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MINISTRY OF HOUSING

Western Sector Projects


Sitework & Infrastructure
OMRANIA and ASSOCIATES

Project Specification

SECTION 11 66 00
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
PART 1 - GENERAL
1.01
A.

1.02

SUMMARY
The work included in this Section comprises the performance requirements for materials and
workmanship for the installation of playground equipment, sand surfaces and other
miscellaneous equipment associated with the project playgrounds.
RELATED SECTIONS

A.

Section 01 33 00 - Submittals Procedures

B.

Section 01 40 00 - Quality Requirements

C.

Section 01 61 00 - Common Product Requirements.

D.

Section 31 05 13 - Soils for Earthworks

E.

Section 32 16 13.26 - Pre-Cast Concrete Curbs

F.

Section 13 31 00 - Fabric Structures.

1.03
A.

REFERENCES
Product manufacture, testing and installation shall comply with the following references,
unless otherwise specified or unless otherwise approved by the Engineer.
1.

ASTM1487-01 - Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground


Equipment for Public Use.

B.

All items of playground equipment are to be tested and certified standard compliant by TUV
testing institute.

C.

Materials that have not been individually specified in this document will be of international
standard. Any differences between their requirements and this specification shall be
submitted by the Contractor.

1.04
A.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Product manufacturer, testing and installation shall comply with the following requirements,
unless otherwise approved by the Engineer.
1.

Play Equipment shall conform to the locations and levels on the drawings unless
otherwise approved by the Engineer.

2.

All materials for use in construction shall be obtained only from sources approved by
the Engineer.

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1.05
A.

3.

The specific source of materials shall not be changed without prior written approval of
the Engineer.

4.

If the grading and quality of material delivered to the site does not conform to the
grading and quality as previously inspected and tested or does not comply with the
specifications, the Engineer may reject such material at the site of the work.

5.

Sufficient materials must be stored in stockpiles to allow for testing and approval of
such materials prior to use in works.

SUBMITTALS
Product Approval
1.

B.

Project Specification

The Contractor shall submit sufficient information to the Engineer, prior to purchase,
according to Section 013000, in order to verify compliance with the plans and
specifications. Such information shall include at least the following, unless otherwise
required by the Engineer.
a.

Manufacturers name.

b.

Suppliers name.

c.

Product name (if applicable).

d.

Product description.

e.

Manufacturers technical data.

f.

Storage instructions.

g.

Relevant test results of all materials specified.

h.

Application or installation instructions.

i.

Operation and Maintenance instructions.

Samples
1.

Samples (applied) shall be supplied for at least the following products or as requested
by the Engineer.
a. Playground Equipment.
b. 200mm length of typical structural members (post) from each source.
c. 200mm length, 200mm width panels from each source.
i.
ii.
iii.

2.
C.

1 No. sample of primary connector from each source.


1 No. sample of ropes and cables from each source.
1 No. sample of fittings and fixtures from each source

All sampling shall be witnessed by the Engineer, unless agreed otherwise.

Method Statement
1.

The Contractor shall provide separate method statements meeting the requirements of
Section 01400, for at least the following activities or as requested by the Engineer.

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a. Site clearing and earthwork (if necessary).


b. Installation of foundation
c. Installation of play equipment items.
d. Installation of safety surface.
D.

Shop Drawings
1.

The Contractor shall submit shop drawings according to Section 01300 for at least the
following items.
a. Playground Equipment.

E.

Mock-up
1.

The Contractor shall prepare a mock-up meeting the requirements of Section 01400 for
at least the following installations or as requested by the Engineer.
a. Playground Equipment.
b. Provide mockup of layout where directed by the Engineer.
c. 1 No. mock-up per item specified (site furniture to be fixed as per final
arrangement).
d. Show range of shades, color, texture and line marking.
e. Accepted mockup may become part of the work.

1.06
A.

QUALITY CONTROL
Prior to dispatch from the factory, the Contractor shall notify the Engineer, in sufficient time
to allow the Engineer or his representatives to inspect and test the products, if so desired.
1.

All notifications shall be made by written Inspection Requests in accordance with


Section 01400.
a. An advance copy may be faxed to the Engineers office, but the original must arrive
before the scheduled day of inspection.

2.

Minimum notification times shall be as follows:


a. 24 hours on site.
b. 48 hours within Riyadh and surrounding area.
c. 72 hours for other areas within the KSA
d. 2 weeks outside of the KSA

B.

Inspection Requests shall be submitted to the Engineer during the on site installation work
prior to proceeding with at least the following activities. Minimum notification time shall be
24 hours. They shall include but not be limited to;
1.

Start of excavation for foundation.

2.

Start of installation of playground equipment.

