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.
BLP is working on an exciting affordable housing development near the Atlanta Beltline in Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery District. 1091 Tucker Avenue will provide a permanently affordable fee structure in which the land ownership costs burden is lifted from tenants, a unique alternative to the typical equitable housing approach. Despite affordability, this project contains design elements more common to luxury scale developments. Unique site amenities include a variety of outdoor gathering spaces such as a grilling patio, a courtyard garden with seating/reading nooks and a fire ring. A community garden with raised beds will allow residents to grow vegetables and herbs adjacent to the community’s open lawn space. Additionally, a rain garden feature which will assist with stormwater infiltration and water quality will be installed in conjunction with the Southface Insitute’s Atlanta CREW Green Infrastructure program. Architecturally this project features a modern, modular building approach, but which features architectural elements that connect to the historic character of the surrounding neighborhood. We are grateful to be working as part of the team with Atlanta Land Trust, Home Place Solutions, Smith Dalia Architects and Oak Construction Group.
The current issue of USGBC+ Magazine contains an article on Atlanta’s key players in the equitable housing push. The article includes a highlight on the Tucker Avenue project and Atlanta Land Trust’s great work in this area. Follow link below:
A large crowd attended the Veterans Day program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial on Monday. Speakers for the event included U.S. Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnston, State Rep. Vernon Jones, Rockdale Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt Sr., and Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett. Brigadier General Randall V. Simmons Jr., Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Army National Guard, was the keynote speaker and said, “I have to comment on this tremendous park. I’ve been to many events like this, and I can’t say that I’ve seen another one in the country as nice as this one. Thank you for your vision and your inspiration.” Breedlove Land Planning designed the park and is proud to support our veterans. Click here to learn more about the event.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on a recent ranking of the best Private K-12 schools in Georgia and Breedlove Land Planning is proud to count three of them as our clients. At Pace Academy, we are currently working on their lower school renovation and a campus wide hydrology study. Across Atlanta at The Paideia School, we are working on the site design for a new Junior High School building that has already received approval from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. At Woodward Academy in Southwest Atlanta, we are currently in the design development stage for the renovation of Brewster Hall to become the new administration hub for the campus. We appreciate the opportunity to work with these great institutions and you can learn more about our experience on our portfolio page.
BLP’s Matt Tanner recently attended the ribbon cutting for a new health center at Hilsman Middle School. It’s the first at-school health center in Athens-Clarke County, and will offer physical, dental and behavioral healthcare to students at Hilsman Middle School and Gaines Elementary School regardless of their ability to pay. Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the school.
Breedlove Land Planning would like to congratulate the team for the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club for their recent award from ULI Atlanta for Excellence in Civic/Institutional Development. BLP worked with the project’s architect, Collins Cooper Carusi, and contractor, Winter Construction, to provide site design services including new infiltration based stormwater management, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a culinary garden.
A full project description from the award application: the
Harland Club project included the construction of a two-story 25,000 SF
arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally
obsolete Boys & Girls Club. Located on a 2.59-acre lot in the Westside
community, the new facility is a creative youth development space that is
driven by innovation and expression in its design and programming. Programming
at the Harland Club is centered on visual arts, performing arts, and culinary
arts. The Harland Club offers 30% more space than the previous building,
efficient LED lighting systems, “cool roof” technologies, and rain water
harvesting used to irrigate the culinary garden. From a design perspective, the
space is catered directly to teenagers, a segment of the population that has
been difficult historically for the Boys and Girls Clubs to serve. The new
space includes a gym, multi-purpose sports field, community space, a teen loft,
a kitchen for culinary arts training, and dedicated arts spaces such as
film/music studios, visual arts galleries, dance studio, a graphic design and
tech lab, and a café. The project financing utilized public/private
partnerships through New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation; partnering with
local community and financing institutions, including Atlanta Housing
Authority, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., Invest Atlanta, SunTrust Bank, and
various philanthropic supporters. Additionally, the facility has partnered with
local nonprofits to help develop its programming. The Harland Club is an
innovative gathering space for Atlanta’s youth, helping to impact the lives of
more than 225 kids daily. Its location is within a mile of five schools and two
bus lines providing access for youth from the surrounding local communities.
Click here to learn more about this year’s ULI Award Recipients.
Mike Breedlove and Joe Moon recently attended the
groundbreaking ceremonies for Rockdale County School’s new J.H. House
Elementary replacement building and the new Central Office Campus. BLP is
providing landscape architecture and civil engineering services for both
The new J.H. House facility will provide 110,000 SF of
learning space for 800 students. The school includes 40 classrooms, two paired
special education classrooms, art, P.E., music, computer science, and a media
center. The school is designed by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart &
Associates and will be built by Carroll Daniel Construction Company.
The original Pine Street Elementary building, which first
opened in 1957, will be renovated to house the new Central Office Campus. The
new campus will include 29,000 SF of renovated space and a 53,000 SF addition
providing a larger board room, central registration, atrium for gatherings, and
a staff dining area for 175 employees. The new campus will also include 250
parking spaces to accommodate staff and visitors. Lindsay Pope Brayfield
Clifford & Associates is the project’s architect, and Carroll Daniel
Construction Company is the project’s general contractor.