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Team Selected for Urban Disaster Reclamation Project

Team Selected for Urban Disaster Reclamation Project highprofile | February 21, 2018 Images courtesy Waggonner & Ball Bridgeport, CT – WSP, Arcadis, Waggonner & Ball, and Yale Urban Design Workshop announced their selection to design resilience measures to minimize flood risk and account for sea-level rise affecting Bridgeport’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 $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), an initiative to help communities recover from disasters and safeguard against future hazards. The Connecticut Department of Housing hired this multidisciplinary team to design climate change and flood resilience plans to reduce risk from future impacts resulting from rising sea levels. The project includes the continuation of a Rebuild by Design pilot project, a $6.5 million stormwater system designed by Arcadis, Waggonner & Ball, and Yale Urban Design Workshop, with Reed Hilderbrand. Recent storms left streets flooded for days, forcing residents to leave Bridgeport for necessities such as food and clothing. Storm impacts have also weakened the community’s infrastructure while hindering economic growth. 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 5 minutes from downtown Bridgep

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