Our client desires Devcon Ltd. to construct a man-made
beach that will be aesthetically pleasing and built to be
able to withstand hurricane force winds with the accompanying
storm surge. The subject property has no beach and with its
existing silt-like conditions is unappealing to potential guests
of this beachfront resort.
The challenge for Devcon Ltd is to
build a new beach and breakwater system to the highest environmental
and construction standards resulting in a world class beachfront
environment that will attract guests to the resort year after year.
The marine engineer, Olin Hydrographic Solutions, Inc. developed
a construction design which called for Devcon Ltd. to dike the area of
the new beach, implement an intricate dewatering system, and excavate
and remove the unsuitable material. Once the excavation portion of the
project was completed, hydraulically dredged sand of high quality was
trucked in from another location on the island to replace the unsuitable
material. Three steel breakwaters were constructed to protect the newly
created beach from the forces of nature. Rip rap material armoring the
breakwater increases the protection of the beach from erosion.
We are proud to say that
the client congratulated Devcon Ltd. and Olin
Hydrographic Solutions, Inc. on a job well done since Nikki Beach endured
two hurricanes in 2008 with no loss of sand and no sand build up. The
beach remained intact just as it was designed to do. The client was very
pleased to report that the beach was unchanged following the passage of
the hurricanes with 110 mph plus winds.