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Arlington County Board gives go-ahead to Amazon’s helix headquarters building design

The Arlington County Board gave unanimous approval in late April to Amazon’s plans to build a helix-shaped tower for its second headquarters in Northern Virginia.

The company plans to complete the project by 2025.

Amazon announced the plans in February 2021 for the 350-foot tower to anchor the second phase of its redevelopment plans, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

“The helix is one of several office towers granted approval, but the helix stands out,” the published report says. “The spiral design features a walkable ramp wrapping around the building with trees and greenery planted to resemble a mountain hike.”

Amazon’s plans have gone through Arlington County’s thorough review process.  Earlier in April the county planning commission voted 9-0 to support the project.  This unanimous approval was echoed by a 5-0 vote in favor by the County Board later in the month.

Since then, the plans have gone through the famously thorough review process of Arlington County, including numerous public hearings. Earlier this month, the county planning commission voted 9-0 to support the project.

The plans include park space and will accommodate a community high school, along with ground level retail.

“Because skyscrapers are banned in the District of Columbia, and the Amazon buildings will be among the tallest in Arlington County, from some vantage points the helix will dominate the region’s skyline like no building other than the Washington Monument,” the AP report said.

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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