Updated: Feb 22
When you need to build a boardwalk, there are many construction considerations to take into account that aren’t typical for a land-based project. Because the logistics of building upon wetlands are so much different than on dry land, it’s worth learning about what goes into a safe and functional boardwalk. It’s important to leave as small of an environmental footprint as possible in order to meet local building codes and leave ecosystems in a healthy state. So how do you build an environmentally friendly boardwalk that remains stable, no matter the weather conditions? The secrets to building a boardwalk lie in specialized helical support systems.
Transferring the Load
To support walkways in wetland areas, structural foundation teams like ours utilize Chance Instant Foundation® Systems to create a sound structure. These systems provide resistance to lateral loads on foundations as well as isolation from seasonal changes. Helical piles use bearing plates that surround a central steel shaft to transfer loads from the pile to the surrounding soil. This feature is useful in wetland conditions where water and ice press up against the structure, which can lead to instability if the piles aren’t secure.
Protecting the Environment
While it’s not always easy to see, the areas below the water’s surface support fragile ecosystems, so it’s critical to be mindful of a project’s ecological impact. The last thing a builder should do when installing a boardwalk is damage the places that are teeming with wildlife. Luckily, there are little to no environmental disturbances when builders use a handheld torque head to install piles in wetlands or beaches. Chance Instant Foundation® Systems ensure that no weights or anchors are necessary, which prevents unnecessary environmental disturbances.
Boardwalks are a great addition to parks, nature reserves and historical sites, but it’s important to build them the right way. Wetland structures that are durable and environmentally friendly, such as those built with a Chance Instant Foundation® System, seamlessly integrate into their surroundings and last for decades. If you’re wondering how to get started with your next project, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly experts. We can help you build the boardwalk you need in a way that makes sense for your city or business.