The Critical Role of Planning in Marina Redesign

Most marinas in the United States are more than 25 years old and are ready for renovation. Planning for renovations includes understanding the changing market and the changing requirements and development of funding approaches. This discussion will illustrate some success paths in planning.



Bruce Lunde, MSA Professional Services, Inc.

Trained as an architect, Mr. Lunde began his career with a variety of engineering and construction related positions.  When the opportunity arose to plan, design, and manage the construction of a large recreational marina on the Mississippi River, a whole new avocation was achieved.  During the last 24 years, Mr. Lunde has focused on waterfront projects and become an acknowledged authority on marina design and construction. He has written extensively about marina issues including planning and engineering, incorporation of ADA concepts into design, and integrating great design into the hospitality and industrial services included in marina planning.  Mr. Lunde has been involved with planning, design, or renovation of over sixty marinas.


Dan Williams
With 30 years of landscape architectural experience, Dan takes pride in his ability to make every project, large or small, something special. Challenges offered by each new site energizes his creativity. Dan’s design philosophy is uncomplicated and based on two foundational factors: understanding and vision. Understanding involves developing a solid comprehension of the environmental, social, and economic factors related to a project. This knowledge provides a framework for building an inspiring vision for the landscape. Dan enjoys the energy of collaborating with others to create special places. He continues to grow professionally through interaction with teammates and clients as design solutions are tested. Dan thrives on the progression of thought process. He has managed and directed design for over 30 award-winning projects including six national recipients.