Justin Nevill

Architectural Engineering Student at The University of Texas at Austin


The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake

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The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake

The concept of the Boardwalk Trail is to close a 1.2-mile gap in the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

I worked on the Boardwalk Trail from November 2012 to August 2014. I started working on the project as an engineering technician for Fugro Consultants and my primary task was to inspect each of the drilled piers for compliance with the engineering plans. In August 2013, I was hired as a Construction Inspector by The City of Austin and allowed to continue working at the Boardwalk Trail in my new role. The Boardwalk Trail officially opened in June 2014 with only minor work continuing beyond that point.

The structure of the elevated portion of the trail is primarily precast concrete and galvanized structural steel supported by more than 300 drilled piers which extend a minimum of five feet into the Austin Chalk limestone formation. The entirety of the elevated portion is illuminated with low-voltage LED lighting and redundant high-water switches to disconnect the electrical system (most of the trail lies within the 100-year flood plain).

Project Manager: David Kim Taylor, City of Austin
Lead Engineer: Jacobs Engineering Group
Project Architect: Limbacher & Godfrey
Consulting Structural Engineer: Structures (structural design of architectural elements),
MEP Engineer: Encotech (MEP)