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PermaTrak Footbridge Crossings Installed at Rotary Trail - Birmingham, AL

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on September 7, 2016

PermaTrak footbridge crossings at Rotary Trail

The first ever PermaTrak boardwalks in Alabama are now open to the public in Birmingham, in the form of two footbridge crossings on Rotary Trail. As part of Railroad Park, the new Rotary Trail is part of a larger effort to revitalize the downtown Birmingham area.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Boardwalk Construction at Allen Water Station - Allen, TX

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on August 29, 2016

Boardwalk Construction at Allen Water Station (Texas)

PermaTrak boardwalk construction at Allen Water Station in Allen, TX will be completely finished by the end of August. The walkway overlooks Allen’s historical Old Stone Dam and connects to a new steel truss bridge that extends over Cottonwood Creek, allowing visitors access to enjoy the scenic view of the waterway and surrounding trees.

The PermaTrak boardwalk construction at this unique location is part of an improvement phase on the Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail. Allen’s Community Development Corporation and Collin County grants funded the project.

PermaTrak boardwalk and pedestrian bridge designs typically feature softer curves using tapered treads. This unusual layout with sharp turns and more angular edges is a first, unlike any other PermaTrak boardwalk project to date.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Multi Use Boardwalk Construction at Atwood Lake Park, OH

Posted by Carrie Parada on August 16, 2016

Boardwalk Construction at Atwood Lake Park, Ohio

PermaTrak concrete boardwalk construction on the northern point of Atwood Lake in Ohio is nearing completion. The multi use boardwalk bridges a segment of the lake, connecting the trail to the newly constructed Atwood Welcome Center. This addition gives park goers the ability to bike, jog and hike across the lake’s boardwalk as a continuation of the trail.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Featured Designer: Britt Storck, ASLA, PLA (August 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on August 10, 2016

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments.

This month's featured designer is Brittain Storck from Alta Planning + Design in their Durham, NC office. She is a project manager, landscape architect, and trail expert for their southeast region.

We talked with Britt about how she approaches trail design, collaboration between landscape architects, planners and engineers,  her latest multi use trail work, and how trails are changing from "connections" to "destinations."

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Featured Designer: Auggie Wong, ASLA, PLA (July 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on July 30, 2016

July 2016's feature designer is Augustine Wong, PLA, ASLA, who has 25 years of experience as a landscape architect. We recently spoke with Auggie about his background in urban design and urban planning, and how that impacts his design style for greenway and large trail projects. He also shares how his "visual thinking" process works as a time-saving tactic.

Note: The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments. Do you know a top performing landscape architect or engineer you'd like to nominate? Send us a note in the footer of this page and we'll be in touch!

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Top Down Boardwalk Construction at Flat Branch Preserve - Charlotte, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 19, 2016

Concrete Boardwalks Through Wetlands at Flat Branch Preserve

Boardwalk construction is nearing completion this week at Flat Branch Nature Preserve, located at the intersection of Tom Short and Ardrey Kell Roads in south Charlotte, NC. The recreational trail now includes two PermaTrak boardwalks (323 LF and 44 LF walkways) through wetlands and heavily wooded areas (mostly Willow Oak trees as well as some Overcup Oaks), as well as observation decks that can serve as outdoor classroom spaces, called "wetlands classrooms." 

According to Mecklenburg County, the 44-acre Flat Branch Preserve site is "one of the largest upland mafic depressions (swamp forests) remaining in Mecklenburg County." 1 The preserve also includes a restroom/shelter area with picnic tables.
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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, News

Featured Designer: Scott Sonnenberg, PE, LA, CPESC, CPSWQ (June 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on June 15, 2016

Scott Sonnenberg, PE, LA, CPESC, CPSWQ, owns his own engineering design firm in Columbus, Ohio, called Eco-Design and Engineering. We recently spoke to Scott about his background in landscape architecture, his biggest challenges, and his favorite accomplishments in the field.


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Topics: News, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Featured Designer: Norman Robertson, P.E., PMP (May 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on May 12, 2016

Norman Robertson, P.E., PMP, works as a project manager in the Florida Water Infrastructure group of Atkins in Sarasota, FL. We spoke with Norm recently about his experience as a civil engineer, his design style, and some of his most interesting projects.

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Topics: News

Is PermaTrak an Option for Your Pedestrian Bridge Needs?

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 29, 2016

PermaTrak as a Pedestrian Bridge Solution

While most PermaTrak projects use the system for commercial boardwalks or multi use trail crossings, our engineering team can also provide you the support needed to create a pedestrian bridge solution for your project. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Commercial Boardwalk Design: Maximum span between supports on a boardwalk?

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 19, 2016

PermaTrak Beam Span Length Q&A

We get a lot of questions to our office about what is feasible for the design of concrete boardwalks. Engineers and landscape architects often have a design in mind and want to investigate whether or not PermaTrak would be a good fit for their boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project.  

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

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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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