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Club project included the construction of a two-story 25,000 SF arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally obsolete Boys & Girls Club.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.

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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

North Ola Park Ribbon Cutting

Henry County recently held a ribbon cutting for the North Ola Park expansion project. Breedlove Land Planning worked with Henry County Parks & Recreation in 2015 to masterplan the multi-phased expansion. In 2017, BLP teamed with Sports Turf Companies, Inc. to provide Design Build services for the first phase of the project.

This recently completed first phase includes two new baseball fields, field irrigation, dugouts, bleachers, score towers and field lighting, as well as a bridge to connect the park expansion to the original park. Phase II of the project will add two more baseball fields, parking areas, pedestrian circulation, two concession / restroom buildings, septic field and a stormwater management facility.

For more information on the project click here.

New Inter Atlanta FC Synthetic Turf Fields

The Inter Atlanta FC Blues, a non-profit youth soccer organization, engaged Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) to convert over 220,000 SF of existing natural turf fields into 3 full regulation synthetic turf soccer fields. BLP led the client through the entire process including product selection, site design, permitting and construction administration.  The project began with a thorough exploration of the various synthetic turf product offerings including a field tour to see actual products in action. BLP helped Inter Atlanta FC understand the pros and cons of various products as it relates to playability, aesthetics, costs, safety, durability and ongoing maintenance considerations.  InterAtlanta FC ultimately landed on a premium turf combination which includes Shaw Legion Pro Dual Fiber Turf on a Brock Powerbase YSR shock pad with a geo-fill (coconut husk organic) infill. From there, BLP assisted with field layout options which allowed the club to expand beyond its existing pitch to maximize field configurations and tournament potential. In order to maximize the client’s desired field dimensions, BLP managed both earthwork and drainage needs with a low retaining wall which runs the length of the field on one side. BLP expeditiously designed and permitted all upgrades through the City of Atlanta. Once under construction, BLP worked closely with the contractor, Advanced Sports Group, and the product’s manufacturers, Shaw and Brock, to ensure that any necessary field adjustments continued to advance the final product. We are excited to celebrate that the result is one of the top synthetic turf fields around Metro Atlanta. 

Ribbon Cutting for New Barrow County Synthetic Turf Fields

Matt Tanner and Bobby Molleur recently attended Barrow County School’s ribbon cutting for their new synthetic turf football fields at Apalachee High School and Winder Barrow High School. BLP designed the synthetic turf field conversions, which included removal of the existing natural turf fields and replacement with synthetic turf systems. These Barrow County high school fields are equipped with AstroTurf 3D3 turf system with Rootzone and a 17 mm Brock shock pad with organic BrockFill. BrockFill is the latest organic infill product that consists of engineered wood fiber from sustainably harvested trees. Both Brockfill and the AstroTurf system are also manufactured in Georgia.

This project is a great example of collaborative partnership between the community and the local school system. The Barrow County Parks and Recreation department shared in the costs of these fields, which will be an asset to the citizens of Barrow County and the school system.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Oklahoma City Zoo’s Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit

 

The new Galapagos tortoise exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo is under construction!  Breedlove Land Planning is providing site design services for this new habitat located within the Children’s Zoo area.  As OKC Zoo states, “The new Galapagos tortoise habitat consists of one indoor and two outdoor spaces. The climate-controlled 900 sq. ft. indoor habitat consists of a nesting area, an indoor pool, natural substrate floors, a vestibule for animal caretakers with a sink and utility space. It also features an open-air viewing area for Zoo guests. The outdoor spaces total 8,000 sq. ft. to roam with natural boulders, a log wall and native landscaping.”  We look forward to sharing photos of the finished exhibit later this year.

 

 

UGA Dedication Ceremony for the Completed Business Learning Community


On September 6, UGA dedicated the final two buildings of the recently completed Business Learning Community. The two buildings, Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall and M. Douglas Ivester Hall, complete the new Terry College of Business campus. BLP provided civil engineering services for Phases II and III of the six-building, three-phase project.

For more information about the project and dedication ceremony click here.