Ribbon Cutting for New Rosslyn Office Building

by ARLnow.com November 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm 6,852 26 Comments

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon for 1776 Wilson Boulevard, one of the county’s newest office buildings.

The $33.5 million office building includes four floors of office space, 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 231 garage parking spaces. With environmental features like a green vegetated roof, solar panels, electric vehicle chargers and water use reduction systems, developer Skanska USA is seeking LEED Platinum sustainability certification.

The building is located in Rosslyn at the intersection with N. Quinn Street. The project included the construction of a new section of N. Quinn Street to connect Wilson Blvd to Clarendon Blvd.

Attendees at Friday’s ribbon cutting included representatives from Skanska USA, County Board members Jay Fisette and Chris Zimmerman, Rosslyn BID Executive Director Cecilia Cassidy, and George Contis, the doctor who sold the property to Skanska in 2010.

The building still being leased out, but confirmed tenants include CRDF Global and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Skanska has also established its new regional headquarters in the building.

  • KLI

    Anyone know what’s going in on the ground floor?

    • hermitcrab


  • Doesn’t really seem like “smart growth” to put a five story building on this site.

  • Arl4ist

    Mary-Austin, are you thinking it should have more since it’s on the Orange Line?

    • Yes. The eastern orange line corridor should be one of the most densely developed areas in the county. It’s great that it’s a LEED Platinum building but it would have been more impressive if it was a larger scale project. Something in the 15-20 story range seems more appropriate for this site.

      • I think 15-20 stories is too high for that particular block. Nothing else is that high there and its fairly near some single-family residential.

        • Well we all know you know best but this is still not smart growth. There are plenty of 15 story buildings “fairly near some single-family residential” already in Arlington. In fact there isn’t single family residential within several blocks.
          There are 2 metro stops within a 10 minute walk in the most walkable community that ever existed.

          • speonjosh

            Perhaps there was no demand for a larger building.

          • There are lots of areas clustered near Metro stations with higher buildings.

            This isn’t one of them.

            Oh well. I’m glad you support smart growth.

          • Yes, there’s the issue of whether anyone actually wants to rent that much space at that location, josh.

          • Gee, Mary-Austin, your comment seems rather snooty. All drax said was “I think….” and you come back with “well we all know you know best…”? Loosen up, Mary-Austin baby.

          • Actually, I don’t blame Mary-Austin for lashing out at me every once in a while. I’m used to it anyway.

    • As anyone who rides the Orange Line during rush hour will tell you, capacity is not limitless.

  • FrenchyB

    The zoning is set up so that the tallest buildings are allowed at the Metro stations, then taper down as you move away. Since this location is around the midpoint between Rosslyn and Courthouse, five stories may be the maximum allowed.

  • Nice to see the Ray’s construction finally done with, but alas… boring. Another generic modern office building. I hope they get some exciting tenants in there, instead of a repeat of the Green Turtle/BWW fiasco in Ballston.

    • arlcyclist

      Could the design of this building be any more generic? You’d think the Arlington Way meant boring, cookie cutter development projects where beige is the only exterior color option. It may not be groundbreaking, but the recently completed Skanska building at 10th and G NW is much more interesting to look at IMO…

      • I agree with you on that. And unfortunately the Arlington way does mean beige cookie cutter developments these days.

        • We agree completely on that point.

      • YTK

        Nah — looks like a Sunbeam Steam Iron coming atchya.

      • J

        That’s a very nice building.

    • Ray’s? What does that mean?

      • The new office building is across from Ray’s Hell Burger.

  • bob

    I thought it was a Petco?

  • Looks like yet another disposable office building that will have a short life. The architecture and materials show no passion. There will probably be a tower on the site within 20 years. At least it’s a good spot for Hellburger 17.

  • YTK

    HOORAY HOORAY! Finally, a building in Rosslyn that actually looks NICE!!!

  • Bill

    Arlington set the height of the building at 5 stories, not the developer. Developers don’t tend to shy away from additional density on sites, and the design, you can thank Arlington County for that as well. All they understand is red and tan brick. UGH


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