UGA Special Collections Library Campus Oval Completed

3-21-13 SCLOval

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.

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.

Breedlove Land Planning Cistern Design Promoted by Industry Trade Group

In a recent e-news email, the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association covers the Breedlove Land Planning design of an 100,000+ gallon cistern for the University of Georgia Special Collections Library:

Engineer of record, Breedlove Land Planning Inc., designed three large tanks, 37 feet, 50 feet and 58 feet in length, to be fabricated from 144 inch diameter, 10 gauge CSP. The cistern’s Aluminized Steel Type 2 coating offers a 100 year service life.

Breedlove specified that these CSP tanks be fabricated as single pieces with bulkheads welded to each end, on the interior and exterior for water tightness. The lockseams were sealed during the manufacturing process to eliminate leakage. Lockseams may be sealed by a full seam weld or by the addition of a gasket during the manufacturing process.

The cistern collects treated stormwater runoff from the site and mechanical equipment condensates for re-use as irrigation water for plant establishment.  Once the proposed drought tolerant plants are established, the cistern’s water will then be sent for reuse at a downstream campus utility plant.  In both cases, the cistern will provide a significant reduction in potable water use and will help earn the new library LEED certification.

Breedlove Project Referenced in Georgia Magazine

The September issue of The University of Georgia Magazine includes a brief article on the use of cisterns on the Athens campus.  The entry notes that the UGA main campus will have 530,000 gallons of cistern water capacity available for irrigation and other non-potable water uses.  The Special Collections Library site, once completed, will contribute over 100,000 of those gallons.  Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have provided site design services for this project.

UGA Special Collections Library Making Progress

With its underground dewatering system and mammoth cistern already installed, building construction is continuing at the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Library.  This LEED pending project will eventually harvest mechanical system condensate and stormwater from the roof and site hardscape to provide non-potable irrigation water for the 3+ acre site.  Pollutants found in stormwater runoff will be removed by a variety of infiltration-based systems including vegetated bioretention ponds and enhanced swales designed by Breedlove Land Planning.

UGA Special Collections Library Cistern Installed

Recently, the University of Georgia Special Collections Library rainwater cistern, designed by Breedlove Land Planning, was installed on site.  This cistern has a holding capacity of over 100,000 gallons and will treat stormwater pollutants, provide non-potable irrigation water for the 3+ acre site and will even provide water for a future campus project not yet under construction.  The building, designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, is attempting LEED Gold certification and is one of approximately two dozen LEED projects Breedlove has provided site design services for.  Check out our main website for more examples.