Dare Marina Restaurant


Dare Marina Restaurant as seen from the water


WPA is currently completing the construction documents for a new restaurant building at Dare Marina in Yorktown. The site is classic Tidewater: a beautiful inlet of the Chesapeake Bay in Grafton, and the building relates directly to the local water’s edge vernacular. A deep porch wraps around for outside dining and taking advantage of the views and breezes. The main Dining Room is eighteen feet tall and includes high clerestory windows and double sliding glass doors on all sides for maximum day-lighting. And a cupola with wrap-around deck perches on top for observation over the whole of the marina docks at an even better vantage for the beautiful view.


Entrance to the Dare Marina Restaurant







Dog Days of Summer

Hope everyone is beating the heat. Work is as busy as ever here at WPA, but Zeke still managed to find a moment to kick back.



The Kiosk

Thom has been collaborating since January with 14 other architects, architectural interns, and students from around Virginia as part of the 2011 Emerging Leaders in Architecture program, an honors academy organized by the Virginia Society AIA. Part of this collaboration has been a study of the neighborhood of Manchester in Richmond, and the development of a Kiosk to serve as a physical point of conversation and engagement with the community. A portion of the Kiosk was built as a prototype by Thom, Dan Zimmerman, and Amrit Singh this past weekend in Charlottesville. The build will be installed in Manchester in September, and then put on display at this fall’s Architecture Exchange East in Richmond. 


 The Kiosk part 1 prototype, Dan, and Amrit.


Modeling by Amrit

Public Art Bike Racks

The Downtown Norfolk Council commissioned various artists of Norfolk to install five artful, yet functional bike racks in downtown Norfolk.


Thom of WPA worked with Peter Johnston of 5forty Design inc. and won the commission from DNC to design and create “The Fork” and “The Buoy.”

“The Fork” Flat Iron Park


“The Buoy” Townebank Fountain Park

Media Coverage:

WAVY 10 (video)

WVEC 13 (video)

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