The Principals of Cummins | Cederberg served as project manager and senior engineers for the coastal and marine components of the Cap Cana Development located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic.
The project included 5 miles of coastline and a 500+ slip megayacht marina, which makes it one of the largest marinas in the Caribbean. The marina was designed to accommodate vessels up to 200 feet in length.
Project responsibilities included coastal engineering studies of wind, waves, storm surge, water circulation, as well as planning of the marina configuration, and engineering design of docks, jetties, beaches and breakwaters.
As part of the detailed coastal engineering studies, numerical modeling of waves, hurricanes and marina basin hydrodynamics were conducted. The project remains partially under construction; however, the primary marina and beach components were completed.
The marina design was strategically incorporated into the upland master plan to develop an attractive urban waterfront and to develop a strong connection to the water for residents and visitors. An example is the jetty rock structures along the marina entrance channel, which were designed with the incorporation of a boardwalk feature, including landscaping and lighting.
The marina and beach configurations were iteratively designed and modified in close collaboration with the Project design team to ensure it achieved both the coastal/marine engineering and upland planning requirements. Engineering requirements included adequate water circulation, marina operations, megayacht navigation, beach/shoreline stabilization, and the ability of all marine components to resist the impacts of frequent tropical storms and hurricanes in the Caribbean.