By executive appointment, the Governor of Georgia has named Breedlove Land Planning President Chip Brown, RLA, CLARB, LEED AP, to the State Board of Landscape Architects. The Board has the authority to adopt rules, set standards for licensure, adopt mandatory standards of professional conduct, and investigate and discipline unauthorized, negligent or incompetent practice within the profession of landscape architecture. Chip’s appointment continues a long tradition of employee-driven public service to the profession, the art of land planning and responsible site design in general.
Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to announce that Springdale Park Elementary School recently received an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. As one of the first Atlanta Public Schools to attempt LEED Silver certification, Springdale Park Elementary School blends environmental and cultural elements in one cohesive design. The school is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta and lies adjacent to Springdale Park, originally designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the “Father” of the profession of Landscape Architecture. Breedlove Land Planning provided site design consultant services to Perkins+Will Architects and designed a program that includes infiltration based stormwater management, a native and adapted plant palette that is historically appropriate to the neighborhood and the preservation of hundreds of inches of mature oak trees.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.