One of the most exciting site features of the Clarence Brown Civic Center in Bartow County, Georgia is a new outdoor stage and amphitheater. This LEED Silver pending project, lead by the architecture firm of Lyman Davidson Dooley, Inc., is currently under construction. Other site features include a lush event courtyard adjacent to the conference center and a new pond which provides for wildlife habitat, stormwater management and non-potable water for irrigation. Breedlove Land Planning provided all site design services for this state of the art facility.
The third phase of construction for the new Mount Pisgah School athletics complex is underway. Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for this 34 acre project which includes a new track and field complex, football stadium, soccer, baseball and softball fields and associated amenities. Perhaps the most remarkable feature is that the site is a former landfill. BLP worked closely with the school, GeoSyntec Consultants and New South Construction to mitigate the site in an effort to reclaim the land and further the mission of the school.
Located within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and, more specifically, within the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, this site was a perfect fit for this environmental showcase along the Arabia Mountain Greenway Trail. Breedlove Land Planning was honored to provide the site design services for this unique high school, which has a curriculum geared specifically to environmental studies.
The newly renovated and expanded Nancy Guinn Memorial Library will officially re-open on May 16, 2010. This facility, located just a few miles down the road from the BLP office, doubles as a community gathering place for Rockdale County. Craig Gaulden Davis Architects designed the building improvements, BLP the site improvements and landscaping, and Potts General Contractors brought it all together.
Coahulla Creek High School is currently under construction in Whitfield County, Georgia. Breedlove Land Planning provided complete site design services for this new 95 acre campus nestled in the scenic ridge and valley geologic providence of the state, including this soil filled gabion retaining wall designed to protect existing trees and a riparian corridor. A permanent seed mix was specifically tailored to provide the plant façade for this living wall. The school is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2011.
The newest addition to Fort Yargo State Park is up and running. Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to develop their new yurt campground. The site is located on a quiet peninsula and provides campers with a low impact, yet comfortable way to enjoy the natural environment. Breedlove Land Planning designed a similar yurt campsite at High Falls State Park in 2007 and has been involved in a number of State Park projects including work at Cloudland Canyon, Magnolia Springs, and Red Top Mountain State Parks.
Duncan Creek Park is an existing active recreation park in the Hamilton Mill area of Gwinnet County, Georgia. Due to the area’s huge youth sports population, the County decided to convert their worn-out and over-used natural turf field to the first synthetic turf field in their extensive park system. The excavation is mostly complete and the formwork has begun for the concrete containment curb. Stay tuned for further updates as this exciting project moves closer to completion in July.
Porter Branch Library is currently under construction in Newton County, Georgia. The project is attempting LEED Gold certification and includes the recycling of roof water via an underground storage cistern and an innovative series of water quality treatment facilities with native plants. The facility is scheduled to open in winter 2011 but you can watch it be built above.
This week, Mike Breedlove was recognized by the State of Georgia for his 18 years of service on the State Board of Landscape Architects, including 16 years as Chairman. For almost two decades and through three Governors of the State of Georgia, Mike has dedicated a tremendous amount of time serving the profession. Please visit the Governor’s website for more photos.
Recently, the University of Georgia Special Collections Library rainwater cistern, designed by Breedlove Land Planning, was installed on site. This cistern has a holding capacity of over 100,000 gallons and will treat stormwater pollutants, provide non-potable irrigation water for the 3+ acre site and will even provide water for a future campus project not yet under construction. The building, designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, is attempting LEED Gold certification and is one of approximately two dozen LEED projects Breedlove has provided site design services for. Check out our main website www.landplanning.net for more examples.