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.
The show of appreciation for Mike Breedlove’s service on the State Board of Landscape Architects continues. Last weekend, the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented Mike with an ‘Award of Excellence’ for his 18 years of service on the State Board and for his work in promoting and enhancing the profession of Landscape Architecture. Congratulations to Mike and to all the other firms, projects and people recognized.
Part of the 53 acre expansion of Atlanta’s premiere open space, Piedmont Park, is a new maintenance facility for park staff. This site is sandwiched between two of Atlanta’s most exciting projects, the park expansion and the Atlanta Beltline corridor. Designed by The Epsten Group and Breedlove Land Planning, this one acre site includes a LEED Silver pending office building with a covered vehicle wash off area and garage, a pole barn and various storage bins and containers. Some of the site design elements include a porous parking lot and a bioretention pond stormwater management facility to treat pollutants from runoff. The project should be completed by Fall 2010.
The Clarence Brown Conference Center in Bartow County, Georgia is nearing completion. This 20-acre LEED Silver project, which will be able to host 17 different functions simultaneously, features an outdoor pavilion, amphitheater and wet pond designed by Breedlove Land Planning. As the link notes, the traditional architectural style and corresponding site design is intended to be reflective of the community’s values, while blending with the Georgia Highlands College Corridor vision. You can read more about this facility here.