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Trail Construction - Cost Realities

Date & Time: May 10, 2:30 to 6:00 p.m.; May 11, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $325
Location: Greene County

One of the most challenging elements of trail planning is budgeting. Understanding the factors associated with trail construction cost estimates will help a wide spectrum of trail community members. This workshop will deliver a simple, cost estimating tool and provide a list of the key factors associated with trail construction costs. Issues such as the true costs, risks, and opportunities of volunteer labor; overhead costs such as equipment maintenance; and comparisons of hand-built and machine-built construction methods will be covered. Due to the growing demand for bike parks within the recreation community, a special segment (and field exercise) on bike park facilities will be included for any participants interested in this topic. Participants will visit one or more sites, envision a new trail or inspect an existing trail, and use a variety of resources to develop their own cost estimates. Results will be reviewed and compared at the end of the workshop.

This workshop is appropriate for recreation planners, land managers, trail advocates, policy makers, designers, and architects. Trail service providers are also welcome.

2:30 PM – 6:00 PM, May 10 – Introductions, Cost Model Preview and Cost Estimating Overview, Description of “Trail Projects” for Case Study
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, May 11 – Site visit, Cost Model Application with Working Lunch, Discussion of Results

• Understand the basic factors associated with trail construction cost estimates.
• Use a simple spreadsheet to calculate the cost of an example trail or bike park construction project.
• Identify the risks and uncertainties in cost estimating.

Appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect to be outside for one or both days of the workshop. Participants should be ready to hike and spend an afternoon/day outside and bring necessary gear, water, and any medications to assure a comfortable day. Lunch will be provided on Day 2 of the workshop. Also, participants are requested to bring a device capable of accessing the Internet and processing an EXCEL spreadsheet.

Margie Tatro and Mark Reineke are both degreed engineers and founders/co-owners of Reineke Construction. Their firm, headquartered in central New Mexico, has been in the trail and outdoor construction business since 2006. Mark is a registered professional engineer, has held contractor’s licenses continually for over 32 years, and has over 26 years of construction project management experience. Margie is has served as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Trail Builders Association. In addition to her trail industry experience with Reineke Construction, she has over 25 years of experience in leading research efforts and managing budgets of over $150 million annually.

Christian Birch is the founder of Birch Outdoors, a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in trail and bike park development. He holds a B.S. in landscape architecture and a M.S. in engineering management from Drexel University. Prior to founding Birch Outdoors, Christian was a partner at Dirtsculpt, a firm that has been building high profile projects for Red Bull, Gravity Games, and ESPN’s X Games since 1998. Christian has been involved in trail and bike park projects across the world, including the construction of one of the world’s biggest public bike parks in Chicago in 2016.

Instructor(s): Margie Tatro & Mark Reineke, Reineke Construction; Christian Birch, Birch Outdoors

For more information on the Professional Trailbuilders Association, visit www.trailbuilders.org





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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