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The El Paso Children’s Hospital and KMD architects challenged playground designer and builder Cre8Play to make their most immersive and captivating play environment to date. What they came up with gives a whole new meaning to the word playground. It’s as though Cre8Play took the traditional playground, flipped it upside down and turned it inside out. More than just a structure to play on, the Enchanted Forest transports kids into an alternate universe where light changes from sunrise to nighttime complete with twinkling stars and the sounds of the forest.

From chirping birds in the morning, to crickets and howls in the evening, this play environment has it all. Play continues onto the outside where kids discover the hobbits’ secret homes in a village that lies on the edge of the forest. Secret crawl spaces complete the custom immersive playground.

Illinois State University—Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall               

Illinois State University—Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall

Submitted by Dewberry

City, State: Normal, Ill.

Cost of Project: $43 million

Type of Facility: Campus Recreation Center

Architectural Firm/Lead Architect: Dewberry

Status: Completed in 2011

Square Footage: 176,890

Number of Floors: 3

This facility not only meets the fitness and recreation needs of the student population, but provides an associated academic venue for its nationally recognized and growing School of Kinesiology and Recreation. The combination of these two functions into one building allows capital costs for one to be leveraged to the benefit of the other through shared spaces or close proximity.

The 133,440-square-foot area dedicated to the student recreation center includes a three-story climbing wall, lap pool/whirlpool/spa and space for aerobics/spinning/dance, weight training/fitness, racquetball/wallyball courts, jogging track, gymnasium and MAC courts, lockers, food-service/lounge areas and administrative support areas for recreation staff.

The 43,450-square-foot School of Kinesiology has an instructional area with classrooms, seminar rooms, anatomy computer lab and teaching analysis lab. Laboratory spaces accommodate bio-mechanics research, athletics training clinical instruction, psychology of sport and physical activity, exercise physiology. An instructional gymnasium is also included along with administrative support/faculty office areas.

Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area

Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area

Submitted by Easi-Set Worldwide

City, State: Gorman, Calif.

Cost of Project: $43,000

Type of Facility: Two Easi-Set “Carson” precast concrete restroom facilities

Engineering Firm: Civiltec Engineering, Inc.

Status: Completed June 2012

Square footage: 181.25 (each)

ADA-compliant dry-vault restroom facilities built by StructureCast of Bakersfield, Calif., an Easi-Set Worldwide licensed building producer, for the California State Park & Recreation Department. The Carson Double Dry Model is a double vault restroom building ideal for remote locations. Measuring 12 feet 6 inches by 14 feet 6 inches, this model comes standard with stainless-steel fixtures and the FAN (fresh air naturally) ventilation technology, which uses the wind and sun to vent the restroom’s air. The design team used a wide variety of aesthetic choices, enabling it to easily blend with the natural surroundings.

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