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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 be in decent shape for public use, the timber railing had deteriorated over time. With the boardwalk's worn headers and stringers, as well as a widened stream channel that was impacting the concrete pier foundations, the Town of Cary opted to remove the entire structure and start from scratch.

The new PermaTrak boardwalk is positioned further away from the stream channel to avoid an existing sewer line and to account for the stream's movement and expansion over time.

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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 and, really, just a whole lot of fun.

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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, greenway, linear park, dirtway, access trail, and more!

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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, becoming beloved and iconic in places like Coney Island. After Hurricane Sandy, the term “concrete boardwalk” started becoming more popular as owners and designers discussed boardwalk reconstruction efforts in city council meetings and local news channels. Some joined Mayor Bloomberg by citing concrete’s durability and lack of required maintenance, while wood boardwalk advocates expressed their concerns that the famous wood structures would become “concrete beach sidewalks” that would chip and crack like they saw in streets and parking lots. Why would a “concrete boardwalk” be any different?

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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 sustainable practices. 

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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 evaluating commercial grade boardwalk materials.

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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 promote physical activity and alternative transportation through biking, running or walking.

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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 facilitating environmentally friendly developments. The cities listed below have made a priority of improving their communities with trails, parks and greenspaces. In doing so, they’ve set precedents and shared best practices for other cities, counties or agencies to follow.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Boardwalk Surface Temperatures: Wood vs. Composites vs. Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on April 3, 2014

Back in early 2010, PermaTrak made an East Coast Road Tour through 15 cities to introduce a concrete boardwalk system to the United States. Concluding in Florida, some of the designers from the Sunshine State actually took off their socks and shoes to test how hot a concrete boardwalk material really is. Why would a working professional take off their socks and shoes in front of everyone like that? Because signs like this one actually exist!

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Women's High Heels and Boardwalks Gaps: Minimizing the Risk

Posted by Stephen Beach on March 20, 2014

During a recent lunch and learn presentation, I was asked by an engineer about the walking surface of our boardwalk system, but this question was a bit different than I was used to hearing. “Have you ever had problems with women’s high heels getting stuck in the gaps?” he asked. His coworkers pointed and laughed and asked why he, of all people, would be asking that question.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Design

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