BLP Wins Golden Pipe Engineering Award

Breedlove Land Planning was recently awarded Georgia Utility Contractors Association’s Golden Pipe Engineering Award for our work on King Springs Elementary School Replacement. The GUCA Golden Pipe Engineering Award is designed to recognize engineers who demonstrate the highest degree of merit and integrity for the utility construction industry. BLP was nominated by GUCA member, Civil Site Services Inc., for our excellent knowledge and communication with the constructability of the 4-phase replacement project. Civil Site Services representatives said that Breedlove was quick with response and decision making to help meet and solve changing conditions throughout the project. Meghan Simmons, the project’s civil engineer, accepted the award at the GUCA 2020 Fall Quarterly Meeting & Trade Show. Congratulations, Meghan, for this great accomplishment!

Burton Fish Hatchery

The design for the renovation of the Burton Fish Hatchery, located on Lake Burton in Clarkesville, Georgia, kicked off in the fall of 2018 and construction is well underway with an anticipated completion date of February 2020. The original Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division facility was constructed in the 1940s and produces one-third of the trout that are stocked in Georgia’s streams, rivers and lakes each year. The facility includes several existing raceways that have been updated for longevity and a large, enclosed building to house eight 16-foot diameter circular tanks.  This will help eliminate low production years due to weather and protect the fish from pesky predators like raccoons and birds of prey. Once completed, the facility will re-open to the public for guided tours. The renovation also includes an expanded parking area for an adjacent boat ramp accessing the lake. Let’s go fishing!

Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy

The Barrow County School System recently held a ribbon cutting for the new Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA). The new high school focuses on arts and sciences with a foundation in problem-based learning. 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. Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects, Inc. designed the new BASA facilities, and Charles Black Construction provided construction management services.

Click here for a video tour and more information about the school.

Tech Tower Lawn Parking Lot

Construction for the first phase of Georgia Tech’s renovation of the Tech Tower lawn was completed recently – just in time for the fall semester! The project area is located below the iconic Tech Tower and serves as a prominent gateway into campus off of North Avenue. The completed project enhances the administrative parking lot, including hardscape and drainage improvements. A future phase will focus on improving the lawn area itself and will aim to return the geometry and circulation patterns to historical precedents. Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for this project. The project team including Georgia Tech and the contractor Astra Group, worked together to ensure a safe and successful build during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zoo Atlanta’s New Grigsby Aviary

Over at Zoo Atlanta, Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to report that the Grigsby Aviary is nearing completion. Built by CR Construction, this aviary will create a new standard for Zoo Atlanta. BLP worked with Zoo Atlanta’s Vice President of Facilities, the Vice President of Collections and Conservation, the Curator of Birds, Herpetology and Animal Ambassadors as well as their staff to ‘vet’ a variety of 3-D models depicting the aviary and peacock house before producing plans and details. We are looking forward to seeing the white peacock make itself comfortable in its new home. You can read more here:  https://zooatlanta.org/coming-soon-the-new-grigsby-aviary/

High School Football’s Corky Kell Classic Starts Tonight

Collins Hill High School, Dacula High School, and Mill Creek High School Football Fields

Are you ready for some football? The Corky Kell Classic is an annual series of Georgia high school football games to kick-off the season, featuring many of the state’s top teams. With the impacts of current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the annual series will be held at nine different football stadiums in order to avoid having multiple games at the same venue.  Of the nine venues selected for the 2020 series, five of the fields were designed by BLP.  The five venues include a traditional natural turf field as well as synthetic turf systems by AstroTurf, FieldTurf, and Shaw Sports Turf.  Regardless of which type of playing surface you prefer, BLP has the design experience to make your next athletics project a success!  This year’s games will be televised on PeachtreeTV starting tonight.

For more information visit http://corkykellclassic.com/.

Grand New View at Zoo Atlanta

Congratulations to Zoo Atlanta and Winter Johnson Group for being recognized as a CMAA 2020 Private Building, Renovation/Modernization, over $20 Million award winner!

Image from CMAA – click here for the full list of awards.