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Amazon HQ2 building reaches topping off stage in Arlington County

Clark Construction Group has reached the “topping out” stage for Amazon’s first HQ2 building at Metropolitan Park at National Landing in Arlington.

The structure, the initial element of the overall Arlington County development, is scheduled to open in 2023.

Overall, there will be two, 22-story office buildings with more than 50,000 sq. ft. of retail space for small local businesses. The complex 100 percent powered by renewable energy, will also have a 700-person meeting center, WTOP reported.

“Simply put, we have reached the top and wow! What a view,” said Jeff King, a Clark Construction vice-president. “We’ve covered significant ground over the last two years and (have) done so during a remarkable time in our nation’s history.”

“Despite these challenges brought on by the pandemic, we have achieved a number of critical milestones and kept the Metropolitan Park project on schedule,” King said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the progress we have all made together,” he said.

Joe Chapman, director of Global Real Estate and Facilities for Amazon’s HQ2, said the company has worked closely with local government to make changes along the way.

“Since the inception of our HQ2 plans, the Arlington County Board has been our partner in helping us to design an integrated urban campus that will benefit all of Arlington County and the region — in addition to the 25,000 Amazon employees that will soon call this place home,” he said.

Local feedback changes include a day care centre for neighborhood families, some 2.5 acres of public open space and more than a half mile of protected cycling lanes, Chapman said..

Amazon announced in 2021 that it would create the Amazon Housing Equity Fund, which aims to preserve existing affordable housing and create inclusive housing developments through low-rate loans and grants. To date, Amazon has committed over $795 million in low-rate loans and grants to create or preserve up to 4,400 affordable homes in the HQ2 region, the broadcaster reported.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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