BCI Burke

September 17, 2009 09:00 ET

BCI Burke Introduces Nucleus Component Playground System

FOND DU LAC, WI--(Marketwire - September 17, 2009) - BCI Burke has introduced a new playground system that allows the company to build more variety into playgrounds, integrate traditional and fitness-oriented equipment, and make better use of limited playground space.

The new playground, dubbed Nucleus, uses a new connection system that combines a dual direct-bolt clamp system with industry-standard 5" O.D. (outer diameter) posts.

The new playground will be TUV certified to the EN (European Norm) standard, paving the way for Burke to offer its full line of playground components internationally.

"Both in the United States and internationally, customers have been telling us they wanted a better way to integrate our fitness-oriented Intensity fitness play complex with our more traditional component systems built around platforms. Nucleus enables us to respond to the market demand with the strongest and most versatile system we've ever offered," said Tim Ahern, president of BCI Burke.

Central to Nucleus is Burke's new KoreKonnect system, which uses a proprietary dual direct-bolt connection and a clamping system that allows customers to connect each platform to more components.

"Many schools have playgrounds that are used for recreation after school hours. They've told us their needs during the school day differ from those after hours. While children are at school, teachers like to organize fitness activities around Intensity, often using the Intensity Curriculum developed for the playground. But after hours and during free play time, schools still want traditional post-and-platform playground equipment," said Ahern.

Fitness-oriented equipment is beginning to grow in importance in schools because of the surge in childhood obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that among children between six and 11, the prevalence of obesity has shot up from 6.5 percent in the 1970s to 17 percent in 2003-2006.

Nucleus is designed not only for strength and versatility, but also for ease of installation, according to Ahern.

"The holes for the direct bolts are pre-drilled in our factory for precision, so customers don't have to worry about drilling them during installation and risking mistakes. This makes the installation go much faster, with the greatest possible precision. In addition, the decks are connected using our new EZKonnect system, a self-leveling system on which we have a patent pending," said Ahern.

BCI Burke, with headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park, and recreation equipment and an avid supporter of playground safety. More information is available at and

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