2nd Place 2014 National Precast Concrete Association Bumper Cars – National Playground Expo Texas

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2nd Place 2014 National Precast Concrete Association Bumper Cars – National Playground Expo Texas

 
Universal Precast Concrete Inc.
Project: Bumper Cars Playground Display
Location: National Playground Expo, Houston, Texas

Bumper cars have been around for many, many decades entertaining children and adults alike and earning their place in Americana. Precast concrete bumper cars, however, are something new and different altogether.

Universal Precast Concrete was approached with the idea of designing precast bumper cars to be installed as very durable and heavy duty additions to a playground concept. The customer wanted the cars to look real and also be able to withstand use from many children over the years.

Universal Precast’s designers worked on renderings and concepts that were approved by the client, which led to the next step of developing molds to pour the unique products. To successfully pour and strip the forms, elements were split into modules that were cast separately and then assembled at the plant. The cars were also given footings that were added to provide additional stability once installed.

The last step was painting the cars to ensure they resembled real bumper cars. As a finishing touch, a steel post was added to simulate the electrical connection that is synonymous with the power source of real bumper cars.

The end product was exhibited at the National Playground Expo in Houston and, thanks to the durability of precast, stands the chance of creating a legacy that lasts as long as the project’s real-life inspiration.

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