Close your eyes and imagine your favorite park. What memories do you have from this special place? Perhaps as a child you spun happily for hours on the merry go round with your best friend. Or, maybe as a parent you sweated through many a soccer match while cheering on your kids. Our memories of outdoor spaces are generally colored by the experiences we’ve had in them. Rarely do we notice or remember the details – the tread on the merry go round that helped keep us from slipping, the light poles that illuminated an evening soccer match.

As designers, it is our job to consider all of these details that go into creating positive outdoor experiences for the end user. On this note, RVi recently had the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the site furnishing manufacturing process at the Landscape Forms facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour chronicled the development of products from conception through design, engineering, manufacturing, finishing, and ultimately shipping to the site.

“It was amazing to see how much thought and care goes into something as simple as a park bench. To see how these furnishings are actually made helps me understand what sets good products apart. Considerations like ergonomics, durability, and ease of maintenance are important not only for end users, but also for our clients who are charged with maintaining the spaces we design for many years,” said Drew Carman, Project Manager at RVi.

Another key part of the tour included meeting with Studio 431, the division within Landscape Forms that creates custom pieces for projects. Our team now has a better understanding of the process and people involved with tailoring products for projects with unique design requirements.

A big thank you to Landscape Forms for the opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain and gain a better understanding of the details which are so important to creating successful projects!