Schools:  Seattle Waldorf  Overlake  |  Epiphany  |  Seattle Country Day  |  Bertschi - Center  |  Bertschi - North Campus  |  Salmon Bay Autism-Inclusive Playground  |  Concord International Elementary  |  Bush - Lower School  |  Bush - Wayfinding  |  Lake Washington Girl's  |  Northwest  |  Terrace Park Elementary  |  Seattle Waldorf High School  |  Mountlake Terrace High School  |  Jazz Night School  |  Hamlin Robinson School

Salmon Bay School

Autism-Inclusive Playground

Seattle, Washington

SCOPE OF WORK:
Campus improvement master plan, design through construction administration

STATUS:
Completed 2012

CONSTRUCTION COSTS:
$260,000

CLIENT:
Friends of Salmon Bay & Seattle School District

The Salmon Bay Playground is designed to be a high quality experience for children with autism as well as for all of the kids in the Salmon Bay K-8 community. We worked with experts and the community to develop design principles related to autism. The playground has been highly successful in creating an environment where kids with ASD feel comfortable, are engaged, and are gently stimulated to socialize. All kids benefit from the unique design, including ample transitional spaces created by a sculptural stone "tree root planter" and contact with natural materials. Play equipment that challenges strength, coordination and balance is organized in small pods. A "flow line" encodes number patterns that appeal to those ASD students who are gifted in math.