Grand New View at Zoo Atlanta

Congratulations to Zoo Atlanta and Winter Johnson Group for being recognized as a CMAA 2020 Private Building, Renovation/Modernization, over $20 Million award winner!

Image from CMAA – click here for the full list of awards.

Zoo Atlanta gets a new rhinoceros

Mumbles, a southern white rhinoceros, is the newest resident of Zoo Atlanta’s African Savanna. Breedlove Land Planning provided site design for the African Savanna, which includes a ‘best in class’ elephant barn, elephant, giraffe, rhino and hoofstock habitats, an impressive water feature, pavilions, boardwalks and interpretive signage.

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Breedlove Land Planning’s Response to COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution, Breedlove Land Planning offices will be closed until Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We will be working remotely until that time, when we will re-evaluate based on guidance from the CDC. We will continue to interact with clients and colleagues through email, phone communication, and essential meetings. While working remotely we will utilize technology to collaborate effectively and produce thorough and complete design and construction documents. We are committed to providing excellent service to our clients, and we thank you for your understanding as we adapt to this evolving situation.

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.

Zoo Atlanta’s Savanna Hall Now Open

Zoo Atlanta recently announced the opening of Savanna Hall, which was formerly the Cyclorama building at Grant Park. The building now has four floors with event spaces on the third and fourth floors and administrative spaces on the first and second floors. BLP is proud to be a part of the project team with The Epsten Group and Winter Johnson Group.

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Whitefield Academy Lower School

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.

Hilsman Middle School – Foundations In Design

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.

1091 Tucker Avenue – Affordable Housing Development Near the Beltline

Rendering by Smith Dalia

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:

Veterans Day program at Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial

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.