Chamblee High School Construction Progressing

Construction at the new Chamblee High School continues! The first phase of construction is in full swing with framing of the new Academic Building along Chamblee-Dunwoody Road nearing completion.  Turner Construction is working diligently to meet the targeted opening date of January 2014.  As reported on the School’s construction progress website, all existing school activities are being performed smoothly in conjunction with the construction.

Demolition of Old Apartments Mark the Beginning of Chamblee Charter High School Transformation

Chamblee Charter High School construction is under way and off to a great start!  Here is what DeKalb County School District has to say about their premier construction project:  “Targeted to open early 2014, the current $69 million construction project will dramatically change the face and size of the school. The site will be expanded by six acres with the acquisition of the apartments to the south of the school. Stadium Drive will disappear to make room for a greatly expanded L-shaped building. The new L-shaped school will have classrooms in a four-story building facing Chamblee Dunwoody Road. An elevated bridge will connect the classroom building to a two-story building along Pierce Drive that will contain a new gymnasium, auditorium and natatorium. On the north side of the buildings, Steve Westby Field will be moved some and be rebuilt. For the first time, the girls will have their own softball field, and a practice field will be built for football, soccer or other activities. The aging tennis and basketball courts will be rebuilt as well.”  Breedlove Land Planning, Inc. is proud to have provided all site design services in conjunction with the architectural design by Perkins & Will.  For updates on the construction progress, check out the following link:

Tucker High School Open to Students

While Turner Construction and the Design Team work through the remaining finishing touches, Dekalb County’s Tucker High School as opened to students.  Among the many new site elements are a new athletics complex, a Student Memorial Garden which opens from the Student Commons and cafeteria, and a complete upgrade to the stormwater management system which will enhance stormwater quality and better control runoff from the site.  Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have assisted the school system in this new addition and renovation.

Bioretention Front Row at new Druid Hills High School Addition

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.

2010-2011 School Year Begins

In metro Atlanta, school systems are opening their doors wide as the new academic year begins.  Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have provided site design services for over a dozen new facilities in the area including the following:  Coretta Scott King Women’s Academy (pictured above) and Young Middle School projects In City of Atlanta;  Druid Hills High School, Cross Keys High School and Tucker High School projects In Dekalb County;  Shiloh High School, Mt. View High School and Anderson Livsey Elementary School projects in Gwinnett County;  and Feldwood Elementary School in Fulton County.  We wish all faculty, staff and students a productive and prosperous new school year.

Recycled Concrete at Tucker High School

Construction continues at Tucker High School in Dekalb County.  This project, designed by Milton Pate Architects and being built by Turner Construction, will be completed in time for the 2011-2012 school year.  Many efforts were made by Breedlove Land Planning to incorporate tenets of sustainable design, including the use of recycled materials.  For instance, instead of hauling in new stone for the site, salvaged concrete from the original school building was crushed on site, separated from other materials, washed and used for a variety of applications.  This photo shows recycled concrete used as the bedding for an underground stormwater management system.  You can follow the project on the Tucker High School Construction Forum.

Summer in Bloom at Arabia Mountain High School

Summer wildflowers are in bloom and solar panels have recently been installed at Arabia Mountain High School in Dekalb County, Georgia.  These landscape areas (pictured) are located in front of the LEED for Schools pending building and are designed to mimic a Georgia piedmont wet meadow.  This feature, designed by Breedlove Land Planning, and the solar panel installation are just a few of the elements intended to further the school’s mission of engaging students in learning through human and environmental interactions.  Click through to learn more about wet meadows and the challenges facing solar power use in Georgia.

Arabia Mountain LEED High School on CNN

Located within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and, more specifically, within the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, this site was a perfect fit for this environmental showcase along the Arabia Mountain Greenway Trail.  Breedlove Land Planning was honored to provide the site design services for this unique high school, which has a curriculum geared specifically to environmental studies.