Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Continued on page 20 18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Seminole County Sports Complex is located about 2 miles from the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. At the center of this 100-acre park lies the 7,000 square foot Orlando-Sanford International Airport Playground, which is sponsored by the airport. The aviation themed play elements, including the red biplane getting ready to take off from the playground's "runway," were custom designed by Landscape Structures. Sanford Airport Authority officials had set aside an open space near the Orlando- Sanford International Airport designated for a playground. But they did not necessarily know what to do with it, or how to go about installing one there. Seminole County officials stepped in to help. "The major challenge to overcome was how to fund the playground," said Carl Kelly, registered landscape architect and project manager for Seminole County. "The county only had $100,000 budgeted." Wanting to add value to the airport, county officials asked that the playground have an aeronautical theme, playing off of the theme of the surrounding 100-acre Sports Complex. Additionally, a landing strip and air control tower are both visible from the playground. This piqued the interest of the Orlando Sanford Airport, who agreed to contribute $100,000. "The county bid out the design of the project and received several bids," said Kelly. "We then narrowed down the selection and invited them to pitch their design ideas and come up with the best aeronautical design for under $200,000." "The county selected us," said Nathan Almon, sales representative for Rep Services. They then asked Landscape Structures to design the playground space. In this instance, Rep Services acted as the agent for the manufacturer and also installed the equipment. They were selected because of the design and quality of its products, Almon said, and were awarded the contract over several other playground equipment manufacturers. The playground's central feature is the customized control tower, called a Play Booster. Taking Play to New Heights p l a y g ro u n d By Alli Rael, LASN

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