dws-hkv-change-course-mississippi-delta2-770pxConsultancy firm HKV, as member of the international collaboration initiative Studio MISI-ZIIBI, has been selected as one of three finalist teams participating in the Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta design competition.

The finalists were announced by the Changing Course leadership team on 22 September. The other two winners are the Baird & Associates team and Moffatt & Nichol team.

Selected team of experts
HKV shares leadership of Studio MISI-ZIIBI with US-based firms H3 Studio (team lead) and URS.

Studio MISI-ZIIBI is comprised of 32 carefully selected experts, including Robbert de Koning, Landscape Architect, Delft University of Technology, Washington University in St Louis, MIT, and several Louisiana-based research institutes.

dws-hkv-change-course-mississippi-delta-map-350pxRebuilding delta wetlands
The competition seeks to develop approaches that demonstrate how, over time, the Mississippi River’s water and sediment can be used to maximize rebuilding of Delta wetlands in areas adjacent to the Mississippi River below New Orleans, while continuing to meet the needs of navigation, flood protection, and coastal industries and communities.

First phase: design task
Team Studio MISI-ZIIBI, chosen after a global search, will compete in the first phase of a design competition that seeks to develop approaches to restore the delta’s degraded ecosystem – while meeting the needs of navigation, coastal industries and the region’s unique communities and culture.

HKV's contribution to the design tasks will focus around hydrodynamic and morphodynamic responses to design measures, as well as providing innovative engineering concepts to achieve a sustainable management of the Louisiana delta.

dws-hkv-changing-course-mississippi-river-350pxCoastal master plan
One or more teams will be selected to advance to a second phase in spring 2015 in which plans will be further refined.

The final designs are intended to assist Louisiana coastal planners and engineers with developing the state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan.

About Changing Course
Changing Course is a design competition aimed at developing innovative solutions to rebuild and protect the Louisiana coast. It is supported by Rockefeller Foundation, Blue moon fund, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Selley Foundation and Walton Family Foundation, Van Alen Institute, BuroHappold Engineering and Environmental Defense Fund.

About HKV Consultants
HKV Consultants is an independent company that provides consultancy services and research in water and safety. It has a staff over 60 in four offices in Lelystad, Delft (both the Netherlands), in Jakarta (Indonesia) and a sister company in Germany.
HKV has earned a leading reputation in consultancy and research in flood risk analyses and management. It took the initiative in the development of innovating concepts on flood risk management.

More information
Changing Course 

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Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta