Landscape Architecture Services2017-07-25T18:01:57+00:00

Landscape Architecture Services

As landscape architects, we provide a complete interactive approach to assure not only that our client’s goals are met, but that all functional and aesthetic concerns regarding the project also reinforce these goals. Landscape architectural services include planning, design, land development, and environmental concerns for any variety of public, private, and non-profit clientele.

Core Capabilities

CBPA Site Design

CPBA_CBPA_MainThe development practices occurring within the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) watershed are critical to the Bay’s existence and in turn, your health, safety, and welfare. WPL has an extremely successful record submitting detailed survey and design projects to the local CBPA Review Boards.

Construction Administration

IMG_2308-900WPL had led the industry in construction administration for over 30 years. Our team of highly skilled professionals executes efficiently through experience and dedication to their clients.

Able to mold to whatever the project needs are, WPL can enhance project success by offering the following services:

  • Attending pre-construction meetings
  • Processing and reviewing shop drawings
  • Conducting periodic site inspection and issuing corresponding inspection report after each visit.
  • Attending mid-month site meetings
  • Attending end of month site progress and payment meetings
  • Processing and approving contractor’s payment requests
  • Responding to contractor RFIs in a timely manner
  • Issuing notices of corrective actions required to the contractor concerning faulty or unacceptable work, if necessary.
  • Reviewing and approving related closeout documentation provided by the contractor.
  • Performing inspection of the completed work after substantial completion, and issuing a punch list.
  • Performing a final compliance inspection of previously issued punch list items

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is an item that is required on virtually any site design. In most cases, new or redeveloped sites create an increase in hardscaped areas. These hardscaped areas create stormwater runoff and pollutants which eventually reach our waterways. To help protect our waterways, each site employs a technique to reduce runoff quantity and pollutants. Some of these techniques may involve stormwater infiltration, bioretention beds, stormwater ponds, or even third-party constructed filtering systems. Depending on the project, the final design could use one or a combination of these items and is integrated into the final site design.

Urban Design

Urban Design is an interdisciplinary subject, involving our Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering departments. The primary focus of Urban Design is to design large scale areas. Witchduck Road, Plum Point Park, and the Virginia Living Museum are examples of WPL projects which involve Urban Design. Due to the quality of their work, in 2005 WPL received an award for ecological excellence from the Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Society for Plum Point Park. WPL works to design and shape communities in order to maximize the functionality, attractiveness, and resiliency. Our work capitalizes on the potential of land, creating an impressive product.

