Design is Underway for a New City of Decatur Path

 

Breedlove Land Planning will design a new path connecting Decatur’s 3-5 Academy on Talley Street with the old United Methodist Children’s Home, now renamed Legacy Park. BLP is also providing site design services for the new Talley Street school.

Click here to read the AJC’s article about the new project.

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John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio

Construction is underway on the new John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES) to replace an existing facility. The new club, called TIES for short, will reach more than 200 kids and teens each day on Atlanta’s Westside.

The 25,000 square-foot, two-story steel structure building will provide programs in visual, performing, and culinary arts. Slated for completion in late 2018, TIES includes a pre-engineered gymnasium and dance studio, dining area, culinary arts kitchen, 2D/3D arts studio with a kiln, gallery and maker spaces, offices, a loft area with a small cafe, and lab spaces for design, tech, music production, and film and video.

Site work includes a new storm drainage system, detention pond, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a planned culinary garden. Breedlove Land Planning is excited to be working with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and Winter Construction on this project.

Visit here for more information about TIES.

ASCE Georgia Chapter Introduces New Board

The new ASCE GA Chapter Board was recently installed into their new positions by ASCE President-Elect, Robin A. Kemper. Among the new officers is Breedlove Land Planning’s own Matthew Tanner, P.E., who will serve as the Georgia Chapter’s President-Elect. Congratulations to all the new board members. We greatly appreciate all that you do in service of the civil engineering profession.

Yanmar America’s EVO//Center Wins ASCE Georgia Award

Yanmar America’s EVO//Center project was awarded ASCE Georgia’s Project of the Year in the Natural Environment!  The Natural Environment category recognizes projects that exemplify resource protection, land planning, and preservation.  Not only does this award recognize success in sustainable design, it exemplifies Breedlove Land Planning’s holistic site design approach in which the practices of planning and civil engineering are integrated seamlessly to maximize a balance between aesthetics and function.  We would like to extend a special thanks to Croft and Associates and Yanmar North America for allowing us the opportunity to work with you on this great project.  For more information on the Yanmar America’s EVO//Center, check out our previous post here.

Alpharetta Arts Center Opening Soon

Work is finishing up on the new Alpharetta Arts Center, and the facility should be open to the public within the next few weeks. The $3.35 million project converted an old Fulton County Library into a municipal arts center that will serve as the hub of Alpharetta’s garden and arts district. The 8,500 SF facility has studios for painting and crafts, a blackbox theater, a media studio, and gallery space. The single-story building is dominated by a large “flex space” that can be used as an auditorium, gallery or banquet hall.

Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the project which included outdoor classroom seat walls, a new loading dock/service area, monumental entrance walls and pedestrian connectivity to the broader city network.  Most notable are the sculpture gardens which included extensive landscaping and pathways.  The project also included upgrades to the existing stormwater management facility and parking areas.

 

Breedlove Celebrates Another Year of New K-12 Facilities

It’s back to school time, which means we’re happy to see the completion of some of our K-12 projects. Breedlove has been busy attending ribbon cuttings and putting the finishing touches on these projects:

Denmark High School – Forsyth County

This new facility is the largest high school in the State of Georgia. The 420,000 square-foot facility includes classrooms, science labs, computer labs, multipurpose spaces, administrative areas, a competition and auxiliary gymnasium, auditorium/theater, media center, kitchen, cafeteria, and a 3,000 square-foot Veterinary Science building. The site also includes a renovated wet-pond which doubles as both a stormwater management basin and a hands-on learning opportunity for agricultural and science-based curriculum.

Athletic facilities include a multipurpose athletic stadium with track and field, stadium seating, and concession stands, a six-court tennis facility, practice field, soccer field, as well as baseball and softball fields.

Dove Creek Elementary School – Oconee County

This nearly 90,000 SF school has 48 classrooms to accommodate 750 students. Dove Creek was constructed on the west end of the county to help serve the population growth along the Hwy 316 and Hwy 78 corridors.

Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School – Clarke County

At 122,000 square feet, it’s nearly twice as large as the old Oglethorpe, which was located on the same site. The new facility has 43 classrooms and other instructional spaces, up from 35 in the old school, and it’s built for an enrollment of approximately 675 students. The building includes a media center, three playgrounds – one specifically for special education students – and a STEM classroom. The site also utilizes a network of bio-retention facilities which helps clean and manage stormwater.

Pine Street Elementary School – Rockdale County

This new facility is situated on a 37-acre site. The two-story building has 53 classrooms, a media center, as well as specialized spaces for art, music, physical education, and computer science. The new school is designed for up to 900 students, and even includes an outdoor amphitheater. A unique seep-berm approach was utilized to protect a yellow river tributary, which wraps the property, from erosion and sediment pollution.

 

Chattahoochee Bend State Park’s Adventure Cabins Are Now Open

Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the recently completed Adventure Cabins and a playground at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The park is set in a 2,910-acre tract of wilderness that borders the Chattahoochee River and includes a boat ramp and an observation tower- a haven for anglers, paddlers and hikers. The Adventure Cabins can each accommodate six guests, and they offer modern and unique interiors. Each cabin has a screened porch equipped with rocking chairs, and an outdoor living area which includes a picnic table, grill, lantern post and fire ring. One cabin is ADA accessible and one is pet friendly. Cabin renters also have access to an open grilling pavilion and a state-of-the-art playground. Visit the Georgia State Parks website for rental information. This is glamping at its finest!