for outdoor playground equipment.
Governors State University opened its Family Development Center (FDC) in October, 2002. The unique architectural facility makes use of light, space, and natural elements to promote a sense of community and invites children to explore and learn using real-world elements. Three indoor greenhouses and a large outdoor fenced play area remain to be developed for use by infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children (to age 12).
The University invites interested parties to submit proposals for the development of the greenhouses and the play area. Designs should complement elements of the existing building and should focus on "bringing the outside in and the inside out." Elements of curiosity and wonder, which are integrated with the building design, should be extended to the greenhouse and outdoor play area. Bidders should pay special attention to how their design provides for large motor skills (balance, agility, coordination, shoulder and upper arm strength, leg and lower back strength, body awareness and flexibility), fine motor development (eye-hand coordination, eye-foot coordination, and axial and lateral coordination), and exploration of natural elements.
In addition, play equipment and playground design should promote both sociodramatic and constructive play. A proposal for the development of a school-age ?challenge course? may be submitted as an added feature. All equipment must conform to the guidelines of the most recent United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook for Public Playground Safety (CPSC). Proposals should pay particular attention to the following:
The materials used for construction of the equipment should satisfy the following requirements: 1) Provide for the safety of the intended users as categorized by specific age groups (for example, rails shall be proper heights and rungs used for gripping shall be the appropriate size); 2) Materials shall be relatively repair-free in the short term (5-8 years) and shall be durable up to twenty years with a conscientious maintenance program; and 3) Materials shall be aesthetically pleasing and blend in with a natural setting of trees, grassy areas and fields.
Accessibility guidelines within the playground design and equipment should: Be based on children?s anthropometric dimensions and other resource information; Support social interaction and encourage integration; Maintain safety consistent with CPSC, ASTM and ADAAG guidelines; and Be reasonable in terms of relative cost benefit.
The play surface should meet or exceed guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for falls on playground surfaces, and should provide accessibility as required by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires play areas to include accessible facilities for physically challenged children who require use of wheelchair, walker or crutches. An ADA fallzone ramp to access the play structure area must be included.
Full specifications, a tour
of the FDC and questions and answers will ONLY be answered at the mandatory pre-proposal meeting on April 3, 2003 at 11:00 am in the purchasing office of the University.
(Submitted by John Tuohy, State Purchasing Officer.)