The Decatur City Commission recently approved Breedlove Land Planning’s “Option B” design for a shared-use path on South Columbia Drive. The improvements are needed to accommodate pedestrian traffic once the new Talley Street Upper Elementary School opens in August. The concept was designed o be used by pedestrians and cyclists, connecting the new Talley Street School, Legacy Park and the East Decatur Greenway.
The selected design includes a 10-foot shared use path with a three to five-foot landscaped buffer. The path will be about a quarter-mile long initially, though long-term plans call for eventually linking Talley with the multi-use path further south on Katie Kerr Drive. BLP also provided site design services for Talley Street Upper Elementary School.
To read more about the approved projects visit the AJC and Decaturish.
On May 16th, Alan Wieczynski and Laurel Fox led a tour of E. Rivers Elementary School for a group of professionals training for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This Atlanta Public School campus, designed by Breedlove Land Planning and Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, and constructed by Parrish Construction, has many examples of green infrastructure. Attendees learned about the design, construction and maintenance of porous paver parking lots, permeable stormwater management systems, biorientation cells and rain gardens.
The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program provides the base-level skill set needed for entry-level workers to properly construct, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure (GI). Designed to meet international best practice standards, NGICP is a tool that can be used to meet a wide range of needs, including professional development for existing GI professionals and as part of a larger workforce development to provide candidates with the technical skills necessary to enter the green workforce and earn a livable wage. You can learn more at their website.
BLP’s Kyle Webb recently participated as a judge for projects in the Sustainable Design category for UGA’s College of Engineering Senior Design Showcase. The showcase features creative designs from hundreds of students who’ve worked the past academic year to find solutions to real-world challenges. This year’s student teams have designed devices to help veterinarians diagnose and treat seizures in dogs, developed software to identify cyber threats, and created plans for infrastructure improvements in communities across Georgia. Kyle graduated from the college in 2007.
Click here to learn more about this year’s showcase and here for more photos from the event.
Construction of the Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy is currently entering its final stages. The new elementary school will be located on Atlanta Public School property adjacent to the current Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy building in southwest Atlanta. The campus will feature improved parking, bus drop off and pedestrian connections to campus. The site will also have new playgrounds and playfields. An outdoor classroom and plaza spaces will be aviation themed to pay homage to the revered Tuskegee Airmen, aka ‘Red Tails’, of World War II.
Breedlove is excited to announce the addition of Landscape Architect in training, Ming Guan. Ming obtained her Masters of Landscape Architecture this past December from the University of Georgia. She came to the U.S. in 2016 as an international student after first obtaining her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Nanjing Forestry University in China. Ming completed her thesis on environmental education which focuses on the creation of interactive campus landscapes. Ming also possesses excellent visual communication skills including advanced 3D Rendering capabilities. In her free time Ming enjoys taking botanical photography, cooking (testing out new recipes), swimming and playing badminton.
Breedlove Land Planning’s Mike Breedlove, Matt Tanner, Joe Moon and Gary Caraway recently attended the groundbreaking for Barrow County’s newest high school – The Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA). This school embodies the Barrow County School Systems mantra of being “Barrow BOLD”. The school focus extends beyond S.T.E.M. to a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum which allows students to specialize in a specific area of art, science or technology. The school will then integrate each students STEAM interest into all aspects of their core curriculum, harnessing a student’s known interest to generate learning excitement across all subjects.
The boldness to the approach to curriculum was rivaled by the progressiveness of the campus design. BLP was selected in 2017 to provide master planning for the overall site, which aims to support the new high school plus potential for future elementary and middle schools. BLP then performed full design, construction documentation and permitting services for the implementation of the master plan’s first phase, the BASA campus. The BASA campus features seamless interior/exterior learning environments including courtyards, an amphitheater seating area and a campus green. This will not be your typical high school campus. Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects, Inc. designed the new Student Center and the new Classroom Facility.