Permits, Feasibility Studies, Master Planning, Rezoning, Site Analysis, Resilience Planning
We work to ensure that 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. Our team of landscape architects has the unique blend of artistic vision, engineering expertise, and seasoned experience with residential, institutional, and commercial planning and design for creating well-planned, well-executed, and stunning environments.
Site Planning & Design involves applying knowledge of environmental, social, and economic issues of a site with proper building placement, efficient parking, and logical vehicular and pedestrian circulation, among many other site and cultural factors.
We plan and design for buildings, public spaces, transit systems, and other municipal services by giving shape and character to building massing, pedestrian walks, plazas, site furnishings, street trees, lighting, and material selection.
Our goal is to understand each client’s needs and provide creative and problem-solving design solutions. Landscape Design is not “landscaping” or simply planting design, it covers the broadest reaching land development concepts to very detailed design work, spanning from large commercial endeavors to small backyard retreats. Landscape Design is a comprehensive review of planting, surfacing materials, exterior structures, topographic form, and infrastructure for a site in support of a specific set of design criteria and programming.
In order to withstand environmental disasters, land and development is said to be “resilient.” Most often, for Tidewater and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plains, the largest environmental disasters have to do with water. Since we are so close to the ocean and so flat, our threats come in the form of flooding from stormwater runoff, storm surges, and tidal surges, Coupled with sinking ground and an increase in storm frequency and oceanic water levels, many other related problems come to light: erosion, structural damage, road impassability, etcetera. At WPL, we know how to stabilize a shorelines while improving water quality, protecting wetlands, and incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) practices and other means so that a waterfront property can be functional and attractive, resisting damage from flooding and storms.