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arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally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.
Henry County recently held a ribbon cutting for the North Ola Park expansion project. Breedlove Land Planning worked with Henry County Parks & Recreation in 2015 to masterplan the multi-phased expansion. In 2017, BLP teamed with Sports Turf Companies, Inc. to provide Design Build services for the first phase of the project.
This recently completed first phase includes two new baseball fields, field irrigation, dugouts, bleachers, score towers and field lighting, as well as a bridge to connect the park expansion to the original park. Phase II of the project will add two more baseball fields, parking areas, pedestrian circulation, two concession / restroom buildings, septic field and a stormwater management facility.
The Inter Atlanta FC Blues, a non-profit youth soccer organization, engaged Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) to convert over 220,000 SF of existing natural turf fields into 3 full regulation synthetic turf soccer fields. BLP led the client through the entire process including product selection, site design, permitting and construction administration. The project began with a thorough exploration of the various synthetic turf product offerings including a field tour to see actual products in action. BLP helped Inter Atlanta FC understand the pros and cons of various products as it relates to playability, aesthetics, costs, safety, durability and ongoing maintenance considerations. InterAtlanta FC ultimately landed on a premium turf combination which includes Shaw Legion Pro Dual Fiber Turf on a Brock Powerbase YSR shock pad with a geo-fill (coconut husk organic) infill. From there, BLP assisted with field layout options which allowed the club to expand beyond its existing pitch to maximize field configurations and tournament potential. In order to maximize the client’s desired field dimensions, BLP managed both earthwork and drainage needs with a low retaining wall which runs the length of the field on one side. BLP expeditiously designed and permitted all upgrades through the City of Atlanta. Once under construction, BLP worked closely with the contractor, Advanced Sports Group, and the product’s manufacturers, Shaw and Brock, to ensure that any necessary field adjustments continued to advance the final product. We are excited to celebrate that the result is one of the top synthetic turf fields around Metro Atlanta.
Matt Tanner and Bobby Molleur recently attended Barrow County School’s ribbon cutting for their new synthetic turf football fields at Apalachee High School and Winder Barrow High School. BLP designed the synthetic turf field conversions, which included removal of the existing natural turf fields and replacement with synthetic turf systems. These Barrow County high school fields are equipped with AstroTurf 3D3 turf system with Rootzone and a 17 mm Brock shock pad with organic BrockFill. BrockFill is the latest organic infill product that consists of engineered wood fiber from sustainably harvested trees. Both Brockfill and the AstroTurf system are also manufactured in Georgia.
This project is a great example of collaborative partnership between the community and the local school system. The Barrow County Parks and Recreation department shared in the costs of these fields, which will be an asset to the citizens of Barrow County and the school system.
The new Galapagos tortoise exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo is under construction! Breedlove Land Planning is providing site design services for this new habitat located within the Children’s Zoo area. As OKC Zoo states, “The new Galapagos tortoise habitat consists of one indoor and two outdoor spaces. The climate-controlled 900 sq. ft. indoor habitat consists of a nesting area, an indoor pool, natural substrate floors, a vestibule for animal caretakers with a sink and utility space. It also features an open-air viewing area for Zoo guests. The outdoor spaces total 8,000 sq. ft. to roam with natural boulders, a log wall and native landscaping.” We look forward to sharing photos of the finished exhibit later this year.