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UCSF make playground upgrades with turf from SYNLawn

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SYNLawn Turf Chosen for Playground Upgrades in UCSF Mission Bay Childcare Relocation

San Francisco, CA – Employees across all industries consistently rank family benefits like workplace childcare services among the most wanted benefits. When the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) began experiencing an overwhelming demand for a childcare program, the institution decided to expand its Mission Bay facility. UCSF started a workplace childcare initiative in 2006, with the Mission Bay building offering care for infants, toddlers, and children ages two months to five years. The center recently expanded and relocated right next door, increasing the program’s capacity from 85 to 272 children. Officials at the University Child Care Center, operated by Bright Horizons, also decided to make playground upgrades to their facility. The team from SYNLawn Bay Area was selected to install beautiful artificial turf within the playgrounds of the new facility.

Soft, Realistic, and Safe Artificial Turf for Playgrounds

Architectural designers of the new Mission Bay facility determined that a soft, realistic, and safe artificial turf would be the ideal playground surface. Specifiers selected IPEMA Certified SYNLawn SYNTipede 343 as the perfect choice for the synthetic playground grass upgrade. The superior durability of the turf product coupled with the built-in HeatBlock™ and low-maintenance features only added to the value of the architect’s selection. For added safety, a one-inch foam pad was also selected to be installed underneath the grass, making for an ideal safe area for the children who will be enjoying the playground.

In addition to having the perfect playground turf product for the job, the expertise and professionalism of the SYNLawn Bay Area team won over project developers. The experience of the eight-man installation team helped overcome the many challenges the 8,000 square foot project presented during the installation process. Challenges included project planning, coordination, logistics, and product staging required for a smooth installation process. Additionally, installing artificial turf around six giant slides fixed to large mounds in the center of the playground required an additional layer of installation expertise to give the playground a unique and charming look.

  • image of synlawn playground turf at ucsf mission bay child care center san francisco california
  • image of synlawn playground turf at ucsf mission bay child care center san francisco california
  • image of synlawn playground turf at ucsf mission bay child care center san francisco california

High Durability Turf Safe for Playgrounds

SYNLawn’s surfacing options are a popular choice among architects and specifiers looking for a high durability turf safe for playgrounds. SYNLawn offers an array of IPEMA Certified products conforming to ASTM F1292 Standard for impact attenuation of surface systems under and around playground equipment safety standards.

The result of the UCSF Mission Bay playground upgrades means children will have a safe play area for years to come with minimal maintenance. The wear and tear of daily play from active kids are where SYNLawn artificial playground turf is superior to traditional play surfaces such as natural grass. For example, live turf can’t offer the same durability since busy feet quickly kill the roots necessary for lush growth. From synthetic playground turf to poured-in-place EPDM rubber, SYNLawn provides a full complement of safe, highly durable options for your next playground upgrade.


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