Last week both BLP offices got together at Fort Yargo for our quarterly employee meeting. We discussed all of the work we’ve done with Georgia Department of Natural Resources over the past decade and it was great to see our work at Fort Yargo including campsites, camper cabins, and the new Visitor Center. After a year of isolation we enjoyed having everyone together on a sunny day!
Located just east of downtown Atlanta, the McAuley Park Mercy Care facility is currently undergoing a total renovation to their existing building as well as construction of a new building addition to greatly expand their facilities. Mercy Care is a federally qualified health center and Atlanta’s only healthcare for the homeless program (330h).
Phase 1 of the project has just been completed with a complete repaving and restriping of portions of their existing parking lot in addition to the ongoing interior renovations. The Phase 2 sitework has recently commenced to prepare the site for the new building addition. BLP is excited to see this project continue to progress over the coming months!
KSU’s West Campus Housing project is underway! BLP provided landscape architecture services including hardscape detailing, planting design and site lighting. We also performed campus master planning services, providing vision for the long term build out of this campus block. Click here to learn more about this project and its groundbreaking.
Situated just inside Atlanta’s westside perimeter, the West Manor Elementary School project is under construction to renovate the existing building interior as well as add new gym and classroom space. The site design was oriented around several site challenges, such as a steep sloping topography under the new building addition and protection of the beautiful tree canopy/buffer that exists on the property. The site has also presented construction challenges such as very tight access and limited staging space. This has required a collaborative effort between the design team and construction team to ensure construction continues in a timely manner while also preserving the wooded landscape that makes this school unique.
Visitors to Red Top Mountain State Park will be able to enjoy a new and improved beach area when the weather warms up! Breedlove Land Planning developed plans for the Department of Natural Resources to update the area’s amenities and improve access from the parking area down to the sandy beach. The design nestles improvements under existing tree canopy, including a new restroom building, ADA compliant board walks, new picnic areas, and a new multi-use plaza area that can accommodate events and food trucks. The project is currently under construction with an anticipated completion date in the spring. Breedlove Land Planning looks forward to seeing the project completed and in use!
Since 2020 has been such a challenging year for so many, instead of buying client gifts that would end up in mostly empty offices as many continue to work from home, Breedlove Land Planning has donated $2,000 to the Atlanta Mission and Downtown Academy to support our local Atlanta and Athens area communities.
Every year BLP also makes a donation to each employee’s chosen cause. We love sharing these organizations with you every year, and hope that they inspire you to find a cause that’s special to you. We send you our best wishes for this holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2021!
American Red Cross – The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Athens Alliance Coalition – Strives to give youth the opportunity to develop into positive individuals within their communities.
Athens Area Humane Society – Rescues and cares for more than 5,000 animals each year; many of these animals are at risk of being euthanized.
Atlanta Community Food Bank – Fights hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community. ACFB works with more than 700 nonprofit partners to distribute over 65 million meals across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
Atlanta Mission – Provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing. Atlanta Mission serves more than 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – Works to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive, and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures.
Caring for a Cause – A non-profit that helps families in need through community events and fundraisers. The organization assists families in the McDonough, GA community financially as well as supports them with other needs that arise from unforeseen events.
Clean Air Task Force – Pushes the change in technologies and policies needed to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. Imagine a world where the energy needs of all humans are met efficiently without damaging the atmosphere.
Cool Girls – Cool Girls’ mission is to empower Atlanta girls by breaking the cycle of poverty, low self-esteem and teen pregnancy.
Country Kids Foundation– Sponsors and supports needy children during the Christmas season.
Downtown Academy – Seeks to provide children of inner-city Athens, Georgia an excellent and rigorous Christ-centered education that builds knowledge, character, and purpose.
High Shoals Elementary School Angel Tree – Provides holiday gifts for families in need.
Hometown Animal Rescue – Serves the dogs and people of Conyers and Rockdale County as a small animal shelter, working closely with local Animal Control to better the lives of the dogs in their care.
Humanity Forward – Pushes for solutions to the biggest problems of the 21st Century. Their singular focus right now is on enacting Direct Cash Relief to help families deal with the effects of the pandemic.
Lydia’s Place – Serves young adults age 17-24 who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Built on Christian principles, they seek to demonstrate God’s love by providing basic needs during the transition to independent living.
National Alliance of Mental Illness – NAMI Georgia is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness, and we offer support, education and advocacy as we do so.
Nuçi Phillips Memorial Foundation– Works to prevent suicide. With a focus on musicians, Nuçi’s Space advocates for and helps to alleviate the suffering for those living with a brain illness and fights to end the stigma of mental illness.
SORBA Athens – Works to increase access to sustainable trails open to mountain bikes in and around Athens, GA.
Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – Susan G. Komen’s goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026 by finding new treatments for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer and ensuring that all people have access to and utilize high-quality breast cancer care.
Although Red & Green Scene is virtual this year, the planning committee is working hard to make it festive! Visit redandgreenscene.com for details.
Breedlove Land Planning was recently awarded Georgia Utility Contractors Association’s Golden Pipe Engineering Award for our work on King Springs Elementary School Replacement. The GUCA Golden Pipe Engineering Award is designed to recognize engineers who demonstrate the highest degree of merit and integrity for the utility construction industry. BLP was nominated by GUCA member, Civil Site Services Inc., for our excellent knowledge and communication with the constructability of the 4-phase replacement project. Civil Site Services representatives said that Breedlove was quick with response and decision making to help meet and solve changing conditions throughout the project. Meghan Simmons, the project’s civil engineer, accepted the award at the GUCA 2020 Fall Quarterly Meeting & Trade Show. Congratulations, Meghan, for this great accomplishment!
The design for the renovation of the Burton Fish Hatchery, located on Lake Burton in Clarkesville, Georgia, kicked off in the fall of 2018 and construction is well underway with an anticipated completion date of February 2020. The original Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division facility was constructed in the 1940s and produces one-third of the trout that are stocked in Georgia’s streams, rivers and lakes each year. The facility includes several existing raceways that have been updated for longevity and a large, enclosed building to house eight 16-foot diameter circular tanks. This will help eliminate low production years due to weather and protect the fish from pesky predators like raccoons and birds of prey. Once completed, the facility will re-open to the public for guided tours. The renovation also includes an expanded parking area for an adjacent boat ramp accessing the lake. Let’s go fishing!
The Barrow County School System recently held a ribbon cutting for the new Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA). The new high school focuses on arts and sciences with a foundation in problem-based learning. BLP was selected in 2017 to provide master planning for the overall site, which aims to support the new high school plus potential for future elementary and middle schools. BLP then performed full design, construction documentation and permitting services for the implementation of the master plan’s first phase, the BASA campus. Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects, Inc. designed the new BASA facilities, and Charles Black Construction provided construction management services.
Click here for a video tour and more information about the school.