Regenerative Design Summit

Breedlove Land Planning was a proud sponsor of USGBC Georgia’s Regenerative Design Summit held this past Friday at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  The event brought together over 100 design and construction industry professionals aiming to take sustainable design beyond less-bad to the point of “Regenerative”.  Regenerative design aims to consider each building project as playing a small role within the larger system to which it contributes.  Regenerative design seeks solutions which “renew, evolve and thrive” in the same way that natural systems do.  To reach this level of connection within the ecosystems we inhabit, we must rethink the design process in a way that places priority first on purpose.  During the event, a teaming activity paired professionals from varying disciplines to illustrate how integration from the outset can better define a project’s purpose and potential.  BLP attendees included Reece Parker, Alan Wieczynski, Katie Medina and Gary Caraway.

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Cobb P.A.R.K.S. Administration Building and Services & Operations Building Renovation

Construction is nearing completion on the new Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. Administration Building and Services & Operations Building. The project provides the Department with a central headquarters complex for all of their administration and services needs. The campus project includes a new 18,400 SF Administration Building with offices for the director and staff, a public meeting room with after-hours access and an enhanced entrance lobby area. The project also includes the repurposing of an existing storage facility to provide an equipment storage area, vehicle maintenance shop, and parts storage area. Additionally, an existing Inventory Control Building was demolished and rebuilt in place as a new 4,000 SF facility.

Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the complex including site layout planning, parking and access configurations, grading and drainage improvements, utility infrastructure, erosion control and landscape design. The Administration Building also includes an outdoor patio space for employees.

George L. Smith State Park Canoe/Kayak Launch

Construction was recently completed on the new canoe/kayak launch at George L. Smith State Park in Twin City, Georgia. The project consisted of accessible parking and an accessible pedestrian route to both the existing fishing/boat dock and the new canoe and kayak launch. The lake at this park is one of the most scenic in the state and is a very popular destination for paddling. Just watch out for the occasional alligator!

Design is Underway for a New City of Decatur Path

 

Breedlove Land Planning will design a new path connecting Decatur’s 3-5 Academy on Talley Street with the old United Methodist Children’s Home, now renamed Legacy Park. BLP is also providing site design services for the new Talley Street school.

Click here to read the AJC’s article about the new project.

John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio

Construction is underway on the new John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES) to replace an existing facility. The new club, called TIES for short, will reach more than 200 kids and teens each day on Atlanta’s Westside.

The 25,000 square-foot, two-story steel structure building will provide programs in visual, performing, and culinary arts. Slated for completion in late 2018, TIES includes a pre-engineered gymnasium and dance studio, dining area, culinary arts kitchen, 2D/3D arts studio with a kiln, gallery and maker spaces, offices, a loft area with a small cafe, and lab spaces for design, tech, music production, and film and video.

Site work includes a new storm drainage system, detention pond, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a planned culinary garden. Breedlove Land Planning is excited to be working with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and Winter Construction on this project.

Visit here for more information about TIES.

ASCE Georgia Chapter Introduces New Board

The new ASCE GA Chapter Board was recently installed into their new positions by ASCE President-Elect, Robin A. Kemper. Among the new officers is Breedlove Land Planning’s own Matthew Tanner, P.E., who will serve as the Georgia Chapter’s President-Elect. Congratulations to all the new board members. We greatly appreciate all that you do in service of the civil engineering profession.

Yanmar America’s EVO//Center Wins ASCE Georgia Award

Yanmar America’s EVO//Center project was awarded ASCE Georgia’s Project of the Year in the Natural Environment!  The Natural Environment category recognizes projects that exemplify resource protection, land planning, and preservation.  Not only does this award recognize success in sustainable design, it exemplifies Breedlove Land Planning’s holistic site design approach in which the practices of planning and civil engineering are integrated seamlessly to maximize a balance between aesthetics and function.  We would like to extend a special thanks to Croft and Associates and Yanmar North America for allowing us the opportunity to work with you on this great project.  For more information on the Yanmar America’s EVO//Center, check out our previous post here.