UGA breaks ground on Phase 3 of the Business Learning Community

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Breedlove Land Planning is proud to be a part of the University of Georgia’s Business Learning Community design team.  This weeks ceremony included both the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Phase 2 building and the groundbreaking for the Phase 3 buildings.  Follow this link for more details from the event:


Benjamin E. Mays High School Wins AIA Georgia Honor Award

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Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have contributed to the Perkins + Will team for Benjamin E. Mays High School.  This Atlanta Public School won in the highest award catagory offered at the recent AIA Georgia design awards.  As the AIA webpage notes, “Mays is an example of how adapting and renovating the existing school can be as effective as completely demolishing and building a new building. This facility is transformational for the Mays community and has been accomplished at a much lower financial and environmental cost than building a whole new school.”Breedlove Land Planning provided all site design serices.  Congratulations to all the AIA award participants.  Click here to view photo from Architectural Record.

Two Breedlove Land Planning Projects Receive Recognition as High Performance Healthy Schools

3-21-13 HPHSOn February 19, during their 2013 Regional Schools Summit, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the best and the greenest schools with the “High Performance, Healthy Schools Awards“.  The USGBC awarded those schools, school systems and/or individuals who have shown leadership in building green Georgia schools during the past year.  Breedlove Land Planning’s client, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects was selected as the recipient of the USGBC-Georgia Chapter Award in the category of “Leadership in Energy Efficiency” for their work on Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.  They also received recognition in the category of “Innovation in Sustainability” for St. Martin Episcopal School. BLP was the Civil Engineer for both projects.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has proven to be a successful example of geothermal heating and cooling implemented in a Georgia school. Bruce Morine, the school’s CFO, analyzed his energy cost data over the years since building occupancy and compared it to their other campus. The results showed a payback of 7 years and continued energy savings. This data made a strong case for energy efficiency, which was recognized by the award.  St. Martin’s Episcopal School is pursuing LEED for Schools Silver certification. The school is healthy and high-performing in everything from design to construction. While the HVAC System provides energy savings the design provides learning spaces that extends outdoors and provides the opportunity to use the building as a teaching tool and promoting environmental awareness.

BLP is proud to have been on the CCCA team that helped make these schools among the “best and greenest” in Georgia.

Smyrna Elementary School to Open Fall 2013

3-21-13 SymrnaElemThe new Smyrna Elementary School is near completion with plans to open for the 2013-2014 school year.  Led by Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews, Moore Architects, the Smyrna Elementary School is going to be Cobb County School District’s first LEED certified school.  Breedlove Land Planning incorporated LEED site design elements that include a permeable paver parking lot, permeable paver plazas, native landscaping, and saving/protecting natural tree conservation areas.  The school project was part of a City of Smyrna master plan to redevelop an abandoned commercial area, which also includes retail and office spaces, restaurants and residencies.

UGA Special Collections Library Campus Oval Completed

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Breedlove Land Planning, Inc. was thrilled to be a part of the design team for the new Richard B. Russell, Jr. Special Collections Library on the University of Georgia Campus in Athens, GA.  The building, designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, and the special collections that are housed here are truly one of a kind historically significant treasures for the entire state of Georgia.  The site work for this exciting project is highlighted by several sustainable components. The impact of this project on the water quality and sustainable stormwater infrastructure on the UGA campus will be felt for years to come.  This project transformed a 95% impervious parking lot with no stormwater treatment into a beautiful piece of campus with top of the line water quality and stormwater management practices.  The project includes five bio-retention cells, an enhanced engineered treatment swale, and three underground cisterns with a total capacity of 105,000 gallons of collect stormwater and condensate from the building.  The library opened in the spring of 2012 when the building and initial infrastructure was completed.  Since the opening Breedlove Land Planning has followed up our original site design with a 2nd phase that completed the large oval front lawn and activated the cistern pumping system that sends stormwater and condensate that is harvested on the Special Collections Library site to the nearby central utility plant for recovery use.

D.M. Therrell High School wins AIA Georgia Merit Award

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Recently the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced their most recent design awards winners.  Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have assisted Perkins + Will in the renovation of the LEED pending D.M. Therrell High School.  As the AIA website states “Benjamin E. Mays High School demonstrates how an aged, worn school building can be transformed into a modern learning facility that the community, teachers, and students can be proud of.” BLP provided Civil and Landscape design services.  Congratulations to Atlanta Public Schools, Perkins + Will and all the AIA award winners.  (photo © Perkins + Will)

Forest Park Branch Library Nearing Completion

The much anticipated new branch of the Clayton County Library System is approaching opening day.  Breedlove Land Planning, The Gerding Collaborative and Craig Gaulden Davis Architects teamed up in designing this eco-friendly building and site.  The existing site was home to many large, old oak trees; the building was innovatively designed to surround and preserve them.  The building also provides daylighting through many windows.  The site includes pervious concrete to promote infiltration and native landscaping with the absence of sod and no irrigation to reduce water usage.  Stormwater management is achieved through an underground detention system with infiltration bed, also promoting infiltration.  Stayed tuned for updates.

Two Breedlove Land Planning Projects Reconized as Green Ribbon Schools

Three Georgia schools were recently announced as ‘Green Ribbon’ by the U.S. Department of Education.  Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have provided sustainable site design services for two of the three- Arabia Mountain High School (DeKalb County Schools) and Springdale Park Elementary School (Atlanta Public Schools).  “Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating ‘green’ environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy”.  You can read more about Green Ribbon Schools here and Breedlove Land Planning’s design services and LEED project experience 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 (  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

Construction Progress at the New Smyrna Area Elementary School

Construction continues at the new Smyrna Area Elementary School.  Breedlove Land Planning, in collaboration with Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews, Moore Architects, incorporated many sustainable design elements in an attempt to help the project achieve LEED Gold certification.  These elements include permeable pavers, native landscaping with drip irrigation, wet detention, and buffer preservation.  In order to preserve as much of the natural buffers on site as possible, extensive walls were designed to protect trees.  Carroll Daniel Construction Company has taken the lead in the construction of the school.  Scheduled to open in August 2013, the new elementary school will be a welcomed amenity to the City of Smyrna.