Happy Holidays from Breedlove Land Planning

During this season of giving, Breedlove Land Planning makes a donation to each employee’s charity of choice. We support many different causes – from curing disease, helping the homeless, to protecting animals and our environment. We send you our best wishes for this holiday season as we share these special organizations with you.

ACTS Food Pantry – ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) is an organization supported by local Oconee County churches to provide food and clothing for the needy.

Alzheimer’s Association – Seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against the 10th leading cause of death.

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 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.

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.

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.

Georgia Conservancy – Works to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration.

Make a Wish Georgia – Grants the wishes of local children facing critical illnesses and renews families and communities disrupted by serious childhood illness. 

Mercy Care– A federally qualified health center and Atlanta’s only healthcare for the homeless program (330h), Mercy Care accepts most insurances plans, Medicare and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale based on household income for the uninsured.

Oconee Animal Shelter – Protects animals by providing a safe, compassionate shelter for lost, stray, and unwanted animals in Oconee County, Georgia.

Paradox Spay-Neuter – Specializes in LOW COST spay/neuter to help with pet overpopulation. 

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.

Sweet Olive Farm Animal Rescue – Helps animals, and educates our community, especially the young, about the importance of responsible animal care, ethical eating, and the sentience of all creatures.

Hilsman Middle School – Foundations In Design

This year Breedlove Land Planning had the opportunity to assist Hilsman Middle School students involved in a program called “Foundations In Design.” The program, which received a grant from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was initiated and led by Architectural Collaborative, an Athens based Architectural Firm. Foundations In Design introduces students to principles of design and construction. Throughout the year, students learned about a variety of AEC practice areas including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and civil engineering. The students experienced field trips to construction sites, educational sessions with local design professionals and hands-on project activities. The students then divided into small groups to tackle a semester long project – design of a new community garden space on the grounds of their new campus. 

Breedlove Land Planning had recently worked on the site design of the new Hilsman Middle School campus, which was opened in 2019. BLP utilized campus data to prepare a base map of the project area for the students to work from. BLP also donated engineering scales to the program so that students could learn how designers convert real world measurements into a plan scale. BLP’s Kayloe Dawson, PE and Gary Caraway, PLA worked with the students to understand spatial requirements of various elements which could be incorporated into the plan. These elements included walkways, crop rows, raised garden beds, fish ponds/fountains, chicken coops and chicken runs. They also taught students about rainwater capture. The presentation outlined the process of determining how much water would be needed to irrigate their plants and how much water could be collected via rain barrels or cisterns. It explained cistern sizing, proper locating and efficient drip irrigation techniques. 

The program culminated this past Thursday with a presentation by the students.  Each group presented their design solutions to a room full of “jury” members and proud parents.  Moving forward, the designs will be utilized to assist in fund raising efforts as they aim to make the community garden into a campus reality. We look forward to next year as the program hopes to shift to students at Clarke Middle School.

Veterans Day program at Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial

A large crowd attended the Veterans Day program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial on Monday. Speakers for the event included U.S. Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnston, State Rep. Vernon Jones, Rockdale Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt Sr., and Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett. Brigadier General Randall V. Simmons Jr., Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Army National Guard, was the keynote speaker and said, “I have to comment on this tremendous park. I’ve been to many events like this, and I can’t say that I’ve seen another one in the country as nice as this one. Thank you for your vision and your inspiration.” Breedlove Land Planning designed the park and is proud to support our veterans. Click here to learn more about the event.

John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta Receives ULI Atlanta Award

Breedlove Land Planning would like to congratulate the team for the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club for their recent award from ULI Atlanta for Excellence in Civic/Institutional Development. BLP worked with the project’s architect, Collins Cooper Carusi, and contractor, Winter Construction, to provide site design services including new infiltration based stormwater management, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a culinary garden.

A full project description from the award application: the Harland Club project included the construction of a two-story 25,000 SF arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally obsolete Boys & Girls Club. Located on a 2.59-acre lot in the Westside community, the new facility is a creative youth development space that is driven by innovation and expression in its design and programming. Programming at the Harland Club is centered on visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts. The Harland Club offers 30% more space than the previous building, efficient LED lighting systems, “cool roof” technologies, and rain water harvesting used to irrigate the culinary garden. From a design perspective, the space is catered directly to teenagers, a segment of the population that has been difficult historically for the Boys and Girls Clubs to serve. The new space includes a gym, multi-purpose sports field, community space, a teen loft, a kitchen for culinary arts training, and dedicated arts spaces such as film/music studios, visual arts galleries, dance studio, a graphic design and tech lab, and a café. The project financing utilized public/private partnerships through New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation; partnering with local community and financing institutions, including Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., Invest Atlanta, SunTrust Bank, and various philanthropic supporters. Additionally, the facility has partnered with local nonprofits to help develop its programming. The Harland Club is an innovative gathering space for Atlanta’s youth, helping to impact the lives of more than 225 kids daily. Its location is within a mile of five schools and two bus lines providing access for youth from the surrounding local communities.

Click here to learn more about this year’s ULI Award Recipients.

Volunteer Day with Habitat for Humanity

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Last weekend BLP volunteered with the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity to clear the site and install silt fencing for the construction of a “Kinda-Tiny Home.” The team worked along with Faye, the homeowner, filling two dumpsters with tree branches and using a wood chipper on the remaining branches.

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. In January BLP attended the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity Committee of 100 Gala to help raise funds for the project.

BLP Around Town

Breedlove Land Planning has had a busy spring supporting some great causes and clients. Have you seen us at any of these events?

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta “Cheers for Charity”
  • Fulton Education Foundation’s “Fore” Kids Golf Classic
  • Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast Gala

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.