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.

D.M. Therrell High School wins AIA Georgia Merit Award

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Recently the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced their most recent design awards winners.  Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have assisted Perkins + Will in the renovation of the LEED pending D.M. Therrell High School.  As the AIA website states “Benjamin E. Mays High School demonstrates how an aged, worn school building can be transformed into a modern learning facility that the community, teachers, and students can be proud of.” BLP provided Civil and Landscape design services.  Congratulations to Atlanta Public Schools, Perkins + Will and all the AIA award winners.  (photo © Perkins + Will)

Additions and Renovations Complete at Garrett Middle School in Austell

Happy Holidays, students!  Construction of the new classroom wing, cafeteria and gymnasium additions at Garrett Middle School is complete, although the contractor is still putting the finishing touches on the project.  This renovation project, led by Perkins + Will Architects, was largely constructed while staff and students still utilized the existing school.  The end result is a modern-day facelift for the original brick school building.  Site improvements designed by Breedlove Land Planning include upgraded bus and parent circulation, emergency and service access, and new stormwater management facilities, including bioretention cells, to address stormwater runoff quality and quantity.

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.

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.

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:

Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titians Set to Scrimmage on Breedlove Land Planning Designed Field

Breedlove Land Planning was a critical player in the success of the new Coahulla Creek High School in Whitfield County, Georgia.  Now, as reported in the Dalton Daily Citizen, the newly completed stadium complex will be the stage for a spectacular National Football League event.  “The Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans will hold a joint practice on Monday, Aug. 6, at Coahulla Creek. There will be a walk-through from 11:10 to 11:55 a.m., which will be closed to the public, and a practice session for fans to watch from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. The event will be free… and there will likely be anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 fans at the practice.”  Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for the entire school campus.

Whitefield Academy Morris Hall is Under Construction

As the Marietta Daily Journal reports, “Whitefield Academy in south Cobb will be ready to open its newest doors in August”.  Construction on the new Morris Hall high school building, as shown above from the Whitefield Academy construction webcam, continues.  The new building, designed by Perkins + Will with assistance from Breedlove Land Planning, will help “accommodate the current student population of 652 pre-K through 12th grade and allow for future growth”.  Perkins + Will and Breedlove Land Planning are also assisting produce a campus wide master plan.

D.M. Therrell High School Renovation Complete

As recently reported in Talk Up APS, Atlanta Public Schools has just had a ribbon cutting for the new D.M. Therrell High School Complex.  This renovation, led by Perkins+Will Architects, included new open space areas, upgrades to stormwater management facilities, a complete rehabilitation of the upper athletics field and expanded parking facilities that also strive to reduce heat island impacts.  Breedlove Land Planning provided site design services for this pending LEED for Schools Gold project.

Breedlove Project Featured in High Performance Healthy Schools Promotion Video



From “Two years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia (USGBC-GA) launched its High Performance, Healthy Schools Program. The program helps Georgia school systems and private schools implement sustainability programs into their schools. Turner Broadcasting System generously donated this video to show the work that was being done in our state.  The video was shot onsite at Springdale Park Elementary School, a LEED certified school of the Atlanta Public School System”.  Breedlove Land Planning provided all landscape architectural and civil engineering services for the campus.