2020 in review: Letter from our Principals

A historic and challenging year is drawing to a close and while we look forward to 2021 and plan for the future, we also want to take the time to highlight the positives of 2020. We have explored, learned, and transitioned to different ways of operating, focusing on health, family, and relationships. These necessary changes and a heightened level of coordination have drawn us closer as a team, stripping away pretenses and deepening relationships both internally and externally with clients and colleagues. As a firm, we are fortunate to experience continued organic growth; focusing on integrity and quality remains central to supporting a fundamental level of trust with our clients. We are proud to say nearly 90% of our work in the last year was attributed to loyal clients and referrals.

Company Growth
One of our most significant milestones this year was our 10-year anniversary in March! Cummins Cederberg started with engineers and has successfully grown to a team of more than 30 professionals and four offices across the state of Florida. Although circumstances curtailed our plans for a formal celebration, we are truly appreciative of our team and the support we have received over the years, particularly during the beginning of this journey. Starting a company in 2010, still in the midst of a recession, was met with many looks suggesting we were crazy. Well, we made it through the early difficult years with many long days and the trust of a few key people, whom we are still working with today; we are forever grateful for the faith they showed us.

We have since added more members to our family, people who are not only highly qualified but also wonderful individuals who share our values of integrity and respect for others. In 2020, the Cummins Cederberg family expanded with 10 new members including engineering, environmental, GIS, and administrative professionals. This growing team also meant expanding office spaces. Three out of four offices in Florida moved to larger spaces including Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and Tallahassee.

Project Highlights
Despite the challenges 2020 had to offer, our team remained focused on serving our clients and achieving their goals.

    • •   Construction was full steam ahead at the Dinner Key Marina repair project in Miami. Phase One, including Piers 1, 2, and 3, was successfully completed, with 6 more piers to go in the remaining two phases!
    • •   In 2018 we completed our first Sea Level Rise Mitigation Roadmap for Miami-Dade County, and in 2020 we completed three more for their major waterfront parks, at Crandon Park, Haulover Park, and Virginia Key Park.
    • •   The Adaptive Redesign of Jose Marti Park in Miami kicked off in 2020, laying the groundwork for future waterfront park design and sea level rise adaptation.
    • •   The Bay Sarasota is well underway, and our marine science team is leading the charge for seagrass monitoring and mangrove mitigation on this iconic waterfront park on the West Coast of Florida.
    • •   We commenced coastal engineering analyses to support the replacement of the Glass Window Bridge, a critical connection between North and South Eleuthera in The Bahamas, and a truly amazing site where the island isthmus narrowly splits the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the shallow turquoise water of the Great Bahamas Banks.
    • •   It was truly a team effort in evaluating the proposed dredging for the Lake Worth Inlet flood shoal. Our efforts included bathymetric surveying, environmental mapping, morphological modeling of the tidal dynamics, along with dredging design and environmental permitting.
    • •   With our growing team of scientific divers, we performed a record amount of field work during the seagrass growing season surveying 134 acres of submerged bottom and covering 4 miles of shoreline, across 6 counties, 3 countries, and 2 continents.

We are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead in the coming years and thank everyone engaged in the growth and support of the Cummins Cederberg family over the last 10 years!

Best wishes for 2021,
Jason and Jannek

Catherine Olnick2020 in review: Letter from our Principals

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