Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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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the site. The resulting design weaves the structure and transparency, desired by parents and operating staff, with dynamic play elements that inspire kids to have fun and let their imaginations run free. The centerpiece of the preschool playground is a large constructed wood fort, reminiscent of a kid's tree house. The fort is fully accessible and provides spaces for group activities. It is an extension of the indoor classrooms, allowing the teachers to utilize outdoor spaces for play and learning. Additional elements for this age group include a climbing wall, stage and interactive garden with water station. Pops of vibrant color can be found throughout all play areas, connecting the separate zones through a cohesive design. The multi-purpose sport court is checkered with Home Depot's signature orange color. An adjustable goal allows the pre-school and school age children to play basketball while the ground pattern allows greater flexibility for four square and other games to be played. As one of the largest employers in the metro area, The Home Depot is acting as a catalyst for promoting family benefits and educating young children. The center is open to all Home Depot employees in the metro area. By building their own center, the Home Depot has made a commitment to providing a benefit to its employees in an area that is in need of quality childcare. Having on-site, affordable, quality childcare cuts down commuting and creates a more efficient workplace. The success can be seen in the enrollment figures, which were close to capacity long before opening. Above: This 2-3 year old play area features several musical toys including a large, blue 'Tongue Drum' and smaller metal bongo drums. A total of 5 '6830 40W T4 G9' area lights (BEGA) adorn the building. 32 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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