Tag: new construction

Duck Donuts

3030 construction sign_webOn a stretch of Virginia Beach Blvd. spotted with car dealerships and office/retail strip malls near the Kings Grant neighborhood, this new commercial duplex began construction in late October. Approximately 3,000 square feet, the single-story, two-suite building will house the first Virginia franchise of the wildly popular Duck Donuts. The building features a drive thru for Duck Donuts, large glass storefronts, and a contemporary exterior clad in brick and fiber cement panels. WPA with Homeland Construction are collaborating with GET Solutions , McPherson Design Group and WPL in this exciting design-build project. Construction is expected to be completed in January.

Duck Donuts is located at 3030 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach.

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429 Granby Street

Rendering of the proposed facade of 429 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA

When Grow Interactive renovated their new office at 427 Granby Street in 2010, they performed one of the finest renovations the street has seen in recent years. At that time, Mel and Thom were still with other firms, and Peter was building their butcher block furniture out of his Granby Street workshop. This collaboration brings together a metric ton of mutual respect and great friendships while promising to do something tremendous for downtown Norfolk: the front portion of this new space will be designed as the premier gathering place in Downtown Norfolk for some lucky entrepreneur to use to launch a brand new business.

Existing 429 Granby Facade

The 429 property has been vacant for many years and will be thoroughly gutted and rebuilt with offices and workspace for Grow in the rear, and a restaurant, complete with rooftop dining, occupying the front. The goal for the restaurant is to push the boundaries of facade permeability and customer-pedestrian interactivity in downtown.

Skletches for 429 Granby renovation

Studies and the design process are ongoing, but we promise that this will be a space that helps to redefine Granby Street.

Facade studies for 429 Granby Street

Education Center on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Methods

This progressive new education center, reminiscent of a common shed, will inform the public on both organic and sustainable methods of agriculture. Located in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach, VA, it is the result of a partnership between Community Development International and New Earth Farm, with pro bono help from Mark Schmidt and WPA. It features a seed-starting greenhouse, an open-air classroom, a built-in storage shed, a built-in pergola, and a rooftop garden that will grab the attention of passersby on the main road. These features will work together to form a simple and cohesive structure that is both functional and attractive.


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







400 Granby Street  Suite 301 Norfolk, VA 23510 Studio: (757) 227-5310

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400 Granby Street
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(757) 227-5310
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