BLP is excited to once again sponsor the USGBC Red and Green Scene – this year at the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium – We look forward to seeing everyone at this amazing event!
Breedlove Principals, Mike Breedlove and Reece Parker, were pleased to attend this year’s Veterans Day ceremony at Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial. Breedlove Land Planning designed the memorial, which combines architectural and landscape elements to form a pedestrian park on the northwest bank of Black Shoals Lake. The project consists of approximately 25,000 square feet of disabled person’s accessible walkways and plazas, over 600 linear feet of seat walls and retaining walls, parking, sculptures, water features, lighting and site furnishings.
photo courtesy of www.yanmarevocenter.com
On November 3, Governor Nathan Deal and other officials attended the ribbon cutting for YANMAR America’s new EVO//CENTER in Acworth. The purpose of the facility is to evolve the mindsets of YANMAR’S customers, dealers, employees, and community towards thinking and acting down a path of sustainable living. The new 50,000 square foot facility features six state-of-the-art product training labs with classroom and hands-on space, three classrooms, multiple meeting rooms, office space, a 250-seat auditorium, the EVO Commons dining area, concept lab, museum and outdoor product demonstration areas. The center also includes a “Working” Agricultural Training Field of approximately two acres, which will allow YANMAR to grow local, seasonal crops which can be consumed by employees and visitors. The field will also be utilized for educational purposes in the form of student field trips. Visitors will learn where food comes from and how it’s harvested via hands-on experiential learning.
Breedlove Land Planning performed all site design on the project including civil engineering and landscape architecture. BLP preserved of a majority of the 52-acre site including preservation of 32 acres of existing tree save (wooded) areas. Additionally, over 225 new 4” caliper trees were planted on site within developed areas. The project also includes over 250,000 SF of custom native, low-maintenance “meadow” mix. The meadow mix only requires mowing twice a year and does not require irrigation – a huge savings in water usage as compared to traditional turf grass.
The overall site layout and design blends the Evo//Center with its rural Cherokee County surroundings. Yet special accent features, including the reflecting pond and the outdoor dining commons, draw inspiration from traditional Japanese garden elements, a nod to YANMAR’s native country.
Governor Deal has attended recent ribbon cuttings for three BLP projects. In addition to YANMAR EVO//CENTER, he has attended the ribbon cutting ceremonies for UGA Business Learning Center Phase II and the GBI Morgue Expansion.
To see photos from the completed project click here.
Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for the recently completed Gwinnett Human Services Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The four-story, 100,000 SF office building serves clients of the Department’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). By mid-November, the Department’s Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and the Division of Aging Services (DAS) will also move operations to the new location. Overall the building will house 400 employees and is expected to serve more than 120,000 families in Gwinnett County. A key site design component included the two underground detention systems, which provide approximately 50,000 c.f. (370,000 gallons) of stormwater storage beneath the parking lots.
Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a camping trip, and Breedlove Land Planning has worked with Georgia Department of Natural Resources to design numerous yurt campsites. If you’re not familiar with the term “yurt,” the original yurt was a traditional home used by Central Asian nomads. The modern-day yurt is a dome-shaped, lattice-framed, canvas-covered structure most often erected on a wooden deck. They typically have front decks, rear decks, electricity, furnishings and even a space heater. Each yurt site also has an outdoor living area with a fire pit, grill, and a picnic table. Together, these amenities make them the latest craze in camping. BLP has designed yurt campsites at Cloudland Canyon State Park, Tugaloo State Park, and Fort Yargo State Park, which were all recently featured in this Atlanta Journal and Constitution article, “Yurts in Georgia: 6 of the best spots for yurt camping.”
BLP has worked with Georgia Department of Natural Resources over the past decade to produce master plans and to design trails and trail systems, parking lots, campgrounds, boardwalks, septic fields and a host of other site amenities. Other yurt campsites designed by BLP include Sweetwater Creek State Park and High Falls State Park.
Breedlove Land Planning is currently working to upgrade and expand the pond infrastructure at the Walton Fish Hatchery located in Social Circle, Georgia. This hatchery, managed by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, is an important resource as it helps provide stock for waters across the State of Georgia. During this project, all stock will need to be relocated prior to the start of construction activity, which will temporarily close the existing ponds. GA DNR invited BLP to host a family fishing night to thank us for our efforts on the project and get the stock removal process underway. Our employees and their families caught nearly 100 fish (mostly catfish) which will serve as the main entrée at this week’s company fish fry. Thank you to the GA DNR WRD for granting us the opportunity to enjoy this fun-filled event! For more information on the hatchery visit: http://georgiawildlife.com/walton-fish-hatchery
Breedlove Land Planning is proud to be a part of the University of Georgia’s Business Learning Community design team. This weeks ceremony included both the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Phase 2 building and the groundbreaking for the Phase 3 buildings. Follow this link for more details from the event: