The PLOT: final approval GRANTED by Norfolk Planning Commission. Work Program Architects has taken a leadership role in the design and promotion process for this exciting pro bono project being championed by the Downtown Norfolk Council. Thom will be the speaker for their monthly member meeting in the large auditorium at Nauticus, next Wednesday morning, February 1st at 8am. Information can be found here. Please attend if you have interest in the project or would like to lend a helping hand.
WPA’s concept for turning First Landing State Park’s welcome center (Virginia Beach, VA) into an educational exhibit.
WPA has been heavily involved over the last 6 months with an ad hoc committee assembled by the Downtown Norfolk Council tasked with bringing life to an empty lot at the core of our downtown. The site is the future home of a Westin hotel and conference center that has been delayed by the economic downturn. Rather than let it sit empty and forlorn, we have put together plans to activate the space (on a very limited budget) largely using reclaimed materials.
The overall plan provides for:
-A stage and bleacher seating for programmed and impromptu performances
-Tables and seating for socializing
-Parking space for Food Trucks
-Recreation in the form of half-court basketball
The reclaimed materials include:
-Deer rubbed trees from the city nursery
-Planters from the previous Granby Pedestrian Mall
-Used shipping containers
-Used shipping pallets
-Discarded sidewalk pavers