Rockdale County Schools Celebrates Two Groundbreaking Ceremonies

Mike Breedlove and Joe Moon recently attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for Rockdale County School’s new J.H. House Elementary replacement building and the new Central Office Campus. BLP is providing landscape architecture and civil engineering services for both projects.

The new J.H. House facility will provide 110,000 SF of learning space for 800 students. The school includes 40 classrooms, two paired special education classrooms, art, P.E., music, computer science, and a media center. The school is designed by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates and will be built by Carroll Daniel Construction Company.

The original Pine Street Elementary building, which first opened in 1957, will be renovated to house the new Central Office Campus. The new campus will include 29,000 SF of renovated space and a 53,000 SF addition providing a larger board room, central registration, atrium for gatherings, and a staff dining area for 175 employees. The new campus will also include 250 parking spaces to accommodate staff and visitors. Lindsay Pope Brayfield Clifford & Associates is the project’s architect, and Carroll Daniel Construction Company is the project’s general contractor.

Click on the links below to read more about the events:
Rockdale County School officials break ground for J.H. House construction

Rockdale County Public Schools to re-purpose old Pine Street Elementary campus for Central Offices

Breedlove Celebrates Another Year of New K-12 Facilities

It’s back to school time, which means we’re happy to see the completion of some of our K-12 projects. Breedlove has been busy attending ribbon cuttings and putting the finishing touches on these projects:

Denmark High School – Forsyth County

This new facility is the largest high school in the State of Georgia. The 420,000 square-foot facility includes classrooms, science labs, computer labs, multipurpose spaces, administrative areas, a competition and auxiliary gymnasium, auditorium/theater, media center, kitchen, cafeteria, and a 3,000 square-foot Veterinary Science building. The site also includes a renovated wet-pond which doubles as both a stormwater management basin and a hands-on learning opportunity for agricultural and science-based curriculum.

Athletic facilities include a multipurpose athletic stadium with track and field, stadium seating, and concession stands, a six-court tennis facility, practice field, soccer field, as well as baseball and softball fields.

Dove Creek Elementary School – Oconee County

This nearly 90,000 SF school has 48 classrooms to accommodate 750 students. Dove Creek was constructed on the west end of the county to help serve the population growth along the Hwy 316 and Hwy 78 corridors.

Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School – Clarke County

At 122,000 square feet, it’s nearly twice as large as the old Oglethorpe, which was located on the same site. The new facility has 43 classrooms and other instructional spaces, up from 35 in the old school, and it’s built for an enrollment of approximately 675 students. The building includes a media center, three playgrounds – one specifically for special education students – and a STEM classroom. The site also utilizes a network of bio-retention facilities which helps clean and manage stormwater.

Pine Street Elementary School – Rockdale County

This new facility is situated on a 37-acre site. The two-story building has 53 classrooms, a media center, as well as specialized spaces for art, music, physical education, and computer science. The new school is designed for up to 900 students, and even includes an outdoor amphitheater. A unique seep-berm approach was utilized to protect a yellow river tributary, which wraps the property, from erosion and sediment pollution.


Breaking Ground on the Pine Street Elementary School Replacement

Pine Street Presentation_Final Revision2
3D Visualization by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc.

This morning, Breedlove Land Planning (BLP) attended the ground breaking ceremony for Rockdale County’s newest addition – the Pine Street Elementary Replacement School.  Located adjacent to Conyers Middle School, off Sigman Road, the existing Pine Street Elementary originally opened it’s doors in 1957.  As one of the oldest schools in the Rockdale County School District, the time for replacement had come.


BLP worked with Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart and Associates, Inc. Architects (SRSSA) to design the new campus.  The process began as a design competition in which various teams submitted conceptual plans of what the new school could be.  The SRSSA / BLP team’s design strategy won the competition and began work to bring the ideas to life.  The team worked with key stakeholders to refine the program, further develop the design, prepare construction documents and satisfy all permitting requirements in a timely manner.  Completion of the project is estimated for June 2018.