Additional Capabilities

A holistic approach inspired by our natural environment and weaved into many of our projects in order to create wildlife habitats, conserve our natural resources, and prevent further pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.
These “beds” are planting features that treat stormwater runoff on a developed site. We strive to incorporate bio-retention beds in many of our designs because of their significant role in treating stormwater as compared to their high level of cost effectiveness.
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) has certain design guidelines. WPL’s group is well versed in buffering, tree preservation, and all requirements for planting designs as well as the implementation of these plans.
Our staff are adept at balancing environmental protection and limiting development in order to preserve ecological and native vegetation within CBPA and Resource Protection Area (RPA) limits.
This beginning stage is where WPL helps clients transform their ideas into concept drawings and development solutions.
These documents consist of drawings and specifications, which are the “blueprints” for project construction. These documents are more detailed than site plans, and they give a contractor sufficient information to prepare thorough bids for the client.
WLP’s disciplines work harmoniously with each other, transitioning a design from the schematic design phase to the construction documentation design phase. Design Development aims to further develop schematic designs into more detailed plans and articulation.
Problem solving for future land use habits is the driving force behind planning a city. Our staff considers all factors when city planning to include accessibility, traffic, parks, amenities, growth, and the environment as a whole.
WPL designs entrance features, signage, and arrival experiences for many communities large or small.
Environmental preservation is a way of life. Our firm believes in this ideology and strives to preserve, restore, and improve land and our quality of life through design.
Many urban designs and homes incorporate green roofs for aesthetics to promote stormwater treatment, reduce urban heat island effect, decrease energy costs, and improve air quality. WPL has worked with many green roofs on a variety of projects ranging from small green roof terraces to large useable rooftop gardens.
WPL makes the most out of available open space or “green” areas on site. Often times it becomes viable to create open space as a marketable, central design element on a site rather than discarding leftover land as calculable green area.
Our team often looks for ways to design for a balance in land development which can include protection and improvements for the natural environment and the species that use it.
Some site plans call for intricate paving areas such as streets, sidewalks, and plazas for better articulation and pedestrian-scaled environments. Often these are accompanied by site furnishings, lighting, and other items such as structural soils or custom storm drain grates.
Let us help you design and incorporate the best plants for your building based on space, lighting, traffic, ventilation, and functionality.
With access to the most current market costs from contractor bidding tabulations, we can give you a detailed opinion of your probable construction costs to help meet your budget.
Our goal is to understand each client’s needs and provide creative and problem solving design solutions. Landscape Design covers the most broad reaching land development concepts to very detailed design work, spanning from large commercial endeavors to small backyard retreats.
Our team can write the most detailed 3-part technical CSI specifications for a project manual or can simply distill some basic specification notes and details on our drawings for a contractor to implement a plan in the field.
Living shorelines are a man-made approach to protecting tidal shorelines from erosion by incorporating native wetland plants, grasses, shrubs, and trees at various points along the water line thereby creating a naturalized shore.
Our management plans range from detailed survey and property analysis to simple visual inspections and recommendations. Our services often include periodic inspections to ensure scheduled maintenance activities are following the design intent and accurately performed by a landscape contractor.
We design for neighborhoods that offer a range of housing types where services and goods are nearby and encourage walking, biking, and local transit. We also produce Community improvement and Enhancement plans to help restore and revitalize existing communities that suffer from an aging housing stock, low ownership, or neglect.
WPL can help shape and protect the outdoor environment with a special expertise in the design of amenities for large areas of land that hold inherent qualities such as a distinct character, an abundance of natural resources, or a special cultural heritage.
Open Space is always a priority to the public in urban areas, neighborhoods, and communities so its design often requires preserving some land, better utilizing development space, and creating compelling environments overall.
Following popular trends, WPL knows how to craft a living space outdoors through proper spatial composition, material design, and key amenities.
Master Planning comprehensive parks includes planning, designing, and developing park facilities, open space and trails, programs and services, and maintenance plans for these elements.
A design art that requires a professional knowledge in horticulture and an effective use of living materials in the design of environments that function well, sustain themselves over time, and harmonize aesthetically with their surroundings.
A stormwater solution that cleans and stores water, reducing downstream adverse impacts to the environment and provides re-use on site and recharge of the groundwater table.
Our goal is to help our clients envision their ideal landscape environment and to be able to phase the implementation and cost over an amount of time that considers their budget and seasonal use of their space.
WPL produces many restoration plans by analyzing a site and preparing a restoration concept with native plant species, soil remediation, and selective pruning to encourage vigorous growth and ideal sunlight conditions for new plants.
WPL designs for retail spaces for small lifestyle centers, individual retail stores, and even large outlet malls. Often preparing many development alternatives, we can help you make the optimum use of your land in a way that will attract more patrons.
We develop plans based on public or private desire to develop a strategy to improve the economic vitality and overall image of an area of land in order to guide growth and enhance the quality of life to the surrounding communities.
Site Planning & Design basically 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.
The practice of reducing site runoff, flooding, stream bank erosion, habitat destruction, sewer overflows, infrastructure damage and contaminated streams, rivers and coastal waters.
WPL can enhance the aesthetics of a roadway by creating a unique identity for a community while improving the safety and reinforcing an articulation of the pedestrian realm as separate from traffic circulation.
A planning methodology used by WPL for design that encourages communities and mixed-use developments and neighborhoods to develop based on proximity to mass transportation hubs and connection through complete streets and other local pedestrian and bike networks.
Our practice used to screen development and preserve the environment by locating existing trees on site, analyzing existing and proposed grading, and coordinating with new development for the site so that measures can be taken to protect existing trees as well as new trees that will be planted on site.
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.
WPL also designs smaller spaces to attract and engage people, encourage spontaneous interactions, offer places to sit, provide good visual access, and establish relationships to surrounding streets.
– Includes incorporating native species revegetation practices to improve habitat value and management. This can range from erosion control vegetation to visual screening to stormwater mitigation planting.
WPL can assist with Water Feature Design for elements such as fountains, pools, waterfalls, and etc. as a focal pieces on a property or within a garden design.
WPL can assist you with restoring or enhancing wetlands and treating polluted stormwater runoff on your site. Using various runoff reduction methods, we can help combine water quality goals with other land use schemes suiting your property.
We know how to stabilize a shoreline 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.