Amazon in the spring filed its proposed development plans for its second headquarters, known as HQ2, in Arlington, Virginia, and the company projects that construction will begin early next year.
“As with our Seattle headquarters, we plan to invest in developing a new headquarters in Arlington that will grow alongside its neighbors, supporting local businesses, building new public spaces for all to enjoy, and integrating sustainable design features throughout our campus,” John Schoettler, Amazon’s vice president of global real estate and facilities, wrote in a May blog post.
Amazon intends to create 400 new jobs in Arlington in 2019 and 25,000 jobs in the next decade. Amazon has had a presence in Virginia since 2010, investing $34 billion into employee compensation and infrastructure in the commonwealth.
Plans for HQ2 are split into three phases. The first phase in Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood represents all 2019 progress: Amazon opened its first temporary office in Crystal City in June, with plans to add more temporary office space later in the year. Phase two focuses on the Metropolitan Park area of the neighboring Pentagon City neighborhood, where construction is expected to begin in 2020 after Arlington approves Amazon’s development plans. Finally, phase three represents construction in Pen Place. Altogether, that’s nearly 4.8 million square feet of Amazon space in the city of Arlington.
Amazon had planned to split HQ2 between Virginia and New York City but backed out in February after running into vocal pushback from local New York politicians and residents.
Check out Amazon’s proposed development plans for HQ2 phase two at Metropolitan Park:
Phase one, now underway, is in Crystal City. Phase two in Metropolitan Park and phase three in Pen Place are forthcoming.
Around an existing centrally located park, these public and green spaces will include a dog park and farmers markets, Amazon says.
Employees will have access to the rooftop gardens on the office buildings.
Amazon says it will make space for 600 bikes to be stored, and it plans to extend an existing cycle path with the aim of bolstering Arlington’s cycling infrastructure. Showers and lockers will be meant to encourage biking to work.
Besides restaurants and shops, Amazon says there will also be a daycare center open to local families and Amazon employees with children.
Amazon plans to transform one block of vacant warehouses into two sustainable office buildings yielding 2.1 million square feet of energy-efficient space. Each tower is designed to be 22 stories tall with LEED Gold certification.
The level of LEED certification is determined by the number of points a building scores across several sustainability categories, including energy and atmosphere, location and transportation, and water efficiency. Gold is the second-highest LEED sustainability ranking behind Platinum.
With 25,000 incoming employees expected, public transit has to be a major consideration for Amazon. HQ2’s site is near a Virginia Railway Express station as well as bus lines and two metro stations.
To put that into perspective, Amazon spent $4 billion on its Seattle headquarters. The company has hired about 5,000 employees in Seattle annually for the past decade, and it calculates that it has generated more than 50,000 jobs.
The morning commute from the White House to Metropolitan Park is about 30 minutes on the metro.
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