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Designing a Boardwalk for Heavier Loading Requirements

Posted by Jason Philbin on Jul 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Introduction

Occasionally our engineering team here at PermaTrak works with designers who need to specify a trail or greenway structure that is designed for heavy loading requirements, above a standard pedestrian loading of 60, 90 or 100 psf. This is especially common with commercial multi use trail projects, wide boardwalks, pedestrian bridge segments and structures that must be built via top down construction. Here is some information on the heavier loading that has been incorporated into our PermaTrak concrete boardwalk designs.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Are PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalks ADA Compliant?

Posted by Jason Philbin on Jul 13, 2015 12:30:19 PM

Commercial Boardwalk Design: ADA Compliance

At PermaTrak, we frequently receive questions concerning boardwalk compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a boardwalk designer, I consult the ADA guidelines for horizontal gaps, vertical changes, boardwalk slopes, ramps, railing requirements, etc. on a daily basis. First for some ADA background information - 

Specific Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
In 1991 the Department of Justice adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. These standards required newly constructed and renovated places of public accommodation and commercial use to be designed in ways that prohibited discrimination on the basis of disability. In 2010, the ADA received revised standards concerning accessibility. 

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

I thought it would be helpful to summarize the 2010 ADA revised standards related to horizontal gaps, vertical changes, walking surface slopes, railing requirements, etc. for those of us designing ADA compliant boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, and other structures for multi use trails. 

I'd also like to post my answers to several common questions specific to PermaTrak and ADA compliance. As a new boardwalk system, these may be the first questions a designer new to PermaTrak may ask us: 

  1. Is the entire PermaTrak system ADA compliant? 
  2. Can PermaTrak's boardwalk system be used on applications where a slope is needed? If so, does it meet ADA requirements? 
  3. What is the max slope you can achieve with a PermaTrak boardwalk? 
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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Design Options for Road Shoulder Widening: Retaining Wall + Sidewalk or Boardwalk?

Posted by Jason Philbin on Jun 16, 2015 9:38:00 AM

As a landscape architect or engineer, you may have faced this situation before: where your client is looking for a solution to widen a road shoulder that has a steep slope off its side - in order to provide access for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Design

Which Is Harder to Run On? Concrete vs. Asphalt for Runners

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 27, 2015 2:49:00 PM

I recently came across an article posted on Facebook from a fellow Charlotte triathlete about concrete vs. asphalt paving surfaces for runners. This article piqued my interest for a couple of reasons:

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

News: PermaTrak Engineering Team Honored by ACEC Engineering Award

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 21, 2015 2:47:00 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: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Construction, 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 6:01:00 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 was completed in March 2015. Designed by Cardno TBE with engineering support from PermaTrakPepper 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!

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

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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. 

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