Chattahoochee River Keepers Publishes “Green Infrastructure in Practice” Report

Alan Wieczynski and Chuck Moore with BLP have worked with Chattahoochee River Keepers over the past few years to develop a case study report on Green Infrastructure. This report discusses the use of green infrastructure to reduce urban stormwater runoff in Atlanta, Georgia. The objective of this publication is to provide a resource for anyone interested in green infrastructure, especially municipalities enacting policies that promote its use as a stormwater management strategy. Two BLP projects, a Georgia Tech parking deck and E. Rivers Elementary School, are prominently featured in the report.

Click here to download the report and learn more about Chattahoochee River Keepers.

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Grant Park Gateway Project

Last month, Breedlove Land Planning helped celebrate the ‘topping out’ of the Grant Park Gateway project. Winter Johnson Group hosted the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation along with design and construction team members to commemorate this major construction milestone. As part of the design team, Breedlove Land Planning provides civil engineering services for this project that will feature a new parking garage hidden below an extensive vegetated green roof, a new restaurant and improved pedestrian connections through Grant Park. We are proud to be part of such an exciting project that will provide the Grant Park community with yet another wonderful amenity and are eager to see its completion.  

 

ASCE Releases Georgia’s 2019 Infrastructure Report Card

 

Recently, BLP’s Matt Tanner joined other members of the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the state Capitol to release their 2019 Report Card for Georgia’s Infrastructure. ASCE evaluates the state’s infrastructure every five years, focusing on 14 categories. The report gives Georgia a grade of C+, which is an improvement over 2014’s score of C.

Click here to learn more about the report or download a copy.

Breedlove Goes Back to School for Career Fairs

Breedlove Land Planning recently exhibited at several UGA and Georgia Tech student career fairs. Yesterday, BLP’s Kathryn Medina, Gary Caraway, and Patrick Perry met with students at UGA’s College of Environment and Design Career and Internship Fair.

Kyle Webb and Azael Garza recently answered students’ questions at UGA’s Driftmier Engineering Center when BLP served as UGA’s Employer of the Day. Students were encouraged to visit our booth to learn about career opportunities with BLP in civil engineering and landscape architecture.

BLP also recently participated in Georgia Tech’s Spring 2019 All Majors Career Fair. Interested in working with us at BLP? Please send in your resume!

Breedlove Supports Athens Area Habitat for Humanity

This past week, BLP members joined Athens Area Habitat for Humanity for their annual Committee of 1000 Gala. The premise is that if a thousand people can give just $70 each, then together we can build a house for someone in need. As the trend in many cities, the Athens area is suffering from less and less low-income housing options. This issue is forcing families out of their homes and communities. We strongly support the work that Habitat for Humanity is doing to provide education, as well as solutions for this gap in affordable housing – solutions that can change the trajectory of a family tree for future generations.

Through a collaboration between the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity and USGBC Athens, a design competition entitled “Kinda-Tiny Homes” sought to provide creative solutions to the affordable housing issues in Athens. Although not truly tiny homes, which by definition are typically less than 400 square feet, these Kinda-Tiny Homes will come in around 750 SF to work within allowable zoning requirements for minimal square footage within the city. Additionally, these homes will be the first LEED Certified residential houses to ever hit the real estate market in Athens. During the gala, the winning team’s design plans were revealed. The Committee of 1000 was even given a chance to meet one of the selected future homeowners as she revealed her excitement and gratitude on behalf of her family. Stay tuned for more updates as the Kinda-Tiny Homes project continues to develop.

 

Congratulations to our Newest Professional Engineers

Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to announce that Gary Liao and Chuck Moore recently passed the P.E. exam, earning their Professional Engineer’s license in the state of Georgia. Chuck has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Gary earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from Chung Yuan Christian University, majoring in hydrology. He later obtained his Master of Science in Environmental Economics from the University of Georgia. BLP now has six licensed civil engineers and nine registered landscape architects.  Congratulations on this great accomplishment!

ASCE’s Dream Big Movie Encourages STEM-Related Careers

Do kids today know how to Dream Big? The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) created an award-winning IMAX movie last year called Dream Big to inspire kids from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in engineering and STEM-related fields. ASCE provided funding to send a copy of the movie to every public high school in the U.S.

Breedlove Land Planning continued this effort by providing funding to send a copy of Dream Big to every public middle school in Georgia as well as all private middle and high schools in the state. BLP made the donation of $1,180 to purchase 236 videos and tool kits and ASCE matched that to reach a total of 473 schools in Georgia.

“This is such a great opportunity to potentially impact so many kids and inspire them to go into STEM related areas and really just be ambitious! BLP does a lot of civil engineering design for many of the school systems throughout the state and this is the perfect opportunity for us to give back and show our appreciation while also doing something that will really have a huge positive impact!”, said Matt Tanner, BLP Principal and ASCE Georgia President Elect.

Click here to learn more about Dream Big and view the trailer.

Click here to read about ASCE’s goal to provide a copy to every school.