Amazon Plans To Begin Work On HQ2 Development This Month


By Jon Banister

January 15, 2020

Amazon has already moved more than 400 employees into leased office space in nearby Crystal City, but it plans to break ground on the first phase of new development at its second headquarters this month, Bisnow has learned.

The tech giant received Arlington County Board approval Dec. 14 to build two 22-story office towers on the Metropolitan Park site in Pentagon City, part of the newly branded National Landing neighborhood.

The development team applied for building permits Dec. 26 to construct the office buildings, according to Arlington County permit records. The application has yet to be approved, but the county website said it typically takes about 15 business days to review new commercial construction permits.

Amazon said in a Dec. 27 blog post it plans to begin construction in early 2020. A source with knowledge of the plans tells Bisnow the team intends to begin demolition work this month.

Another source involved with the project said the team plans to excavate the site between Q2 and Q4. The development team then expects to finish the below grade structure by Q3 2021, the above grade structure by Q2 2022, the building envelope by Q4 2022 and complete the project with the tenant fit-out in Q2 2023, according to the source, who couldn’t discuss construction specifics on the record.

Amazon is working with JBG Smith as the development partner, Clark Construction as the general contractor and ZGF Architects is designing the project. The buildings are designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

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