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.

 

Breedlove Competes in AthHalf

BLP employees Bobby Molleur, Gary Caraway and Kayloe Dawson after finishing their first half marathon. Not pictured: Azael Garza who also completed the race.

This past weekend, four BLP employees competed in the AthHalf, Half Marathon. The AthHalf winds participants on a 13.1 mile course around Athens, GA including downtown, various historic districts and portions of the UGA campus. Just before the finish line, race participants had their name called out over the loud speaker as they ran out of the tunnel into Sanford Stadium. The AthHalf is an annual event put on by AthFest Educates, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund high-quality music and arts education for local K-8 youth. We are proud of our BLP employees for their participation, and great finishes, in this event.

John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio

Construction is underway on the new John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES) to replace an existing facility. The new club, called TIES for short, will reach more than 200 kids and teens each day on Atlanta’s Westside.

The 25,000 square-foot, two-story steel structure building will provide programs in visual, performing, and culinary arts. Slated for completion in late 2018, TIES includes a pre-engineered gymnasium and dance studio, dining area, culinary arts kitchen, 2D/3D arts studio with a kiln, gallery and maker spaces, offices, a loft area with a small cafe, and lab spaces for design, tech, music production, and film and video.

Site work includes a new storm drainage system, detention pond, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a planned culinary garden. Breedlove Land Planning is excited to be working with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and Winter Construction on this project.

Visit here for more information about TIES.

Fulton Education Foundation’s Fore Kids Golf Classic

Breedlove Land Planning enjoyed sponsoring Fulton Education Foundation’s annual golf tournament at Golf Club of Georgia. BLP’s Gary Caraway, Chuck Moore, Chip Brown, Matt Tanner, and Kyle Webb all played golf while Melissa Owen and Anna Harrison served margaritas at the tiki hut. It was a beautiful day to be out on the golf course supporting Fulton County Schools.

Click here for more photos from the event.

Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial Appreciation Cook Out

Mike Breedlove was honored to attend an Appreciation Cook Out for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and all of those who assisted in capturing the people who vandalized and stole from the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial. In December 2017, thieves stole numerous bronze statues and plaques, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage to the memorial. Four individuals were arrested and are awaiting trial thanks to efforts by the sheriff’s department and a $5,000 reward that was offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest. Most of the bronze items have been recovered, but it is uncertain if they can be refurbished or if they will need to be replaced.

Breedlove Land Planning was chosen as the project’s lead designer in 1996 and has provided design services including conceptual design, master planning, and construction documentation. The memorial combines architectural and landscape elements to form a pedestrian park on the northwest bank of Black Shoals Lake. The project consists of approximately 25,000 square feet of disabled person’s accessible walkways and plazas, over 600 linear feet of seat walls and retaining walls, parking, sculptures, water features, lighting and site furnishings.

Please visit the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial website for more information on recovery efforts or to make a donation.

Kyle Webb Serves as Judge for Georgia Technology Student Association

On March 15, Breedlove Land Planning’s Associate and Civil Engineer, Kyle Webb, served as a judge for Georgia Technology Student Association’s State Leadership Conference at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to middle school and high school students involved in technology education courses, students learn through exciting competitive events and leadership opportunities. Students can compete in over 60 individual and team events including 3D Animation, Architectural Design, Biotechnology Design, CAD, Coding, and many more. Kyle enjoyed judging both the “Future Technology Teacher” and “Video Game Design” events for high school students. Approximately 2,300 students competed from 183 schools in the State Leadership Conference, encouraging student collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The State Leadership Conference prepares Georgia students to compete in the National TSA Conference, which will be held in Atlanta from June 22 – 26.

Interested in judging at the National Conference? TSA needs 1,000 volunteer judges for the big event. Contact Sylvia Phillips at judges4education@yahoo.com for details.

