UGA Dedication Ceremony for the Completed Business Learning Community

On September 6, UGA dedicated the final two buildings of the recently completed Business Learning Community. The two buildings, Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall and M. Douglas Ivester Hall, complete the new Terry College of Business campus. BLP provided civil engineering services for Phases II and III of the six-building, three-phase project.

For more information about the project and dedication ceremony click here.

Jon Qualls Joins Breedlove Land Planning

BLP would like to welcome Jon Qualls to our team. Jon recently started working in our Atlanta office after graduating from the University of Georgia in the summer of 2019 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. A native of Milledgeville, Georgia, Jon enjoys all aspects of design but especially planting design. Jon interned with Trees Atlanta and has worked at the Founder’s Memorial Garden and the State Botanical Gardens in Athens, Georgia. In his free time, Jon enjoys walks with his wife and their dog, Ned, as well as all things Atlanta sports.

Artificial Turf Growing in Popularity at Georgia High Schools

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As football season gets underway, according to the AJC, this is the first year that more Georgia high schools will be playing on artificial turf fields than natural grass. Twenty-two high schools installed artificial turf on their home fields during the offseason, bringing the total to 212 high schools of the 422 in the Georgia High School Association.

Why the switch? High schools are seeing the benefits of artificial turf in less maintenance and year-round field use for various sports and events. So many schools are limited in their physical space and ability to maintain practice fields that can stand up to the use experienced in high school sports. With the growing popularity of soccer and lacrosse at the JV and varsity levels combined with football, school systems have found it difficult and expensive to maintain natural turf playing fields that can stand up to the year-round wear and tear. One of the biggest benefits of synthetic turf fields is the ability to play on them during or immediately after rain, no matter how large or small the storm. From a maintenance standpoint, artificial turf eliminates the need for irrigation, fertilizing, mowing, top dressing, aerating, and painting field markings.

BLP has designed over 30 artificial turf fields, including four of the high school field conversions installed this year: Apalachee and Winder-Barrow in Barrow County; and Duluth and South Gwinnett in Gwinnett County. BLP also designed new fields this year for Inter Atlanta FC Soccer and Eastside Elementary School in Cobb County.

Click here to read the full article in the AJC.

Red Top Mountain State Park Visitor Center


The Visitor Center at Red Top Mountain State Park is nearing completion. The new ‘heart’ of this popular Georgia State Park will provide a wide variety of services for users including natural and historic interpretation of the ecological and human history of this fascinating park along the shores of Lake Allatoona. The new site design includes improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation, an entry plaza, and outdoor education pavilion, amphitheater and a host of native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and groundcovers. The building, designed by Croft and Associates and constructed by Lovvorn Construction, should be open to the public by late September 2019.


Church of the Epiphany

BLP’s Katie Medina and Alan Wieczynski have been working with the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany for almost two years on their latest campus addition. It all started with a vision and a Master Plan back in 2017, and this summer BLP finally got the green light to turn this project into construction documents. Our team is seen here walking the church’s Capital Campaign, Building and Grounds, and Native Plant committees through the plans. We can’t wait to break ground on this project in 2020!

UGA Ed Hoard Memorial First Tee Golf Tournament

BLP recently participated in the Ed Hoard Golf Tournament, with Matt Tanner and Anna Harrison offering cold beers to golfers, while Gary Caraway and Kyle Webb golfed in the tournament. The event raised approximately $40,000, which will provide scholarships for low and moderate income students to attend UGA.

New Bull Elephant Comes to Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta’s elephants, Kelly and Tara, will soon have a new companion. Msholo, a 30 year old male African elephant, will be joining them in the new Zambezi Elephant Center. BLP provided site design for this and other projects within the new African Savanna, which will open to the public on August 8.

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Exciting news! Zoo Atlanta welcomes Msholo, an adult male African elephant from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, to the Zambezi Elephant Center at the all-new African Savanna, opening on August 8. Msholo, who at 30 years old weighs more than 11,000 pounds, arrived in Atlanta on July 24. He will occupy the Zambezi Elephant Center at the all-new African Savanna, opening on August 8. ⠀ Msholo will meet the African elephants here at the Zoo, Kelly and Tara, who moved to the Zambezi Elephant Center on June 16. The ability to meet a new social companion will be an enriching opportunity for Kelly and Tara, whose well-being was the primary goal of the design of their new African Savanna habitat, which more than triples the size of their former habitat. The African Savanna and Zambezi Elephant Center have the capacity to house up to seven elephants. ⠀ Features of the elephant environment in the African Savanna include Abana Pond, the largest of the complex’s three water features. Abana Pond has almost 360-degree access and a gentle slope for ease of use by multiple elephants. Additional elements include Chishimba Falls and Kalambo Falls, two waterfalls named for falls in Africa, and a feeder enrichment activity wall. The indoor Zambezi Elephant Center likewise features elements designed with elephant well-being in mind, including sand under the elephants’ feet. The Center was designed to include a large observation area where Zoo visitors will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the elephants’ care. ⠀ As part of a commitment to leadership in professional elephant care and superior dedication to elephant well-being, Zoo Atlanta is also making a substantial commitment to the protection and long-term sustainability of wild elephant populations in Africa, where their future is very uncertain without conservation action. Illegal trafficking for ivory and human-wildlife conflict represent significant threats for African elephants. In 2018, Zoo Atlanta announced a partnership with Conservation South Luangwa, a nonprofit organization based in Zambia, to protect elephants and other species impacted by these threats. (Photo courtesy San Diego Safari Park) ⠀ #OnlyZooATL

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