Evans County Public Fishing Area

Recently the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division proudly unveiled a new event center and campground at the Evans County Public Fishing Area. Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for both facilities to take full advantage of the adjacent Bidd Sands Lake. The ribbon cutting ceremony for these new amenities included a formal dedication of Bidd Sands Lake, named after local hero Captain William Daniel ‘Bidd’ Sands, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

The event center, designed by Lyman Davidson Dooley Architects, is situated on a small peninsula and offers wonderful views of the lake. The building contains a full kitchen and restrooms, and is accompanied by a new parking lot, walkways and landscaping. It will certainly be an enjoyable venue to host any event from weddings to family reunions to small conferences. 

The campground contains 14 campsites accommodating RVs, 8 tent-only sites, and a restroom and shower facility. It will be an attractive amenity for both fishing and camping enthusiasts, as it also offers views and access to Bidd Sands Lake. Anglers can easily stay overnight or campers can easily fish!

Breedlove Land Planning is delighted to have a part in both of these projects that will undoubtedly be wonderful assets for Evans County and the surrounding community.

Veterans Day program at Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial

A large crowd attended the Veterans Day program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial on Monday. Speakers for the event included U.S. Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnston, State Rep. Vernon Jones, Rockdale Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt Sr., and Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett. Brigadier General Randall V. Simmons Jr., Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Army National Guard, was the keynote speaker and said, “I have to comment on this tremendous park. I’ve been to many events like this, and I can’t say that I’ve seen another one in the country as nice as this one. Thank you for your vision and your inspiration.” Breedlove Land Planning designed the park and is proud to support our veterans. Click here to learn more about the event.

Toronto FC Practiced at New Inter Atlanta FC Fields

In preparation for their MLS playoff game last week against Atlanta United, Toronto practiced on Inter Atlanta FC’s new synthetic turf fields. Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) designed the fields, which involved converting over 220,000 SF of existing natural turf fields into 3 full regulation synthetic turf soccer fields.

Top Georgia Private Schools

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on a recent ranking of the best Private K-12 schools in Georgia and Breedlove Land Planning is proud to count three of them as our clients.  At Pace Academy, we are currently working on their lower school renovation and a campus wide hydrology study.  Across Atlanta at The Paideia School, we are working on the site design for a new Junior High School building that has already received approval from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.  At Woodward Academy in Southwest Atlanta, we are currently in the design development stage for the renovation of Brewster Hall to become the new administration hub for the campus. We appreciate the opportunity to work with these great institutions and you can learn more about our experience on our portfolio page.

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Hilsman Health Center Ribbon Cutting

BLP’s Matt Tanner recently attended the ribbon cutting for a new health center at Hilsman Middle School. It’s the first at-school health center in Athens-Clarke County, and will offer physical, dental and behavioral healthcare to students at Hilsman Middle School and Gaines Elementary School regardless of their ability to pay. Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the school.

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John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta Receives ULI Atlanta Award

Breedlove Land Planning would like to congratulate the team for the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club for their recent award from ULI Atlanta for Excellence in Civic/Institutional Development. BLP worked with the project’s architect, Collins Cooper Carusi, and contractor, Winter Construction, to provide site design services including new infiltration based stormwater management, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a culinary garden.

A full project description from the award application: the Harland Club project included the construction of a two-story 25,000 SF arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally obsolete Boys & Girls Club. Located on a 2.59-acre lot in the Westside community, the new facility is a creative youth development space that is driven by innovation and expression in its design and programming. Programming at the Harland Club is centered on visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts. The Harland Club offers 30% more space than the previous building, efficient LED lighting systems, “cool roof” technologies, and rain water harvesting used to irrigate the culinary garden. From a design perspective, the space is catered directly to teenagers, a segment of the population that has been difficult historically for the Boys and Girls Clubs to serve. The new space includes a gym, multi-purpose sports field, community space, a teen loft, a kitchen for culinary arts training, and dedicated arts spaces such as film/music studios, visual arts galleries, dance studio, a graphic design and tech lab, and a café. The project financing utilized public/private partnerships through New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation; partnering with local community and financing institutions, including Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., Invest Atlanta, SunTrust Bank, and various philanthropic supporters. Additionally, the facility has partnered with local nonprofits to help develop its programming. The Harland Club is an innovative gathering space for Atlanta’s youth, helping to impact the lives of more than 225 kids daily. Its location is within a mile of five schools and two bus lines providing access for youth from the surrounding local communities.

Click here to learn more about this year’s ULI Award Recipients.

Rockdale County Schools Celebrates Two Groundbreaking Ceremonies

Mike Breedlove and Joe Moon recently attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for Rockdale County School’s new J.H. House Elementary replacement building and the new Central Office Campus. BLP is providing landscape architecture and civil engineering services for both projects.

The new J.H. House facility will provide 110,000 SF of learning space for 800 students. The school includes 40 classrooms, two paired special education classrooms, art, P.E., music, computer science, and a media center. The school is designed by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates and will be built by Carroll Daniel Construction Company.

The original Pine Street Elementary building, which first opened in 1957, will be renovated to house the new Central Office Campus. The new campus will include 29,000 SF of renovated space and a 53,000 SF addition providing a larger board room, central registration, atrium for gatherings, and a staff dining area for 175 employees. The new campus will also include 250 parking spaces to accommodate staff and visitors. Lindsay Pope Brayfield Clifford & Associates is the project’s architect, and Carroll Daniel Construction Company is the project’s general contractor.

Click on the links below to read more about the events:
Rockdale County School officials break ground for J.H. House construction

Rockdale County Public Schools to re-purpose old Pine Street Elementary campus for Central Offices