Zoo Atlanta’s Savanna Hall Now Open

Zoo Atlanta recently announced the opening of Savanna Hall, which was formerly the Cyclorama building at Grant Park. The building now has four floors with event spaces on the third and fourth floors and administrative spaces on the first and second floors. BLP is proud to be a part of the project team with The Epsten Group and Winter Johnson Group.

Click here for more information about the project.

 

Whitefield Academy Lower School

The Whitefield Academy campus, located in Smyrna, GA, is currently undergoing some exciting changes; a new lower school is under construction! Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the project, which also includes improved outdoor play spaces, improved service access, a brand new campus entrance, and a new multi-purpose practice field. After this project, the west side of campus will surely look a bit different, and Whitefield will be able to enjoy increased functionality and improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation.

The practice field has recently been completed and is receiving the finishing touches for use this spring. The remaining phases of the project, including the new lower school building named after former principal Jeannie Brostrand and designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, is scheduled to be completed for the upcoming fall semester 2020.

Over the years, Breedlove Land Planning also provided comprehensive site design services for Whitefield Academy’s current upper school and tennis complex, as well as their overall campus masterplan. We are honored to be a part of the school’s overall development and are excited to see Whitefield’s campus goals and vision take shape.

Georgia Municipal Association Headquarters Groundbreaking

BLP is excited to be working on the new GMA Headquarters with the project’s architect, Stevens & Wilkinson. The project includes a new four-story building, a parking deck, and renovations to the existing building. The headquarters also includes a landscaped courtyard between the two buildings, and a fourth-floor terrace facing the State Capitol that can accommodate up to 200 people for special events.

Click here to learn more about the project and its groundbreaking.

UGA Transit Facility

Breedlove Land Planning is the lead designer for Phase 1 of the University of Georgia’s project to update the infrastructure at the UGA Transit Facility. The project is planned in phases to accommodate the university’s gradual transition to an electric bus fleet. They are receiving the Proterra buses in phases as their manufacturing and commissioning is complete. The new fleet will significantly reduce emissions and create opportunities for experiential learning and research.

UGA’s transit system is the state’s second largest bus system in ridership behind MARTA, serving 11 million passengers per year. Phase 1 of the project accommodates charging 22 buses, and BLP hopes to continue work on Phase 2, which is anticipated to include 34 more charging spaces covered by a solar canopy. Womack & Associates was a consultant under BLP for the project’s electrical design.

For more information about the project click here.

Happy Holidays from Breedlove Land Planning

During this season of giving, Breedlove Land Planning makes a donation to each employee’s charity of choice. We support many different causes – from curing disease, helping the homeless, to protecting animals and our environment. We send you our best wishes for this holiday season as we share these special organizations with you.

ACTS Food Pantry – ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) is an organization supported by local Oconee County churches to provide food and clothing for the needy.

Alzheimer’s Association – Seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against the 10th leading cause of death.

Athens Area Humane Society – Rescues and cares for more than 5,000 animals each year; many of these animals are at risk of being euthanized.

Atlanta Mission – Provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing. Atlanta Mission serves more than 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day.

Caring for a Cause – A non-profit that helps families in need through community events and fundraisers. The organization assists families in the McDonough, GA community financially as well as supports them with other needs that arise from unforeseen events.

Country Kids Foundation– Sponsors and supports needy children during the Christmas season.

Downtown Academy – Seeks to provide children of inner-city Athens, Georgia an excellent and rigorous Christ-centered education that builds knowledge, character, and purpose.

Georgia Conservancy – Works to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration.

Make a Wish Georgia – Grants the wishes of local children facing critical illnesses and renews families and communities disrupted by serious childhood illness. 

Mercy Care– A federally qualified health center and Atlanta’s only healthcare for the homeless program (330h), Mercy Care accepts most insurances plans, Medicare and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale based on household income for the uninsured.

Oconee Animal Shelter – Protects animals by providing a safe, compassionate shelter for lost, stray, and unwanted animals in Oconee County, Georgia.

Paradox Spay-Neuter – Specializes in LOW COST spay/neuter to help with pet overpopulation. 

Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – Susan G. Komen’s goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026 by finding new treatments for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer and ensuring that all people have access to and utilize high-quality breast cancer care.

Sweet Olive Farm Animal Rescue – Helps animals, and educates our community, especially the young, about the importance of responsible animal care, ethical eating, and the sentience of all creatures.

Hilsman Middle School – Foundations In Design

This year Breedlove Land Planning had the opportunity to assist Hilsman Middle School students involved in a program called “Foundations In Design.” The program, which received a grant from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was initiated and led by Architectural Collaborative, an Athens based Architectural Firm. Foundations In Design introduces students to principles of design and construction. Throughout the year, students learned about a variety of AEC practice areas including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and civil engineering. The students experienced field trips to construction sites, educational sessions with local design professionals and hands-on project activities. The students then divided into small groups to tackle a semester long project – design of a new community garden space on the grounds of their new campus. 

Breedlove Land Planning had recently worked on the site design of the new Hilsman Middle School campus, which was opened in 2019. BLP utilized campus data to prepare a base map of the project area for the students to work from. BLP also donated engineering scales to the program so that students could learn how designers convert real world measurements into a plan scale. BLP’s Kayloe Dawson, PE and Gary Caraway, PLA worked with the students to understand spatial requirements of various elements which could be incorporated into the plan. These elements included walkways, crop rows, raised garden beds, fish ponds/fountains, chicken coops and chicken runs. They also taught students about rainwater capture. The presentation outlined the process of determining how much water would be needed to irrigate their plants and how much water could be collected via rain barrels or cisterns. It explained cistern sizing, proper locating and efficient drip irrigation techniques. 

The program culminated this past Thursday with a presentation by the students.  Each group presented their design solutions to a room full of “jury” members and proud parents.  Moving forward, the designs will be utilized to assist in fund raising efforts as they aim to make the community garden into a campus reality. We look forward to next year as the program hopes to shift to students at Clarke Middle School.

1091 Tucker Avenue – Affordable Housing Development Near the Beltline

Rendering by Smith Dalia

BLP is working on an exciting affordable housing development near the Atlanta Beltline in Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery District. 1091 Tucker Avenue will provide a permanently affordable fee structure in which the land ownership costs burden is lifted from tenants, a unique alternative to the typical equitable housing approach. Despite affordability, this project contains design elements more common to luxury scale developments. Unique site amenities include a variety of outdoor gathering spaces such as a grilling patio, a courtyard garden with seating/reading nooks and a fire ring. A community garden with raised beds will allow residents to grow vegetables and herbs adjacent to the community’s open lawn space. Additionally, a rain garden feature which will assist with stormwater infiltration and water quality will be installed in conjunction with the Southface Insitute’s Atlanta CREW Green Infrastructure program. Architecturally this project features a modern, modular building approach, but which features architectural elements that connect to the historic character of the surrounding neighborhood. We are grateful to be working as part of the team with Atlanta Land Trust, Home Place Solutions, Smith Dalia Architects and Oak Construction Group. 

The current issue of USGBC+ Magazine contains an article on Atlanta’s key players in the equitable housing push. The article includes a highlight on the Tucker Avenue project and Atlanta Land Trust’s great work in this area.  Follow link below: