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Miami Beach, FL — Atkins played a pivotal role in replacing a dilapidated pier and returning a Miami Beach recreational landmark to its local community as the South Pointe Park Pier re-opened to the public last week. The 450-foot pier sits within a highly visible, narrow navigation channel, the main entrance to PortMiami, the world’s leading cruise port and Florida’s largest container port.

Since the 1960s, Atkins has provided marine-related planning, engineering, and design services in the United States on projects that include ocean fishing piers, coastal structures, and beaches and coastal programs. For this project, the firm provided design, permitting, and construction administration services and successfully handled location challenges, multiple levels of approval, and environmental considerations to ensure the $4.8 million redevelopment project was completed to the satisfaction of the City and the community.

“We worked in partnership with the City of Miami and collaborated with agencies in all levels of government to enhance aesthetic, environmental, and safety features to return recreational access to this decades-old gathering place,” said Atkins’ Bill Pitcher, PE, project manager for the pier.

The City selected Atkins in 2011 to provide consulting services, and groundbreaking for construction occurred in 2013. The project team included civil, marine structural, coastal, geotechnical, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers; architects; environmental scientists; landscape architects; and surveyors.


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Maureen Nayowith
SVP, Marketing & Communications

Tel: +1 720.475.7064

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Atkins ( is one of the world's leading design, engineering, and project management consultancies*, employing some 17,400 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Our people’s breadth and depth of expertise and drive to ask “why?” has allowed us to plan, design, and enable some of the world’s most complex and time-critical projects.

*14th-largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2013) and the third-largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2013).

Recent projects include:

  • Engineering key transportation projects, including serving as statewide general engineering consultant (GEC) for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) for 25 years, providing GEC services through a joint venture for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and serving as project manager for federal and state departments of transportation (DOT) projects nationwide.
  • Managing the creation of vital storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental, and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats.
  • Providing a wide range of architecture-engineering construction management services for the U.S. National Park Service from coast to coast, including projects such as renovating the Statue of Liberty in New York and rehabilitating the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, California to achieve LEED Gold certification.
  • Engineering and supervising U.S. military construction projects nationwide, including providing architecture and construction services for the Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center in Florida, which achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification without increasing project costs.
  • Serving as equal partner in a joint venture that provides full-service program/project management for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), a $9.5-billion, 30-year Florida project encompassing ecological restoration, water storage, flood control, and recreational initiatives.
  • Leading the Ascend Joint Venture team, which designed the award-winning, $1.2-billion elevated roadway system for the Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • Meeting stringent nutrient removal requirements for wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay area by designing award-winning upgrades to Howard County, Maryland’s Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant; and the design and construction of enhanced nutrient removal facilities at Anne Arundel County’s Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.

The 450-foot South Pointe Park Pier in Miami Beach, Florida, juts out into the ocean, grounded by 59 piles.
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The pier’s Ipe wood decking is laid in South Pointe’s signature honeycomb pattern.
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The custom fish-cleaning station is flanked by two live bait wells.
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Two canopy structures offer sightseers shade from the sun.
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