WEDG Associate Certification Increases Best Practices for Waterfront Design

Danielle Irwin and Christie Hurley are among the second cohort to receive the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) Associate certification issued by the Waterfront Alliance. We incorporate environmental sustainability and resiliency into all Cummins Cederberg projects, now strict application of the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines – WEDG – ensures a balance of resiliency, ecology, and accessibility.

  • Resilience: Reduce risks or be adaptable to the effects of sea level rise and increased coastal flooding, through setbacks, structural protection, and other integrative landscaping measures.
  • Ecology: Protect existing aquatic habitats and use designs, materials, and shoreline configurations to improve the ecological function of the coastal zone, and strive to be consistent with regional ecological goals.
  • Access: Be equitable and informed by the community, enhancing public access, supporting a diversity of uses, from maritime, recreation, and commerce where appropriate, thereby maximizing the diversity of the harbor and waterfront.

WEDG is a tool for professionals, communities, and landowners prior to and during the design process for waterfront projects at the site scale. Acknowledging the diversity of waterfront uses, from industrial maritime activity to public parks, WEDG leads users through a series of considerations that enable design teams to tailor solutions to their project and context. In this way, it helps translate complex science into a digestible format, facilitating not only better decisions but serving as a communication tool between landowners, design teams, regulators, and communities.

WEDG is for the edge—urban and suburban projects along the coastal waterfront. While it may provide guidance for projects that do not have a waterfront edge, it is intended for properties directly touching a body of water along the coast. This includes projects varying in scale and capacity across a broad range of uses—including, but not limited to, maritime, residential, industrial, mixed-use, and parks.


Catherine OlnickWEDG Associate Certification Increases Best Practices for Waterfront Design

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