Ground Breaking for Agricultural Solutions Innovation and Customer Experience Center

The Stepan Company recently broke ground on their new Agricultural Solutions Innovation and Customer Experience Center outside of Winder, Georgia. Reflecting Stepan Company’s commitment to green building and infrastructure, the facility is anticipated to be one of the first LEED certified projects in Barrow County. While working on a team with Construction Works, Inc. and Epsten Group, Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the project. Learn more here.

BLP Leads National Green Infrastructure Certification Program Site Tour

On May 16th, Alan Wieczynski and Laurel Fox led a tour of E. Rivers Elementary School for a group of professionals training for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This Atlanta Public School campus, designed by Breedlove Land Planning and Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, and constructed by Parrish Construction, has many examples of green infrastructure. Attendees learned about the design, construction and maintenance of porous paver parking lots, permeable stormwater management systems, biorientation cells and rain gardens.

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program provides the base-level skill set needed for entry-level workers to properly construct, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure (GI). Designed to meet international best practice standards, NGICP is a tool that can be used to meet a wide range of needs, including professional development for existing GI professionals and as part of a larger workforce development to provide candidates with the technical skills necessary to enter the green workforce and earn a livable wage. You can learn more at their website.

UGA’s College of Engineering Senior Design Showcase

 

BLP’s Kyle Webb recently participated as a judge for projects in the Sustainable Design category for UGA’s College of Engineering Senior Design Showcase. The showcase features creative designs from hundreds of students who’ve worked the past academic year to find solutions to real-world challenges. This year’s student teams have designed devices to help veterinarians diagnose and treat seizures in dogs, developed software to identify cyber threats, and created plans for infrastructure improvements in communities across Georgia. Kyle graduated from the college in 2007.

Click here to learn more about this year’s showcase and here for more photos from the event.

Regenerative Design Summit

Breedlove Land Planning was a proud sponsor of USGBC Georgia’s Regenerative Design Summit held this past Friday at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  The event brought together over 100 design and construction industry professionals aiming to take sustainable design beyond less-bad to the point of “Regenerative”.  Regenerative design aims to consider each building project as playing a small role within the larger system to which it contributes.  Regenerative design seeks solutions which “renew, evolve and thrive” in the same way that natural systems do.  To reach this level of connection within the ecosystems we inhabit, we must rethink the design process in a way that places priority first on purpose.  During the event, a teaming activity paired professionals from varying disciplines to illustrate how integration from the outset can better define a project’s purpose and potential.  BLP attendees included Reece Parker, Alan Wieczynski, Katie Medina and Gary Caraway.

Yanmar America’s EVO//Center Wins ASCE Georgia Award

Yanmar America’s EVO//Center project was awarded ASCE Georgia’s Project of the Year in the Natural Environment!  The Natural Environment category recognizes projects that exemplify resource protection, land planning, and preservation.  Not only does this award recognize success in sustainable design, it exemplifies Breedlove Land Planning’s holistic site design approach in which the practices of planning and civil engineering are integrated seamlessly to maximize a balance between aesthetics and function.  We would like to extend a special thanks to Croft and Associates and Yanmar North America for allowing us the opportunity to work with you on this great project.  For more information on the Yanmar America’s EVO//Center, check out our previous post here.

YANMAR America Opens EVO//CENTER

 

photo courtesy of www.yanmarevocenter.com

On November 3, Governor Nathan Deal and other officials attended the ribbon cutting for YANMAR America’s new EVO//CENTER in Acworth. The purpose of the facility is to evolve the mindsets of YANMAR’S customers, dealers, employees, and community towards thinking and acting down a path of sustainable living. The new 50,000 square foot facility features six state-of-the-art product training labs with classroom and hands-on space, three classrooms, multiple meeting rooms, office space, a 250-seat auditorium, the EVO Commons dining area, concept lab, museum and outdoor product demonstration areas. The center also includes a “Working” Agricultural Training Field of approximately two acres, which will allow YANMAR to grow local, seasonal crops which can be consumed by employees and visitors. The field will also be utilized for educational purposes in the form of student field trips. Visitors will learn where food comes from and how it’s harvested via hands-on experiential learning.

Breedlove Land Planning performed all site design on the project including civil engineering and landscape architecture. BLP preserved of a majority of the 52-acre site including preservation of 32 acres of existing tree save (wooded) areas.  Additionally, over 225 new 4” caliper trees were planted on site within developed areas. The project also includes over 250,000 SF of custom native, low-maintenance “meadow” mix. The meadow mix only requires mowing twice a year and does not require irrigation – a huge savings in water usage as compared to traditional turf grass.

The overall site layout and design blends the Evo//Center with its rural Cherokee County surroundings. Yet special accent features, including the reflecting pond and the outdoor dining commons, draw inspiration from traditional Japanese garden elements, a nod to YANMAR’s native country.

Governor Deal has attended recent ribbon cuttings for three BLP projects. In addition to YANMAR EVO//CENTER, he has attended the ribbon cutting ceremonies for UGA Business Learning Center Phase II and the GBI Morgue Expansion.

To see photos from the completed project click here.