Colette Crutcher works solo and collaboratively, most often with Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr or her husband Mark Roller, on public art installations including mosaics, murals, and paper mache sculptures for parades, concerts and demonstrations. Her Bay Area public works include Tonantsin Renace, 16th Ave Tiled Steps, 24th St. Minipark, Ping Yuen Housing Project, Chinatown Rec. Center, Cesar Chavez Park, (Oakland,) and Hidden Garden Steps. A mosaic stairway for Hunters Point SF, and a fountain and bench for a playground in Redwood City are underway.
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Our mission is to build community through creative projects. We collaborate with schools, libraries, community centers, municipalities and military facilities. Our projects include infrastructure (bridges, benches, maps, signs, gardens, trails, etc), public art (mosaics, concrete, ceramic murals, stained glass, metal, etc), and all kinds of fun experiences (puppets, parades, festivals, etc). We work with you to find materials, develop community assets, and facilitate quality programs. Concrete Couch has garnered many awards, including “empowering youth through public art”, “project of the year award”, “exceptional creative opportunities”, and numerous design and community building honors.
Tom Arie Donch, president, has orchestrated hundreds of projects in twenty states over thirty years. With a passion for learning and sharing the ingredients of successful community built events he has collaborated with over fifty community built association members and firms. His work has included parks, playgrounds, public sculpture, murals, nature trails, skateboard parks, school enhancements, low income housing projects, environmental projects, gardens and plazas. Currently Tom is lecturing on CBA work, mentoring and making himself available for one large project a year. He gives free consulting to communities to help them connect with CBA professionals and achieve their dreams.
Since 1971, Leathers & Associates has been on hand to celebrate the opening of more than 3,000 playgrounds in all 50 states and 7 countries. We specialize in custom-designed play spaces that are a reflection of children’s imaginations and the product of collective energy and creativity of the entire community. Our mission is to create unique playgrounds for children of all abilities. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure our projects are cost effective, safe and provide well-rounded play environments. With a commitment to quality and safety, it is our goal to produce an awe inspiring playground that has a positive and long lasting impact on a community.
Parkitects works closely with communities to custom design play environments that meet their needs for budget, accessibility, supervision, and age appropriateness. Parkitects’ President and Landscape Architect, Steve Lauzun, is a founding member of the CBA and specializes in inclusive and participatory design. As a Landscape Architect lead company, Parkitects also specializes in integrating play equipment into complex and playful site designs.
Play by Design Co-founders Lee Archin and Dave Iannello, both are talented designers and community organizers who began the company based on their vision and passion for design and quality construction. Designer John Dean, who was with us from the outset, is joined on the design team by Dennis Wille and Lisa Deshano. Our core group has more than 100 years of combined experience leading volunteers in the design and construction of hundreds of community-built playgrounds throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. All members of our design-and-build team are Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs).
How do you suspend 12 oversized weather balloons from an occupational therapy room ceiling in a school for special needs kids? The usual answer is you can’t. That’s because architects of most children’s learning and play facilities don’t ask questions like that.
SCHOOLWORKS, designers and builders of childrens’ places since 1971, understands that kids and the people devoted to their care and education should be able to interact with their environments in ways that encourage them to stretch their imaginations – to make their classrooms and playgrounds places where even the most improbable ideas can be realized – and that they and their communities can even build these places themselves.