IPConfigure, Inc. is a video surveillance and research and development software company based out of Norfolk, VA. When they came to us with the idea of restoring the old Dubin Metals Building on Bowdens Ferry Road we jumped at the opportunity. Here are a few images of the existing conditions and proposed future renovations. This is a historic tax credit project with the original building constructed around 1938 for acetylene gas manufacturing for World War Two! The subsequent additions yield a total building footprint of over 28,000 SF.
IPConfigure plans to utilize a portion of the building as their new headquarters, and they are looking for tenants to take advantage of the large outdoor space and help support their revitalization efforts in the area. This is a very exciting project in the Lambert’s Point area and we are proud to be a part of it!IPConfigure Interiors…the original loading dock canopy welcomes visitors into the building. Skylights and new light fixtures cast a warm glow on the reception area when filtered through new wood slats installed in the steel canopy. Adjustable height desks make it comfortable for employees to sit or stand while they work. A new steel staircase leads up to the original tower. What once was a testing ground for acetylene gas will soon be a conference room, break room, and rooftop terrace. It is really exciting for us that this property sits right on the @ertnorfolk
WPA and our design partners are honored to receive the Merit Award for Interiors for the Norfolk Tug Warehouse Renovation project. The renovation was a project in which we could highlight adaptive reuse, the challenges of integrating modern design elements harmoniously with old, and incorporating custom design elements. This award and the recognition by our peers is truly an honor and a capstone to our 5th year as a firm. Thank you all.
SPACE Design Group:
P.G. Harris Construction Co.
A huge thanks to the whole team who helped give new life to this beautiful old 1920 West Ghent home. Can’t wait for the next phase of the renovation!
Structural Engineering – Speight Marshall and Francis
General Contracting (Exterior, windows, new structure and foundations) – Beach Building Group
General Contracting (Interior) – Covington Contracting
Kitchen Cabinetry – Unique Environments
Photography – Yuzhu Zheng at Up Studio
Dog Star – Neptune (City of Norfolk Spokesdog and Canine Crusader for Clean Waterways)
WPA was hired to work with a local family to design a retreat house on the James River in Smithfield, Virginia. The Clients came to us with an idea for a modern barn and a desire for a place where family and friends could gather, read books, play games, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the work-week. The above drawings reflect our first-pass at a schematic design for a house that invites guests to gather in one open room, relax in front of the fire, and hang out on a bluff above the James River.
WPA is proud to continue to work with our Clients in Western Branch on small renovations and interventions in their home. This new covered entry sets the stage for procession into the recently renovated entry foyer, music room, living room, dining room and kitchen. Custom glass and steel elements match profiles used on the interior of the house, and solid wood columns are reminiscent of heavy timber columns on the interior, recycled from the now demolished Norfolk Boat House concert venue.
WPA teamed up with Blueridge General Contractors for a fun design-build project for the Downtown Norfolk Council. The DNC worked with the City of Norfolk to write guidelines for a pilot parklet program. The WPA/Blueridge Parklet will be built off-site and installed in front of MacArthur square. Once streetscape improvements have been completed for the new Slover Library, the Parklet will move up the street and park in front of 3 Way Café and the WPA studio, providing additional outdoor seating for anyone to use.
The NSU Greenhouse is now complete and ready for professors and students to begin installing the plants. Species will range from blue-green algae to oak tree seedlings.
Construction is nearing completion for this 4,700 SF warehouse renovation in the Berkley area of Norfolk. WPA has been working hand-in-hand with PG Harris and Space Design Group to design the renovation to this old pickle plant from the late 1800’s.