Condition Assessments Created for Over a Dozen Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

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Over the last six months, Breedlove Land Planning has been performing Condition Assessment reports for over a dozen Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.  Working with the Department of Natural Resources, our firm was tasked with inventorying existing assets at these various sites throughout the State, and providing an analysis as to their current conditions.  The result is a series of documents which will help the Department of Natural Resources make development and improvement choices throughout the Park and Historic Site system and determine future funding needs.

New Senior Center for Chamblee

The North DeKalb Senior / Community Center is one of several new facilities being constructed concurrently over the next year to replace aging senior centers  in different parts of DeKalb County.  Lyman Davidson Dooley Architects led a talented design team  to bring the facility in Chamblee to fruition, or at least to the start of construction.  Ground breaking commenced at a ceremony led by Dekalb CEO Burrell Ellis on November 14, 2012.  While the day was a bit chilly, the end result will be a state-of-the-art senior/community center that warms the hearts of hundreds of active seniors.  Breedlove Land Planning did their part to convert this previously developed site into a user-friendly space with walkable access to nearby Senior Connections and a future City of Chamblee walking path system.

New Georgia Tech Open Space and Vegetated Stormwater Feature is Thriving Among Record Heat

Not even a year into its first growing season, the newly renovated Peters Park on the campus of Georgia Tech is looking great.  The sensible use of native and adapted plants and proper soil amendments has ensured that, even in this period of historically warm temperatures, the newly built landscape is surviving- and thriving.  One of the most unique features of this park and plaza area is this bioretention pond and stormwater flume, intended to promote the infiltration of runoff while relying on natural processes to increase water quality.

Clayton County Library System Website Highlights Construction Progress

Clayton County Library System has developed a construction website devoted to Forest Park Library.  Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services to the architectural team of Craig Gaulden Davis and the Gerding Collaborative.  Hogan Construction Group is the contractor.  The new 16,000 s.f. Northeast Clayton / Forest Park Branch Library is scheduled to open Fall of 2012 and you can learn more about the project by clicking on this fact sheet.

New University of Georgia Special Collections Library Open

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.

Martin’s Landing Martin Lake Master Plan Completed

Earlier this Fall, Breedlove Land Planning was retained by the Martin’s Landing Foundation to assist in the redevelopment of their community center piece, Martin Lake.  Martin’s Landing is a planned community that consists of 1030 acres between the north bank of the Chattahoochee River, and Holcomb Bridge road within the city limits of Roswell, Georgia. It consists of 1,964 homes within twelve subdivision communities consisting of single family homes, patio homes, condominiums, town homes, and apartments.  Breedlove Land Planning just completed a compressive master plan of the foundation property around Martin Lake and is now moving into construction documents for the project.

Garrett Middle School Renovations Begin

Construction has commenced at Garrett Middle School.  The renovations and additions to this Cobb County Middle School, led by Perkins + Will, are being executed by Hensler Beavers General Contractors, Inc.  Breedlove Land Planning provided full site design services including the design of new parking lots and pedestrian plazas as well as upgraded stormwater management facilities.  You can get updates on the construction status here.  (rendering ©2011 Perkins+Will)

Congratulations to Meghan Frydrych, P.E., LEED AP

Breedlove Land Planning is proud to introduce the newest professional engineer in our office, Meghan Frydrych.  Meghan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Engineering and began her career at Breedlove Land Planning in January 2007 as an engineer-in-training.  After fulfilling the required four years of employment in the engineering field, Meghan successfully passed the Professional Engineering exam.   Breedlove Land Planning would like to extend our congratulations to Meghan for this impressive accomplishment.  We look forward to her continued successful and important contribution to our team.

North DeKalb Senior Center Planning Meeting

As the Senior Connections Website notes, there will be a public meeting tonight at the City of Chamblee Civic Center regarding the planning of a new Senior Center serving DeKalb County.  The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to provide programming input to help guide the design team in their planning efforts.  Breedlove Land Planning will be providing landscape architectural and civil engineering site design services for the project.

Breedlove Prepares Plant Guide for Camp Twin Lakes

Over the last couple of years, Breedlove Land Planning has performed a number of pro bono site design services for Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps in Georgia providing programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges.  Most recently, a guide to the proper selection of plants was produced to help aim the selection of vegetation on future projects.  This 65 pages guide emphasizes the use of drought tolerant and low maintenance native trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers and pegs their selection to soil types and soil moisture levels.  The goal of the document is to facilitate a consistent plant palette for all Camp Twin Lake facilities while promoting ecological diversity.