Concordia University Wisconsin initiated the lakeshore project to stabilize a 130-foot high bluff along Lake Michigan. Prior to the project, 20,000 tons of sediment eroded from the bluff into Lake Michigan each year. Additionally, the lakefront was completely inaccessible.
Led by the multidisciplinary firm JJR, LLC, the completed project includes a 2,700 foot-long stabilized bluff and restored shoreline with accessible trails, a beach, an amphitheater and bioengineered habitat areas. The habitat areas were specifically designed for biological and ecological study, and are used as research platforms for students.
The bluff also serves as one of the only public access points to Lake Michigan in the area. The result is a precisely engineered lakefront that is gracefully integrated into its environmental, educational and community context.
Concordia University Wisconsin’s Lakeshore Environmental Enhancement and Education Project was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award.
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