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WPA was contacted by Collins Enterprises to lead the public process portion of the Westport Commons and Watermark Apartments project. The project, begun nearly a decade ago, involves the demolition of 243 Navy housing apartments built in 1948, and the construction of 180 apartments, 68 townhouses, 70 condominiums, and various indoor and outdoor amenities.

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front-elevation-01WPA was selected by Pinecrest School to design a new Lower School in Annandale, Virginia to replace an existing school building. After touring the campus and meeting with teachers, parents, students, administrators, and the school’s board of directors, WPA worked with a group of Pinecrest stakeholders to design a facility that will fit the unique needs of the Pinecrest community; a community that emphasizes family involvement in education in an atmosphere that strives to support each student academically, socially, and emotionally.

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smithfield-retreat-view-01WPA 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.

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DE-DEVICE-LAB-visualization-package1Dominion Enterprises hired WPA to conduct a one-day charrette to help design a new Device Lab—a place where developers, help desk, audio/visual, creative, and administrative staff could come together to work on testing and development of mobile apps.

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Tim Bearse

Bed Nappings and Fruit Off the Vine

 

Opening Reception: Friday December 5th 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Tim Bearse’s sculptures and mixed-media artwork reference the composition, form, and velocity of skateboarding videos. His objects, which at first glance appear to be modernist abstractions, borrow their shape from concrete swimming pools and community-built ramps. The referents, and their larger culture, are specific, though they ultimately point toward something larger: the built environment’s capacity for intervention, collectivization and empathy; the creative potential of kinesthetic awareness; the complexities of tactile, modular forms; and speed as a method of non-lingual communication.

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We are very excited for our friend Kevin Jamison and his new restaurant in development, Commune Crepes. We know from our experience working with him on the Teaching Pavilion at New Earth Farm that the restaurant will be a powerful example of sustainability on multiple levels: food, design, and community.

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Paul Simmons

“Situation Comedy”

 

Opening Reception: Friday October 10th 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Paul Simmons approaches his paintings like a handyman plying his trade. His work imagines a dialogue between crafted objects and fragmented forms, embracing experimentation. Paintings and drywall objects reference the architecture of the viewing space by treating them both as conceptual and concrete terrain to be explored.

His work has been shown at numerous venues including Sculpture Center, Cleveland OH; Golden Parachutes, Berlin DE; Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Moscow RU; and recently at Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn NY. Simmons received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The Ohio State University. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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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.

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NACC-page1Through re:Vison Norfolk, WPA and Jay Scruggs developed a program, plans, and renderings for the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center.  The hope is that these renderings will be used to garner support form the community and aid in a fundraising campaign for the future NACC. Building plans include indoor and outdoor play areas for dogs and cats, staff offices, vet’s offices, rooms to care for animals, and spaces to enhance the adoption process.

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