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C.

3.

Start of installation of associate surface finishes safety surface.

4.

Sampling and testing.

Project Specification

Testing Laboratory
1.

Testing of all materials shall be carried out by a suitably equipped site laboratory or in
an independent laboratory as described in Section 01400 and approved by the
Engineer.
a. Routine materials testing and site testing shall always be conducted in the site
laboratory, unless otherwise agreed by the Engineer.
b. All sampling shall be witnessed by the Engineer, unless otherwise directed by the
Engineer.

D.

2.

During the course of the work, all required tests shall be carried out under the
supervision of the Engineer, to ascertain the suitability of materials according to this
specification.

3.

The Contractor shall maintain a daily log of all tests carried out for the Engineers
review.

Manufacturer Qualifications:
1.

Minimum 15 years experience in the manufacture of playground equipment.

2.

Provide reference list of at least ten major transportation authorities, municipalities,


universities, or other high-use public environments currently using site furniture
fabricated by the manufacturer.

E.

The contractor shall record the batch number of each product used on the site and maintain it
through the warranty period.

F.

The contractor shall provide the inspector, upon request, an estimate of the volume of each
product to be used on the site.

1.07
A.

DELIVERY, STORAGE AND HANDLING


Delivery, storage and handling shall be according to the manufacturers recommendations
along with the following provisions:
1.

Transportation, handling and storage shall at all times be performed in a manner to


avoid product damage.

2.

Only nylon slings shall be allowed for lifting products. Steel chains, clamps or cables
shall not be allowed for lifting purposes, unless approved by the Engineer.
a. Steel chains or cables may be allowed for securing products during transport or
storage provided protective padding or timber blocking is utilized.

3.

Do not store products directly on ground, unless approved by the Engineer.

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a. Ensure adequate timber blocking is utilized to provide sufficient support.


4.

Where product manufacturer recommends storage under controlled temperatures, the


Contractor must provide an enclosed, insulated, cool store maintained at the proper
temperature 24 hours a day.

5.

If stored outside, cover products to prevent UV degradation as recommended by the


manufacturer.

6.

B.

C.

The Contractor shall visually inspect all products upon delivery and report any damage
to the Engineer.
a. Any products damaged during delivery, storage or installation shall be marked by
the Contractor and set aside.
Delivery
1.

Deliver materials and products in factory labeled packages indicating name, brand,
type, size, color, production date and expiry date where applicable.

2.

Sequence deliveries to avoid project delays and to permit proper co-ordination of the
work.

Storage
1.

Store materials in accordance with manufacturer specifications.

2.

Deliver product to the site in original unopened containers with proper labels attached.

PART 2 - PRODUCTS
2.01

GENERAL

A.

All products supplied to be used with the contract area shall meet current (ISO) international
standards for design and manufacturing. These shall be suitable for use in extreme climatic
conditions with UV protection and other surface protection to international standards. All
items will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis.

B.

The finish and color of all products shall match the drawings as directed by the Engineer.

2.02
A.

PLAY EQUIPMENT COMPONENTS (TYPICAL)


Components: The play equipment shall consist of the following, but shall not be limited to.
1. Posts and Upright Supports. Posts and upright supports shall be steel as required by the
particular item of equipment specified. Wooden posts are not acceptable.
2. Post Caps. Post caps shall be either plastic or aluminum, as recommended by the
manufactures for the specified item of equipment.
3. Footings. For wooden posts, the ground anchorage connection shall be made using hot
dipped galvanized steel plate footings as recommended by the manufacturer, and as
approved by the Engineer. Metal post footings shall extend below the finished grade
according to the manufacturers recommendations for each individual unit and as

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approved by the Engineer.


4. Beams. Beam elements shall be steel as required by the particular item of equipment
specified. Wooden beams are not acceptable.
5. Walls. Wall panels shall be manufactured from molded plastic derivative/polymer.
6. Roof. Roof structures for play equipment shall be manufactured from either metal
sheeting or molded plastic derivative/polymer.
7. Floors. Floors shall be constructed from molded plastic derivative/polymer or metal
decking with a protective coating to prevent excessive heat gain as required by the
particular item of equipment specified.
8. Bridges. Bridges shall be made of molded plastic derivative/polymer, metal with a
protective coating to prevent excessive heat gain, and/or rope as required by the
manufacturer of that specific item.
9. Stairs. Stairs shall be made of molded plastic derivative/polymer, or metal decking with a
protective coating to prevent excessive heat gain as required by the particular items of
equipment specified.
10. Rope Ladders, Horizontal Bars and Sliding Poles. Climbing ropes and rope ladders shall
be fixed to timber or steel beams by the use of plastic protectors. Rope ladders,
horizontal bars, support brackets and sliding poles shall be effectively protected against
corrosion and wear. The steel rungs on rope ladders shall be attached to the steelreinforced rope with aluminum fixings.
11. Slides. The sliding surface shall be plastic as per the requirements of the specified item
of equipment. Slides shall be orientated towards the north to avoid overheating from
solar radiation.
12. Tunnels. Tunnels shall be manufactured from polypropylene or impact resistant
polycarbonate or steel tubing.
13. Springs. Springs shall be made of steel, and shall be subject to shot peening to prevent
crack formation and fatigue failure.
14. Swings. Swing seats shall be manufactured from shock absorbing materials. Fitting and
chains shall be as per the manufacturers recommendations.
15. All holes shall be pre-drilled to make assembly fast and easy, and insure a quality
installation.
2.03
A.

