Breedlove Land Planning is proud to be a part of the University of Georgia’s Business Learning Community design team. This weeks ceremony included both the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Phase 2 building and the groundbreaking for the Phase 3 buildings. Follow this link for more details from the event:
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.
The much anticipated new branch of the Clayton County Library System is approaching opening day. Breedlove Land Planning, The Gerding Collaborative and Craig Gaulden Davis Architects teamed up in designing this eco-friendly building and site. The existing site was home to many large, old oak trees; the building was innovatively designed to surround and preserve them. The building also provides daylighting through many windows. The site includes pervious concrete to promote infiltration and native landscaping with the absence of sod and no irrigation to reduce water usage. Stormwater management is achieved through an underground detention system with infiltration bed, also promoting infiltration. Stayed tuned for updates.
Three Georgia schools were recently announced as ‘Green Ribbon’ by the U.S. Department of Education. Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have provided sustainable site design services for two of the three- Arabia Mountain High School (DeKalb County Schools) and Springdale Park Elementary School (Atlanta Public Schools). “Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating ‘green’ environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy”. You can read more about Green Ribbon Schools here and Breedlove Land Planning’s design services and LEED project experience here.
Construction continues at the new Smyrna Area Elementary School. Breedlove Land Planning, in collaboration with Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews, Moore Architects, incorporated many sustainable design elements in an attempt to help the project achieve LEED Gold certification. These elements include permeable pavers, native landscaping with drip irrigation, wet detention, and buffer preservation. In order to preserve as much of the natural buffers on site as possible, extensive walls were designed to protect trees. Carroll Daniel Construction Company has taken the lead in the construction of the school. Scheduled to open in August 2013, the new elementary school will be a welcomed amenity to the City of Smyrna.
Roger Wells, LEED AP BD+C, an environmental designer with Breedlove Land Planning, has passed his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Design + Construction Exam. As the United States Green Building Council explains, “The LEED AP BD+C credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings”. Roger’s achievement means that 100% of our landscape architects and over 80% of our design professionals are LEED accredited professionals. Congratulations Roger!
Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to announce that our company is a 2012 United States Green Building Council, Georgia Chapter, Atlanta Branch ‘Sustainer’. Our sponsorship of the Atlanta Branch will help this sustainable building organization promote, educate and advocate green building design and practices. You can learn more about the Atlanta Branch efforts here.
From youtube.com: “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.
This Friday, July 22nd, the Atlanta Branch of the Georgia Chapter of the United States Green Building Council(USGBC) will hold a new member’s brunch to discuss Chapter and Branch updates. Committee chairs, including Breedlove Land Planning’s Alan Wieczynski, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, who heads the Events and Education Committee, will also give an overview of committee responsibilities and discuss new updates and initiatives as well. There will also be time for a Q&A session at the end of the program. All are welcome and you can register for this free event here.
Jean Child Young Middle School, an Atlanta Public School renovation and addition project, is almost complete. This LEED for Schools pending project utilizes bioretention ponds and storm water infiltration to remove pollutants from runoff. Other site improvements include complete renovation of the football and athletics field, upgrading the existing parking lot to incorporate carpool and low emission vehicle preferential parking, and the creation of a series of new plaza areas including this amphitheater in the rear quad. This project is one of many recent Atlanta Public School LEED projects.