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Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Miller, IN
Over 400 linear feet of 6’ wide boardwalk constructed with Aluminum decking and cable handrails. Designed to rest on adjustable, non-penetrating pan-feet.

Design Challenge

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Built through the grassy dunes of the Indiana Dunes state park, this elevated trail faced one unique challenge. It was located next to an electric, commuter train line. Every year, this line would throw sparks that would catch on the grassy dunes, where the fire would spread to the boardwalk and beyond. It was essential to design a boardwalk that could deal with all the natural elements that it was set to face.

Design Solution

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

We designed a 100% non-combustible boardwalk with non-penetrating pan foot legs, galvanized structural steel, aluminum decking, and a stainless- steel cable hand railing. This design enabled and ensured people’s continued visitation to this portion of the park.