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The full design process begins after a proposal is accepted and contracts have been signed. An initial meeting with city representatives and community interest groups allows us to hear the concerns of the community and discuss details. Here the skaters have a chance to choose the style of features they are most interested in having in their park.

We work with the local youth in a way that fosters ownership and respect for the features. A design team is chosen from the interest group(youth) and their ideas are integrated into an overview plan. A.S.I. engineers the overview into a safe and flowing set of detailed drawings.

A.S.I will develop engineered drawings based on these discussions. We understand which features are most important and can incorporate the natural resources of the location into the design. Since we can provide a single vision for design and construction, expensive conflicts and miscommunication are avoided.

Hiring A.S.I. to design and build your park is the most cost effective approach.

 

A Brief Overview of the Skate Park Design Process:

(Taken from a letter written to a city concerning skatepark design
and construction by Alltec Skateparks Inc.)


We need to have a phone meeting to discuss the relationships between the City, the Contractors, and A.S.I., as well as to organize a meeting to discuss the options and constraints of the project's budget, location, schedule, and expectations of the finished product.

A.S.I. will fit the scenario which best suits the city and will strive to please with a world class skatepark. We will produce and work from a good design and excellent set of drawings. The contractor is expected to satisfy the Specifications for Construction.

To start with, a representative from A.S.I. needs to be present at the pre-bid meeting to explain all the details and specs so they know how to bid this particular job. For this reason we need to agree on a scope of services that establishes A.S.I. in a position of advisor or instructor to the contractor.

A.S.I. methods are very open to the styles and established techniques of the local concrete company we will be working with on this project. A.S.I. listens to their explanations of how they see achieving layout, excavation, prep and pour strategy, and gets to know their crew. A.S.I. employees spends any time that they are free to talk about the most important details and what the finished product will be. A.S.I. does not try to teach experienced concrete crews how to pour concrete. A.S.I. does show them how to create the specs that are defined in the drawings so that the finished product is a world class skatepark that is both safe and enjoyable.

Importantly, A.S.I. will show the crew custom specialty tools, which only the best skatepark crews have either copied from A.S.I. or developed on their own. Before A.S.I.'s innovations, some individuals had made temporary curved wood darbies or used pool tools but none had manufactured either steel or mag tools. A.S.I. shows construction crews how to use these tools to achieve the specs that are required to create a safe and challenging skatepark.

The reason an A.S.I. representative needs to be on hand during construction is that contractors who have never made skateparks and have never skated professionally are going to take shortcuts that are dangerous to the skaters and could cause unnecessary injuries.

Our skatepark construction record proves that working with A.S.I. on a project will save the contractor money and the time that might otherwise have been spent fixing errors. Having also contracted jobs, A.S.I. knows exactly what to tell contractors to expect. Though A.S.I. does not spend a lot of time finishing concrete, they do work with their specialized tools enough to give the construction crew a visual aid to apply to their own experience.

For example, an A.S.I. representative might put on rubber boots and knee pads and get on the top deck and show a construction crew what a ¹ä inch reveal of the coping is. He will get on his knees and show the crew that the cold joint needs to be smooth, if thatās the adjustment that needs to be made.

Questions often pop up throughout the skatepark planning and construction process and our designs often have characteristic features that need explanation. A.S.I. representatives make themselves available to answer these questions, and look forward to working on another masterpiece with you.