John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta Receives ULI Atlanta Award

Breedlove Land Planning would like to congratulate the team for the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club for their recent award from ULI Atlanta for Excellence in Civic/Institutional Development. BLP worked with the project’s architect, Collins Cooper Carusi, and contractor, Winter Construction, to provide site design services including new infiltration based stormwater management, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a culinary garden.

A full project description from the award application: the Harland Club project included the construction of a two-story 25,000 SF arts-focused facility to replace an underutilized, outdated, and functionally obsolete Boys & Girls Club. Located on a 2.59-acre lot in the Westside community, the new facility is a creative youth development space that is driven by innovation and expression in its design and programming. Programming at the Harland Club is centered on visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts. The Harland Club offers 30% more space than the previous building, efficient LED lighting systems, “cool roof” technologies, and rain water harvesting used to irrigate the culinary garden. From a design perspective, the space is catered directly to teenagers, a segment of the population that has been difficult historically for the Boys and Girls Clubs to serve. The new space includes a gym, multi-purpose sports field, community space, a teen loft, a kitchen for culinary arts training, and dedicated arts spaces such as film/music studios, visual arts galleries, dance studio, a graphic design and tech lab, and a café. The project financing utilized public/private partnerships through New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation; partnering with local community and financing institutions, including Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., Invest Atlanta, SunTrust Bank, and various philanthropic supporters. Additionally, the facility has partnered with local nonprofits to help develop its programming. The Harland Club is an innovative gathering space for Atlanta’s youth, helping to impact the lives of more than 225 kids daily. Its location is within a mile of five schools and two bus lines providing access for youth from the surrounding local communities.

Click here to learn more about this year’s ULI Award Recipients.

John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio

Construction is underway on the new John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES) to replace an existing facility. The new club, called TIES for short, will reach more than 200 kids and teens each day on Atlanta’s Westside.

The 25,000 square-foot, two-story steel structure building will provide programs in visual, performing, and culinary arts. Slated for completion in late 2018, TIES includes a pre-engineered gymnasium and dance studio, dining area, culinary arts kitchen, 2D/3D arts studio with a kiln, gallery and maker spaces, offices, a loft area with a small cafe, and lab spaces for design, tech, music production, and film and video.

Site work includes a new storm drainage system, detention pond, 49-space parking lot, ornamental fencing, concrete sidewalks, and a planned culinary garden. Breedlove Land Planning is excited to be working with Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and Winter Construction on this project.

Visit here for more information about TIES.

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.

Decatur High School Wins 2011 Decatur Design Award

As the City of Decatur Website notes the Decatur High School Performing Arts and Sports Center has received a 2011 Decatur Design Award.  Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architectural and civil engineering services for this project as an consultant to Collins Cooper Carusi Architects.  Winter Construction implemented a wide variety of site improvements including an extremely complicated 6-phase site demolition plan, a synthetic sports field, a variety of hardscape and plaza designs and underground stormwater management facilities.  The marks the second consecutive year Breedlove Land Planning has been on a Decatur Design Award team.

Lights, Camera, Action at Decatur High School

Rumor has it that the Hollywood production of Mean Girls 2 is currently being filmed on the campus of Decatur High School.  Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architectural and civil engineering services for the recently completed athletics stadium and performing arts center.  Lead by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and built by Winter Construction, these state-of-the-art upgrades to the campus have been extremely well received by the community and will, apparently, be coming to a big screen near you.