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Get to Know Your Piers: Timber vs. Concrete Fishing Pier

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on Oct 6, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Whether you fish every weekend or just occasionally, you know that not all fishing piers are created equal. Sometimes visiting an observation or fishing pier can less than ideal with unstable pile supports (see picture below), cracking boards providing sharp wood slivers, a slippery surface after it rains, or a hot and unforgiving railing to sit or lean against.

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Can Precast Concrete Piers Be Used for a Wetland Boardwalk?

Posted by Jason Philbin on Oct 1, 2014 3:25:00 PM

Boardwalk Site Conditions: Wetlands, Grasslands and Floodplain

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Topics: Wetland Boardwalks

Boardwalk Design Questions: Timber vs. Concrete Answers

Posted by Stephen Beach on Aug 22, 2014 12:05:00 PM

The timber vs. concrete boardwalk debate has picked up over the last couple of years with large, public beach boardwalks like Long Beach and Rockaways, NY drawing a lot of attention. For a time, wooden boardwalks were most widely used, becoming beloved and iconic in places like Coney Island. After Hurricane Sandy, the term “concrete boardwalk” started becoming more popular as owners and designers discussed boardwalk reconstruction efforts in city council meetings and local news channels. Some joined Mayor Bloomberg by citing concrete’s durability and lack of required maintenance, while wood boardwalk advocates expressed their concerns that the famous wood structures would become “concrete beach sidewalks” that would chip and crack like they saw in streets and parking lots. Why would a “concrete boardwalk” be any different?

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, News

SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes Available Now

Posted by Stephen Beach on Aug 13, 2014 4:42:00 PM

Green building is an integral part of the future of architecture and engineering, whether dealing with buildings, softscape or hardscape infrastructure. We’d like to highlight current efforts that promote green building design and sustainable practices. 

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Topics: News, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Design Considerations for Salt Exposure & Concrete Boardwalks

Posted by Jason Philbin on Aug 7, 2014 8:33:00 AM

It may not be winter, but snow and ice don’t take a backseat in boardwalk design just because of the season. In Canada or northern regions of the US that see high volumes of snow and ice, salting a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge surface is an important consideration for professional designers.

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Topics: News, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Comparing Boardwalk Materials: Timber vs. Composite vs. Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on Jul 19, 2014 9:33:00 AM

Choosing the proper boardwalk material to suit your project’s design requirements is key to providing a long-term infrastructure asset and ensuring a happy client. In this article we will point out several key factors to consider when evaluating commercial grade boardwalk materials.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, News

Marine Boardwalk Construction Challenges: Storm Surges & Salt Exposure

Posted by Jason Philbin on Jul 14, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Designing a boardwalk for commercial use in a marine environment comes with a unique set of challenges for designers. Engineers and architects must account for static site conditions as well as natural events that may occur during the structure's lifetime, including flooding and storm surges.

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Topics: News, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Choosing Multi Use Trail Surface Types: Gravel, Asphalt, Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on Jun 27, 2014 8:35:00 AM

Trails are quickly becoming a coveted amenity in urban spaces. No longer are trails sidelined to distant national parks and obscure, secluded spaces. They’re becoming an important part of our greenspaces throughout towns and cities. Trails promote physical activity and alternative transportation through biking, running or walking.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

4 Standout Cities for Trails, Greenways, and Greenspace Development

Posted by Stephen Beach on May 29, 2014 8:05:00 AM

The expansion of greenways and trail systems has been an exciting movement within the United States. Greenspaces have proven to be vital to the revitalization of cities by promoting healthier lifestyles, encouraging economic growth and facilitating environmentally friendly developments. The cities listed below have made a priority of improving their communities with trails, parks and greenspaces. In doing so, they’ve set precedents and shared best practices for other cities, counties or agencies to follow.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

3 Areas Where Concrete Boardwalks Are Not Your Best Option

Posted by Stephen Beach on May 23, 2014 8:41:00 AM

Here at PermaTrak, we believe the benefits of concrete boardwalks include durability, environmental friendliness, and long-term cost savings. 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. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, News

Update on Massachusetts DOT Hadley Boardwalk and Multi-Use Trail

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on May 19, 2014 3:10:00 PM

The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an 11-mile multi-use trail in Massachusetts that links Northampton, Amherst and Hadley and extends from Northampton to Belchertown. Originally a part of the Boston & Main Railroad, built by the Central Massachusetts Railroad Company in 1887, the Norwottuck Rail Trail has proven itself an excellent recreational path for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, skaters and joggers of all ages since its opening in 1992.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction, events

Boardwalk Construction: Installing Concrete Boardwalk Treads by Hand

Posted by Stephen Beach on Apr 30, 2014 5:43:00 PM

Heavy Boardwalk Components, Heavy Equipment?

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, News

Boardwalk Material Surface Temperatures: Wood vs. Composites vs. Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on Apr 3, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Back in early 2010, PermaTrak made an East Coast Road Tour through 15 cities to introduce a concrete boardwalk system to the United States. Concluding in Florida, some of the designers from the Sunshine State actually took off their socks and shoes to test how hot a concrete boardwalk material really is. Why would a working professional take off their socks and shoes in front of everyone like that? Because signs like this one actually exist!

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, News

Women's High Heels and Boardwalks Gaps: Minimizing the Risk

Posted by Stephen Beach on Mar 20, 2014 1:45:00 PM

During a recent lunch and learn presentation, I was asked by an engineer about the walking surface of our boardwalk system, but this question was a bit different than I was used to hearing. “Have you ever had problems with women’s high heels getting stuck in the gaps?” he asked. His coworkers pointed and laughed and asked why he, of all people, would be asking that question.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Design, News

What Causes Boardwalk Tripping Hazards?

Posted by Stephen Beach on Mar 14, 2014 11:27:00 AM

We’ve all seen the America’s Funniest Home Videos and YouTube sensations that show people falling, tripping and slipping in public. Sure those clips can be good for a laugh, but in reality, tripping on an uneven surface can cause serious injuries. Cyclists, for instance, need a smooth (but not slippery) riding surface to avoid losing control or worse, being thrown over the handlebars. 

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Topics: News, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

ISI Envision: Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System

Posted by Stephen Beach on Feb 26, 2014 8:26:00 AM

The LEED certification program charted the path for infrastructure ratings systems in the U.S. As we’ve mentioned, however, LEED is hardly alone among programs that rate and reward green, sustainable building.

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Topics: News, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

6 Grants for Trails and Greenway Funding

Posted by Stephen Beach on Feb 21, 2014 2:33:00 PM

Though there’s been a surging demand for trails and greenways in the past few years, obtaining an environmental grant to develop them can be somewhat challenging. There are numerous federal grants and programs, many reserved for local and state government, nonprofits and communities. While privately funded grants are more rare, they do exist.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Wetland Boardwalk Construction: Timber vs. Composite vs. Concrete Decking

Posted by Stephen Beach on Feb 10, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Landscape architects and engineers who are interested in building boardwalks over wetlands often have several concerns: the environmental impact of the boardwalk construction process, the appearance of the finished product and the long-term impact of the boardwalk material to the surrounding wetlands. It’s vital to consider which materials to use in building boardwalks over wetlands and what sort of impression they will leave on the ecosystem.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, News, Wetland Boardwalks

Green Building and Design Standards: SITES Program vs. LEED

Posted by Jason Philbin on Jan 11, 2014 12:31:00 PM

PermaTrak is focused on being environmentally responsible in the construction, materials, construction methods and overall footprint of our boardwalks. Our boardwalk systems are well positioned to contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green credits, making them a smart and eco-friendly option. Green building and design is far more than a passing fad. It’s vital to the preservation of our natural spaces to minimize environmental impact and maximize awareness.

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Topics: News, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Boardwalk Construction to Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on Jan 8, 2014 2:43:00 PM

Brooklyn’s iconic Coney Island Boardwalk was the center of controversy last year as a group of advocates fought the city’s plans to replace sections of the famous boardwalk with plastic or composite wood decking, along with sections of concrete.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, News

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