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Get to Know Your Piers: Timber vs. Concrete Fishing Pier

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on October 6, 2014

Whether you fish every weekend or just occasionally, you know that not all fishing piers are created equal. Sometimes visiting an observation or fishing pier can less than ideal with unstable pile supports (see picture below) or cracking boards providing sharp wood slivers. The pier may also have a slippery surface after it rains or a hot and unforgiving railing to sit or lean against.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Update on Massachusetts DOT Hadley Boardwalk and Multi-Use Trail

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on May 19, 2014

The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an 11-mile multi-use trail in Massachusetts that links Northampton, Amherst and Hadley and extends from Northampton to Belchertown. Originally a part of the Boston & Main Railroad, built by the Central Massachusetts Railroad Company in 1887, the Norwottuck Rail Trail has proven itself an excellent recreational path for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, skaters and joggers of all ages since its opening in 1992.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction

Boardwalk Construction: Installing Concrete Boardwalk Treads by Hand

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on April 30, 2014

Heavy Boardwalk Components, Heavy Equipment?

Architects, engineers and city/county project managers are often concerned that installing a concrete boardwalk will require a crane or some other heavy lifting equipment. And for good reason- cranes can be expensive and they require a large footprint on the project site.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Boardwalk Construction to Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on January 8, 2014

Brooklyn’s iconic Coney Island Boardwalk was the center of controversy last year as a group of advocates fought the city’s plans to replace sections of the famous boardwalk with plastic or composite wood decking, along with sections of concrete.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Boardwalk Cost

Boardwalk Construction: Who Can Install a Concrete Boardwalk?

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on November 26, 2013

Designers and owners who research boardwalk materials and boardwalk construction methods will find that PermaTrak is a fairly new product, and the precast concrete components are significantly heavier than wood or composite boardwalk materials. Does this mean installing contractors must be recommended by PermaTrak or “pre-certified” to install the boardwalk system? Absolutely not!

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

What Kind of Maintenance is Required for a Concrete Boardwalk?

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on October 7, 2013

Boardwalk decks are designed for exterior use, constantly exposed to the reality of harsh weather and the effects of nature. Most public walkways and trail systems require annual maintenance to continue to look nice, function correctly and remain safe. What maintenance is required for a concrete boardwalk?

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Designing and Building Wetland Boardwalks – Top Down Construction

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on July 2, 2013

Designers working on wetland boardwalks often approach us with similar questions as we kick off the conversation. Their clients may also ask us directly: how can we simplify the permitting process? How can we provide access to a wetland area without harming the wetland itself?

Both questions and their answers should be discussed in the concept phase of the design. Wetlands can be protected during the construction phase by designing the boardwalk to be installed from above, otherwise known as “top down construction.” 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance, Wetland Boardwalks

Pedestrian Bridge Design: 7 Considerations for Architects & Engineers

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on May 16, 2013

Oftentimes while presenting the PermaTrak system to a new audience, I’m asked about best practices used during the design process for pedestrian bridges.

Pedestrian bridges are typically built to allow people to cross a space, water, or a physical geographic feature. While designing a pedestrian bridge, there are 7 simple considerations that will have a major impact on the long-term success of your project.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Bike Path Design: Improvements, Performance and Opinions

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on February 6, 2013

For most of us our early experiences with bicycles involved mom or dad running alongside of us as we pedaled fast and tried to stay upright.

Down the concrete sidewalk we went, across driveways while dodging anything in our way. Eventually we got the hang of it and jumped on bikes without a second thought, a very normal and fun event.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Boardwalk Foundations: Which Type Is Right for My Project?

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on January 14, 2013

Most designers will agree; no two boardwalk sites are the same. Boardwalk projects may be identical dimensionally in length and width, or aesthetically in color and texture, but the foundation systems chosen can be very different.

Several factors guide the decision process for selecting a boardwalk foundation style. The designer can calculate the dead load of a timber or composite structure. For a precast concrete boardwalk, PermaTrak is able to calculate dead load and forward to the designer. The live load should be the same regardless of the type of boardwalk specified, timber or precast concrete.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Construction, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

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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. 

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