The Clarence Brown Conference Center in Bartow County, Georgia is wrapping up. These photos from Breedlove Land Planning’s lastest site observation show that trees, shrubs and groundcovers have been installed, some site furnishings are in place, the wet pond irrigation reservoir is up and running and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant signage has been integrated with the site. The LEED review process by the United States Green Building Council is also underway and all site credits complied by Breedlove Land Planning were approved, without comment, in the design application.
Construction at the Piedmont Park Maintenance Facility is nearing completion. This LEED pending project embraces many tenants of sustainable design and construction including porous parking, the use of light colored hardscape material to reduce the heat island effect and an ecological approach to stormwater treatment. The bioretention pond (pictured above) is designed to treat stormwater pollutants from the building roof and adjacent hardscape. Runoff is directed to this vegetated basin where engineered soil filters sediment, soil-bound microbes break down contaminants and plants work to process pollutants through their natural cycles. Breedlove Land Planning has designed over a hundred such bioretention cells throughout the Atlanta region.
The Child Development Association (CDA) in Roswell, Georgia will be having a grand re-opening ceremony on August 31st to celebrate new improvements to their campus. The Gerding Collaborative designed the new building façade and interior improvements to dramatically alter the building’s exterior and the functionality of the structure inside. Breedlove Land Planning provided an analysis of the site to assist in the solicitations of grants as well as a planting plan. CDA provides affordable childcare and early learning programs for preschool children of low-income families in the metro Atlanta area. You can learn more about this outstanding organization here.
The Lovett School’s new softball complex is close to completion. Breedlove Land Planning assisted Collins Cooper Carusi Architects in the design of this new facility which includes a field house, bleachers, natural turf field and a host of other amenities. The school anticipates that their first game will be played on Thursday, August 26th against Whitefield Academy.
On August 4th, 2010, four members of Breedlove Land Planning attended the Turfgrass Research Field Day at the University of Georgia Griffin Campus. This event, held at the campus Research and Education Garden, included tours of campus facilities, presentation of the latest industry research and demonstrations of the latest turf grass products available on the market including varieties able to withstand drought, minimize water dependence and thrive in shaded environments. The field day provided an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the turf grass industry. With an estimated attendance of over 800 participants, this event illustrated the success of recent BLP projects at UGA’s Griffin Campus including the implementation of the UGA Griffin Stormwater Master Plan and recent parking lot, circulation, and infrastructure improvements.
In metro Atlanta, school systems are opening their doors wide as the new academic year begins. Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have provided site design services for over a dozen new facilities in the area including the following: Coretta Scott King Women’s Academy (pictured above) and Young Middle School projects In City of Atlanta; Druid Hills High School, Cross Keys High School and Tucker High School projects In Dekalb County; Shiloh High School, Mt. View High School and Anderson Livsey Elementary School projects in Gwinnett County; and Feldwood Elementary School in Fulton County. We wish all faculty, staff and students a productive and prosperous new school year.
How can one provide a safe and accessible sidewalk along a steep slope next to an interstate access road while preserving existing trees? At Ridgeview Elementary School in Fulton County, children were having a difficult time walking to school along a service road adjacent to State Route 400. Breedlove Land Planning worked to provide the following solution: 1) Steel beam piles were driven into the ground; 2) metal framing and decking was installed to support a concrete pour; 3) the concrete walk was poured on the decking and posts installed to receive a handrail. The result is approximately 1,200 feet of elevated walkway that eliminates severe grading, preserves vegetation and provides a pedestrian dedicated walkway to the school. Take a look at the slide show below to watch the construction, which should be complete this month.