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Carrie Parada

Carrie joined the PermaTrak team in early 2015 as a Technical Sales Consultant, following previous positions with CONTECH as a bridge project engineer and with her family as a do-it-all stay-at-home mother of 3 boys. Carrie’s hobbies include Crossfit, running, coaching her boys in baseball and basketball, and beating her boys in baseball and basketball whenever they get too cocky!

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Boardwalk Construction Estimates: How Much Does a Boardwalk Cost?

Posted by Carrie Parada on October 18, 2017

Commercial Boardwalk Cost Estimates: PermaTrak 

The most popular questions we receive during trade shows, lunch presentations or an individual meeting are:  “How much does this boardwalk system cost?” and “What is a rough boardwalk cost estimate per linear foot?”

This article will share preliminary information related to boardwalk construction costs. We hope this information will be helpful as you compare the cost of a wood/timber boardwalk vs. the cost of a precast concrete boardwalk like PermaTrak. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Boardwalk Cost

Pedestrian Bridge Design: Truss Bridge or Boardwalk System?

Posted by Carrie Parada on September 19, 2017

Truss Bridge vs. Boardwalk System for Your Pedestrian Bridge Project

When designing a pedestrian bridge that crosses a wetland, creek, or stream, designers are faced with a choice—should you specify a truss bridge or a boardwalk system? Taking it one step further, what if the section of the trail you’re designing for is located in a remote area? I heard this question from a designer recently and thought I’d summarize my thoughts here…

First, it’s important to keep in mind that there are applications best suited for truss bridges, and there are applications best suited for boardwalk systems. Especially when it comes to pedestrian bridge design, there is no shortage of options for the engineer or landscape architect of record.

Hopefully what I’m sharing below helps you find the best solution for your project.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Multi Use Trails and Greenways

2014 Fire at Flight 93 Memorial - Combustible Decking Materials

Posted by Carrie Parada on June 28, 2017

There is a huge range of materials up for consideration when selecting a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge product, and a host of factors can influence the decision on what type of material to use—aesthetic appeal, longevity, and cost are among a few. An often overlooked factor that should be at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds is combustibility.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Featured Designer: Chris Moon, SWT Design – St. Louis, MO

Posted by Carrie Parada on March 21, 2017

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments.

This month's featured designer is Chris Moon from SWT Design in St. Louis, MO. His role at SWT is primarily that of a project manager for large-scale, nonresidential projects.

We talked with Chris about the structure of his design firm, tips for working with vendors and contractors, the Great Rivers Greenway project, and more.

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Topics: News, Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Johnny Carson Park Remodel Includes PermaTrak Observation Platforms

Posted by Carrie Parada on February 6, 2017

PermaTrak Observation Decks Included in Johnny Carson Park Revitalization (Burbank, CA)

Note: Segments of this article were re-published with permission from AHBE Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Southern California Chapter.

Without a major renovation since 1977, it was time for a change at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank, CA. The namesake of the popular Tonight Show host, the multi-use park has emerged out of the renovation as a lively oasis in the midst of the bustling urban highways and buildings. Located just across from NBC Studios in Burbank where Johnny Carson moved his popular show to in 1972, park goers can enjoy the impressive amenities and appreciate the project’s eco-focused efforts for the area’s water system. 

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Topics: News, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Beach Boardwalks & Walkovers in Florida - DEP Guidelines

Posted by Carrie Parada on December 8, 2016

Boardwalks and Walkovers for Florida Beaches: Permitting, Florida DEP, and Design

Many of us have traveled to Florida with friends or family to enjoy the hundreds of miles of beaches the state has to offer. The tourism industry has a $67 billion economic impact on the state of Florida, with an estimated 87.3 million visitors a year.

So it’s no surprise that enhancing public access to these beaches and providing durable structures to encourage tourist enjoyment of these beaches is a high priority for local towns and cities, as well as county and state agencies.

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance, Boardwalk Design

PermaTrak Boardwalk Installed at Adams Park – Atlanta, GA

Posted by Carrie Parada on November 21, 2016

Adams Park in Atlanta, GA - PermaTrak Boardwalk Installation

The recently finished PermaTrak boardwalk at Adams Park completes a quarter mile long walking trail at the historical 32-acre regional park in Southwest Atlanta. The 6 ft. 6 in. wide boardwalk extends for 209 linear feet (LF) and crosses over the man-made Logan Lake. With the boardwalk segment in place,  park goers can cross over the water and enjoy the path’s full loop around the lake.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Featured Designer: Michael Henn, PLA of LANDology in Texas (Oct 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on October 11, 2016

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments.

This month’s featured designer is Michael Henn from LANDology in Houston, TX. He is a project manager and landscape architect tasked with expanding the master plan community efforts in the business.

We talked with Michael about his approach to design, how he navigates public planning meetings, and what sets him apart from other landscape architects.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Multi Use Boardwalk Construction at Atwood Lake Park, OH

Posted by Carrie Parada on August 16, 2016

Boardwalk Construction at Atwood Lake Park, Ohio

PermaTrak concrete boardwalk construction on the northern point of Atwood Lake in Ohio is nearing completion. The multi use boardwalk bridges a segment of the lake, connecting the trail to the newly constructed Atwood Welcome Center. This addition gives park goers the ability to bike, jog and hike across the lake’s boardwalk as a continuation of the trail.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Featured Designer: Britt Storck, ASLA, PLA (August 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on August 10, 2016

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments.

This month's featured designer is Brittain Storck from Alta Planning + Design in their Durham, NC office. She is a project manager, landscape architect, and trail expert for their southeast region.

We talked with Britt about how she approaches trail design, collaboration between landscape architects, planners and engineers,  her latest multi use trail work, and how trails are changing from "connections" to "destinations."

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Topics: News, Multi Use Trails and Greenways

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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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