Breedlove Land Planning, Inc. was thrilled to be a part of the design team for the new Richard B. Russell, Jr. Special Collections Library on the University of Georgia Campus in Athens, GA. The building, designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, and the special collections that are housed here are truly one of a kind historically significant treasures for the entire state of Georgia. The site work for this exciting project is highlighted by several sustainable components. The impact of this project on the water quality and sustainable stormwater infrastructure on the UGA campus will be felt for years to come. This project transformed a 95% impervious parking lot with no stormwater treatment into a beautiful piece of campus with top of the line water quality and stormwater management practices. The project includes five bio-retention cells, an enhanced engineered treatment swale, and three underground cisterns with a total capacity of 105,000 gallons of collect stormwater and condensate from the building. The library opened in the spring of 2012 when the building and initial infrastructure was completed. Since the opening Breedlove Land Planning has followed up our original site design with a 2nd phase that completed the large oval front lawn and activated the cistern pumping system that sends stormwater and condensate that is harvested on the Special Collections Library site to the nearby central utility plant for recovery use.
Not even a year into its first growing season, the newly renovated Peters Park on the campus of Georgia Tech is looking great. The sensible use of native and adapted plants and proper soil amendments has ensured that, even in this period of historically warm temperatures, the newly built landscape is surviving- and thriving. One of the most unique features of this park and plaza area is this bioretention pond and stormwater flume, intended to promote the infiltration of runoff while relying on natural processes to increase water quality.
New construction at Banneker High School is still ongoing. This Smith Aerial Photos image shows that the new high school building and stadium are well on the way to completion. Some of the exciting design elements of the site include the extensive use of sensitive land planning to preserve streams and other natural features, as well as the use of numerous bioretention ponds around the building to improve stormwater runoff water quality. Doster Construction is leading the construction of this Gardner Spencer Smith Tench & Jarbeau building design. Breedlove Land Planning provided complete site design services.
Construction on the Forsyth County Schools Kelly Mill Elementary project is getting close to completion. This school project, designed by the architectural firm of Lindsay Pope Brayfield Clifford & Associates and constructed by Carroll Daniels Construction Company, is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2012. Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering and landscape architectural services, including the design of various bioretention cells (above) and enhanced swales throughout the campus. You can see aerial photos of the project here and learn about the upcoming Kelly Mill Fun Run by clicking this link.
The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) recently initiated a national rulemaking to establish a comprehensive program to strengthen its stormwater program, during which it will evaluate sustainable green infrastructure design techniques that mimic natural processes to evapo-transpire, infiltrate and recharge, and harvest and reuse stormwater. The EPA asked the American Society of Landscape Architects to collect case studies on projects that successfully and sustainably manage stormwater. Rock Mill Park in the City of Alpharetta was selected. Breedlove Land Planning was the lead designer for this project, which includes such innovative systems such as bioretention, vegetated sand filters, a greenroof pavilion and a constructed wetland.
As the Decatur-AvondaleEstates Patch reports, the “new career education facility for Decatur High School students officially opened Thursday morning, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge”. Breedlove Land Planning assisted Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and Ra-Lin Contractors in the site design and construction of this new facility, which includes a number of infiltration based stormwater management features, new plazas and play areas for students and a reclaimed concrete patio that reduced waste and landfill haul-off.
Permitting for the Peters Park Improvements at Georgia Tech is close to completion. Located across the street from Bobby Dodd Stadium, this campus open space includes a series of retaining walls that are in need of replacement. Breedlove Land Planning has designed a set of construction documents to stabilize the site, improve upon the streetscape treatment and plaza space, reforest portions of the park and manage stormwater quality and runoff through the use of a bioretention pond. The site design meets all key criteria of the Georgia Tech Landscape Master Plan to help meet the campus’ strict ecological performance targets.
Construction continues on the City of Douglasville’s Hunter Park Community Center, which includes new parking, stormwater management facilities and new walking trails to compliment an adjacent trail system. This photo shows construction crews excavating for a bioretention pond, which will utilize engineered soils and a variety of plants to treat stormwater pollutants. This building is phase one of the larger 80 acre park renovation designed by Breedlove Land Planning.
Georgia Tech has recently approved for Breedlove Land Planning to move forward with producing construction documents for campus site improvements around Peter’s Parking Deck. As part of the schematic design and design development phase of the project, Breedlove Land Planning produced numerous design options and digitally modeled them. The results enabled the University to better visualize design solutions (such as this proposed bioretention pond above) and expresses their preferences for the project.
DeKalb County Schools opened a new addition to one of its oldest facilities, Druid Hills High School, on Monday, August 9th. The addition was designed by Perkins + Will with all site design services provided by Breedlove Land Planning, Inc. Space constraints were an issue between the existing building and the Haygood Drive right-of-way, so bioretention cells were incorporated into the stormwater management plan to provide water quality treatment for runoff from new impervious surfaces. The cells have been seeded with a wildflower mix which enhances the ecological functions of the soil in addition to increasing the school’s aesthetic appeal from the street.