Boathouse Row's Pennsylvania Barge Club Now Features BoardSafe Aluminum Floating Docks

2017-01-04 15.28.35 HDRThe Pennsylvania Barge Club is located at #4 Kelly Drive along the iconic Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. The Barge Club has a rich heritage with roots dating back to 1861.

The rowing center has been used by many rowing clubs over the years. Most recently, in 2009, the Club was reactivated and reinstated as a member of the Schuylkill Navy and continues to be an administrative center for rowing in Philadelphia with the Schuylkill Navy, the Philadelphia Center for Adaptive Sports, the Dad Vail Regatta, the Frostbite Regatta, and LaSalle College High School being its tenants. In 2010, extensive renovations were completed to the building exterior, boat bay, first and second floors.

Within the past year, the Pennsylvania Barge Club also removed its worn wooden rowing docks and replaced them with state-of-the-art aluminum and synthetic lumber floating docks by BoardSafe. BoardSafe is a manufacturer of aluminum floating rowing docks featured around the most prominent rowing centers and facilities across the country.

The new rowing center features a wide 25' long x 30' wide aluminum gangway that accommodates the rowers, boats and spectators as then move from the rear of the boathouse and onto the floating docks. The aluminum floating rowing docks are approximately 40' long x 12' wide also to accommodate the foot traffic of rowers. Aesthetically the new aluminum floating rowing docks are a stark contrast to the dated wooden docks and engineered for performance. BoardSafe specializes in its precision for its flotation requirements and placements to support rowers, boats, point loads and yet offer 5Video" of free board to allow rowers easy access in and out of their boats from the docks. Additionally, docks are designed to handle the fluctuation of water levels as well as the downstream pressure.

2017-01-06 15.42.10BoardSafe removed the old wood docks and installed the new aluminum gangway floating docks. BoardSafe is environmentally conscience about not only the material selection and design of their products but also the intrusion on the natural habitat during construction. They work quickly and efficiently to minimize the time on site and decrease the potential impact of workers and equipment during installation.

Rowing centers that are renovating or replacing their rowing docks should call BoardSafe to learn about the high quality design, functionality and durability offered in BoardSafe's marina and rowing center products. The project is not BoardSafe's first project in the Philadelphia area or on the Schuylkill River. BoardSafe previously installed new aluminum rowing docks and a large observation deck at the Conshohocken Rowing Center and the Camden Rowing Center. 

The discuss your new rowing center or rowing center renovation call our experts at 610-899-0286.

A New Aluminum Fishing Pier and ADA Boat Launch for Lake Friendswood Park

Friendswood, TX is a growing suburban community located between Houston and Galveston. The population is almost 40,000 and with the influx of residents more amenities have been needed.

aluminum-fishing-pier-FriendswoodOne of the popular public destinations in the area is Lake Friendswood Park. Lake Friendswood Park was an abandoned gravel pit that is now a 25-acrea lake with a 2-mile concrete trail, covered pavilion and restrooms. The Lake is the featured attraction at the park and now it is more accessible. The local community wanted to have an ADA accessible park that allowed guests to easily move around the lake as well as have direct access to the lake for fishing and boating.

BoarSafe was contracted to manufacture and install an aluminum fishing pier, aluminum floating docks and ADA accessible kayak launch. Many visitors liked to fish from the shoreline and the new aluminum pier now offers greater access to the water. Additionally, it provided accessibility to adaptive users, fishermen and others who are wheelchair bound to go out onto the pier to cast their lines. The aluminum floating fishing pier extends out 40 feet and is 16 feet wide. A long 30 feet aluminum gangway ramp leads to the pier and it is 4 feet wide to comfortably accommodate foot traffic. 


To provide access to canoes, kayaks and other boats BoardSafe manufactured and installed an ADA accessible kayak boat launch. The kayak launch is a large aluminum floating dock measuring 20 feet wide by 40 feet long. The floating dock was custom made to accommodate many users at once, offer more railing space and benches for sitting. Accessing the dock from the shoreline is a spacious 8-foot wide aluminum gangway that stretches 30 feet from the shore to the floating dock. The 8 foot wide gangway includes a 4 foot kayak launcher to slide the boats down towards the water along the gangway.

Both the fishing pier and the ADA floating dock have ADA features including the handrail, ramps and other proprietary applications developed by BoardSafe for greater accessibility and safety.

BoardSafe installed the aluminum fishing pier and ADA kayak launch in December 2016. City officials were pleased with the project saying that the BoardSafe customer service and quality of the products "exceeded expectations." Not only is the City of Friendswood, TX pleased with the BoardSafe products but now residents can enjoy them too.

If you are interested in learning more about an ADA accessible outdoor park for your community and would like information on ADA accessible fishing piers, ADA accessible floating docks and kayak launchers, then call the manufacturing experts at BoardSafe to discuss your project at 610-899-0286. aluminum-ADA-floating-fishing-pier-Friendswood

Commercial Aluminum Bridge and Pier Manufacturer

BoardSafe manufacturers custom and standard sizes of commercial aluminum bridges and piers. These applications are used often at rivers, lakes, marshes, and other marine areas. The aluminum bridges and aluminum piers are specifically designed and manufactured to not only comply with construction standards but also offer ADA features for accessibility and greater functionality. The highest quality products are used to ensure durability and safety. This includes marine grade 6160 aluminum, proprietary extruded aluminum frame, and synthetic lumber featuring Timberstrong hidden fastening system.



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Cleveland Rowing Center features BoardSafe Aluminum Floating Docks

BoardSafe, contracted by RowAmerica, was the manufacturer selected to build the longest rowing docks in the world in Cleveland (see web site). 

The Foundry is not only a rowing center but also a hub for sailing and fitness training specializing in youth and young adults. The new $9 million dollar development project is located on the Columbus Road Peninsula in the center of Cleveland, Ohio. The Foundry is situated in an up-and-coming neighborhood rapidly changing from exclusively industrial with the occasional retail space, to a truly mixed-use area.

The Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) owns and operates the property and facilities at Rivergate Park for the benefit of our member organizations, programs, and the Cleveland community. CRF hosts over 1,500 high school, collegiate and adult athletes on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland Rowing Center

At The Foundry you will find a boathouse with event rooms, a fitness center and boat storage. Outside along the Cuyahoga River bank is 520 lineal feet of rowing and launch docks, gangway ramps, steel platforms, and anchor piles. BoardSafe designed and manufactured the aluminum floating docks for the rowing center as well as the aluminum gangways and marina accessories. The Foundry was impressed with the quality of the river center stating that the docks were "best in class rowing docks".

BoardSafe is a leading manufacturer of aluminum floating docks, gangways, piers and other applications for rowing centers. BoardSafe is dedicated to providing the best access to waterways possible for all athletes, including older athletes and those who may be disabled like veterans and adaptive athletes. In addition to working on rowing centers for nonprofits, prep schools and universities on the East Coast like Conshohocken Rowing, Temple University Rowing, several rowing centers at Boathouse Row (Philadelphia), Camden Rowing Center, and others, BoardSafe has also developed the high quality ADA accessible kayak boat launch for adaptive paddlers and para-rowers.

Learn more about BoardSafe on their web site. If you are interested in developing or renovating a rowing center then call Board Safe to discuss your project at 610-899-0286.

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