The Whitefield Academy campus, located in Smyrna, GA, is currently undergoing some exciting changes; a new lower school is under construction! Breedlove Land Planning provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the project, which also includes improved outdoor play spaces, improved service access, a brand new campus entrance, and a new multi-purpose practice field. After this project, the west side of campus will surely look a bit different, and Whitefield will be able to enjoy increased functionality and improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
The practice field has recently been completed and is receiving the finishing touches for use this spring. The remaining phases of the project, including the new lower school building named after former principal Jeannie Brostrand and designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, is scheduled to be completed for the upcoming fall semester 2020.
Over the years, Breedlove Land Planning also provided comprehensive site design services for Whitefield Academy’s current upper school and tennis complex, as well as their overall campus masterplan. We are honored to be a part of the school’s overall development and are excited to see Whitefield’s campus goals and vision take shape.
Breedlove Land Planning would like to congratulate the team for the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club for their recent award from ULI Atlanta for Excellence in Civic/Institutional Development. BLP worked with the project’s architect, Collins Cooper Carusi, and contractor, Winter Construction, to provide site design services including new infiltration based stormwater management, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a culinary garden.
A full project description from the award application: the
Harland Club project included the construction of a two-story 25,000 SF
arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally
obsolete Boys & Girls Club. Located on a 2.59-acre lot in the Westside
community, the new facility is a creative youth development space that is
driven by innovation and expression in its design and programming. Programming
at the Harland Club is centered on visual arts, performing arts, and culinary
arts. The Harland Club offers 30% more space than the previous building,
efficient LED lighting systems, “cool roof” technologies, and rain water
harvesting used to irrigate the culinary garden. From a design perspective, the
space is catered directly to teenagers, a segment of the population that has
been difficult historically for the Boys and Girls Clubs to serve. The new
space includes a gym, multi-purpose sports field, community space, a teen loft,
a kitchen for culinary arts training, and dedicated arts spaces such as
film/music studios, visual arts galleries, dance studio, a graphic design and
tech lab, and a café. The project financing utilized public/private
partnerships through New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation; partnering with
local community and financing institutions, including Atlanta Housing
Authority, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., Invest Atlanta, SunTrust Bank, and
various philanthropic supporters. Additionally, the facility has partnered with
local nonprofits to help develop its programming. The Harland Club is an
innovative gathering space for Atlanta’s youth, helping to impact the lives of
more than 225 kids daily. Its location is within a mile of five schools and two
bus lines providing access for youth from the surrounding local communities.
Click here to learn more about this year’s ULI Award Recipients.
Construction is underway on the new John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES) to replace an existing facility. The new club, called TIES for short, will reach more than 200 kids and teens each day on Atlanta’s Westside.
The 25,000 square-foot, two-story steel structure building will provide programs in visual, performing, and culinary arts. Slated for completion in late 2018, TIES includes a pre-engineered gymnasium and dance studio, dining area, culinary arts kitchen, 2D/3D arts studio with a kiln, gallery and maker spaces, offices, a loft area with a small cafe, and lab spaces for design, tech, music production, and film and video.
Site work includes a new storm drainage system, detention pond, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a planned culinary garden. Breedlove Land Planning is excited to be working with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and Winter Construction on this project.
On February 19, during their 2013 Regional Schools Summit, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the best and the greenest schools with the “High Performance, Healthy Schools Awards“. The USGBC awarded those schools, school systems and/or individuals who have shown leadership in building green Georgia schools during the past year. Breedlove Land Planning’s client, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects was selected as the recipient of the USGBC-Georgia Chapter Award in the category of “Leadership in Energy Efficiency” for their work on Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. They also received recognition in the category of “Innovation in Sustainability” for St. Martin Episcopal School. BLP was the Civil Engineer for both projects.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has proven to be a successful example of geothermal heating and cooling implemented in a Georgia school. Bruce Morine, the school’s CFO, analyzed his energy cost data over the years since building occupancy and compared it to their other campus. The results showed a payback of 7 years and continued energy savings. This data made a strong case for energy efficiency, which was recognized by the award. St. Martin’s Episcopal School is pursuing LEED for Schools Silver certification. The school is healthy and high-performing in everything from design to construction. While the HVAC System provides energy savings the design provides learning spaces that extends outdoors and provides the opportunity to use the building as a teaching tool and promoting environmental awareness.
BLP is proud to have been on the CCCA team that helped make these schools among the “best and greenest” in Georgia.
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.
As the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission website notes, recently the University of Georgia celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library in Athens. “We are exhilarated to reach completion of this outstanding new facility designed for the purpose of growing, caring for and sharing the university’s most distinguished collections,” said P. Toby Graham, deputy university librarian and director of the Hargrett Library. “After many years of planning and fundraising, we are eager to welcome students, researchers and the general public to engage with our collections in the Russell Building’s research rooms, exhibition halls and classrooms and through public events.” You can read more about Breedlove Land Planning’s role in this project here.
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.
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.
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.
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.