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SPONSORED CASE STUDY

Taking global education
to the playground
Landscape Structures designs a space to play
and learn for diverse school in Tennessee

L

ausanne Collegiate School in Memphis is an International Baccalaureate school serving students and parents from 54 different countries in pre-K through grade
12. When the school wanted to design a new playground,
administrators wanted to demonstrate its global brand and
create an area with a world theme reflective of students and
their families.
Stewart Crais, Lausanne's director of operations, says the
school also needed a playground that could fit into a confined
area at the front of the campus and add to its curb appeal.
The school reached out to a couple of companies to see
which one could match their ultimate vision and selected
Minnesota-based Landscape Structures to work on the playground project.
Vision into reality
Crais says Landscape Structures and its Tennessee-based
distributor, Recreational Concepts, made a strong first impression with their initial presentation and design.
"They were able to take what we had in our heads and put
that design onto paper," Crais says. "They were able to show
us something that we felt was going be close to what we
wanted regarding a playground that represented the world."
Global theme
Third-grade students had a chance to be active participants
in the design process by submitting sketches of what a Lausanne playground should look like as part of a curriculumspecific project.
"Our students do a lot of project-based learning that ties
into our International Baccalaureate program, and thirdgraders always have a specific project focused on inventions
that often ties in architecture and design activities," Crais
says. "Creating designs for the playground project was a
natural fit into their standard curriculum."
The ultimate playground design includes 14 play structures on safety surfacing that mimics a world map.
Students can travel from South America to the Great Wall
of China without touching the ground, moving through six
continents and interacting with seven monuments and the
flags of 18 countries. The playground includes the ZipKrooz®,
a playground zip line, which takes students from the Horn
of Africa to Australia. There are climbable replicas of Big Ben,
the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal that provide opportunities for

students to engage in imaginative play and to discover the
world beyond them while staying active. The Motion play
structure, one of the compact designs within the Smart Play®
line, was the playground equipment addition for children
ages 2 to 5.
Return on investment
Since the playground opened in August 2015, Lausanne
knew it was getting a return on its investment. Crais adds
that Landscape Structures created quality custom structures and installed artificial turf and there have not been any
maintenance issues on the playground. He says it is also an
admissions tool-it's one of the tour stops for prospective
students and their families in lower grades.
"This is more than a typical playground and we wanted
to make sure we had something that would last a long time,"
Crais says. "Putting that money into a playground of the
world, which is going to last 20 years or more, is quite well
worth it for us."

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