Stephen Beach

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Comparing Wetland Boardwalk Materials: Timber, Composite & Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on May 5, 2020

Concerns for Designing a Boardwalk Over Wetlands Landscape architects and engineers who are building boardwalks over wetlands often have several concerns, including:

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Construction, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly, Wetland Boardwalks

Boardwalk Fire Resistance Ratings: How Owners Can Avoid Disaster

Posted by Stephen Beach on September 26, 2019

In 2008, a bushfire started near Comet Bay College in Western Australia, engulfing a vegetation reserve that includes a PermaTrak boardwalk. Visitors were shocked to see that the boardwalk was still functional, and did not look to have ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Timber Boardwalk Replacement at Pirates Cove Greenway - Cary, NC

Posted by Stephen Beach on December 13, 2016

Pirates Cove Greenway Improvements: Boardwalk Replaced and Shifted After getting an estimated 20 years out of the timber boardwalk at Pirates Cove Greenway, the Town of Cary, NC decided it was time for a change. While the decking seemed to ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

6 Top Beach Boardwalks in the U.S.

Posted by Stephen Beach on August 15, 2015

In honor of summer, we’re taking a look at a few places that are hard not to love. They’re packed with kiosks selling tasty confections, restaurants serving up seafood and French fries, roller coasters, carnival-style games and attractions ...

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Topics: News

Byways, Greenways and DIRTways: Simple Differences to Keep In Mind

Posted by Stephen Beach on March 3, 2015

Trail Terminology If you are a designer with experience in trails, you’ve probably heard plenty of the following terms outside of the common “multi-use trail,” including: multi-use path, bike path, bike trail, walkway, pathway, byway, ...

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Boardwalk Design Questions: Timber vs. Concrete Answers

Posted by Stephen Beach on August 22, 2014

The timber vs. concrete boardwalk debate has picked up over the last couple of years with large, public beach boardwalks like Long Beach and Rockaways, NY drawing a lot of attention. For a time, wooden boardwalks were most widely used, ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes Available Now

Posted by Stephen Beach on August 13, 2014

Green building is an integral part of the future of architecture and engineering, whether dealing with buildings, softscape or hardscape infrastructure. We’d like to highlight current efforts that promote green building design and ...

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Topics: Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

Comparing Boardwalk Materials: Timber vs. Composite vs. Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on July 19, 2014

Choosing the proper boardwalk material to suit your project’s design requirements is key to providing a long-term infrastructure asset and ensuring a happy client. In this article we will point out several key factors to consider when ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Choosing Multi Use Trail Surface Types: Gravel, Asphalt, Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on June 27, 2014

Trails are quickly becoming a coveted amenity in urban spaces. No longer are trails sidelined to distant national parks and obscure, secluded spaces. They’re becoming an important part of our greenspaces throughout towns and cities. Trails ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Multi Use Trails and Greenways

4 Standout Cities for Trails, Greenways, and Greenspace Development

Posted by Stephen Beach on May 29, 2014

The expansion of greenways and trail systems has been an exciting movement within the United States. Greenspaces have proven to be vital to the revitalization of cities by promoting healthier lifestyles, encouraging economic growth and ...

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways