Following the AIAHR Hardhat Tour at NSU, the first Young Architects Forum (YAF) social event in Hampton Roads was held in our office. Congratulations to the steering committee led by Corrie Machado of PF&A Design for a successful night with an impressive turnout. The purpose of YAF is to be the voice of recently licensed (up to ten years) Architects and architectural interns and to be a catalyst for progress and action within the AIA. It promotes leadership, mentorship, and fellowship for the future of the profession. WPA is proud to be a supporter of this vital organization, and we’re excited to see it be getting off the ground.
On 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.
Thom of WPA and his sister Marissa of Studio Posy are featured in the Fall Edition 2013 of Distinction Magazine. A big thank you goes out to Mike Hixenbaugh for his thoughtful writing and to Eric Lusher for the wonderful photography. The photo shoot took place just after our studio expansion and renovations were complete; we are excited to have this moment in time captured in such a good light. Copies of the magazine are available at local Barnes & Noble and Harris Teeter stores or it can be ordered here.