BLP Meeting at Fort Yargo State Park

Last week both BLP offices got together at Fort Yargo for our quarterly employee meeting. We discussed all of the work we’ve done with Georgia Department of Natural Resources over the past decade and it was great to see our work at Fort Yargo including campsites, camper cabins, and the new Visitor Center. After a year of isolation we enjoyed having everyone together on a sunny day!

Zoo Atlanta’s New Grigsby Aviary

Over at Zoo Atlanta, Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to report that the Grigsby Aviary is nearing completion. Built by CR Construction, this aviary will create a new standard for Zoo Atlanta. BLP worked with Zoo Atlanta’s Vice President of Facilities, the Vice President of Collections and Conservation, the Curator of Birds, Herpetology and Animal Ambassadors as well as their staff to ‘vet’ a variety of 3-D models depicting the aviary and peacock house before producing plans and details. We are looking forward to seeing the white peacock make itself comfortable in its new home. You can read more here:  https://zooatlanta.org/coming-soon-the-new-grigsby-aviary/

High School Football’s Corky Kell Classic Starts Tonight

Collins Hill High School, Dacula High School, and Mill Creek High School Football Fields

Are you ready for some football? The Corky Kell Classic is an annual series of Georgia high school football games to kick-off the season, featuring many of the state’s top teams. With the impacts of current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the annual series will be held at nine different football stadiums in order to avoid having multiple games at the same venue.  Of the nine venues selected for the 2020 series, five of the fields were designed by BLP.  The five venues include a traditional natural turf field as well as synthetic turf systems by AstroTurf, FieldTurf, and Shaw Sports Turf.  Regardless of which type of playing surface you prefer, BLP has the design experience to make your next athletics project a success!  This year’s games will be televised on PeachtreeTV starting tonight.

For more information visit http://corkykellclassic.com/.

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.

Click here to learn more.

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.

Click here for more information about the project.

 

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.