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.
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 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.
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Congratulations to Christ the King School and New South Construction on the 2020 CMAA Project Achievement Award for Christ the King’s Hyland Center. This project won the award for new construction of a private building with a constructed value under $30 million. Congratulations to a great team for this accomplishment!
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Congratulations to Atlanta Public Schools and JE Dunn on the 2020 CMAA Project Achievement Award for the Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy. This project won the award for a new construction public building with a constructed value less than $30 million. Congratulations to a great team on a project well done!
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Cobb Career Academy, Cuscowilla Golf Club, Cobb County School District Instructional Support Center
Through these unusual times of social distancing, Breedlove Land Planning continues to serve our clients and perform site visits to our ongoing projects. We’re especially happy to see our education projects preparing for students to (hopefully) arrive this fall.
We’re so proud of the Hilsman Middle School project team for winning a First Place AGC Build Georgia Award for this $25 million, 180,531 SF facility. BLP provided site design for the Clarke County school while Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates served as project architect and Carroll Daniel was the general contractor.
Construction is expected to begin next month on the final phase of Riverwood International Charter School’s replacement facility. Breedlove Land Planning has provided site design services for the project since the project’s first phase, a three-story addition that opened in August 2017. This final phase is expected to be completed and open for the 2022-2023 school year. Work includes a new gymnasium building, the rebuilding of the existing performing arts building, demolition of existing structures, as well as construction of utilities, driveways and other site work. CGLS designed the project and Carroll Daniel was selected as the contractor.
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The Whitefield Academy campus, located in Smyrna, GA, is currently undergoing some exciting changes; a new lower school is under construction! Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the project, which also includes improved outdoor play spaces, improved service access, a brand new campus entrance, and a new multi-purpose practice field. After this project, the west side of campus will surely look a bit different, and Whitefield will be able to enjoy increased functionality and improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
The practice field has recently been completed and is receiving the finishing touches for use this spring. The remaining phases of the project, including the new lower school building named after former principal Jeannie Brostrand and designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, is scheduled to be completed for the upcoming fall semester 2020.
Over the years, Breedlove Land Planning also provided comprehensive site design services for Whitefield Academy’s current upper school and tennis complex, as well as their overall campus masterplan. We are honored to be a part of the school’s overall development and are excited to see Whitefield’s campus goals and vision take shape.
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.