, thoughtful planning projects and studies the City of New Haven completed with GZA’s support, as well as its strong track record of completing three early-phase resiliency projects, successfully positioned the City to compete for and win this major investment of federal funding. GZA looks forward to continuing to work closely with the City and our other partners to complete these projects and help create a more resilient, vibrant, and welcoming New Haven waterfront.’’
Giovanni Zinn (City Engineer), presented this information recently. during CIRCA’s “Super Storm Sandy in Connecticut: Progress & Challenges After Ten Years” event, the City’s forward-looking and comprehensive resilience efforts include major improvements to area stormwater management; planning, design and funding of the Long Wharf flood protection levee (aka New Haven County Coastal Storm Risk Management Project); and natural resource habitat enhancement and shoreline protection with the Long Wharf East Shore Park “Living Shoreline” projects.
These projects will be finalized by 2025, and construction by 2028.
These coastal resilience projects will be funded by $185 million in federal disaster relief funds and FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant funding. The completion of the New Haven Harbor Navigation Improvement Project was made possible by $63 million in federal funding for economic development from the Bipartisan infrastructure Law.
GZA is proud to have worked with CIRCA and the City’s Planning and Engineering Departments on Coastal Resilience, including GZA’s 2017 “Long Wharf Flood Study,’’ a comprehensive flood vulnerability and mitigation study consisting of high-resolution coastal flood modeling, flood loss estimation analysis, development of flood mitigation alternatives and associated Benefit-Cost Analyses (BCAs). This study was subsequently utilized by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fairfield and New Haven Counties Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, which in turn led to additional disaster relief funding for the proposed flood barrier construction.
GZA is the City’s engineer and designer for the approximately 3,400-foot Long Wharf Living Shoreline project, currently in permitting. GZA provided geotechnical support to the City and CDM Smith, its engineering consultant, for the stormwater infrastructure project that was funded by FEMA BRIC grants.
GZA’s team was led by Senior Principal Daniel Stapleton, P.E., former senior project manager Hande McCaw, and GZA’s Design with Nature Studio.
Learn how GZA can help secure Infrastructure funds for your projects and to complete them at https://service.gza.com/infrastructure
GZA Multi-disciplinary and employee-owned company that offers Geotechnical, Environmental Ecological, Water, Construction Management, and other services. GZA’s more than 700 professionals are based in 30 offices New England, Colorado, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes States, and Colorado. Our corporate headquarters can be found at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue Norwood, MA 02062.
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Angela Cincotta GZA Chief Marketing and Communications, (781-401-0561