Cedar Point Causeway Wetlands Breakwater gets ACEC award

The Cedar Point Causeway Wetlands Breakwater for the City of Sandusky has received a National Recognition Award in the 2023 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition.

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The Cedar Point Causeway Wetlands Breakwater project is a unique concept that resolves two major challenges:

  • provides a structure to contain dredge material that, since 2015, can no longer be disposed in the open waters of Lake Erie,
  • beneficially reusing the dredge material to create and restore wetland habitats in Sandusky Bay.

The breakwater is the first fully constructed component of the larger, multi-year Sandusky Bay Initiative (SBI), an Ohio Department of Natural Resources program that aims to turn the bay into a cleaner, healthier body of water for both wildlife and people.

KS Coastal Engineers provided final design, permitting, bidding, and construction phases for the project.

The breakwater has the capacity to contain up to 260,000 cubic yards of material dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the Sandusky Bay Federal Navigation Channel — the equivalent of two years’ worth of dredging.

The awards program, known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry, is a prestigious distinction honoring projects demonstrating exceptional engineering excellence at the national level.

KS Associates was recognized at a black-tie gala on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Washington D.C., during the 2023 ACEC Annual Convention & Legislative Summit.

Accepting the award were Lynn Miggins, P.E., President, who also serves as the ACEC Ohio National Director, and Mark Cencer, P.E., Director of Coastal Engineering Services, who served as Project Manager the project.