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The Big One: Into the 21st Century

April 8, 2022 -  By

COMPANY: Yellowstone Landscape
LOCATION: Atlanta

Located just outside of downtown Atlanta, the District at Chamblee, a large property, features more than 20-buildings across 78-acres. The client wanted to offer modern amenities like those associated with larger-scale corporate campus environments.

An outdated irrigation system on the 30-year-old property provided Yellowstone with its biggest challenge on the property. According to branch manager Jeff Barksdale, the irrigation system was 60 percent operational when Yellowstone took over.

“We took it from in a pretty poor state to what you see now, which is something to hang your hat on,” says Barksdale.

Yellowstone has been maintaining the property for four years. Barksdale says his team took a straightforward approach to modernize the irrigation system.

Updating the system was vital for Yellowstone because of the large fescue acreage on the property. Barksdale estimates that at least half the property is turf.

“It was kind of a jungle at first,” he says. “We mainly put a lot into the turf because there is a large acreage of turf. At least 35 acres of fescue in Georgia, which is tough in the summers. So, we put a lot of energy and effort into our turf looking clean.”

The project earned Yellowstone a silver award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals Awards of Excellence program.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

A pair of large murals pay tribute to Atlanta, located 15 miles to the southwest of the District at Chamblee.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

District at Chamblee features more than 20 buildings on its property, several of which Yellowstone needed access to install irrigation controllers.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

Each building has been completely redeveloped from the inside out as part of a project that began in 2015.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

The original 1985 project has been reimagined to meet the expectations of a modern corporate campus.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

The property features areas of synthetic turf for employee gatherings, including a bocce ball court.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

Stone groundcover along pathways accents a large graffiti mural.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

Crushed gravel and steel-edged trails lead employees to many of the park’s outdoor meeting areas.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

In 2020, the developer installed outdoor covered areas for employees returning to work.

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

(Photo: District at Chamblee)

The property’s vibrant fescue turf shows best through the temperate fall of central Georgia.

Rob DiFranco

About the Author:

Rob DiFranco is Landscape Management's associate editor. A 2018 graduate of Kent State University, DiFranco holds a bachelor's degree in journalism. Prior to Landscape Management, DiFranco was a reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio.

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