Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering services for the first phase of Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The project will replace a block of vacant warehouses in the heart of Crystal City with more than two million square feet of state-of-the-art workplace, the critical first step in transforming the existing neighborhood into an 18-hour urban district where Amazon’s future employees and the local community can live, work, and play.
This first phase includes two 22-story, LEED Platinum® towers with 65,000 SF of ground-floor retail for shops, restaurants, and a daycare center. The project will also create more than two acres of new public open space designed for a variety of uses—including a dog park, tot lot, recreation areas, and farmers markets—which will help to realize the community’s vision for a large, centrally-located park.
On-site facilities will create space for more than 500 bikes. In addition, the site offers direct access to public transportation, with two metro stations, multiple bus lines, and a VRE station in close proximity. Amazon’s new urban campus will allow its employees to think creatively, to be part of the surrounding community, and to remain connected to the region’s unique culture and environment.