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Aging Timber Boardwalk Replaced at Keowee Key – South Carolina 

Posted by Jason Philbin on March 28, 2017

Timber Boardwalk Replaced at Keowee Key - South Carolina

The list of amenities at the upscale Keowee Key gated community continues to grow in order to accommodate the active lifestyle of the residents. An overhaul of the Leisure Trail in 2016 is one of the most noteworthy upgrades.– replacing the timber Keowee Key boardwalk on the Leisure Trail with a long-lasting 8 ft. wide, 374 ft. long PermaTrak concrete boardwalk.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Whitpain Township Enhances Trail Network with Pedestrian Bridges

Posted by Jason Philbin on March 14, 2017

Five PermaTrak Boardwalks and Bridges in Whitpain Township - Blue Bell, PA

Whitpain Township’s master Trail Network Plan includes five different PermaTrak structures: three varying-sized boardwalks (all 9 ft. wide with 8 ft. of clearance, ranging in length from 24 to 300 linear feet (LF) at roughly 18 in. above grade), and two pedestrian bridges (both 9 ft. wide, one 12 LF and one 24 LF).

The PermaTrak boardwalks and pedestrian bridges are the first precast concrete boardwalks to be installed in Pennsylvania. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Wetland Boardwalks

Top Down Boardwalk Construction | Flat Branch Preserve: Charlotte, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 19, 2016

Concrete Boardwalks Through Wetlands at Flat Branch Preserve

Boardwalk construction is nearing completion this week at Flat Branch Nature Preserve, located at the intersection of Tom Short and Ardrey Kell Roads in south Charlotte, NC. The recreational trail now includes two PermaTrak boardwalks (323 LF and 44 LF walkways) through wetlands and heavily wooded areas (mostly Willow Oak trees as well as some Overcup Oaks), as well as observation decks that can serve as outdoor classroom spaces, called "wetlands classrooms." 

According to Mecklenburg County, the 44-acre Flat Branch Preserve site is "one of the largest upland mafic depressions (swamp forests) remaining in Mecklenburg County." 1 The preserve also includes a restroom/shelter area with picnic tables.
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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, News

Is PermaTrak an Option for Your Pedestrian Bridge Needs?

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 29, 2016

PermaTrak as a Pedestrian Bridge Solution

While most PermaTrak projects use the system for commercial boardwalks or multi use trail crossings, our engineering team can also provide you the support needed to create a pedestrian bridge solution for your project. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Commercial Boardwalk Design: Maximum span between supports?

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 19, 2016

PermaTrak Beam Span Length Q&A

We get a lot of questions to our office about what is feasible for the design of concrete boardwalks. Engineers and landscape architects often have a design in mind and want to investigate whether or not PermaTrak would be a good fit for their boardwalk or pedestrian bridge project.  

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Ohio Gratings vs. PermaTrak Concrete (Boardwalk Product Comparison)

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 5, 2016

Today we're going to discuss pros and cons of two different materials that can be used for commercial boardwalk projects: Ohio Gratings and PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system. Ohio Gratings, Inc. designs and manufactures products used for non-boardwalk applications for several industries including industrial, material handling, bridge and transportation, and material handling. However, for the purpose of this comparison we'll be specifically looking into parks and recreation, commercial trails and pedestrian bridge applications. 

As we've said before when comparing boardwalk materials, this article is not meant to "bash the competition." Rather, it's intended to help you decide which boardwalk material is best for your project. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

6 Step Process: Getting Started with Boardwalk Design [VIDEO]

Posted by Jason Philbin on March 7, 2016

If you are thinking about including a boardwalk, pedestrian bridge or pier for your next project, the 3-minute video below is for you. When I talk with architects and engineers about their boardwalk projects, a lot of times they'll ask me, "Where do I start; what information do you need from me?"

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Can PermaTrak's Concrete Boardwalk System Be Used on a DOT Project?

Posted by Jason Philbin on January 26, 2016

DOT Approval with PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk System

During conversations with designers working on trail projects, pedestrian bridges or commercial boardwalks, often the question comes up about whether PermaTrak can be approved for use by the state's Department of Transportation (DOT).

With a background in precast concrete bridges used for publicly funded projects, our PermaTrak team is familiar with the arrangements different states have related to approved product listings (APL) or similar.

There are a few important things to know about PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system and individual state DOT product approvals. I'll do my best to explain these points below. 
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Topics: Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Trex Composite Decking vs PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk

Posted by Jason Philbin on October 28, 2015

I wanted to discuss a topic that comes up often with landscape architects or engineers: composite decking. Specifically, we're going to dive into the pros and cons of Trex - the company and the decking materials they offer. 

Trex is the most well known wood-composite decking material on the market, and for good reason. The company controls ~35-40% of the composite decking market, using plastic bags to make the boards

If you have experience designing pedestrian bridges, trails, elevated boardwalks or fishing piers, you're probably already familiar with Trex. Today I want to share some lessons learned in the boardwalk industry to help you develop a deeper understanding of Trex's wood-composite decking.

We have found that our PermaTrak concrete boardwalk is a great fit for about half of the projects ideas we're approached with. The product can be cost-effective, save thousands in maintenance dollars and withstand heavy use over the long haul - but the project must be a good fit.

You might be surprised that this article is not meant to "bash the competition." Rather, it's intended to help you decide which boardwalk material is best for your project. It's intended to help you find that "great fit" between your project and the product/company you choose. 

Trex Composite Decking vs. PermaTrak Precast Concrete Boardwalk

Determining if Trex or PermaTrak is the right product for your project can be a lengthy evaluation - the answer depends on your project site, client needs, budget, timeline, engineering support, intended boardwalk usage, method of construction, and about 20 other factors!

Probably the most important factor to consider among all of these: commercial product versus residential product. Upfront you should know PermaTrak is best suited as a commercial product - watch this video to learn more about this.

In an effort to help you determine which material is right for your boardwalk project, you'll find a detailed comparison of Trex's composite wood decking products and PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system below.

Here is how you can determine where your priorities lie and which boardwalk material best lends itself to your project. Let's dig in...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Designing a Boardwalk for Heavier Loading Requirements

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 24, 2015

Introduction

Occasionally our engineering team here at PermaTrak works with designers who need to specify a trail or greenway structure that is designed for heavy loading requirements, above a standard pedestrian loading of 60, 90 or 100 psf. This is especially common with commercial multi use trail projects, wide boardwalks, pedestrian bridge segments and structures that must be built via top down construction. Here is some information on the heavier loading that has been incorporated into our PermaTrak concrete boardwalk designs.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

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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. 

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