The re-named and renovated Lou Glenn Children’s Garden is set to open this June. The garden has been updated to include a larger splash pad to bring refreshment to children during the hot summer, a renovated amphitheater, new accessible bathrooms, hydration stations, an edible fruit and vegetable garden, an observation bee hive that allows kids to watch bees as they make honey, new tree house, climbing nets, climbing wall and more places for children to learn and play.
Long Engineering, Inc. provided land surveying services, site design, permitting through the City of Atlanta and construction period services. The design of the garden included many features to improve the quality and control the flow of stormwater runoff leaving the site. Stormwater planters, bioretention areas and sediment forebays were integrated into the design. In addition, the grading of the garden paths were designed to maximize handicap accessibility to the many play areas and there was careful coordination to preserve the many mature trees and shrubs located within the garden.
Long Engineering, Inc. is on the team that is providing construction inspection and testing services for the contractor on the massive $700M “Northwest Corridor” express lanes project for Georgia DOT. One interesting aspect of the job will be the open road electronic tolling as there are none of the old-style toll booths on the project. In areas where tolls are collected, the pavement must be reinforced with fiberglass reinforcing instead of the traditional steel rebar. This is to prevent the steel from interfering with the electronic toll collection process. Special concrete will also be used because the location of the tolling electronics is critical and a traditional concrete mix may move the conduit during placement.
Grading and utility installation is underway at the Atlanta United Training Grounds on Franklin Gateway in Marietta, Georgia. This 32 acre site will serve as the headquarters and training facility for Major League Soccer’s newest franchise, Atlanta United FC.
Long Engineering, Inc. has been responsible for providing the civil engineering design services for the 30,000 s.f. headquarters building, three artificial turf and three natural turf fields, along with surface parking for 176 vehicles.
Originally built in 1910 as the Tech infirmary, the Chapin Building is one of twelve buildings located in the historic district of the campus, also known as “Old Campus.” The building is home to OMED (Office of Minority Educational Development) and contains academic support operations, conference rooms and office space. In order to better utilize the space, as well as preserve the stability and character of the building, the 100-year-old structure experienced major exterior renovation and interior restorations.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation granted the Chapin Building with this year’s Excellence in Sustainable Rehabilitation Award. The Georgia Trust works “for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates for their appreciation, protection and use.” These projects must be listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places.
Long Engineering, Inc. was responsible for providing the civil engineering design services associated with the renovation, including grading and drainage updates, ADA/Handicap accessibility updates, and utility connection upgrades. Full construction documents were prepared and permitting provided through the City of Atlanta.
Top Atlanta Chef Linton Hopkins has opened the new Café at Linton’s at the renovated and expanded Garden House in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The 10,140 s.f. Café addition includes dining space, a state-of-the-art kitchen and kitchen support facilities on
the ground floor and a rooftop deck that provides spectacular views of the Garden and Midtown skyline. Also, an addition to the Garden House building to provide much needed office and event space will soon be under construction as well.
Long Engineering, Inc. was responsible for topographic and utility surveys, site design sensitive to impacts of utility excavation and grading to existing trees and construction period services.
The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvements Program (ATRIP) is an ALDOT administered federal aid highway program that funds up to 80% of the construction of transportation projects. The purpose of the program is to rehabilitate and improve transportation infrastructure through the accelerated delivery of project funding. The program’s main goal is to address critical project needs across Alabama to improve or rehabilitate existing facilities or provide new facilities. The program’s focus is on essential needs relating to roads and bridges. As part of the ATRIP program, Long Engineering, Inc. is providing bridge design services for the design of ten new bridges at sites located throughout Alabama.