a vibrant urban center for the suburban neighborhood
As Metro, the subway system serving the Washington, D.C., region, expanded westward toward Dulles Airport, Capital One made big plans for a new transit-oriented development. On a 26-acre site in Tysons, Virginia, that was once largely cut off by highways from the surrounding apartment and condominium complexes, Capital One Center now sports offices, a hotel, a performing arts center, public green spaces, sculpture parks, a grocery store, bars and restaurants.
Our engineers have provided structural design for several of the projects in the development:
- Capital One Tower, a 1.7-million-square-foot office building designed by HKS Architects.
- Capital One Hall, a high-end performance space and community cornerstone, which opened in 2021. Designed by HGA, it houses a 1,600-seat main theater, a 225-seat black-box theater and a large atrium. A rooftop park features a 230-seat amphitheater, a sculpture garden and a biergarten, all set amid lush landscaping.
- The performing arts center shares a parking garage and loading dock with its neighbor, a 1.2-million-square-foot building that comprises a hotel and a grocery store. This building was designed by a different team, led by Gensler, so coordinating the common below-grade structure was critical. Having both structural engineering teams in the same office simplified collaboration.
- Another office tower that’s really two buildings connected by an atrium and tied together by a series of bridges that span the open space in between. This efficient structural solution meant that a large expansion joint between the two main structures – complicated to design and costly to build and maintain – wasn’t necessary. We were also hired by the steel fabricator to perform erection engineering for the project, which will be completed in 2022.
Our work at the site continues, with design underway on two more projects from the development’s master plan, which includes residential buildings and more office and hotel space.