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Featured Designer: Patrick Ptomey

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on August 2, 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 Patrick Ptomey from MESA Design Group in their Dallas, TX office. Patrick is a landscape designer who works on a full range of projects, from senior living, to campus planning, parks, commercial development, and more.

We talked with Patrick about planning inclusive playgrounds, critical steps and challenges in the design process, and the importance of taking the initiative to collaborate and gain experience in the world of landscape design.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Featured Designer: Jonathan Campbell

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on July 6, 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 Jonathan Campbell from Kimley-Horn in their Frisco, TX office. Jonathan is a landscape architect who works on a full range of projects, from single-family to commercial.

We talked with Jonathan about how he approaches design, tips for being successful in the landscape architecture world, the Windsong Ranch project, and more.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Event: Ribbon Cutting at Clabber Creek Trail Extension -Fayetteville, AR

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on April 3, 2017

Event: Ribbon Cutting at Clabber Creek Trail Extension - Fayetteville, AR

The Fayetteville community is invited to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the completed ¾ mile long Clabber Creek Trail extension. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. on the Clabber Creek Trail (at the Rupple Road underpass between Edgewater and Thames).

Find out more about this exciting event! 

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Topics: News

PermaTrak Pedestrian Bridges Installed at Light Farms Community – Celina, TX

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on January 19, 2017

PermaTrak Pedestrian Bridges Installed at Light Farms Community – Celina, TX


Two PermaTrak pedestrian bridges have been installed at the upscale Light Farms master-planned community in northern Texas. The impressive Light Farms community features two oval tributaries (about 300 ft. apart) with one PermaTrak boardwalk bridge to span each water source. Each of the PermaTrak structures are designed to meet up with an extensive existing trail system that surrounds the tributaries, providing more connectivity for Light Farms dwellers to enjoy their many neighborhood offerings. The installed tributary pedestrian bridge stretches 70 linear feet at 9 ft. 3 in. wide, while the second tributary crossing is 20 LF at the same width.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

PermaTrak Boardwalk Installation at Josey Lake Park – Cypress, TX

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on January 4, 2017

PermaTrak Boardwalk Installation at Josey Lake Park – Cypress, TX

Construction is approaching the halfway mark at Josey Lakes Park in Cypress, TX, a new 100-acre park featuring a 3-mile long detention pond recreational waterway. Once completed, PermaTrak concrete boardwalks will meander alongside portions of Josey Lake, linking up with existing trails and allowing visitors access to enjoy the park’s expansive water and wetland areas.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

PermaTrak Wetland Boardwalks Installed at Clabber Creek Trail in Arkansas

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on October 4, 2016

Clabber Creek Wetland Boardwalk Installation 

PermaTrak boardwalk construction is wrapping up at Fayetteville’s Clabber Creek Trail this week. Two 12 ft. wide PermaTrak boardwalk sections are included in this new ¾ mile long extension of the existing trail. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction

PermaTrak Footbridge Crossings Installed at Rotary Trail - Birmingham, AL

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on September 7, 2016

PermaTrak footbridge crossings at Rotary Trail

The first ever PermaTrak boardwalks in Alabama are now open to the public in Birmingham, in the form of two footbridge crossings on Rotary Trail. As part of Railroad Park, the new Rotary Trail is part of a larger effort to revitalize the downtown Birmingham area.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Boardwalk Construction at Allen Water Station - Allen, TX

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on August 29, 2016

Boardwalk Construction at Allen Water Station (Texas)

PermaTrak boardwalk construction at Allen Water Station in Allen, TX will be completely finished by the end of August. The walkway overlooks Allen’s historical Old Stone Dam and connects to a new steel truss bridge that extends over Cottonwood Creek, allowing visitors access to enjoy the scenic view of the waterway and surrounding trees.

The PermaTrak boardwalk construction at this unique location is part of an improvement phase on the Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail. Allen’s Community Development Corporation and Collin County grants funded the project.

PermaTrak boardwalk and pedestrian bridge designs typically feature softer curves using tapered treads. This unusual layout with sharp turns and more angular edges is a first, unlike any other PermaTrak boardwalk project to date.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Retrofitting Boardwalks with PermaTrak's Concrete Boardwalk System

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on March 31, 2015

Retrofitting Piers, Pedestrian Bridges, Boardwalks, and more

Many popular trails and boardwalks have been built in beautiful settings that draw visitors regularly.

Those sites include timber or composite structures that are outdoors and in harsh environments. The trails and boardwalks eventually become worn and may exceed safe structural design guidelines and become functionally obsolete. There are trails that have deteriorated decks, substructures and foundations (the photo on the right is an extreme example of this).Designers and their clients are often faced with the need to replace portions of trails and boardwalks. In some cases, even the complete structure must be replaced.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Construction

Boardwalk Construction Update: Upper Tampa Bay Trail Phase IV

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on March 6, 2015

The installation of a PermaTrak concrete boardwalk for Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Trail Phase IV was completed in March 2015. Designed by Cardno TBE with engineering support from PermaTrakPepper Contracting of Tampa Bay was awarded the publicly bid project and started construction in early January. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

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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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