Playground A Team

Group Members
Steven Reppond
Joe McVeigh
Matt Gibson
Sam Keener


We are designing and constructing a Playground for a child suffering from dwarfism.


This design must adhere to the mother's needs as well as safety standards. We also want to incorporate some of the child, Brianna's, favorite things.
She loves: bright colors, frogs, princesses, slides, swing sets, and many other activities. Her mother Trish Tompkins only had a few constraints for our design.
She requested that we design something that can be disassembled easily, she is buying a house soon and wants to be able to take the playground with her.
She also wanted us to design it to be smaller to meet her sizing needs. There is plenty of level space in her backyard for us to work with.
After taking note of all requests and requirements we will each draft a design implementing our personal ideas and we will use these designs
in a concept evaluation to determine the best option.

Design Specifications

  • The design must meet all safety standards
  • Easy to disassemble and reassemble
  • Platforms cannot be greater than six feet above the ground
  • Lots of yard space
  • Must meet size constraints of child

Design Concepts

Concept Evaluation

When we evaluated our three designs we weighted the factors as the following: Safety 25%, Cost 25%, Transferability 20%, Creativity 15%,
and Difficulty to build 15%.

Design # Cost Difficulty to build Transferability Safety Creativity Score
1 5 5 8 8 9 6.95
2 2 3 4 7 8 4.7
3 1 3 3 8 8 4.5

Final Design

Swing Set

After performing a cost analysis we decided to go with a pre designed swing set.


Sportime Triple Swing Frame

Strongest frame in its class. The extra-short top bar on this swing make it the strongest single frame available. The ultra durable frame is made from 2" O/D galvanized steel with nylon, swing bearings. Adaptable to suspend just about any swing accessory.
  • 7 year manufacturer warranty
  • Dimensions: 91"H x 130"W x 97"D
  • Great for accessible swings helping children with disabilities
  • Includes 12" ground stakes; swing set sits on top of the ground
  • Holds up to 420 pounds; 140 pounds per suspension

Slide Platform



  • This slide mounts easily to 4'6" - 5' platform
  • Features speed and waves with a comforting scoop design
  • 251 lbs. weight limit
  • Lifetime warranty against cracking and breaking under normal use
  • Meets and/or exceeds all ASTM requirements for safety (American Society of Testing Materials)




Describe the three types of analysis performed on the design. Use equations and schematics as needed.