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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

Urban Greenspaces on the Rise: Cleveland’s Zone Recreation Center

Posted by Carrie Parada on April 14, 2016

An ongoing trend in big cities is the development of sustainable greenspaces, which add to the attractiveness and health of urban communities. In Cleveland, a complete transformation of the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center helped not only create a model for healthy urban spaces, but also contributed to the revitalization of the neighborhood.

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Topics: Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Ohio Gratings vs. PermaTrak Concrete (Boardwalk Product Comparison)

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 5, 2016

Today we're going to discuss pros and cons of two different materials that can be used for commercial boardwalk projects: Ohio Gratings and PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system. Ohio Gratings, Inc. designs and manufactures products used for non-boardwalk applications for several industries including industrial, material handling, bridge and transportation, and material handling. However, for the purpose of this comparison we'll be specifically looking into parks and recreation, commercial trails and pedestrian bridge applications. 

As we've said before when comparing boardwalk materials, this article is not meant to "bash the competition." Rather, it's intended to help you decide which boardwalk material is best for your project. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

6 Step Process: Getting Started with Boardwalk Design [VIDEO]

Posted by Jason Philbin on March 7, 2016

If you are thinking about including a boardwalk, pedestrian bridge or pier for your next project, the 3-minute video below is for you. When I talk with architects and engineers about their boardwalk projects, a lot of times they'll ask me, "Where do I start; what information do you need from me?"

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

PermaTrak Pedestrian Bridge Installed at Camp Creek Greenway (Georgia)

Posted by Carrie Parada on March 2, 2016

The City of Lilburn recently completed several upgrades to its Camp Creek Greenway Trail, including a pedestrian bridge design that is new to Georgia. And more improvements are on the way...

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Can PermaTrak's Concrete Boardwalk System Be Used on a DOT Project?

Posted by Jason Philbin on January 26, 2016

DOT Approval with PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk System

During conversations with designers working on trail projects, pedestrian bridges or commercial boardwalks, often the question comes up about whether PermaTrak can be approved for use by the state's Department of Transportation (DOT).

With a background in precast concrete bridges used for publicly funded projects, our PermaTrak team is familiar with the arrangements different states have related to approved product listings (APL) or similar.

There are a few important things to know about PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system and individual state DOT product approvals. I'll do my best to explain these points below. 
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Topics: Concrete Boardwalk Questions

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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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