Alpharetta Arts Center Opening Soon

Work is finishing up on the new Alpharetta Arts Center, and the facility should be open to the public within the next few weeks. The $3.35 million project converted an old Fulton County Library into a municipal arts center that will serve as the hub of Alpharetta’s garden and arts district. The 8,500 SF facility has studios for painting and crafts, a blackbox theater, a media studio, and gallery space. The single-story building is dominated by a large “flex space” that can be used as an auditorium, gallery or banquet hall.

Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the project which included outdoor classroom seat walls, a new loading dock/service area, monumental entrance walls and pedestrian connectivity to the broader city network.  Most notable are the sculpture gardens which included extensive landscaping and pathways.  The project also included upgrades to the existing stormwater management facility and parking areas.

 

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Breedlove Celebrates Another Year of New K-12 Facilities

It’s back to school time, which means we’re happy to see the completion of some of our K-12 projects. Breedlove has been busy attending ribbon cuttings and putting the finishing touches on these projects:

Denmark High School – Forsyth County

This new facility is the largest high school in the State of Georgia. The 420,000 square-foot facility includes classrooms, science labs, computer labs, multipurpose spaces, administrative areas, a competition and auxiliary gymnasium, auditorium/theater, media center, kitchen, cafeteria, and a 3,000 square-foot Veterinary Science building. The site also includes a renovated wet-pond which doubles as both a stormwater management basin and a hands-on learning opportunity for agricultural and science-based curriculum.

Athletic facilities include a multipurpose athletic stadium with track and field, stadium seating, and concession stands, a six-court tennis facility, practice field, soccer field, as well as baseball and softball fields.

Dove Creek Elementary School – Oconee County

This nearly 90,000 SF school has 48 classrooms to accommodate 750 students. Dove Creek was constructed on the west end of the county to help serve the population growth along the Hwy 316 and Hwy 78 corridors.

Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School – Clarke County

At 122,000 square feet, it’s nearly twice as large as the old Oglethorpe, which was located on the same site. The new facility has 43 classrooms and other instructional spaces, up from 35 in the old school, and it’s built for an enrollment of approximately 675 students. The building includes a media center, three playgrounds – one specifically for special education students – and a STEM classroom. The site also utilizes a network of bio-retention facilities which helps clean and manage stormwater.

Pine Street Elementary School – Rockdale County

This new facility is situated on a 37-acre site. The two-story building has 53 classrooms, a media center, as well as specialized spaces for art, music, physical education, and computer science. The new school is designed for up to 900 students, and even includes an outdoor amphitheater. A unique seep-berm approach was utilized to protect a yellow river tributary, which wraps the property, from erosion and sediment pollution.

 

Chattahoochee Bend State Park’s Adventure Cabins Are Now Open

Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the recently completed Adventure Cabins and a playground at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The park is set in a 2,910-acre tract of wilderness that borders the Chattahoochee River and includes a boat ramp and an observation tower- a haven for anglers, paddlers and hikers. The Adventure Cabins can each accommodate six guests, and they offer modern and unique interiors. Each cabin has a screened porch equipped with rocking chairs, and an outdoor living area which includes a picnic table, grill, lantern post and fire ring. One cabin is ADA accessible and one is pet friendly. Cabin renters also have access to an open grilling pavilion and a state-of-the-art playground. Visit the Georgia State Parks website for rental information. This is glamping at its finest!

GBI Morgue Expansion Project Receives Build Georgia Award

The GBI Morgue Expansion and Medical Examiners Annex Building was recently recognized by Associated General Contractors of Georgia with a Build Georgia award. The project was designed by Stevens & Wilkinson, with Breedlove Land Planning providing site design services, and built by Piedmont Construction Group.

Criteria for the awards include exceptional project safety, overcoming project challenges, innovation in construction techniques and materials, excellence in project management and scheduling, as well as dedication to client service. The project includes office space, improvements to the autopsy room and decomposition rooms, a conference room, and a break room.

Other BLP projects that were recognized include:

  • Walton High School Replacement Stage I (Architect: CGLS Architects, Inc.; Contractor: Gilbane)
  • YANMAR / EVO CENTER (Architect: Croft; Contractor: Carroll Daniel Construction)
  • GSU Alpharetta Labs and Student Learning Center (Architect: CGLS Architects, Inc.; Contractor: Albion)
  • Ridgeview Institute Monroe Behavioral Hospital (Architect: Lyman Davidson Dooley, Inc.; Contractor: Carroll Daniel Construction)

Visit AGC Georgia for a full list of winners.

Georgia Tech Housing’s 8th Street Student Apartments Upper Courtyard

The renovation of Georgia Tech Housing’s 8th Street student apartments upper courtyard is nearing completion.  Breedlove Land Planning led the planning and design of this new student amenity which, once completed, will include shady outdoor study areas, a grove for hammocks and lounging, grilling stations, outdoor wifi, charging stations and a bocce court capable of being converted to an outdoor gathering space for housing events.  JM Wilkerson should be completing construction this summer and we look forward to sharing finished photos of this exciting project in the fall.

Fulton Education Foundation’s Fore Kids Golf Classic

Breedlove Land Planning enjoyed sponsoring Fulton Education Foundation’s annual golf tournament at Golf Club of Georgia. BLP’s Gary Caraway, Chuck Moore, Chip Brown, Matt Tanner, and Kyle Webb all played golf while Melissa Owen and Anna Harrison served margaritas at the tiki hut. It was a beautiful day to be out on the golf course supporting Fulton County Schools.

Click here for more photos from the event.

Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial Appreciation Cook Out

Mike Breedlove was honored to attend an Appreciation Cook Out for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and all of those who assisted in capturing the people who vandalized and stole from the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial. In December 2017, thieves stole numerous bronze statues and plaques, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage to the memorial. Four individuals were arrested and are awaiting trial thanks to efforts by the sheriff’s department and a $5,000 reward that was offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest. Most of the bronze items have been recovered, but it is uncertain if they can be refurbished or if they will need to be replaced.

Breedlove Land Planning was chosen as the project’s lead designer in 1996 and has provided design services including conceptual design, master planning, and construction documentation. The memorial combines architectural and landscape elements to form a pedestrian park on the northwest bank of Black Shoals Lake. The project consists of approximately 25,000 square feet of disabled person’s accessible walkways and plazas, over 600 linear feet of seat walls and retaining walls, parking, sculptures, water features, lighting and site furnishings.

Please visit the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial website for more information on recovery efforts or to make a donation.