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PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk Testimonials

 
Landscape Architects

“It looks great, it’s pretty much indestructible, and we like that fact that if something did become damaged, you just replace that piece, it’s not like the whole framing system, the deck boards, or railing that would need to be replaced on a typical wood boardwalk.”
 
“Over the course of the first year, the boardwalk was inundated [by flooding] three or four times. It was funny, because the client was saying, ‘Well Jonathan, let’s see if you really did sell us on the right thing here!’. The little bit of extra cost for the maintenance-free system ended up paying in dividends."

Jonathan Campbell, Landscape Architect
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 

"It [PermaTrak] is a great solution - especially for parks in big cities like Atlanta - the materials need to be almost bulletproof in terms of being easy to maintain and sustainable long term."

Andrew White, Landscape Architect
Director of Park Visioning, Park Pride 
Adams Park - Atlanta, GA

“Durability. That was one of the selling points that led us to consider this product. Because of the challenging location, we didn’t want to bite off this project again any time in the near future, and concrete [PermaTrak] offered us the best option.” 

Kevin McCracken
PCAM, Keowee Key Community General Manager

"We knew that wood wasn't an option for us. PermaTrak's durability and sustainability - the capacity to endure these elements - made it the right choice for this project."

Andrew Konyha, Senior Associate
Clark Condon Associates
Josey Lake Park Boardwalks - Cypress, TX

Karina Veaudry discusses her experience in working with recycled plastic composite boardwalks, timber boardwalks, and PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk.

Karina Veaudry, RLA
Native Florida Consulting Landscape Architects, Inc.

"We looked at life cycle costs and the heavy duty nature of the PermaTrak is going to long outlast wood or other materials we could have used. It gives us the look we wanted but with a much more durable material."

Bruce Rankin, ASLA
Woolpert, Inc.

"The footprint of the PermaTrak system is very reduced. In other words, only (the area) where the piers go has to be excavated to put in a footer. Otherwise everything else with the PermaTrak is left undisturbed and that's ideal for what we were trying to do."

Chris Darnell, Landscape Architect
J.K. Tiller and Associates, Inc.
Mellow Mushroom Concrete Boardwalk

"Jason, I too am looking forward to seeing those treads on the ground. I am also looking forward to using PermaTrak on future projects. I appreciate all the help and hard work your office has provided to help us on this project."

Steve Niedergeses
Native Florida Consulting Landscape Architects, Inc.

"We needed a cost-effective solution. PermaTrak seems to be the best choice out there for an area that fluctuates with water saturation in terms of maintenance and flood control. If we had gone  with wood or composite, there would always be a question of how long the material would it last? We were concerned about decomposition.

It seemed easy for the contractors to install the PermaTrak product. We really have enjoyed working with the PermaTrak team throughout the whole process."

Jodi House.jpgJodi House, Senior Associate 
TBG Partners
Light Farms Pedestrian Bridges 

Engineers

"If this had been done with a different type of material, it could have taken longer. Because this was a precast solution, it’s kind of like building a bridge out of legos. You stack it together and you’re done. 

This product saved time and was a good solution for the difficult to access project area. This would have been a difficult place to try and get fresh concrete in there for a conventional bridge. Everybody that I’ve talked to has been happy with it." 

Frank Gates, Resident Engineer
PGI
Erie Canal Towbridge

"It's what I was hoping and expecting it to be, as far as seen in application, I think it works out pretty well as a stream crossing for a trail...it looks good and the District is happy with it. I've already commented to several people about it.

With a timber bridge out of treated lumber you're expecting it to last 10 years to 20 years and I kind of question how long it will last-and you don't really know. There's a lot of different factors that affect timber bridges.

The concrete, my guess is 50 years, that's kind of what I was expecting. Once that thing is in place,  you're not going to have to mess with it for a long time."

Things I like most about PermaTrak's boardwalk system: durability, load capacity vs. cost, simple construction. 

scott_soneberg_client_testimonial Scott Sonnenberg, Owner
Eco Design and Engineering
Riverside Pedestrian Bridge

 

"The expertise and quick responses to questions are excellent; they show that PermaTrak cares about their product and client." 

Kevin Minkler, P.E., Project Manager
Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc. 

"I would recommend PermaTrak for other projects. Jason was great to work with and provided drawings which made it a good experience as far as plan development."

Matt Sloat
E.P. Ferris & Associates

Consultants

"The PermaTrak system was selected for this project over a wooden structure based on a number of factors. These included ease of ongoing maintenance, ability of pre-fabricated components to easily achieve design intent of the observation deck, as well as minimal installation costs by utilizing in-house Jackson County employees."

Fred Grogan, Land Planner
Equinox Environmental
Judaculla Rock Observation Deck

"We're very happy with the way it came out, they're still finishing up a few things, touch up things on it, and it looks good, looks sturdy. I think it'll fit into several of our greenway projects in the future.

It was a new product that we thought would fit, especially with the ease of bringing it into the site and quick installation time.

I believe the concrete will be something that'll be durable and something that will require less maintenance, and that's something we always look for- for our clients.

Lee Davidson, RLS, Vice President
Lose & Associates, Inc.
Hurricane Creek Pedestrian Bridge

Owners/Approving Agencies

“Durability. That was one of the selling points that led us to consider this product. Because of the challenging location, we didn’t want to bite off this project again any time in the near future, and concrete [PermaTrak] offered us the best option.”

Kevin McCracken, PCAM
Keowee Key Community General Manager
Keowee Key Boardwalk - Keowee Key, SC 

"We use a lot of timber boardwalks for our sidewalks, typically they’ll last 5-6 years and you’ve got to keep up with them- the maintenance things like boards splintering or having the screws pop up. We wanted something more durable, with longevity- that was the main reason we went with PermaTrak. 

We also considered other materials, some composite decking products. We talked to (Hillsborough County) Parks about their experience in using those, my understanding is they’ve had problems with algae growth and how slippery they can be. There may be some other products out now that address those issues. So we looked at those other options and will continue to evaluate those, but they’re also not much cheaper than the PermaTrak. So to us it was more common sense than anything, you could just tell it was going to last a lot longer without all the maintenance headaches."

Richard Sanders, Project Manager
Hillsborough County, FL Public Works
Upper Tampa Bay Trail Phase IV - Section C

"The reason we selected it was - the section of sidewalk in there, there were significant oak tree roots coming out of the ground about 6'' to 8''...so that was the solution to not damange the tree roots or the trees was to use this product (PermaTrak) to clear those...to get up and over the top of the roots. It definitely accomplished the goal, everything went smoothly, it turned out fine."

The contractor who came in was familiar with the product and they did a good job with installation and avoided any damage to the tree roots and acomplished the goal of the project. If we can avoid taking the (live oak) trees down it saves us time and money, and we're preserving the tree and the existing aesthetics of the area...we're not removing a large tree that provides shade or gives the area some character. 

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Eric Adams, P.E., Engineering Manager
Charleston County, SC Transportation Department
Hampton Park Sidewalk Improvements

"Wanted to drop you a line regarding the installation of your boardwalk system as part of our river trail project here in Windsor, CT. We are all very pleased with the end result. Functionally, aesthetically, and from a maintenance perspective, I don't believe we could have used a better product. The tech support given by Bob Zimmerman was exceptional as well. He was on the job every day ready to help with construction and willing to answer any questions or solve any issues that popped up. He was an asset to the project, thanks for sending him out to give us guidance. I will keep your products in mind for future projects. Feel free to use me as a referral too."

Glenn F. Cusano, Construction Inspector
Town of Windsor Engineering Department
Windsor Riverfront Multi-Use Path

"Jason Philbin came to our office and did a nice presentation about the materials and installation process, which helped all of our staff better understand the product and installation methods before construction. Shop drawings were prepared in a professional manner, and all comments were readily addressed. Bob Zimmerman was on site to help guide the installation process with our contractor which helped ensure a good product. The contractor was also given proper direction from PermaTrak about the size and type of equipment that would be suitable for use on top of the boardwalk during construction. Overall the support was excellent.

We are pleased with the overall appearance on the finished product. My opinion is that it fits very well with the path."

Stephen Braun, P.E., Assistant Town Engineer
Town of Glastonbury, CT
Glastonbury Multi-Use Path Trail Design

Contractors

 "Jason and his team are extremely professional, always willing to help and a pleasure to work with."

Mark Prostko
Panther Technologies, Inc.

Estuary Enhancement Program

"The craftmanship and engineering on it made for an easy project to install, they were very detailed installation drawings.

As far as the weather and environment goes, I think it'll hold up very well. We go anywhere from up near 100, and the winter can get down to 5 or 6 below zero. As far as I'm concerned, I think it turned out to be very suitable for the area, and I think it'll last and carry for a long time. If you're going to do a nature walkway outside like that, it's probably the most durable thing I've seen out there."

Doug Parker, Owner
Parker Excavating, Inc.
Judaculla Rock Observation Deck

"I want to thank you for the diligent work you did to make our job easier, on installing the bridges at Beckett Park.

It was a pleasure to work with someone, who is a professional, and takes pride in their work, and goes the extra mile to make sure that everyone around them is on the same page.

Again, thank you and I hope to work with you again soon."

Marion Berry, Field Supervisor
Bray Construction Services, Inc.
Beckett Park Wetland Boardwalk Design

"I really liked it, it actually went together really easily. When we put it together there wasn't a lot of work involved, nothing to cut, it was a lot easier to do than wood. Once you get the measurements and elevations figured out, it fit together really nicely.

I liked the handrail system and the brackets. Those were really simple to install, I liked the powder coated brackets which are real nice. The wood rail system fits nicely on it.

It looked really different, it's something to be proud of when you build something new, you know? It looked nice. I wish we could build more of them!

I think this will hold up a lot better than the wood we typically use. Even the treated material, they have problems with it unless they seal it all the time and take good care of it...and most of these composites get really hot. I know the concrete will get hot too but it's unbelievable how hot these composites get. Some go bad in a couple years and you start replacing it.

It's a better product, the thing is to get people to see it. A lot of people don't like change, but it's a good product. The wood will only last a few years, this stuff will last forever I think."

T.R. Johnson, Owner
T.R. Johnson Builders, Inc.
Mellow Mushroom Concrete Boardwalk

"After getting the rhythm of the product and how it worked, it went pretty quick. There's a learning curve that comes with it, after we got that learning curve it's no different than doing a wood product.

The easiest part was dropping of the planks with the machine, driving over it and just dropping them down...it was pretty simple. Everything is universal, with simple components...it works out very well.

It looks very nice, the Town is very excited about it.

With a concrete product in this application I think it will last for at least 30-40 years... maybe even longer. They're not going to be putting any salt or corrosive material on it, so I would expect it to last the life of the concrete."

Frank DiBacco, President 
Connecticut Carpentry Corporation
Glastonbury Multi-Use Path Trail Design

 

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