Benjamin E. Mays High School Wins AIA Georgia Honor Award

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Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have contributed to the Perkins + Will team for Benjamin E. Mays High School.  This Atlanta Public School won in the highest award catagory offered at the recent AIA Georgia design awards.  As the AIA webpage notes, “Mays is an example of how adapting and renovating the existing school can be as effective as completely demolishing and building a new building. This facility is transformational for the Mays community and has been accomplished at a much lower financial and environmental cost than building a whole new school.”Breedlove Land Planning provided all site design serices.  Congratulations to all the AIA award participants.  Click here to view photo from Architectural Record.

Georgia Tech Edge Building Plaza Renovation Begins

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As part of a multi-block streetscape renovation project, Breedlove Land Planning has designed and permitted improvements to the entrance plaza of the Georgia Tech Edge Building.  The building, which is home to the campus Athletics department, currently has an elevated entrance off of Bobby Dodd Way.  The renovation, currently under construction, will reduce the heights of existing retaining walls, introduce granite veneer and other campus hardscape standards, improve access for the disabled and create new seating areas on multiple levels.  The design, as shown on the above BLP rendering, will greatly help reduce the impact of the building’s brutalist façade.

Maynard Jackson High School Renovation Begins

Winter Construction has begun preliminary operations to completely renovate Maynard Jackson High School in the City of Atlanta.  The project design, led by Perkins + Will Architects, will greatly enhance the school building and site.  Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the project.  New site elements include upgraded vehicular, pedestrian and service access, new softball and tennis facilities, new stormwater management to address runoff volume and water quality and streetscape connections to future Atlanta Beltline trail and light rail network.

Breedlove Land Planning Volunteers to Help Educate Students about Landscape Architecture

Over the last couple months, the firm of Stevens & Wilkinson has been volunteering materials, time and staff to help teach young students at Centennial Place Elementary about architecture and design as part of the AIA Atlanta Discover Architecture after school program.  This month, Breedlove Land Planning’s Alan Wieczynski, RLA, LEED AP BD+C, was invited as a guest to talk to students about landscape architecture and the profession’s role.  Fourteen students learned about what landscape architects do, the projects they design and their role in shaping our built environment.  The students also participated in a land planning exercise for their ‘dream house’ and made outdoor model components that will accompany their final projects.

Breedlove Land Planning Team Semifinalist for Trinity Avenue Farm Design Competition

Breedlove Land Planning, as part of Team Elevate, was selected as a semifinalist for the City of Atlanta’s Trinity Avenue Farm Design Competition.  The competition, which had approximately 80 registrants, was ‘developed to inspire creativity and innovation as the City of Atlanta works to establish an effective and inspirational model for urban agriculture within Atlanta communities—showcasing how fresh food can be grown locally and sustainably’.   The site design, above, separates the site into a variety of zones, each intended to highlight farming techniques suitable for the ultra-urban to the suburban city environment.

Jean Child Young Middle School is LEED Gold

This month the Jean Child Young Middle School, an Atlanta Public School renovation and addition project, has been awarded Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council.  Designed by Perkins + Will Architects and constructed by HJ Russell and Company, this LEED for Schools project utilizes bioretention ponds and storm water infiltration to remove pollutants from runoff, included the complete renovation of the football and athletics field, upgraded the existing parking lot to incorporate carpool and low emission vehicle preferential parking, and created of a series of new plaza areas including an amphitheater.  Breedlove Land Planning provide all site design services for this project.

Complex Carnivores Open to the Public at Zoo Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution has posted a photo gallery of the newest Zoo Atlanta exhibit- the second phase of Complex Carnivores.  As Zoo Atlanta states, Complex Carivores introduces three new mammal species to Zoo Atlanta: bush dogs, binturong and fossa. The animals won’t be the only new carnivores in the Zoo; adjacent to their habitats, a carnivorous plant bog will showcase predatory plants, including Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and sundews.  Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have assisted The Espten Group and Ursa International with the design of this new exhibit.  (photo © 2011 AJC)

Bobby Dodd Way Streetscape Moves into CDs

Breedlove Land Planning has been authorized by the Georgia Institute of Technology to move into the construction documentation phase (CDs) for the Bobby Dodd Streetscape Project.  A two block section of Bobby Dodd Way in the heart of this urban campus will be replaced to enlarge pedestrian walks, provide better accessibility for users and bring the site up to speed with the new campus landscape standards.

Georgia Tech Peters Park Project in Permitting

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.

Jean Child Young Middle School Site Work Wrapping Up

Jean Child Young Middle School, an Atlanta Public School renovation and addition project, is almost complete.  This LEED for Schools pending project utilizes bioretention ponds and storm water infiltration to remove pollutants from runoff.  Other site improvements include complete renovation of the football and athletics field, upgrading the existing parking lot to incorporate carpool and low emission vehicle preferential parking, and the creation of a series of new plaza areas including this amphitheater in the rear quad.  This project is one of many recent Atlanta Public School LEED projects.