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Featured Designer: Norman Robertson, P.E., PMP

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

Trex Composite Decking vs. PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk (Product Comparison & Reviews)

Posted by Jason Philbin on October 28, 2015

I wanted to discuss a topic that comes up often with landscape architects or engineers: composite decking. Specifically, we're going to dive into the pros and cons of Trex - the company and the decking materials they offer. 

Trex is the most well known wood-composite decking material on the market, and for good reason. The company controls ~35-40% of the composite decking market, using plastic bags to make the boards

If you have experience designing pedestrian bridges, trails, elevated boardwalks or fishing piers, you're probably already familiar with Trex. Today I want to share some lessons learned in the boardwalk industry to help you develop a deeper understanding of Trex's wood-composite decking.

We have found that our PermaTrak concrete boardwalk is a great fit for about half of the projects ideas we're approached with. The product can be cost-effective, save thousands in maintenance dollars and withstand heavy use over the long haul - but the project must be a good fit.

You might be surprised that 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. It's intended to help you find that "great fit" between your project and the product/company you choose. 

Trex Composite Decking vs. PermaTrak Precast Concrete Boardwalk

Determining if Trex or PermaTrak is the right product for your project can be a lengthy evaluation - the answer depends on your project site, client needs, budget, timeline, engineering support, intended boardwalk usage, method of construction, and about 20 other factors!

Probably the most important factor to consider among all of these: commercial product versus residential product. Upfront you should know PermaTrak is best suited as a commercial product - watch this video to learn more about this.

In an effort to help you determine which material is right for your boardwalk project, you'll find a detailed comparison of Trex's composite wood decking products and PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system below.

Here is how you can determine where your priorities lie and which boardwalk material best lends itself to your project. Let's dig in...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Life Cycle Maintenance Costs: PermaTrak vs. Wood/Composite Decking

Posted by Carrie Parada on October 20, 2015

Specifying a Commercial Product for the Long Haul

Without a life cycle maintenance analysis, how do you know if the product you specify makes for a smart investment?

An investment takes into account the long-term implications of using the product: how it performs over time and how much ongoing maintenance it will require for the product to function as designed. This applies not just for boardwalks- but for splash pads, benches, railings, playground equipment, etc. When these products are specified for commercial park or trail projects, designers who perform the research and analyze the life cycle costs are creating a value for their clients.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

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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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