Physical surveys and construction layouts were the bread and butter for Wilfred P. Large when he first started his land surveying business in 1960. With one employee for many years, William “Buddy” Pritchard, the two worked mainly for mortgage companies and performed well and on time out of a tiny office in Monticello Arcade.
Within five years, their reputation grew and so did their workload which prompted them to move to a large office still within Monticello Arcade in downtown Norfolk, located strategically across the street from the then Norfolk City Hall. As the firm expanded so did their ability to take on larger projects. The firm was known for their speed and service. It is what set them apart from their competitors.
In 1975, Wilfred relocated the firm to Virginia Beach where the addition of civil engineering was integrated to the practice. Wilfred’s son, Lance Large had graduated from Virginia Tech with a civil engineering degree and was eager to grow the discipline at the family company.
Landscape Architectural services were added in 2000 with the addition of William “Billy” Almond. Lance saw the importance of the interface between civil engineering and landscape architectural services on any given project, so Billy was hired to start up the landscape architecture practice.
Since the integration of the three disciplines, the small SWaM firm has made a big impact around the Hampton Roads community. With a modest beginning as a land surveying company in 1960, today there are few places WPL has not already been or a site they have not touched. WPL works to ensure that the surrounding communities have what they need to grow and prosper, planning places where people live, work, shop, and play by improving community development and transportation systems, with a distinct focus of preserving the environment.