Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy

The Barrow County School System recently held a ribbon cutting for the new Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA). The new high school focuses on arts and sciences with a foundation in problem-based learning. BLP was selected in 2017 to provide master planning for the overall site, which aims to support the new high school plus potential for future elementary and middle schools. BLP then performed full design, construction documentation and permitting services for the implementation of the master plan’s first phase, the BASA campus. Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects, Inc. designed the new BASA facilities, and Charles Black Construction provided construction management services.

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Ribbon Cutting for New Barrow County Synthetic Turf Fields

Matt Tanner and Bobby Molleur recently attended Barrow County School’s ribbon cutting for their new synthetic turf football fields at Apalachee High School and Winder Barrow High School. BLP designed the synthetic turf field conversions, which included removal of the existing natural turf fields and replacement with synthetic turf systems. These Barrow County high school fields are equipped with AstroTurf 3D3 turf system with Rootzone and a 17 mm Brock shock pad with organic BrockFill. BrockFill is the latest organic infill product that consists of engineered wood fiber from sustainably harvested trees. Both Brockfill and the AstroTurf system are also manufactured in Georgia.

This project is a great example of collaborative partnership between the community and the local school system. The Barrow County Parks and Recreation department shared in the costs of these fields, which will be an asset to the citizens of Barrow County and the school system.

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Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy Groundbreaking

Breedlove Land Planning’s Mike Breedlove, Matt Tanner, Joe Moon and Gary Caraway recently attended the groundbreaking for Barrow County’s newest high school – The Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA). This school embodies the Barrow County School Systems mantra of being “Barrow BOLD”. The school focus extends beyond S.T.E.M. to a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum which allows students to specialize in a specific area of art, science or technology.  The school will then integrate each students STEAM interest into all aspects of their core curriculum, harnessing a student’s known interest to generate learning excitement across all subjects.

The boldness to the approach to curriculum was rivaled by the progressiveness of the campus design.  BLP was selected in 2017 to provide master planning for the overall site, which aims to support the new high school plus potential for future elementary and middle schools.  BLP then performed full design, construction documentation and permitting services for the implementation of the master plan’s first phase, the BASA campus. The BASA campus features seamless interior/exterior learning environments including courtyards, an amphitheater seating area and a campus green. This will not be your typical high school campus. Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects, Inc. designed the new Student Center and the new Classroom Facility.