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.
Grant Park Gateway Wins Award
We’re thrilled to have our Grant Park Gateway project recognized with an Award of Excellence in Sustainable Design from the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning Atlanta Urban Design Commission Design Awards. BLP provided extensive site design services for this design-build project with Smith Dalia Architects and Winter Construction. The project received LEED Silver Certification, SITES Gold Certification for sustainable land development, and Parksmart Certification for environmentally friendly parking design. This is the first project in the world that holds all three certifications.
Lifecycle Building Center Renovation
If you’re looking for a great non-profit to support, consider the Lifecycle Building Center! Breedlove Land Planning has supported LBC for many years and we’re pleased to be a part of this renovation project for them. Breedlove provided all site design services and donated most of our fee to LBC as an in-kind donation. Click here to learn more about this exciting project!
Join Us at Red & Green Scene!
Although Red & Green Scene is virtual this year, the planning committee is working hard to make it festive! Visit redandgreenscene.com for details.
Two of our Zoo Atlanta projects recently received LEED Gold certification.
Come visit the new Savanna Hall and Zambezi Elephant Center! Read more about these additions to Zoo Atlanta here.
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.