On May 16th, Alan Wieczynski and Laurel Fox led a tour of E. Rivers Elementary School for a group of professionals training for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This Atlanta Public School campus, designed by Breedlove Land Planning and Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, and constructed by Parrish Construction, has many examples of green infrastructure. Attendees learned about the design, construction and maintenance of porous paver parking lots, permeable stormwater management systems, biorientation cells and rain gardens.
The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program provides the base-level skill set needed for entry-level workers to properly construct, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure (GI). Designed to meet international best practice standards, NGICP is a tool that can be used to meet a wide range of needs, including professional development for existing GI professionals and as part of a larger workforce development to provide candidates with the technical skills necessary to enter the green workforce and earn a livable wage. You can learn more at their website.
BLP’s Kyle Webb recently participated as a judge for projects in the Sustainable Design category for UGA’s College of Engineering Senior Design Showcase. The showcase features creative designs from hundreds of students who’ve worked the past academic year to find solutions to real-world challenges. This year’s student teams have designed devices to help veterinarians diagnose and treat seizures in dogs, developed software to identify cyber threats, and created plans for infrastructure improvements in communities across Georgia. Kyle graduated from the college in 2007.
Click here to learn more about this year’s showcase and here for more photos from the event.
Construction of the Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy is currently entering its final stages. The new elementary school will be located on Atlanta Public School property adjacent to the current Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy building in southwest Atlanta. The campus will feature improved parking, bus drop off and pedestrian connections to campus. The site will also have new playgrounds and playfields. An outdoor classroom and plaza spaces will be aviation themed to pay homage to the revered Tuskegee Airmen, aka ‘Red Tails’, of World War II.
Breedlove is excited to announce the addition of Landscape Architect in training, Ming Guan. Ming obtained her Masters of Landscape Architecture this past December from the University of Georgia. She came to the U.S. in 2016 as an international student after first obtaining her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Nanjing Forestry University in China. Ming completed her thesis on environmental education which focuses on the creation of interactive campus landscapes. Ming also possesses excellent visual communication skills including advanced 3D Rendering capabilities. In her free time Ming enjoys taking botanical photography, cooking (testing out new recipes), swimming and playing badminton.
Breedlove Land Planning’s Mike Breedlove, Matt Tanner, Joe Moon and Gary Caraway recently attended the groundbreaking for Barrow County’s newest high school – The Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA). This school embodies the Barrow County School Systems mantra of being “Barrow BOLD”. The school focus extends beyond S.T.E.M. to a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum which allows students to specialize in a specific area of art, science or technology. The school will then integrate each students STEAM interest into all aspects of their core curriculum, harnessing a student’s known interest to generate learning excitement across all subjects.
The boldness to the approach to curriculum was rivaled by the progressiveness of the campus design. BLP was selected in 2017 to provide master planning for the overall site, which aims to support the new high school plus potential for future elementary and middle schools. BLP then performed full design, construction documentation and permitting services for the implementation of the master plan’s first phase, the BASA campus. The BASA campus features seamless interior/exterior learning environments including courtyards, an amphitheater seating area and a campus green. This will not be your typical high school campus. Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects, Inc. designed the new Student Center and the new Classroom Facility.
Alan Wieczynski and Chuck Moore with BLP have worked with Chattahoochee River Keepers over the past few years to develop a case study report on Green Infrastructure. This report discusses the use of green infrastructure to reduce urban stormwater runoff in Atlanta, Georgia. The objective of this publication is to provide a resource for anyone interested in green infrastructure, especially municipalities enacting policies that promote its use as a stormwater management strategy. Two BLP projects, a Georgia Tech parking deck and E. Rivers Elementary School, are prominently featured in the report.
Click here to download the report and learn more about Chattahoochee River Keepers.