December 01, 2008

KaBOOM! Request for Proposal document for equipment and safety surfacing vendors is now available!

At KaBOOM!, we count on the close working relationships that we share with our play equipment and safety surfacing vendors: our KaBOOM! Partners in Play. The expertise of our Partners in Play in site preparation and installation, their flexibility in the face of all weather conditions, and their enthusiasm for working with volunteers are vital to the success of our community projects.

Equipment manufacturers are selected as KaBOOM! Partners in Play for a three-year period. KaBOOM! selects only vendors who meet stringent guidelines. Working with the same vendors for a three-year period means that our Project Managers gain a high level of expertise on that equipment and are prepared with all of the appropriate tools and know-how, ensuring each build is completed in one day! With few exceptions, the playground projects KaBOOM! manages will use our Partners in Play vendors. We take our responsibility to identify vendors for hundreds of communities very seriously; play value and safety are foremost in our minds and mission.

Vendors of play equipment and safety surfacing are selected as KaBOOM! Partners in Play (PIP) for a three-year cycle from a competitive process using the following criteria:

  • Quality of product
  • Innovation in design with a focus on play value and accessibility
  • Customer service, including ability to serve all 50 United States and Puerto Rico, all 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada, and all 31 states and the Federal District in Mexico
  • Insurance, warranty and product liability
  • Reputation and good standing
  • Meeting and/or exceeding current safety standards established by ASTM, CPSC and IPEMA and accessibility guidelines as established by ADA
  • Comprehension and value of the community-build process and ability to support the KaBOOM! community-build process
  • Attention and adherence to environmental standards and issues in the manufacturing process and commitment to reduce environmental impact
  • Timely service (for playgrounds- ability to manufacture and deliver custom playground equipment and custom graphics in a reasonable timeframe)
  • Demonstration of your organization’s alignment with the KaBOOM! core mission and values
  • Commitment to research and development of innovative play equipment
  • Cost and value added

Learn more about equipment and surfacing partners.

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