The Richard B. Russell Building, new home to the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries, has opened to researchers. This LEED Gold pending project, as seen above from Google Earth, was recently completed. Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering and land planning services for the project and is overseeing the completion of the new campus oval to the south. A Grand Opening will be scheduled for February, 2012.
The Paideia School has created a website to allow visitors to follow construction of the Mother Goose replacement building. The original 1920’s building was recently destroyed by a tragic fire. While the Contractor works to wrap up the new construction, the design team, including Breedlove Land Planning, is producing the documentation necessary for LEED for Schools certification. The new building will provide the campus with an updated, efficient and code compliant classroom building with proportions, materials, and most importantly, the round front porch, that pays homage to the old building.
In a recent e-news email, the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association covers the Breedlove Land Planning design of an 100,000+ gallon cistern for the University of Georgia Special Collections Library:
Engineer of record, Breedlove Land Planning Inc., designed three large tanks, 37 feet, 50 feet and 58 feet in length, to be fabricated from 144 inch diameter, 10 gauge CSP. The cistern’s Aluminized Steel Type 2 coating offers a 100 year service life.
Breedlove specified that these CSP tanks be fabricated as single pieces with bulkheads welded to each end, on the interior and exterior for water tightness. The lockseams were sealed during the manufacturing process to eliminate leakage. Lockseams may be sealed by a full seam weld or by the addition of a gasket during the manufacturing process.
The cistern collects treated stormwater runoff from the site and mechanical equipment condensates for re-use as irrigation water for plant establishment. Once the proposed drought tolerant plants are established, the cistern’s water will then be sent for reuse at a downstream campus utility plant. In both cases, the cistern will provide a significant reduction in potable water use and will help earn the new library LEED certification.