South Columbia Drive Path Approved by City of Decatur


The Decatur City Commission recently approved Breedlove Land Planning’s “Option B” design for a shared-use path on South Columbia Drive. The improvements are needed to accommodate pedestrian traffic once the new Talley Street Upper Elementary School opens in August. The concept was designed o be used by pedestrians and cyclists, connecting the new Talley Street School, Legacy Park and the East Decatur Greenway.

The selected design includes a 10-foot shared use path with a three to five-foot landscaped buffer. The path will be about a quarter-mile long initially, though long-term plans call for eventually linking Talley with the multi-use path further south on Katie Kerr Drive. BLP also provided site design services for Talley Street Upper Elementary School.

To read more about the approved projects visit the AJC and Decaturish.

New City of Decatur School Additions Underway

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Construction of the new 4/5 Academy and Oakhurst Elementary Schools begin as members of the design team including Stevens & Wilkinson architects, Decatur school board, and Turner Construction celebrate at the groundbreaking ceremonies. Members of the school board staff and City Schools of Decatur spoke before a crowd and commented on how impressed and proud they were with the design teams efforts to produce a quality project and still ensure the safety of the children at the schools. Breedlove Land Planning provided all site design for these two projects.

Decatur Career Academy Ribbon Cutting

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.

Decatur High School Wins 2011 Decatur Design Award

As the City of Decatur Website notes the Decatur High School Performing Arts and Sports Center has received a 2011 Decatur Design Award.  Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architectural and civil engineering services for this project as an consultant to Collins Cooper Carusi Architects.  Winter Construction implemented a wide variety of site improvements including an extremely complicated 6-phase site demolition plan, a synthetic sports field, a variety of hardscape and plaza designs and underground stormwater management facilities.  The marks the second consecutive year Breedlove Land Planning has been on a Decatur Design Award team.

Decatur Career Academy Design Diverts Waste from Landfill

Since 2009, The Decatur City School System has been working with DeKalb Technical College to open one of the state’s newest career academies for high school students.  This project, located at Decatur High School, is close to completion.  The site program includes plaza improvements, better access for the disabled and ecologically based stormwater pollutant control methods.  Breedlove Land Planning also designed an outdoor patio adjacent to the culinary arts center that transforms an old concrete service drive into an ornamental feature.  By specifying the careful demolition and salvaging of existing concrete, these panels are being reconstructed into an outdoor patio, thus utilizing existing resources and minimizing haul off to the landfill.  More to come as this project wraps up.

Decatur Fire Station Receives AIA Georgia 2010 Design Award

The Decatur Fire Station No.2 was just awarded a AIA Georgia 2010 Citation Award.  This LEED silver project in the Oakhurst neighborhood of the City of Decatur conserves water, employs recycled materials and energy-efficient systems, and uses natural light throughout.   Breedlove Land Planning, as a consultant to LP3 Architecture, provided all site design services for this award winning project.  Click here to learn about the ‘sun-tracker’, one of the many unique features of the building. (Image © 2010 The Georgia Architect Magazine)

Lights, Camera, Action at Decatur High School

Rumor has it that the Hollywood production of Mean Girls 2 is currently being filmed on the campus of Decatur High School.  Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architectural and civil engineering services for the recently completed athletics stadium and performing arts center.  Lead by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and built by Winter Construction, these state-of-the-art upgrades to the campus have been extremely well received by the community and will, apparently, be coming to a big screen near you.

Breedlove Land Planning Recognized

More news on the City of Decatur front. Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have been recognized by the Decatur Education Foundation for the financial support it provided to help sponsor the 2010 TOUR deCATUR. The Decatur Education Foundation generates financial support from individuals and organizations to award grants, administer scholarships and engage the community to contribute their time and talents to activities that ultimately benefit Decatur’s youth.