ARCADIS and partners imagine solutions to restore environment, reduce flood risk in Bridgeport

Highlands Ranch, Colo. — In an effort to reduce the impacts of severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy, and as part of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development-sponsored Rebuild by Design competition, ARCADIS and teammates — David Waggonner, unabridged Architecture and Yale — developed a comprehensive water resiliency plan for Bridgeport, Conn.

The concepts combine natural and fortified solutions to enhance the resiliency of the Bridgeport coastline and build on the physical circumstances that have been neglected for dozens of years. The team held workshops, education sessions and public meetings with community stakeholders resulting in the final design — an integrated plan to restore the environment, enhance the regional ecology and economy, and reduce the risk of flooding.

The team's work is featured in the National Building Museum’s "Designing for Disaster" exhibit (; now through Aug. 2, 2015) that examines “how we assess risk from natural hazards and how we can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities." The strategies for Bridgeport have been prepared with other coastal American cities in mind, particularly those also along the Long Island Sound. Join Waggonner in this short video from the National Building Museum to get a closer look at Bridgeport and the Rebuild by Design concepts.

Winning concepts (including from another team on which ARCADIS participated) from the Rebuild by Design competition were announced in early June. For more details on winners and finalists, visit the Rebuild by Design website at

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