Cypress was contracted to design and permit a pier project at Shepard State Park in Gautier, Mississippi. The project connects two hiking trails in the park with a pier over marshes and Lamotte Bayou to provide ample opportunities for park visitors to see and interact with the marsh.

Cypress developed four conceptual design alternatives for Heflin Engineering and the City of Gautier. The pier design alternatives were based on the key concepts of:

  • Low-impact design relative to submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV)
  • Low-impact design relative to marsh vegetation
  • Not impeding kayak or canoe navigation of Lamotte Bayou
  • Providing users with an engaging and interesting view of the many species living in the marsh and bayou

Following collaboration meetings with the City, a preferred conceptual design was selected. Project renderings were prepared to show the project from a human-scale perspective and inform stakeholders on how the project would look.

Cypress completed design development, delivering pier design drawings and technical specifications in 2019. Cypress conducted regulatory consultations and successfully obtained permits for the 1,100-foot-long pier – the longest pier of this type to be permitted in coastal Mississippi. As part of the permitting process, SAV, bathymetric and shellfish resource surveys were completed via water-based methods and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). A threatened and endangered species survey was also completed.

Pier construction was completed in December, 2020. This project was funded by the State of Mississippi’s Tidelands Trust Fund.

Low impact pier
Piling layout for pier design