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Pedestrian Bridges at Quarry Park - Winston-Salem, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on September 27, 2017

Pedestrian Bridges at Quarry Park - Winston-Salem, NC

PermaTrak is pleased to announce that two pedestrian bridges have been installed at Quarry Park, located in Winston-Salem, NC. The park opened in August 2017 and covers 225 acres.

A 40-foot PermaTrak bridge connects visitors to a nearby residential area, and across the park, a 50-foot bridge goes through an oak forest. Park visitors can traverse the 1.25-mile Waughtown Connector Greenway, which connects the Quarry Park trail with existing Winston-Salem greenways.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction

Pedestrian Bridge Design: Truss Bridge or Boardwalk System?

Posted by Carrie Parada on September 19, 2017

Truss Bridge vs. Boardwalk System for Your Pedestrian Bridge Project

When designing a pedestrian bridge that crosses a wetland, creek, or stream, designers are faced with a choice—should you specify a truss bridge or a boardwalk system? Taking it one step further, what if the section of the trail you’re designing for is located in a remote area? I heard this question from a designer recently and thought I’d summarize my thoughts here…

First, it’s important to keep in mind that there are applications best suited for truss bridges, and there are applications best suited for boardwalk systems. Especially when it comes to pedestrian bridge design, there is no shortage of options for the engineer or landscape architect of record.

Hopefully what I’m sharing below helps you find the best solution for your project.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Design

Featured Designer: Jeff Ashbaugh, PLA – Alfred Benesch & Company

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 5, 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 Jeff Ashbaugh from Benesch (headquartered in Chicago). Jeff is a Senior Project Manager at Benesch and is responsible primarily for large-scale non-residential parks and green spaces.

We talked with Jeff about how he executes design, how Benesch focuses on sustainable solutions, and the two decade long overhaul of Village Park in North Carolina. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Featured Designer: Chris Moon, SWT Design – St. Louis, MO

Posted by Carrie Parada on March 21, 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 Chris Moon from SWT Design in St. Louis, MO. His role at SWT is primarily that of a project manager for large-scale, nonresidential projects.

We talked with Chris about the structure of his design firm, tips for working with vendors and contractors, the Great Rivers Greenway project, and more.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

PermaTrak Boardwalk Installed at Adams Park – Atlanta, GA

Posted by Carrie Parada on November 21, 2016

Adams Park in Atlanta, GA - PermaTrak Boardwalk Installation

The recently finished PermaTrak boardwalk at Adams Park completes a quarter mile long walking trail at the historical 32-acre regional park in Southwest Atlanta. The 6 ft. 6 in. wide boardwalk extends for 209 linear feet (LF) and crosses over the man-made Logan Lake. With the boardwalk segment in place,  park goers can cross over the water and enjoy the path’s full loop around the lake.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Featured Designer: Michael Henn, PLA of LANDology in Texas (Oct 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on October 11, 2016

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 Michael Henn from LANDology in Houston, TX. He is a project manager and landscape architect tasked with expanding the master plan community efforts in the business.

We talked with Michael about his approach to design, how he navigates public planning meetings, and what sets him apart from other landscape architects.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

PermaTrak Wetland Boardwalks Installed at Clabber Creek 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 Built 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

Featured Designer: Britt Storck, ASLA, PLA (August 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on August 10, 2016

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 Brittain Storck from Alta Planning + Design in their Durham, NC office. She is a project manager, landscape architect, and trail expert for their southeast region.

We talked with Britt about how she approaches trail design, collaboration between landscape architects, planners and engineers,  her latest multi use trail work, and how trails are changing from "connections" to "destinations."

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

Featured Designer: Auggie Wong, ASLA, PLA (July 2016)

Posted by Carrie Parada on July 30, 2016

July 2016's feature designer is Augustine Wong, PLA, ASLA, who has 25 years of experience as a landscape architect. We recently spoke with Auggie about his background in urban design and urban planning, and how that impacts his design style for greenway and large trail projects. He also shares how his "visual thinking" process works as a time-saving tactic.

Note: The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments. Do you know a top performing landscape architect or engineer you'd like to nominate? Send us a note in the footer of this page and we'll be in touch!

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

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