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News: PermaTrak Engineering Team Honored by ACEC Engineering Award

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 21, 2015 2:47:31 PM

We're pleased to announce that PermaTrak was designated as a state finalist for the ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Indiana 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The Wolf Lake Boardwalk, owned by the Hammond Port Authority, IN is a piece of $50 million worth of improvements to Wolf Lake and the surrounding area.

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Wetland Boardwalk Materials - Design & Construction [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Carrie Parada on Apr 15, 2015 2:52:00 PM

Comparing Pressure-Treated Timber, Composite and Concrete Boardwalks in Wetland Areas

Wetlands contain valuable and delicate ecosystems that must be preserved. Any boardwalk or pedestrian bridge built over a wetland must leave a minimal impact on the environment, no matter which material is specified. If possible, using top-down construction in a wetland area can have several benefits, numbered 1-3 below.   

You'll also find a pros and cons list comparing different boardwalk decking materials that can be used in a wetland area. Keep in mind, these bullet points are geared towards commercial boardwalk or pedestrian bridge projects through wetland areas, not residential applications. 

PermaTrak offers a cost-effective, maintenance free solution to designing and constructing boardwalks in wetland areas, with a low-impact on the surrounding environment. Below is a simple graphic to explain the benefits of designing and specifying a concrete boardwalk through sensitive wetland areas.

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Topics: Wetland Boardwalks

Retrofitting Boardwalks with PermaTrak's Concrete Boardwalk System

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on Mar 31, 2015 1:22:00 PM

Retrofitting Piers, Pedestrian Bridges, Boardwalks, and more

Many popular trails and boardwalks have been built in beautiful settings that draw visitors regularly.

Those sites include timber or composite structures that are outdoors and in harsh environments. The trails and boardwalks eventually become worn and may exceed safe structural design guidelines and become functionally obsolete. There are trails that have deteriorated decks, substructures and foundations (the photo on the right is an extreme example of this). Designers and their clients are often faced with the need to replace portions of trails and boardwalks. In some cases, even the complete structure must be replaced.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Construction

Which Multi Use Trail Materials Are Right for Your Project?

Posted by Jason Philbin on Mar 18, 2015 6:01:11 PM

A landscape architect or civil engineer has a variety of product choices when designing trails and multi use paths. As with any design project at the conceptual level, successful landscape architects and engineers will consider their client’s site features, environmental factors, and the overall intended purpose of their trail or path. And probably most importantly, their client’s budget!

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Boardwalk Construction Update: Upper Tampa Bay Trail Phase IV

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on Mar 6, 2015 1:52:00 PM

The installation of a PermaTrak concrete boardwalk for Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Trail Phase IV will be completed over the next couple of weeks. Designed by Cardno TBE with engineering support from PermaTrak, Pepper Contracting of Tampa Bay was awarded the publicly bid project and started construction in early January. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Byways, Greenways and DIRTways: Simple Differences to Keep In Mind

Posted by Stephen Beach on Mar 3, 2015 4:04:00 PM

Trail Terminology

If you are a designer with experience in trails, you’ve probably heard plenty of the following terms outside of the common “multi-use trail,” including: multi-use path, bike path, bike trail, walkway, pathway, byway, greenway, linear park, dirtway, access trail, and more!

So what do they all mean, and which one is right for your project? Take a look for a quick comparison and overview of byways, greenways and a relatively new term - DIRTways.


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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

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

If you have experience designing projects for park & recreation clients, trail systems, or greenways, I’m sure you can appreciate how much site conditions influence your design concepts.

For architects and engineers with boardwalks or pedestrian bridge projects in their portfolios, delicate environments come up often – including wetlands, grasslands or floodplain areas. Designers are hired for their expertise in specifying a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge product through these types of natural environments in order to provide a safe walkway for visitors, an “outdoor classroom”, or simply a connection to another part of the trail system. These project locations dictate the design and specification of an elevated structure; a traditional gravel or asphalt surface simply won’t suffice.

So how do the site conditions relate to designing boardwalk foundations through a wetland area?

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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

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: Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

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About This Boardwalk Blog

The PermaTrak boardwalk blog articles are written for landscape architects, engineers, and agency or municipality professionals.

We aim to provide educational resources for designing and building boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, trail and greenway systems. 

By reading our weekly posts, you will deepen your understanding of boardwalk design, cost estimates, and construction practices. 

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Wetland Boardwalk Articles

Wetland Boardwalk Materials - Design & Construction [INFOGRAPHIC]

Comparing Pressure-Treated Timber, Composite and Concrete Boardwalks in Wetland Areas Wetlands...Read more

Can Precast Concrete Piers Be Used for a Wetland Boardwalk?

Boardwalk Site Conditions: Wetlands, Grasslands and Floodplain If you have experience designing...Read more

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

Landscape architects and engineers who are interested in building boardwalks over wetlands often...Read more

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