We had so much fun attending USGBC Georgia’s Women in Green event last week! It was truly inspiring to hear from female leaders who are making an impact in building a more sustainable future, and empowering women to join them.
Breedlove Land Planning is excited to see the lower courtyard improvements at the Georgia Tech North Avenue Apartments under construction. Originally built as athlete housing for the 1996 Olympics, the open space between these four student housing buildings needed re-programming and refreshment. Breedlove Land Planning developed a design to reactivate this space by creating new, sinuous pedestrian walkways that frame a new synthetic turf oval. Flanking the outside edges of the oval are a series of benches, grilling areas and outdoor seating. A new grove of hammocks was designed, nestled in shade, with electrical hookups to allow students to use devices for learning or relaxation. We look forward to seeing the finished installation in mid-September.
The first phase of Vogel State Park’s three-phase campground renovation project is complete! Breedlove Land Planning, in close coordination with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, designed a remodel of this beloved campground in the north Georgia mountains. Nestled into a beautiful blue ridge valley filled with streams, hemlocks and hardwoods, this campground renovation emphasized tree preservation and protection of natural resources while providing all the modern amenities the modern camper desires, such as full RV hookups, spacious living areas and wifi. Phases two and three should be complete by the end of 2022.
Breedlove recently celebrated summer and welcomed our new team members with a trip to Puttshack. Unfortunately a few employees had to miss out on the fun due to COVID, but the rest of us enjoyed having lunch, beer, and a few rounds of mini-golf in the air conditioning.
We are pleased to welcome Abby Phipps to the BLP Atlanta team! Abby graduated from UGA in May of 2022 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. During her time at UGA, Abby contributed to a research project on terrestrial litter movement, which was funded by a National Geographic grant. Abby will be a valuable asset to Breedlove and our projects.
Please join us in welcoming Diamond Owens to the BLP Atlanta team! Diamond graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture in 2021 and a Master of Urban Planning in 2022. While in school, Diamond gained industry experience through summer internships and served as a Charrette Assistant at the Center for Community Design & Preservation in the College of Environment and Design. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes here at Breedlove!
Breedlove Land Planning invited UGA College of Environment + Design students participating in their first-year studio classes to our Bishop office to see first hand what it’s like to practice landscape architecture. BLP employees led the students on a tour of the office and shared experiences of what a typical day might look like. The students were also given the opportunity to ask questions related to the profession, fielded by recent UGA CED graduates Laurel Fox, Jon Qualls, Ming Guan, Diamond Owens and Kaitlin Bryant. The Breedlove team also shared examples of recent projects which aligned with their current studio curriculum – conceptual master planning. The students gained insight from BLP’s experienced team on things to look for, design approach and lessons learned. As a bonus, BLP chef’s (Bobby Molleur and Joe Moon) treated everyone to a BBQ cookout. With 13 UGA Alumni currently on staff, BLP is excited to serve as a nearby resource for UGA students. We look forward to offering continued support to the University of Georgia – College of Environment + Design into the future!
Please join us in welcoming our summer interns, Courtney Wheeler and John Montoya. Courtney is working in the Atlanta office this summer. She’s a rising senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Design. Courtney is currently a member of Tau Beta Gamma Engineering Honors Society and the Society of Women Engineers.
John Montoya is joining our Bishop office for the summer. John is a rising junior at UGA majoring in Environmental Engineering. He’s a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and UGA Motorsports.
During their time at BLP, Courtney and John have been learning about stormwater management, construction documentation, and construction administration. They have several site visits scheduled to work on current BLP projects.
Gary Caraway recently attended the groundbreaking for the new Visitors Center at Amicalola Falls State Park. We’re happy to be a part of this long-awaited project at one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. Click here to learn more about the event.
Recently Breedlove Land Planning was proud to join Smith Dalia Architects, Impact Development Management, St. Joseph’s Health System and the employees of Mercy Care Medical Clinic for the dedication of the new McAuley Center in Atlanta, Georgia. As Atlanta’s only federally qualified heath care program for the homeless, Mercy Care is “furthering the healing ministry of the Sisters of Mercy… by providing compassionate, clinically excellent healthcare in the spirit of loving service to those in need, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.” Their new clinic and office building, with site design by BLP, will help meet and expand this vital mission. Bishop Joel Konzen of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta was present to provide prayer, reflection and a blessing with holy water for the new facility. You can learn more about this outstanding organization at www.mercyatlanta.org.