PLAY EQUIPMENT MATERIALS (TYPICAL)


Materials: All materials shall be structurally sound and shall comply with the relevant safety
standards. Equipment longevity shall be ensured by adopting recommended corrosion
protection systems for metals and appropriate treatment for wooden elements. The materials
for the play and exercise equipment components shall comply with the following general
requirements.
1. Wood. Wood components are not acceptable for the play equipment.

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2. Metal. All metal components shall be brass, stainless steel, anodized aluminum, hot
dipped galvanized or electric galvanized powder coated steel.
3. Plastic. All plastic based components in the architectural and landscaping works shall be
suitable and appropriate for the local climatic conditions.
a. The physical and mechanical properties, along with the durability and stability, of the
plastics shall not show signs of distress, degradation, change of shape, degradability,
stress or stain when exposed to the local environmental conditions. The plastic shall
have a high UV-resistant rating and product warranty that the plastic elements do not
fade in colour within 10 years of fixing.
b. For proprietary items, the Contractor and/or manufacturer/supplier shall provide all
the necessary information to the Engineer regarding the properties of any plastic
components. For any items or members, the Engineer may request the Contractor to
undertake in-house or independent testing to verify the properties and quality. Any
such testing shall be at the Contractors expense.
c. The Contractor or manufacturer/supplier shall provide testing certificates, project
references, and examples of existing similar items in service, as required by the
Engineer.
d. Screws, nuts, washers, bolts, and other hardware shall be of austenitic stainless steel,
or galvanized steel, or as directed by the approved manufacturer or supplier.
e. Final approval of the component will be based on the Engineers satisfaction that the
materials proposed are reputable, structurally sound and that all materials are of a
high quality suitable for the local environment.
4. Nets and Ropes. All ropes shall be pre- stretched and steel reinforced, with an ultimate
tensile strength not less than 2200 kg. The minimum diameter of the rope shall be 12mm.
Nets shall be made of 16mm diameter rope, assembled with stainless steel couplers. All
rope ends shall be looped with aluminum couplers.
5. Hardware. All hardware shall be either stainless steel, cast aluminum, anodized
aluminum, hot-dip galvanized, or electric galvanized, and powder coated steel and tamper
proof.
6. Rubber. Rubber elements shall be made from vulcanized UV resistant rubber, with the
addition of fire retardant and weather proofing material.
2.04

PLAY EQUIPMENT

A.

Specific Play Equipment for all playgrounds shall be as identified in the plans and details.

B.

Play Equipment and playgrounds are developed based on the ages of the intended users.
Playgrounds shall include different combinations of equipment within any one project site.

PART 3 - EXECUTION
3.01
A.

GENERAL
All operations shall be performed in accordance with the specification, and in conformity
with the lines, grades, thickness and typical cross Section shown on the plans or established
by the Engineer. Only approved material shall be used in the construction. The embankment
and subgrade in fill shall be constructed utilizing only suitable material obtained from

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roadway excavation or imported fill material from sources previously approved by the
competent authority.
3.02

SITE PREPARATION AND CLEARING

A.

Site preparation and clearing shall comply with Section 02200, unless otherwise approved by
the Engineer.

B.

Verify that substrates are stable and capable of supporting the weight of items covered under
this section.

C.

Verify that substrates have been adequately prepared to securely anchor those items that will
be surface mounted.

3.03

INSTALLATION

A.

Install according to the manufacturers installation instructions.

B.

Install in conformance to applicable ADA guidelines and End Users established


Accessibility policies.

3.04

PROTECTION

A.

Erect temporary barriers to protect site furniture during drying and curing.

B.

Lock site to prevent use until acceptance by the owners representative.

3.05

CLEAN UP

A.

Remove all containers, surplus materials and debris. Dispose of materials in accordance with
local, state and Federal regulations.

B.

Leave site in a clean and orderly condition.

END OF SECTION

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