Breedlove Land Planning Shares the Love

Each year Breedlove Land Planning makes a donation to each employee’s charity of choice. We support many different causes – from curing disease, improving childhood literacy, to protecting animals and our environment. For Valentine’s Day we would like to share these special organizations with you since they hold a special place in our hearts.

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 Rivers – Works to protect and restore our nation’s rivers, combining national advocacy with field work in key river basins to deliver the greatest impact.

Atlanta Humane Society – Works to improve animal welfare in the southeastern United States by providing quality animal services including preventative initiatives, education, advocacy and adoption of animals into permanent loving homes.

Books for Keeps – Works to improve children’s reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material. They give books to children whose reading opportunities outside of school might be otherwise limited due to geography, income, or other factors.

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.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – A not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality pediatric care to kids from all walks of life.

Community Cures – Works to bridge the gap of resources within the inner city communities by introducing awareness about social issues and providing resources and outlets for youth.

Downtown Academy – Seeks to provide children of inner-city Athens, Georgia an excellent and rigorous Christ-centered education that builds knowledge, character, and purpose.

Extra Special People – Creates opportunities for people with disabilities and their families to engage, connect, and thrive.

Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes – A residential care program that helps children who have been abandoned, neglected and abused. When children come to Youth Homes, they are placed in a family setting with a safe, loving, nurturing environment in which to rebuild their lives and prepare for a bright future.

Haven House – A domestic violence shelter and program serving victims of family violence in Henry, Jasper, Butts and Lamar Counties.

Histiocytosis Association – A global nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the unique needs of patients and families dealing with the effects of histiocytic disorders while leading the search for a cure. Histiocytic disorders are a group of diseases that occur when there is an over-production of white blood cells which can lead to organ damage and tumor formation.

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

Outdoors Without Limits – Promotes awareness and teamwork between disabled and non-disabled individuals through education and outdoor recreational activities.

Reading is Essential for all People – REAP improves reading proficiency in public school students through free teacher training and enrichment.

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.

United Way Atlanta – Brings together people and resources to tackle complex issues and drive sustainable positive change to help our community thrive. United Way Atlanta focuses on issues most strongly affecting children, family and community well-being, invests funds where they have the most leverage in addressing those issues, and deploys the power of 16,000 volunteers toward work across Greater Atlanta’s 13 counties.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church

Breedlove Land Planning Volunteers to Help Educate Students about Landscape Architecture

Over the last couple months, the firm of Stevens & Wilkinson has been volunteering materials, time and staff to help teach young students at Centennial Place Elementary about architecture and design as part of the AIA Atlanta Discover Architecture after school program.  This month, Breedlove Land Planning’s Alan Wieczynski, RLA, LEED AP BD+C, was invited as a guest to talk to students about landscape architecture and the profession’s role.  Fourteen students learned about what landscape architects do, the projects they design and their role in shaping our built environment.  The students also participated in a land planning exercise for their ‘dream house’ and made outdoor model components that will accompany their final projects.

Matt Tanner, P.E. (3rd from left) to Serve as New ASCE Northeast Georgia Branch President

Breedlove Land Planning is proud to announce that company Principal and professional engineer Matt Tanner will service as President of the Northeast Georgia Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the 2012-2013 term.  The mission of the organization is “to promote and advance the profession of civil engineering through public, legislative and student outreach as well as provide support to our members through networking and professional development opportunities”.  You can learn more about Matt’s position and the ASCE here.

Breedlove Land Planning Sponsors USGBC Georgia Atlanta Branch Green Scene

Breedlove Land Planning is sponsoring this month’s United States Green Building Council Atlanta Green Scene this Tuesday, August 14th.  This social networking event will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree Street, in downtown Atlanta (www.alma-atlanta.com).  The event will have a cash bar, free appetizers and a brief presentation on the upcoming High Performance Healthy Schools conference.  A $10 donation to support a student scholarship to the USGBC Youth Summit will enter you to win a case of wine we donated.  The drawing will be at 7:00pm.  Hope to you see there!  You can register at http://usgbcga.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&Itemid=110