Tag: re-imagining

APPROVED! The PLOT. A Place for many stories.

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.

presentation board

The Boathouse: Re-Imagined

Out now is the second issue of AltDaily’s publication, Cannonball City. Inside, Thom and John Vitale have collaborated on an article about re-imagining the Boathouse, Norfolk’s legendary rock venue. To read about it, go grab a copy of Cannonball City, and for a longer version of the article, AltDaily’s post.

Coincidentally, the release of this article has found the Boathouse demolished. Bad news aside, this will lead to two other projects. Stay tuned!


Downtown Norfolk Re-Imagining

 WPA was hired to re-imagine this building on Monticello Avenue. We came up with two proposals. One option is a block-long arcade while the other splits the ground-level facade into individual storefront entrances.


The Plot

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

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