& SEAWALL SERVICES
most important improvement that can be made to a waterfront property
is erosion and shoreline protection. In order to limit the amount of
upland erosion or protect a property from storm events, a barrier between
the land and water is often created. This barrier is known as a bulkhead
or seawall. Coastline Consulting, LLC has
the experience and knowledge to assist you with all phases of your bulkhead
or seawall project. Our turn-key approach will guide you through the
site evaluation, structure design, materials evaluation, regulatory
permitting, and the subsequent bulkhead and seawall construction. The
following sections detail our full scope of services for the bulkhead
and seawall process.
Bulkhead and Seawall Evaluation
Coastline Consulting, LLC provides a no charge/no obligation
site evaluation for all waterfront property owners, associations, marinas,
and commercial facilities. This task is important to determine the best
direction for your specific site. A bulkhead or seawall may be just
one element of an overall stabilization plan. While bulkheads and seawalls
may protect the uplands, they may actually be detrimental to the shoreline
by speeding up the rate of erosion in front of the structures. As
a result, bulkhead and seawall construction should only be considered
when all other shoreline protection methods are not feasible. Coastline
Consulting, LLC takes a big picture approach to the protection of your
shoreline by evaluating all forms of stabilization including drainage
improvements, re-vegetation, rip-rap stone, and vertical bulkhead and
seawall designs. Our evaluation will determine the best stabilization
solution and the most cost effective approach for your specific site.
Please feel free to Contact Us if you would
like to schedule a no obligation site evaluation.
Bulkhead and Seawall Design
Bulkheads and seawalls must withstand some of the most brutal
conditions of any structure built today –— from heavy loads
and extremely corrosive saltwater, to attacks by marine borers and winter
ice. As a result, the bulkhead and seawall design is very important
to the longevity of the structure and the protection of your property.
Our in-house bulkhead and seawall design team, along with our on-call
Coastal Engineer (P.E.) with more than 15 years experience, will evaluate
all of the necessary criteria for your bulkhead and seawall design including
the site topography, grading, soil properties, embedment stability,
water table, wall material properties, wave forces, toe scour, wave
overtopping, and storm surge. The end result will be a bulkhead and
seawall design that will provide the best and most cost effective solution
for your site. The bulkhead and seawall plans completed under this phase
will be essential to the subsequent permitting and construction phases.
and Seawall Materials Evaluation
What are the best materials for bulkhead and seawall construction
–— timber, steel, vinyl/plastic, or concrete/cement?
Material selection is site specific and dependent upon various design
considerations. Additionally, each material has various benefits and
detriments. For example, timber bulkheads and seawalls may be the most
cost effective, but could be susceptible to marine borers and rot. Steel
bulkheads and seawalls could have the most upfront costs, but are also
the strongest. Vinyl/Plastic bulkheads could have the greatest service
life, but may not be drivable in certain substrates. Concrete/cement
could be the most practical, but could require periodic maintenance.
As on overall component of our bulkhead and seawall design phase, Coastline
Consulting, LLC will evaluate your site conditions, design criteria,
and personal cosmetic preferences to provide a materials recommendation
for your specific site.
and Seawall Permits
Bulkheads and seawalls on the coast of Connecticut (CT) and
New York (NY) come under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP), the New England Army Corps of Engineers
(ACOE), the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC),
and the New York Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). Coastline Consulting,
LLC has extensive experience with preparation of bulkhead and seawall
permits. We work in concert with the regulatory agencies to obtain
permit approvals. Our years of consulting experience allows us
to not just fill out the forms, but to speak the regulatory language,
anticipate concerns, and provide the necessary application information
based upon our past successes. The end result is a solid regulatory
relationship, a proven track record, and quicker permit approvals.
and Seawall Construction Management
the completion of the bulkhead and seawall design phase and the completion
of the bulkhead and seawall permitting process, many clients choose
to have Coastline Consulting, LLC further assist them with their bulkhead
and seawall construction. Construction Services offered by Coastline
Consulting, LLC include bulkhead and seawall plan preparation, construction
bid documents, assistance with marine contractor selection, as well
as overall construction management and general contracting services.
When there is so much at stake with your shoreline stabilization, you
want to make sure it is done right! With this service, our clients
can have a comfort level that the marine contractor is conducting the
bulkhead or seawall construction as designed by your consultant and
as required by the regulatory permits.