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Ben Franklin Center Playground

Floura Teeter collaborated with COPT in the development of a play space for use by families and children attending the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools. The Ben Center is a wraparound program provided by the award-winning public Baltimore City high school, Ben Franklin Center at Brooklyn/Curtis Bay and operated by United Way of Central Maryland. The Center provides care and early education services within the high school helping students stay on track and obtain their high school diplomas.

Floura Teeter provided pro bono design services to COPT, who organized the design and construction effort through a collaboration of professional volunteers and donated construction services and products. The play space was specifically designed to nurture the developing mobility of young children, promote both parallel play and group learning and provide small spaces for ‘visiting’ parents and family members to bond with their children during breaks throughout the day. It was important for United Way educators to allow children daily opportunities to play, learn and experience the outdoors throughout the seasons. The secure, enclosed space provides a variety of play structures, hardscape surfaces including turf and tyke track, interactive water feature, reading nooks and opportunities for art.

Project Category: Education

Location: Baltimore, MD

Client: COPT

Contractor: Plano Coudon

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