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.
The new Smyrna Elementary School is near completion with plans to open for the 2013-2014 school year. Led by Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews, Moore Architects, the Smyrna Elementary School is going to be Cobb County School District’s first LEED certified school. Breedlove Land Planning incorporated LEED site design elements that include a permeable paver parking lot, permeable paver plazas, native landscaping, and saving/protecting natural tree conservation areas. The school project was part of a City of Smyrna master plan to redevelop an abandoned commercial area, which also includes retail and office spaces, restaurants and residencies.
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.
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!
As the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission website notes, recently the University of Georgia celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library in Athens. “We are exhilarated to reach completion of this outstanding new facility designed for the purpose of growing, caring for and sharing the university’s most distinguished collections,” said P. Toby Graham, deputy university librarian and director of the Hargrett Library. “After many years of planning and fundraising, we are eager to welcome students, researchers and the general public to engage with our collections in the Russell Building’s research rooms, exhibition halls and classrooms and through public events.” You can read more about Breedlove Land Planning’s role in this project here.
The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) recently initiated a national rulemaking to establish a comprehensive program to strengthen its stormwater program, during which it will evaluate sustainable green infrastructure design techniques that mimic natural processes to evapo-transpire, infiltrate and recharge, and harvest and reuse stormwater. The EPA asked the American Society of Landscape Architects to collect case studies on projects that successfully and sustainably manage stormwater. Rock Mill Park in the City of Alpharetta was selected. Breedlove Land Planning was the lead designer for this project, which includes such innovative systems such as bioretention, vegetated sand filters, a greenroof pavilion and a constructed wetland.
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.
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.
The Newton County Library System’s newest building is LEED Gold. Porter Memorial Branch Library is a full-service branch of the system. The 18,000 square foot LEED Gold building is named in honor of James Hyde Porter and featues adult and children’s books, audio books, DVD’s and music CDs, public computing with Internet access, plus a Teen Room, a Quiet Room, Study rooms, a Meeting Room and Conference Room. Breedlove Land Planning provided all civil engineering and landscape architecture services for Newton County Government’s first LEED building.
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.