Over the last six months, Breedlove Land Planning has been performing Condition Assessment reports for over a dozen Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Working with the Department of Natural Resources, our firm was tasked with inventorying existing assets at these various sites throughout the State, and providing an analysis as to their current conditions. The result is a series of documents which will help the Department of Natural Resources make development and improvement choices throughout the Park and Historic Site system and determine future funding needs.
As part of a multi-block streetscape renovation project, Breedlove Land Planning has designed and permitted improvements to the entrance plaza of the Georgia Tech Edge Building. The building, which is home to the campus Athletics department, currently has an elevated entrance off of Bobby Dodd Way. The renovation, currently under construction, will reduce the heights of existing retaining walls, introduce granite veneer and other campus hardscape standards, improve access for the disabled and create new seating areas on multiple levels. The design, as shown on the above BLP rendering, will greatly help reduce the impact of the building’s brutalist façade.
On 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.
The 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.
First came the design and construction of Peter’s Park. Now, the next phases of the Bobby Dodd Way streetscape are under construction. This project will renovate three blocks of major thoroughfare through the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, including the main entrance of the football stadium. Improvements include new stormwater infrastructure, additional sitting areas, new sidewalks, improved intersections and a ‘road diet’ to reduce the amount of asphalt along Bobby Dodd Way in an effort to increase pedestrian connections and comfort. More photos to come as Mann Mechanical continues their construction of our design.
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.
Construction of the new 4/5 Academy and Oakhurst Elementary Schools begin as members of the design team including Stevens & Wilkinson architects, Decatur school board, and Turner Construction celebrate at the groundbreaking ceremonies. Members of the school board staff and City Schools of Decatur spoke before a crowd and commented on how impressed and proud they were with the design teams efforts to produce a quality project and still ensure the safety of the children at the schools. Breedlove Land Planning provided all site design for these two projects.