Recycled Concrete at Tucker High School

Construction continues at Tucker High School in Dekalb County.  This project, designed by Milton Pate Architects and being built by Turner Construction, will be completed in time for the 2011-2012 school year.  Many efforts were made by Breedlove Land Planning to incorporate tenets of sustainable design, including the use of recycled materials.  For instance, instead of hauling in new stone for the site, salvaged concrete from the original school building was crushed on site, separated from other materials, washed and used for a variety of applications.  This photo shows recycled concrete used as the bedding for an underground stormwater management system.  You can follow the project on the Tucker High School Construction Forum.

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Mother Goose to Rise Again

On October 2nd, 2009, the Mother Goose Building on the campus of The Paideia School was the tragic victim of arson.  This historical old victorian style home was used by the campus staff and students in a variety of ways.  It’s replacement, designed by Perkins + Will architects, has just been successfully permitted through the City of Atlanta and general contractor Brassfield & Gorrie has already begun to reconstruct this campus centerpiece.  Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the project including a complete overhaul of the site fire protection system to bring the new building up to code.  The project will seek LEED certification.

Breedlove Featured in Erosion Control Magizine

Mike Breedlove, RLA, FASLA, CPESC, LEED AP, has been  featured in the latest edition of Erosion Control Magazine, the official journal of the International Erosion Control Association.  In the article “Dealing With Runoff- Managing Stormwater, During and After Construction”, Mike discusses the design and necessity of temporary and permanent infiltration based Best Management Practices, which work to treat runoff pollutants such as sediment, hydrocarbons and excessive nutrients.  He touches on Breedlove Land Planning’s involvement in the creation of the “Seep Berm Design Manual” as well as a couple projects including Rock Mill Park and Milton High School ( photo below- Milton HS bioretention pond).

J.R. Roberts- ISA Certified Arborist

Breedlove Land Planning is proud to announce that J.R. Roberts, LEED AP, recently passed the exam to become our first ISA Certified Arborist on staff.  J.R. worked in the nursery trade prior to attending UGA, and continued that work while attaining his Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture.  The certification is administered by The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a worldwide professional organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees and to promoting research, technology, and the professional practice of arboriculture.

Summer in Bloom at Arabia Mountain High School

Summer wildflowers are in bloom and solar panels have recently been installed at Arabia Mountain High School in Dekalb County, Georgia.  These landscape areas (pictured) are located in front of the LEED for Schools pending building and are designed to mimic a Georgia piedmont wet meadow.  This feature, designed by Breedlove Land Planning, and the solar panel installation are just a few of the elements intended to further the school’s mission of engaging students in learning through human and environmental interactions.  Click through to learn more about wet meadows and the challenges facing solar power use in Georgia.

MVPS Hosts Star Studded Football Camp

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, in the City of Sandy Springs, is host to the Todd Francis 2010 All-Star Football Camp.  This free camp for young athletes age 8 through 18 will feature 50 NFL athletes and more than 400 campers.  Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering services for the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Glenn Campus and designed the football, baseball and softabll fields at the school.  The Middle and Upper School building is also LEED silver certified. (photo-MVPS baseball complex)

Rabbitt Hill Dog Park Under Construction

The new dog park at Rabbit Hill Park in Gwinnett County is inching closer to completion.  A majority of the specimen trees were retained while creating swaths of open turf for active play.  The dog park will contain a 0.87-acre dog run, a 1.19-acre small dog area and a 1.36-acre large dog area.  Amenities include dog drinking fountains, agility equipment and shade structures.  Once sodded, the dog park will be irrigated via an on-site retention pond.