Honors Theses


Kimberly E. Bigelow


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Publication Date

Spring 4-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis


The need for accessible playgrounds is more prevalent than ever before, with approximately 3 million children having disabilities and health issues that limit their ability to partake in play and school. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recently provided, for the first time, specific accessible design standards for playgrounds. All playgrounds must now comply with these rules that went into place on March 15, 2012. As it is vital that playgrounds undergo the necessary changes to come up to compliance, there is an opportunity to develop an accessible playground design which satisfies all ADA playground standards and requirements. The objective of this project was to design, develop, and analyze an accessible play structure that included; an elevated structure and a ground level component. This project utilized the engineering design process and civil engineering knowledge to develop computer aided drawings of the structures, structural analyses, complete construction plans, material lists, and cost analyses.

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Undergraduate research


Civil and Environmental Engineering | Engineering