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Explore Upper Tampa Bay Trail - Hillsborough County, FL [VIDEO]

Posted by Jason Philbin on February 15, 2017

PermaTrak Boardwalks Over Wetlands at Upper Tampa Bay Trail, Florida

Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater residents have been enjoying the Florida winter even more so this year with the Phase IV additions to the Upper Tampa Bay Trail in Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department continues to add to the one-of-a-kind trail through Booker Creek Preserve in Hillsborough County, which now stretches over 12 miles across two sections.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Wetland Boardwalks

Sole Sourcing: How to Specify PermaTrak for a Publicly Funded Project

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 7, 2016

If you have been under contract for design services on a publicly funded project, you know that sole sourcing hardscape products is almost always disallowed. So when your project involves federal, county or local funding, how can you play within the rules to avoid sole sourcing, and still get the product you're looking for?

Landscape architects and engineers are faced with this challenge every day on their trail, greenway and park projects. How do we go from design to bid to construction- and at the end of the day end up with a boardwalk that meets the needs of the owner and your design team? A good set of plans and specifications are key to achieving this goal. This issue applies whether the product is a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge material such as PermaTrak, or a water fountain, lighting, trail signage, or playground equipment. 

In the video below, Jason Philbin, P.E. answers this question as it relates to PermaTrak's maintenance-free concrete boardwalk system. If you have decided the PermaTrak boardwalk system is right for your project, watch this video to learn how you can avoid sole sourcing, yet still get what you want in the final product. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

What Details Are Needed to Prepare A Set of PermaTrak Boardwalk Plans?

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 10, 2016

Engineers and designers often ask what they need to provide for us to begin design documents for their PermaTrak pedestrian bridge or boardwalk system.

I'm Jason Philbin, P.E. and PermaTrak President, and in the video below I talk about what project details our engineering team would need to get started. Click to watch below and send us a note in the footer of this page if you have any questions. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Boardwalk Design Process - How to Evaluate Live Loading Requirements

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 5, 2016

If you are designing a commercial boardwalk system, you'll need to first determine the code-required live loading. Design codes will provide guidance on pedestrian and vehicular loading.

Most times for our concrete boardwalk system, our engineering team designs per the AASHTO LRFD Guide Specifications for Design of Pedestrian Bridges. Per this guide, the pedestrian loading is 90 pounds per square foot (psf), while vehicular loading can be a small vehicle up to a H-10 truck (20,000 lb. vehicle). 

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Can I Use PermaTrak for an Elevated Boardwalk, Observation Deck, or Pier?

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 22, 2015

Designers often ask if PermaTrak can be used for an elevated boardwalk, observation deck, or fishing pier above the water. You may be thinking since a concrete boardwalk is heavier than timber or composite decking, you would be prohibited from elevating a PermaTrak boardwalk. President Jason Philbin, P.E. answers this commonly asked question and discusses design criteria for elevated boardwalks in the video below. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

What Is the Maximum Concrete Boardwalk Width?

Posted by Jason Philbin on September 26, 2014

If you are an architect or engineer, you're probably familiar with the terms "usable width" or "clear width" as they relate to boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, and multi use trails. One of the common questions that comes up with the PermaTrak boardwalk system relates to these terms-  "How wide can the boardwalk be?"

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Are PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalks Colored or Stained?

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on September 24, 2014

If you are a landscape architect busy conceptualizing a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project, you're probably thinking about colors and textures - and wondering whether our concrete boardwalk product can be colored, stained or sealed?  

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Top 3 Benefits of PermaTrak's Concrete Boardwalk System

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 28, 2014

Architects and engineers often come to PermaTrak when they have a specific design challenge they're addressing for a client. This is most often for a commercial boardwalk system or pedestrian bridge project. Over the years we've identified specific characteristics, 3 in particular, for the types of projects where PermaTrak provides the most long-term value to an owner.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Design

Boardwalk with "Sandblast" Slip Resistant Texture - Charlotte, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 1, 2014

Between McMullen Creek Greenway, Lower McAlpine Greenway and Four Mile Creek Greenway, Mecklenburg County, NC Parks & Recreation boasts a 5.8 mile greenway system in south Charlotte. The greenway system meanders through wetland areas with unique birds and butterflies. Local enthusiasts were excited to have the concrete boardwalk portion installed in 2012, connecting with a steel truss bridge through a wetland/floodplain area and over McAlpine Creek. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

3 Applications Where Concrete Boardwalks Are Not a Good Fit

Posted by Jason Philbin on June 25, 2014

If you're researching boardwalk or pedestrian bridgematerials, you're probably comparing wood (timber) decking vs. composite decking vs. concrete. Building materials perform best when they are utilized in very specific capacities and boardwalk materials are no exception. One building material doesn't necessarily lend itself to all types of construction, so it's important to research thoroughly and compare the pros and cons. 

After 6+ years of designing concrete boardwalks here in the US, we know which applications make most sense for PermaTrak. The benefits of concrete boardwalks include durability, environmental friendliness, and long-term cost savings. And I'm proud to say we’ve designed and produced PermaTrak for many different types of applications all over the US – from wetland crossings and multi use trails to fishing piers and observation decks.

But let’s be honest–  concrete boardwalks are not the perfect solution for every boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project. Depending on your project type, PermaTrak may not be the best fit; so we may as well discuss those applications up front! Here are a few places where it just doesn’t make sense to use our precast concrete system for your boardwalk construction projects. 

This video below explains a few instances where it wouldn't make sense to use PermaTrak's precast concrete system for your boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

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About These Boardwalk Videos

These boardwalk videos are intended for landscape architects, engineers, and agency or municipality professionals.

In addition to answering PermaTrak-specific questions, our team of engineers and technical consultants aims to provide educational resources for designing and building boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, trail and greenway systems. Enjoy!