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:
Students, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, and Principal Judy McNeill were joined by Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Karen Handel, and many more, for Walton High School’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday.
Breedlove Land Planning is providing landscape architecture and civil engineering services for this multi-phased high school replacement project. The school has remained open throughout construction, which includes a complete teardown and rebuild of existing buildings. Phase I of the project was just completed in July 2017, and provides 132 classrooms. Phase II is underway now and will add performing arts and athletic buildings to the campus. The existing baseball field and stadium will also receive renovations.
This week Breedlove Land Planning, Inc. will sponsor The Atlanta Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects as they host Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones at the TESLA showroom in Decatur. She will present Atlanta 2041, focused on Autonomous Technology, and how the impact of this technology will change the way in which we live and undoubtedly, build and design.
You can find Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones’ work on Downtown Atlanta 2041: Autonomous Vehicles and A-Street Grids here.
This morning, Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) attended the ground breaking ceremony for Rockdale County’s newest addition – the Pine Street Elementary Replacement School. Located adjacent to Conyers Middle School, off Sigman Road, the existing Pine Street Elementary originally opened it’s doors in 1957. As one of the oldest schools in the Rockdale County School District, the time for replacement had come.
BLP worked with Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart and Associates, Inc. Architects (SRSSA) to design the new campus. The process began as a design competition in which various teams submitted conceptual plans of what the new school could be. The SRSSA / BLP team’s design strategy won the competition and began work to bring the ideas to life. The team worked with key stakeholders to refine the program, further develop the design, prepare construction documents and satisfy all permitting requirements in a timely manner. Completion of the project is estimated for June 2018.