Videos: Commercial Boardwalk Cost and Design Information 

Top 3 Benefits of PermaTrak's Concrete Boardwalk System

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 28, 2014

Architects and engineers often come to PermaTrak when they have a specific design challenge they're addressing for a client. This is most often for a commercial boardwalk system or pedestrian bridge project. Over the years we've identified specific characteristics, 3 in particular, for the types of projects where PermaTrak provides the most long-term value to an owner.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Design

Boardwalk with "Sandblast" Slip Resistant Texture - Charlotte, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 1, 2014

Between McMullen Creek Greenway, Lower McAlpine Greenway and Four Mile Creek Greenway, Mecklenburg County, NC Parks & Recreation boasts a 5.8 mile greenway system in south Charlotte. The greenway system meanders through wetland areas with unique birds and butterflies. Local enthusiasts were excited to have the concrete boardwalk portion installed in 2012, connecting with a steel truss bridge through a wetland/floodplain area and over McAlpine Creek. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

3 Applications Where Concrete Boardwalks Are Not a Good Fit

Posted by Jason Philbin on June 25, 2014

If you're researching boardwalk or pedestrian bridgematerials, you're probably comparing wood (timber) decking vs. composite decking vs. concrete. Building materials perform best when they are utilized in very specific capacities and boardwalk materials are no exception. One building material doesn't necessarily lend itself to all types of construction, so it's important to research thoroughly and compare the pros and cons. 

After 6+ years of designing concrete boardwalks here in the US, we know which applications make most sense for PermaTrak. The benefits of concrete boardwalks include durability, environmental friendliness, and long-term cost savings. And I'm proud to say we’ve designed and produced PermaTrak for many different types of applications all over the US – from wetland crossings and multi use trails to fishing piers and observation decks.

But let’s be honest–  concrete boardwalks are not the perfect solution for every boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project. Depending on your project type, PermaTrak may not be the best fit; so we may as well discuss those applications up front! Here are a few places where it just doesn’t make sense to use our precast concrete system for your boardwalk construction projects. 

This video below explains a few instances where it wouldn't make sense to use PermaTrak's precast concrete system for your boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Boardwalk at Wolf Lake Trail in Hammond, IN - Leon's Triathlon

Posted by Jason Philbin on June 17, 2014

On June 1, 2014 the PermaTrak boardwalk at Wolf Lake saw its heaviest action to date by camera crews on motorcycles and golf carts following hundreds of runners during the first race of Chicagoland's Tri Series, Leon's "World's Fastest" Triathlon. Athletes have an option to compete in an Olympic distance or Sprint distance triathlon. The Olympic distance course includes a 0.9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run. As a memorial to the American soldiers fighting for their country, the race course was lined with over 2,000 American flags. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Concrete Boardwalk Installation Over Tree Roots - Charleston, SC

Posted by Stephen Beach on June 4, 2014

The City of Charleston and Charleston County Tranportation Department needed to extend a sidewalk section at Hampton Park, maintaining ADA compliance without damaging the live oak tree roots that were coming out of the ground 6-8’’. Purchasing additional right of way and acquiring private property to completely avoid the trees would require a lot of time and money. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

General Contractors & PermaTrak Boardwalk Construction - Questions

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on May 15, 2014

Do general contractors need to be pre-certified to install PermaTrak? Is a concrete boardwalk difficult to install for the first time, for a team that hasn't installed PermaTrak before?

Fritz Fromherz discusses types of general contractors who are best suited for installing a PermaTrak concrete boardwalk.

Learn more about concrete boardwalk construction in this short video below...

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

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About These Boardwalk Videos

These boardwalk videos are intended for landscape architects, engineers, and agency or municipality professionals.

In addition to answering PermaTrak-specific questions, our team of engineers and technical consultants aims to provide educational resources for designing and building boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, trail and greenway systems. Enjoy!  

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