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35-Foot Tall Trees Take Root in Unique Streetscape at Buckhead Atlanta

July 08, 2014

ATLANTA (JULY 8, 2014) - With the first stores and restaurants opening just 60 days away, the cornerstone for Buckhead Atlanta's beautiful streetscapes will take root this week when four 35-foot-tall oak trees will be planted at Atlanta's newest pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, luxury destination.

OliverMcMillan's vision to create a richly landscaped district that resembles Buckhead's tree-lined neighborhoods will be coming to life. The Highbeam(r) Overcup Oaks, grown by Athens, Ga.-based Select Trees, will provide 25 to 30 feet of shade canopy during the spring and summer. Their lustrous leathery leaves will change to yellow and bronze-red in the fall, and in the winter their gray-brown winter branches and trunk will assume a beautiful texture that presents a sculptural silhouette.

The large oaks will be in good company - Buckhead Atlanta is planting another 150 trees throughout the block-by-block redevelopment, as well as lush landscaping elements from the landscape architects behind the Magnificent Mile, located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. OliverMcMillan chose Hoerr Schaudt to create the visually stunning and welcoming walking experience. General contractor Balfour Beatty and Ruppert Landscape are in charge of installing the trees.

Buckhead Atlanta's mature tree canopy is one facet of the destination's unique experience. Building facades and streets feature materials of the highest quality and durability, including granite, marble, mahogany and limestone. OliverMcMillan partnered with three architecture firms - Gensler, Pappageorge Haymes and Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart - to design Buckhead Atlanta's buildings so that no two are alike.

"We took care to choose trees that would thrive and look gorgeous all year long," said Hunter Richardson, managing director of development at OliverMcMillan for Buckhead Atlanta. "We wanted to have mature trees adapted to our climate from the day we open this fall, so Select Trees planted these oaks in Athens. OliverMcMillan identified the trees two years ago for cultivation specifically for Buckhead Atlanta. They are the largest possible trees that can be transported without having to request street closures."

"Working with OliverMcMillan, we initiated a landscape design for the development that prioritizes urban horticulture and celebrates all four seasons. We wanted a mature tree canopy and eclectic elements that evoke the vibrancy of a thriving neighborhood," said Douglas Hoerr, senior partner of Hoerr Schaudt. "For example, mature trees large enough to create real summer shade are an important component of the plan."

"We wanted it to look the way a downtown would look - something that evolved over time," added Richardson. "Buckhead Atlanta visitors will instantly know they have walked into a special place where every detail was chosen for its timelessness, durability and elegance."

The first of Buckhead Atlanta's local, national and international retailers and restaurants will open their doors in September. The openings will continue as new stores and restaurants make their debut throughout 2014 and into 2015.

About Hoerr Schaudt

Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects is a firm of award-winning landscape architects based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm's purpose is to connect people with the land in an inspiring way by synthesizing client needs with the essence of a site or region and its surrounding architecture. Firm principals collaborate with nature to express a project's larger vision and to draw people outdoors into memorable, meaningful experiences. Hoerr Schaudt's work is recognized frequently by the press, through awards, with requests to lecture, and most importantly, by the people who populate and are inspired by the spaces the firm has designed. Hoerr Schaudt regularly collaborates with the top architecture firms on urban public spaces, institutional campuses, private residences, green roofs, commercial developments, and recreational destinations. The firm complements a solid foundation in design with innovative horticulture and particular attention to seasonality. Hoerr Schaudt is comprised of a talented staff of nearly 30 professionals with expertise in landscape architecture, architecture, horticulture, sustainability and LEED requirements.

About Buckhead Atlanta

Buckhead Atlanta, the luxury shopping, dining, entertainment, residential and office development in the heart of Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood, is located on eight acres across six city blocks at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads. Designed to fit seamlessly into the existing Buckhead Village, the destination has pedestrian-friendly streets, lush landscaping, upscale residences, great food and luxury retail shops that are new to Atlanta. At approximately 1.5 million square feet, the completed district will include 300,000 square feet of upscale retail stores, restaurants and cafes, more than 100,000 square feet of office space, and 370 luxury high-rise residences.

About OliverMcMillan

Founded in 1978, OliverMcMillan has earned a reputation as one of the largest and most forward-thinking commercial real estate developers. The award-winning firm creates high-quality, artistic, market-appropriate developments and is recognized by industry leaders for its ability to move forward in a nimble and visionary manner. The firm has designed and developed more than eight million square feet with a total value exceeding $3 billion. OliverMcMillan currently has approximately $2 billion in real estate under development in cities across the United States, including Houston, Dallas, San Diego, Honolulu, Atlanta and Phoenix. Approaching each project with respect for the surrounding architecture and local culture, the firm works to create vibrant, enduring destinations. For additional information about OliverMcMillan, please visit www.olivermcmillan.com.